We are a collective of young women using our talents to tell meaningful stories through film, because the world needs more of them.
We provide a platform for new voices to say what they need to say and be heard.
We encourage folks with a message to explore their creative potential.
We spread messages that push us to think critically and challenge the status quo.
We are exploring the intersection between art and technology, and we use this to our advantage when we tell our stories.
OUR PAST - UMBRELLA CINEMA PROMOTERS
Dydine Umunyana founded Umbrella Cinema Promoters in 2012 as a means of introducing filmmaking to women in Rwanda. The NGO located and identified women who wanted to use film to share their experiences as they overcame gender based discrimination in the country post genocide. The goal was to hold workshops relating to script writing, storytelling, photography and production in schools throughout all provinces in Rwanda.
The very first workshop, “Women’s Potential in Cinema”, held informational classes for 25 women, including a few members of "Women for Women International", a nonprofit humanitarian organization that provides practical and moral support to women survivors of war. Umbrella Cinema Promoters was sponsored by the Kigali American Embassy, as well as the Ministry of Sport and Culture in Rwanda, to name a few.
In 2014 Umbrella Cinema Promoters evolved into Umbrella Press, a for profit organization. Now based in Los Angeles, Umbrella Press is a collection of special young women from all over the world, on a mission to use their talents in sharing stories about humanity through film. Umbrella Press has worked on local, national and international productions and its key staff has wide experience and skill in filmmaking.