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Blue Nile Film and Television Academy (BNFTA
Adresse : Abraham HAILE, Directeur Gulele Sub City Kebele 01/02 Addis Abeba
Pays concerné : Éthiopie
Téléphone(s) : 00251/111/22 12 62


Ecole de cinéma et maison de production fondée en 2010 par Abraham.

Blue Nile Film and Television Academy est une institution pionnière en Ethiopie, offrant une formation de haut niveau dans le domaine cinématographique. Crée en 2009 par Abraham Haile Biru, chef opérateur maintes fois récompensé pour les films Abouna et Darrat de Mahamat Saleh Harrun en 2006, la BNFTA a pour ambition de proposer une formation professionnelle sanctionnée par un diplôme (Certifi cat de Formation Technique) axée principalement sur l’acquisition des techniques audiovisuelles. Cet apprentissage d’une année est réservé à une vingtaine d’élèves. La formation du BNFTA comprend une dimension internationale, car elle permet de présenter des films de fin d’année dans divers festivals locaux et internationaux. Grâce à ces initiatives, certains travaux d’élèves ont été projetés au Festival international du film Winterthur (Suisse), aux Rencontres de films d’école Henri Langlois (France), à l’International Film School Festival et au Festival International du Film Documentaire d’Addis Abeba, dans la section « Images that Matter ».

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Abraham Haile founded the Blue Nile Film and Television Academy in 2010, it’s still the only film school in Ethiopia. Before he came back to Addis Ababa he made a degree in camera and light at the Nederland Film and Television Academy in Amsterdam and he worked for several international productions as a director of photography. The Blue Nile Film and Television Academy was the co-producer of the movie HORIZON BEAUTIFUL, directed by Stefan Jäger, 2013, Switzerland / Ethiopia, executing the production in Ethiopia.


Blue Nile Film and Television Academy is a pioneering professional institution in Ethiopia offering high quality filmmaking training. So far, there has been no institution offering such training in the country. Founded by the award winning cinematographer Abraham Haile Biru in 2009, the school aims at bridging the gap of skilled professionals in the Ethiopian film and television industry. BNFTA aspires to enable young Ethiopians to effectively use film as an instrument of expressing and communicating their opinion, culture, history and day-to-day life for the Ethiopian and international audience.


BNFTA’s curriculum is carefully designed and tested through an experimental program. BNFTA offers a regular one year filmmaking programme and several demand based tailored short courses. The regular programme offers specialised training in Camera, light, sound, directing, scriptwriting and editing. Our teaching method highly emphasises hands-on learning balanced with sufficient theoretical backing. The school offers actual production experiences to its students in order to build their professional skills and confidence.

The school engages established Ethiopian filmmakers to teach on regular and short-term bases. Due to the short supply of qualified trainers and filmmakers in Ethiopia the school brings international trainers and filmmakers on short term bases to share their experiences. Since its establishment, BNFTA hosted short-term international trainers from France, Netherlands, Switzerland, Germany, Italy and South Africa. On top of filling the gap of qualified trainers the visit of these international filmmakers has a great value of exposing students with international perspectives of filmmaking.


BNFTA provides a unique, relaxed but professional learning environment for its students. The Academy accepts only 25 students per year. This will greatly enhance the learning process by providing a personal and intensive contact between students and instructors. Half of the seats of the school are reserved for talented female students who also receive further encouragement from the academy in a form of financial scholarship.

Admission to the BNFTA is supervised by a selection committee who will review all applications and admission assignments. The school has a scholarship programme to enable talented young people from the lower income group of the society join the academy and receive professional filmmaking training. The scholarship also makes the students socially engaged and responsible to articulate and voice the concern and issues of their community in their films.


One film school will not fully address the problem of Ethiopian cinema. But it will supply few well-trained filmmakers to the market, who can set an example and transfer their knowledge to others.

By enhancing the quality of the training it offers, the vision of Blue Nile Film and Television Academy is to constitute itself as a highly qualified and internationally recognised filmmaking training institution in East Africa.