VugAfrica: Rwanda’s premier online marketplace for screenwriters | New times

FOR A LONG TIME, the writers have nurtured millions of stories but have not been able to share them with the world due to limited resources to produce films that meet international standards.

It was a sigh of relief, however, when Hapa Media and the Rwanda Screenwriters Association jointly launched ‘VugAfrica.rw’, Rwanda’s very first online market initiative for producers and investors who buy the best of the best. ideas, scripts and scripts of African films to professional storytellers and screenwriters. across Africa.

The platform was introduced to allow African screenwriters to stand out and be able to sell their scripts to producers so that they can financially nurture their careers.

According to Aaron Niyomwungeri, the mastermind behind the platform, writers will no longer need to archive their stories as long as the platform has been developed not only to connect them with potential producers, but also to keep their stories. scripts safe and protected in accordance with intellectual property law.

“By putting their scripts on this platform, the writers can rest assured that their stories remain original and protected. We can have a lot of interesting scripts that can impress producers to buy, ”Niyomwungeri said.

Aaron Niyomwungeri, the mastermind behind the platform

“I think we have so many stories, but the market has been a big problem for so many years. I would love to see other screenwriters bring them to this platform so they can benefit from their creative skills, ”he added.

The platform, available on vugafrica.rw, is developed in such a way that each screenwriter creates their own account in which all their scripts can be published with the price of each script.

VugAfrica engages visionary screenwriters by giving them a platform to tell their stories through scripts as well as improving the world of cinema by bringing new and untold stories to the global discourse.

He is also expected to lay the foundations for a self-sustaining scriptwriting career and film industry in Rwanda and Africa as a whole.

Potential producers will be allowed to visit the platform and select the scripts that will impress them the most before making payments.

To visit the scripts, there will be a fee recommended for producers to access a given story from its synopsis to the long line.

Once the producer likes an idea for a certain script and wants to make payments, the platform administrator (admin) will connect them with the writer to negotiate the price of the script.

Niyomwungeri said that many screenwriters mix their work with producing and directing films because they struggle to make a living from scriptwriting alone.

He said they can now focus on screenwriting as the chances of getting the market for their stories through Vugafrica are promising.

“I know the difficulties that screenwriters face because I am one of them. We can write scripts but we are struggling to find producers who can buy them and that is why we have developed this platform to create a market place for our works, ”said Niyomwungeri.

Jones Kennedy Mazimpaka is one of Rwanda’s established screenwriters who has worked in the film industry for the past two decades. He praised the platform’s potential to connect screenwriters with producers, describing it as a financial boost for screenwriters not only in Rwanda but also in Africa since African filmmakers can also post their scripts on the platform. .

“That’s a good idea. Not all screenwriters can produce a movie. Some of us have so many stories that get wasted because we lack the funds to turn them into movies. But if the platform can help us reach potential producers and investors, then that would be a huge boost for the writers, ”Mazimpaka told The New Times.

He suggested, however, that some changes should be made to the platform to ensure their stories are better protected and fully copyrighted.

VugAfrica, is one of the projects that benefited from the Creative Industry Recovery Fund provided last year by the Imbuto Foundation in partnership with the Ministry of Youth and Culture.

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