Contacts and Bios

Burundi contact:
Phone: +257 77773142

Canada contact:
Phone: (613) 697-7946


Christopher Redmond, Co-Founder / Project Manager

Christopher Redmond is a writer and filmmaker with a combined honours degree in Journalism and Film Studies from Carleton University, as well as training from the Vancouver Film School. He was among the first members of The Rwanda Initiative media development project in the summer of 2006 before co-founding the Burundi Film Center. Redmond is the former Vice-President of the Independent Filmmaker Co-operative of Ottawa (IFCO) and has worked with CBC Canada Now, the Ottawa-Gatineau Film and Television Development Corporation, the Canada Council for the Arts, Library and Archives Canada and currently as a Copywriter and Videographer for Acart Communications. Directing credits include Home Free (2009), Written in Stone (2006) and The Design of Humankind (2005).


Papy Jamaica, Executive Director

Papy Jamaica is one of Burundi's most active and passionate video producers. His studio, Papy Jamaica Video Productions, employs eight full-time editors and videographers, and shoots music videos, weddings, commercials and documentaries to promote his home country. He has film education from Kenya and South Africa, and has worked extensively with UNICEF and BINUB producing videos. In 2009, he was invited to participate at the 59th Berlin International Film Festival and selected as a member of the Berlinale Talent Campus. Papy has been an instrumental partner to the Burundi Film Center since it launched in 2007.

Rudy Nkombo Kimvuidi
, Directeur du KinoBu

Joseph Kapoma
, Chargée des Relations Extériors


Bridget Redmond
, Artistic Director

Bridget is an Ottawa-based photographer and filmmaker whose work explores notions of female identity, mass consumption and communication. A graduate of both film studies (Carleton University) and the photographic arts (Algonquin College), Bridget has directed over ten short films, which have been screened at over 100 film festivals and events worldwide. She currently teaches filmmaking courses for women, is a film certification analyst with the Department of Canadian Heritage and creates 16mm fine art personal documentaries through her company called { First Kiss Films }.


Apollinaire Habonimana
, V.P. Legal Representative

Apollinaire Habonimana is a Burundian gospel singer and accomplished musician. Since graduating from the American Missionaries School, Habonimana’s music has taken him around the world and created a devoted following of fans and supporters far beyond his base in Burundi, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. He studied at the African Revival Ministry before co-founding the Living Church of Burundi (Eglise Vivante de Jésus-Christ) and recording his first album in Britain. He currently plays with the “Shemeza Music” group and frequently tours Africa and Europe as a solo artist. His albums include Yesu Vyizigiro (1994), Wastahili Sifa (1998), Mpore Mama (2002), Regeneration (2007).


Raymond Kalisa, Co-Founder

Raymond Kalisa is a professional videographer, editor, actor and instructor. His training and work have taken him to Nairobi, Kampala, Brussels, Vancouver, New York and Salt Lake City, and most recently to work with the ReelWorld Film Festival in Toronto. Kalisa regularly freelances for international news programs such as CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360, and for major motion picture films feature films shot in East Africa. Credits include Hotel Rwanda (2004), Keepers of Memory: Survivors Accounts of the Rwandan Genocide (2005), The Last King of Scotland (2006), Shooting Dogs (2006), Beyond the Gates (2007), Opération: Turquoise (2007) and Shake Hands with the Devil (2007).

Carlito Ghioni, Animation Educator

Carlito Ghioni has directed 3 short animations in 2D and 3D, 3 feature documentaries, more than 18 short fiction and documentaries, and one interactive documentary. Born in Italy, Ghioni studied film history at the University of Turin. He came to Canada in 1999 and studied at the Vancouver Film School, at INIS (Institut National de l'Image et du Son) in Montreal and at the Canadian Film Centre. Ghioni has over 10 years of experience as a cinematographer and his documentaries and shorts have been shown at various festivals such as Montreal, Vancouver, Edmonton, Bologna, Nice, Berlin, Teheran, Bombay, Torino, and Beograd. Carlo's journey has been supported by The Alberta Foundation for the Arts.

Clara Long , 2010-2011 Artist-in-Residence

Clara Long is a filmmaker and human rights advocate. A graduate of Stanford Journalism school and the Maine Media Workshop documentary program, she is currently on fellowship leave from Harvard Law School, where she focuses on human rights law and advocacy. She is the co-producer of Border Stories a documentary tracing the human face of political and cultural divides along the U.S.-Mexico border. Border Stories won the public prize at the Every Human Has Rights media awards in Paris and was an official selection of the Mexico City International Documentary Film Festival. She has worked as a freelance foreign correspondent in Venezuela and with the landless workers' movement in the Brazilian Amazon.