? a new challenging and innovative independent film production house committed to promote the use of film as an educational and recreational medium to develop the maximum and critical interaction with the visual-audio medium having "Quality Products" as a single minded purpose, based in Lusaka, Zambia.
Vilole was founded in 2002 to be a part of the development of the Zambian Film industry, create employment for Zambian artist, and produce its first feature film "BLACK DESIRE" (Previous title-"KAMUKOLA")
This new emerging production house focuses on drama, feature films and cross-cultural documentaries and is represented by ambitious women.
Since its' existence, Vilole Images' main desire is to be a part of the development of the Zambian film industry, and its tradition has always been to train one aspirant filmmaker every year for free. So far Vilole has trained three (3) aspirant Zambian filmmakers. Ben Mulenga the first student is now employed by Picture Perfect Productions working on the Zambian soap "Kabanana" as a director. The second student, Marvin Mwansa is in Malawi and will be writing short television stories for Malawi television and the third student, Daniel Sana, working with Vilole images as a key staff and doing production management on the project "Suwi".
Vilole has also embarked on running training workshops for both crew and actors. The first ?Screen acting' workshop took place on 22 nd January 2003 and was sponsored by Kepa-Zambia. Currently Vilole is running a film maker's course and there is a good number of students attending free of charge. February 2004 Vilole hosted a first Zambian Deutsche Welle Producer/Writer's workshop and 19-20 th March 2004 a prominent actor, Hakeem Kae Kazim from Cape Town facilitated an acting for screen workshop and about 50 artists participated.
The house has so far shot documentaries for international NGOs that include Whirlwind wheel International-USA,' FAMR-Finland and is shooting a 45minute documentary on food security for Kepa-Zambia and is in post production of a 90m DV feature- film SUWI (Previous working title-?Rejection of Reality') a story on challenges ahead of women with disabilities.
Vilole Images is co-producing a 90 minute feature film ?Black desire' to be shot on 16mm and to be delivered on 35mm with Zebra X pictures an Italian, South African based production house and Downtown pictures from Italy. ?Black desire' is a story about a young woman who escapes pre-arranged marriage disguising herself as a man and whilst on the run is accused of impregnating the chief's wife and being involved in homosexual acts. The traditional court brings the truth to light. This film has won two international awards since 2002 and was among the only two African projects selected for Rotterdam - Cinemart co-producers forum 2004, thereafter selected for 2004 Berlin African market co-producers forum.
Vilole's partners include Kepa-Zambia, Abilis and FIDIDA (Finnish organizations) Whirlwind wheelchair international-USA, Zebra X, Downtown picture, Disacare wheelchair Centre-Zambia, FAMR-Finland, Deutsche Welle etc. Vilole is a member organization of Film-Africa TV, National Film and Video Foundation-SA, Sithengi, SACOD, Screen Africa etc and the director of Vilole sits as a trustee on International Video Fair and Women of Southern Africa Diary.