KENYA FILM COMMISSION TAKES OVER ZANZIBAR INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2018

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The Zanzibar International Film Festival (ZIFF) officially kicked off last weekend. The 9-day festival, also known as Festival of the Dhow Countries is taking place in Stone Town Zanzibar, Tanzania from July 7th – 15th 2018.

This festival is aimed at developing and promoting film and other cultural industries as catalyst for the regional social and economic growth. The festival is an all-arts affair, with 9 days of local and international discussion panels, workshops, 10 days of screenings of the best local and international cinema and evenings of musical concerts including a Gala each evening which recognizes and awards the best in various nomination categories.

Having supported a team of 11 filmmakers comprising directors, writers and cast members of various Kenyan films to attend the festival, Kenya Film Commission will also be screening all the films at the festival one of them being Misfit, a short experimental film that speaks on the plight of living with albinism in the modern African Society.

Misfit, nominated in the Student Category, was screened to a receptive audience which included a number of Kenyan VIP delegation of Members of Parliament: Hon. Dr.Korei Ole Lemein, Hon. Dr. Tecla Chebet Tum, Hon. Jane Chepkorir Kiptoo Chebaibai , Hon. Jeremiah Lomorukai Ekamais as well as 22 year old Jairus Ong’etta who stars in the film and director Karanja Ng’endo.

With generous support from the Kenya Film Commission, ZIFF will be screening the inspiring and beautiful new Kenyan film, Supa Modo on Wednesday 11th July, 2018 followed by a cocktail party for those who will attend. The film which had its much acclaimed world premiere at Berlinale in February has been heralded as a stunning debut for director Likarion Wainaina and its young cast.


 

KENYA FILM COMMISSION COMMITS OVER HALF A MILLION TO SUPPORT FILM MAKERS WHOSE PROJECTS ARE NOMINATED FOR ZIFF 2018

ZIFF Team3rd July 2018, Nairobi Kenya, Kenya Film Commission is proud to announce that we are supporting a team of 11 local filmmakers to attend Zanzibar International Film Festival 2018 taking place in Stone Town, Zanzibar from 7th to 15th July 2018.

To show our commitment and support to the local film industry, we have committed over half a million shillings to sponsor the team of 11 Kenyan filmmakers to attend ZIFF 2018. A total of 54 submissions were made by Kenyan filmmakers into ZIFF 2018 for competition in various genres.

Some of the Kenyan films competing in ZIFF 2018 include: Who Am I by Wanuri Kahiu, Supa Modo by Likarion Wainaina, Misfit by Karanja Ng’endo, Keru by Victor Gatonye, Clench by Mark Ayabei, 18 Hours by Njue Kevin, The Cut by Peter Wangugi Gitau, New Moon by Philippa Ndisi Hermann, The Flesh Business by Denis Wanjohi Maina, The Yard by Busaka Jackton, Ball’n Africa by Silalei Owuor and Fihi Season by Carol Odongo.

We will also be screening the inspiring and beautiful new Kenyan film, Supa Modo. The film which had its much acclaimed world premiere at Berlinale in February has been heralded as a stunning debut for director Likarion Wainaina and its young cast.Misfit The Kenya Film Commission will be hosting the screening of the film on Wednesday July 11th at ZIFF’s main venue of the Old Fort Amphitheatre with various members of the cast and production team in attendance.

The screening of the film will also be attended by dozens of high profile international film and TV industry professionals as it will form part of the official opening event for DISCOP Zanzibar. DISCOP Zanzibar, in its inaugural year, will be taking place from July 11th – 13th in partnership with ZIFF, creating East Africa’s largest and most important film and TV content gathering.

We have also made a call to the filmmakers who will not be attend the market to bring their marketing collateral which we will showcase and screen at our pavilion, which is one of the most visible in the whole market. This active campaign is aimed at showcasing Kenyan film content on the international platforms as an export product which will generate revenue for the creatives in the country as well as creating meaningful jobs for the youth in Kenya.

 

KAHONZI WINS THE BEST FILM FOR MY KENYA MY STORY FILM COMPETITION

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Kahonzi, a short film by producer Said Square shot in Kilifi County has won the best short film shot using a mobile phone. The winner walks away with a cash prize worth Kshs 200,000, Kshs 150,000 for 1st Runners up and 100,000 for 2nd Runners up. Said Square is a beneficiary of the commission’s master classes done around all the 47 counties. Previously with no formal training, Said and his team were empowered with basic skills of film making in September 2017.

The Strange Visitor produced by Leon Michuki came 2nd while Fiona by Steve Es got the second runner’s up position. The Jury also went ahead to give special recognition to Fading Away, produced by Anisia Kabue which they found to be inspirational with a story that many people could relate to.

The My Kenya My Story is a film competition for short Kenyan films shot exclusively using mobile phones run by the Kenya Film Commission which will be rolled annually and seeks to inspire creativity among film makers in the country and to widen the scope of film making.

The call for entries ran from the 28th of March to 30th of April 2018 where artists submitted their projects for the competition. This competition garnered interest from a total of 706 submissions received from over 35 countries, as far as USA, Mexico, UK, France, Russia, and Japan among many others. These huge numbers suggest that the global community is interested in the Kenyan film industry and the content produced therein.

32 Kenyan film projects were submitted and 22 successfully qualified for judging after filtering through the submissions. The public voting ran from 29th May to 14th June 2018. The voting process was broken down in such a way that judges had a contribution of 70% while the general public contributed 30% to the final vote.

The submissions drew from a variety of genres and exhibited very creative ideas and stories, production design, great editing capabilities, mastery of various software and equipment, proper use of lighting and outdoor landscape despite all the film projects being shot on a zero budget. We have noted that this is a great avenue for job creation among the youth as many have exhibited great talent in their submissions.

Kenya Film Commission Ag. CEO had this to say, “The ultimate business objective we want to contribute to through the competition is not only to indirectly grow awareness of the Kenya Film Commission Mandate but also to create interest and spark creativity in people of all ages with limited resources, and actually inspire creative Kenyans and amateur filmmakers to live to their potential and realize the opportunity to fulfil their dream”.

The competitors were required to meet the film competition primary objective that is to engage Kenyans across the country with a mobile phone to create a short film telling a Kenyan story and showcasing Kenya’s beauty and diversity. A jury of five judges namely: Gerald Langiri, Joy Nduto, Juma Tayari, Stephen Maina and Johnson Mutungi was constituted to vet the submissions and shortlist projects competing for the grand prize.


 THE SYSTEM FILM PREMIERE

DuotrixOn 13th June 2018, winners of the Kalasha Market 2018 Duotrix Media premiered their teaser trailer at the Alchemist bar in Westlands with a receptive audience giving a standing ovation for the amazing piece of art and creativity they displayed.

The event was graced by renowned filmmakers such as Likarion Wainanina; the man behind Supa Modo, Kenya Actors’ Guild officials, chairperson of Docubox East Africa and various media personalities. The teaser trailer was so captivating exhibiting great story telling capabilities by the scriptwriter with amazing cinematography from the director of the Duotrix Media team and fitness of character from the cast.

At the premiere was our Ag. CEO Mr. Timothy Owase, who reaffirmed the commitment towards supporting the young and upcoming filmmakers in the country through initiatives such as Kalasha Film and TV Market- the largest of its kind in East and Central Africa. He urged all other filmmakers present at the event to utilize the resource centre at the Kenya Film Commission which is equipped with free wifi access, desktop computers and office space to do their research at no cost. The Duotrix Media team is hopeful to shoot the full movie by the end of September 2018. To achieve this they have launched an intensive campaign to raise approximately Ksh 10 million to cater for the production of the film via M-changa and corporate sponsorships.

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CALL FOR FILM MATERIALS & POSTERS BY KENYA FILM MAKERS – ZIFF 2018

Zanzibar International Film Festival 2018 is a nine-day event beginning from 7th-15th July, 2018 that will feature film competitions, workshops and various special events. More information can be accessed here http://www.ziff.or.tz/. DISCOP Zanzibar will be inaugurated at the festival from 11-13th July 2018 at the Verde Hotel. It will offer an opportunity to conduct business with and across eight East African countries namely: Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Somalia, Mozambique and Malawi.

Kenya Film Commission will be attending the DISCOP Zanzibar Market and ZIFF Film Festival. To offer maximum benefit to Kenyan film makers, KFC has acquired space to showcase the country’s power in the film industry. The space will also be used by Kenyan film makers who will be participating to transact and sell their content. These two spaces will be the most visible and impactful areas within the whole market.

We are calling on film makers, production houses and film associations to take advantage of this opportunity to submit to KFC any collateral material intended to promote their projects to us for display at the festival. The items can be dropped at KFC offices at Jumuia Place along Lenana road to the attention of Corporate Affairs manager Catherine Gitahi.

All film makers in Kenya with any short productions in form of trailers that they would like to run at the market can drop a DVD that KFC will use to run on a screen at the market. Further, we encourage all film makers attending ZIFF to liaise with KFC for their meetings- we will avail space at the booth for scheduled meetings. The space will be offered at no cost. Additionally KFC will host the African Premiere - outside Kenya, in honour of the outstanding Kenyan film Supa Modo, on the opening night at the 2018 event.

Kenya Film Commission’s participation at the market is pegged on the strategic opportunity available for the Kenyan film industry and its stakeholders. Over 300 companies represented by over 500 delegates from approximately 50 countries will be present at the market. TV, film, online content and adaptation right buyers representing telecomm operators, online pay-TV platforms, broadcasters, satellite, cable, airlines and distributors will be present at the market as well.

Cartoon Network Africa

Cartoon Network Africa Creative Lab Launch

Cartoon Network has announced the launch of Cartoon Network Africa Creative Lab which is a new initiative aimed at creating local content that resonates with its African audience and its digital platforms and channel. To achieve this, Cartoon Network has rolled out a call for submissions seeking creative and new talent in Africa to fill the gap.

This new venture seeks to acquire graphic artists, creators, writers, students pursuing animation and more with the intention of exploring new animation projects and production talents. The call for entries is currently running and will end by 31st August. Find out more details here http://www.cartoonnetworkhq.com/CreativeLab

Applicants to this project should be African residents aged 18 years and above or companies registered in Africa. The projects submitted should be short animated films running for 1-3 minutes mainly targeting boys aged between 7-10 years with the core genre being comedy which can make children laugh out loud.

10 shortlisted projects will be picked in September and given a chance for pitching at the DISCOP 2016 Animation Pitching Programme to the Cartoon Network Africa's content programming team.. The top three winners will be announced at DISCOP in South Africa later this year. These three winners will have their projects produced as a pilot and will premiere on Cartoon Network Africa and its digital platforms in 2019.


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A WHOPPING 706 SUBMISSIONS!

2 Days remaining to vote for your favorite Mobile Phone Flick

Kenya Film Commission has just concluded the vetting for short Kenyan films shot exclusively using mobile phones. This competition garnered interest from over 35 countries with a total of 706 submissions received.

The competition themed ‘My Kenya My Story’ is a mobile phone film competition which is an initiative of the Kenya Film Commission that seeks to inspire creativity among the film makers in the country and to widen the scope of film making. The call for entries ran from the 28th of March to 30th of April 2018 where artists submitted their projects for the competition.

A total of 706 submissions for the competition were received from over 35 countries as far as USA, Mexico, UK, France, Russia, and Japan among many others. Out of these, 32 were Kenyan film projects submitted and 22 successfully qualified for judging. These huge numbers suggest that the global community is interested in the Kenyan film industry and the content produced.

Follow us on social media with the hash tag #BestmobileflickKE to get latest updates of the voting process and winners’ announcement. Voting for the shortlisted films begun on 29th of May and will run up to 14th June 2018. The voting process has been broken down such that judges will have a contribution of 70% while the general public will have 30% to the final vote. The award ceremony for the winners in the competition will be held 21st June 2018.

The submissions drew from a variety of genres and exhibited very creative ideas and stories, production design, great editing capabilities, mastery of various software and equipment, proper use of lighting and outdoor landscape despite all the film projects being shot on a zero budget. The Commission appreciates this to be a great avenue for job creation among the youth. Many exhibited great talent in their submissions.

The guidelines of the competition required that artists should make short films telling Kenyan stories, choose from the various genres such as drama, comedy, documentary, adventure and reality and the film should run for a maximum of 5 minutes. This was then to be submitted online via film freeway website.

Have you watched the latest films shot on a mobile phone?

Watch your favorite film here to vote - https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd11qVthBCLV7PUWjcn6ZkK6qZ6znhbm84Rj0_AC_R0iwAy9w/viewform

JURY BACKGROUND

A jury of five judges namely; Gerald Langiri, Joy Nduto, Juma Tayari, Stephen Maina and Johnson Mutungi was constituted to vet the submissions and shortlist projects that will compete for the grand prize.

Mr. Gerald Langiri is an award winning Kenyan actor and casting director. He is well known for the movies House of Lungula which saw him get nominated for Best lead actor in a film at the Kalasha Film and Television Awards 2014. His role in the film Fundimentals also saw him get a nomination in the best actor in a comedy film/TV at the Africa Magic Viewer’s Choice Awards 2015.

Ms. Joy Nduto, is an award winning Film & TV Producer who has more than 10 years’ experience in the Film/Television production industry. She is currently the audio visual Content Executive Producer/Talent Manager at 10th Wonder Productions & Entertainment Ltd.

Juma Tayari is a director at Tayari Soniq Solutions and Core Faculty at Africa Digital Media Institute's Sound Engineering Department. With six years’ experience in analogue and digital audio production, he specializes in live sound reinforcement and Film and TV live audio production. He has worked as a boom swinger at Breath sunshine music conference (Cape Town) in 2014 and the ADR engineer for a film that competed in 48 hour film challenge in South Africa. He has worked on liveTV shows such as Pambio live on Maisha Magic East and was the monitor engineer for The Freddy McGregor Concert at KICC.

Stephen Maina is the co-founder of Imara TV which is a platform for young film enthusiasts who may otherwise never get the opportunity to showcase their talent on mainstream media, to create entertainment content. He is also the co-founder and CEO Competa Millman Ltd, a Dutch-Kenyan company that develops mobile data collection and dissemination solutions for unconnected parts of Africa using SMS on low-end feature phones and apps on smartphones that are currently in use by Non-Governmental and Corporate institutions

Johnson Mutungi boasts of 10 years’ experience where he has worked in the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Kenya News Agency in the department of information serving in various stations across the country. He currently works in the Department of Film Services.

 


 PRODUCTION AND LIAISON SERVICES AT THE COMMISSION

The Kenya Film Commission in its pursuit to support local artistes in achieving their objectives is encouraging all film makers to take advantage and make use of the Production Liaison office, a unit within the commission whose objective is to facilitate connections of film products with key players in their selection of Kenya as a choice venue for filming. It is the one office that is responsible for facilitating and coordinating on-location filming in the city and its surroundings.

The production and Liaison office helps to facilitate on-location filmmaking within a region by offering production companies a complete range of pre-production services through a central contact point. Our government partner agencies provide accurate and timely information regarding local film procedures, permits, and guidelines. It also serves as a liaison between governmental departments and agencies, facilitating connections with local communities and arrangements for filming on public property.

The commission also serves as a general resource for information by contacting appropriate agencies regarding immigration/work permits and filming permits, information regarding studio facilities, post-production facilities and suppliers.

Overall, the Commission provides relevant technical support where necessary in order to achieve set targets both by film makers and the commission by offering considerable production expertise as well as formulating and implementing promotional and advertising strategies, in liaison with producers, the corporate affairs and marketing teams at KFC.

Just to mention a few wins for example, with the internationally acclaimed Sense 8, KFC assisted in obtaining the assistance of the Police to provide free security, traffic control, firearms permits, drone permits from the Office of the President, security from the NYS, waivers on permits from Nairobi County and 2 days use of Globe roundabout and Uhuru Park for filming.

With the Oscar nominated Watu Wote we helped the team obtain their various permits.

Reach out to us also should you require our liaison services. You can drop an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any enquiries.


THE FILM DAWN EMERGES RUNNERS UP IN CANNES FILM FESTIVAL PITCH COMPETITION IN FRANCE

Shirleen WangariKenyan film producer and actress Shirleen Wangari emerged runners up in a pitching competition at the Cannes Film Festival which took place from 8th to 19 May, 2018 in France. Her film Dawn was up against other 100 film projects from fellow producers from all over the world. The pitching competition winner managed to walk away with six million Kenyan shillings for funding of their film projects. The winner in this pitching competition got an opportunity of a lifetime as their film was screened at the prestigious festival.

Shirleen Wangari travelled with her director Jesse Kyalo to the pitching competition so as to give them a better chance of winning at the competition.The pitching competition gave the filmmakers an opportunity to pitch their next short film idea to an expert jury for the chance to win cash rewards for the film’s production and broadcast it on   Jesse KyaloShortsTV around the world.

Shirleen was last year invited to Durban Film Mart, where she pitched for funding for her film African Tale. She is yet to get full funding since it was a big budget film.

Shirleen has featured in many film projects with the most common one being Tahidi High where she played the role of bully. This show aired weekly on Citizen TV. She went on to feature on several programs like MTV’s Shuga, critically acclaimed film The First Grader, the film State House which has been produced by Zuku and other several films produced on Africa Magic.


SUPPORTING KENYA’S FILM INDUSTRY: THE KENYA FILM COMMISSION

IMG 0206The Kenya Film Commission (KFC) is the State Corporation responsible for developing, promoting and marketing the Kenyan film industry. In light of on-going public discourse regarding licensing and registration of filmmakers and their creative work, we would like to clarify the following.

We recognize that film and the auxiliary industries related to filmmaking have great potential to generate wealth for the nation, uplift society and position Kenya as the preferred filming location in Africa. A healthy and vibrant film industry creates jobs, promotes tourism, contributes to education, civic information and promotes national cohesion.

To this end, KFC is committed to developing an enabling environment for filmmakers young and old to flourish in their field. We are committed to promoting content creation, mentorship and industry facilitation in storytelling.

In the last year, KFC has trained over 700 up-coming filmmakers in 13 counties.

The Kalasha International Film& TV festival was held in March. Kalasha is the biggest regional film market in East and Central Africa and brought together a total of 600 film industry players from across the globe. KFC continues to offer a film liaison service and maintain an updated film directory.

We look forward to welcoming you towards the end of year to our prestigious awards ceremony, Kalasha Film & TV Awards where we honour the people who work hard to keep us entertained and informed. We have just concluded a completion for short Kenyan stories told on film shot exclusively using mobile telephones. This competition garnered interest from a total of 158 submissions received from over 35 countries with over 30 Kenyan stories shortlisted.

We are constantly engaging with policy makers advocating for policies and legislation that is conducive to a developing and vibrant industry. One of these is an on-going discussion for a fiscal incentive package by way of rebates. We are grateful to our parent ministry, of Sports and Heritage, the National Treasury and the Kenya Revenue Authority for their support in this matter.IMG 0187

We would like to clarify that we are not responsible for classification of content. That role rests with our erstwhile colleagues at the Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB). We have different mandates. The mandate and role of the KFC is to promote, develop, research, certify and market Kenyan films and locations. KFCB regulates content once it has been created and classifies it according to their published rating system.

We urge aspiring filmmakers and all creatives not to give up. Kenya has a lot to offer and more and more Kenyan content is being exported and recognised at international markets.


WINNERS AT THE KALASHA INTERNATIONAL TV & FILM MARKET ANNOUNCED

The winners of the pitching sessions held during the 2018 Kalasha International TV & Film festival were announced at the end of the three day event. Winners KITFM 2018

The pitching sessions which were the headline events during the three day market, marked the first time  the government through the Kenya Film Commission offered cash prizes to film makers.

The sessions were divided into three categories, TV, Film and Animation, with each category featuring 6  entries. ‘The System’ by Duotrix media were the winners in the Film category, walking away with KES.  500,000. ‘Kioo’ by Divine elements won in the TV category and also won KES. 500,000.

 ‘Underneath’ by UnderneathJohn Wachira won in the animation category and    with that came a fully funded trip to the Annecy International  Animation Film Festival and Market (MIFA) in France courtesy of the French Embassy in Kenya.

Speaking after they were announced winners, Sabina from Divine elements expressed her joy and thanked the  Kenya Film Commission for the support.

“I still can’t believe we actually won, we can finally shoot a whole season, lock in good locations and actually present to a TV station. I want to thank the Kenya Film commission for supporting film makers, I urge them to do more of the same.”

On his part John Wachira who won in the animation category expressed his joy at winning in the category and planned to make the most from the trip to MIFA.

“It is still unreal, this was a passion project for us we never thought it would come this far, it feels great to be finally acknowledged. We have to start preparing to make the most out of our trip and give it our best shot at showcasing animation from Kenya.” Sabina Divine KITFM

The commission received a total of 71 submissions, 21 in the TV category, 28 in the Film and 23 in the Animation category.

Some of the other projects that were shortlisted include; Otoyo Manganga by Reel Pix Media in the TV category; Madam  President (Kweya Gerry) and Room with a view (Veronica Njoroge) in the Film Category; Waka waka moto (Sabina Stadler)  and Maotero (Tsunami Studio) in the Animation category.

Speaking on the awards, the Kenya Film Commission director of Marketing Alex Mulwa explained that the money will be  disbursed in phases, as the winners will be tasked with showing progress at every stage.

“The money will be disbursed in phases, with the first amount going into script writing, treatment and so on. Once we establish that the winners have made progress then we shall release the second phase, then the third until the 500,000 Shillings is exhausted.”Duotrix

“We received a total of 71 submissions from which we shortlisted 18 entries that pitched over the past three days. I am  happy that it has been a success and as a commission are encouraged to keep supporting and motivating our local film  makers.” He added.

The Kalasha International Film & TV Market is an initiative of the Kenya Film Commission, supported by the French  Embassy. The commission’s key mandate is to develop, promote and market the film industry locally and internationally  and identify and facilitate growth of the film industry.


THE 2018 KALASHA INTERNATIONAL TV & FILM MARKET DECLARED A HUGE SUCCESS

IMG 20180327 WA0030Nairobi, Kenya April 2018 The 2018 Kalasha International TV & Film market that was held at the KICC from the 27th to the 29th of March was declared a great success.

The declaration was made by the Kenya Film Commission chairman Mr. Chris Foot during the closing ceremony of the 3 day trade show.

“This was the biggest Film & TV event held in Kenya’s history and the biggest in the region. It has been a great success, everyone is blown away by what we have managed to achieve this year. We have had three times the number of booths we had last year, delegates from 20 countries, over 40 sponsors supported the event, the largest ever number of workshops and conferences which were well attended and several major deals were struck- worth millions of shillings.”

One amongst many of the big wins was a co-production agreement signed between renowned Argentinian film maker Pablo Cesar from the global South and a Kenyan production company worth millions, details of which will be shared in due time.

“This shows us is that the country is finally seeing the huge potential of the audio-visual sector. Our industry is contributing and will continue to increase its contribution to the economy through job creation, film related tourism and positive profiling our country.”

Speaking on the future of the event, Chris mentioned the commission’s intention of hosting the event next year on a larger scale.

“We will definitely do this next year on a bigger scale, look out for the next one and of course the Kalasha Awards slated for November.”

“I want to personally thank everyone who has worked to make this event a possibility, the French government, our sponsors, our numerous speakers and everyone who attended the Kalasha TV and Film Market.” He added.

The over 60 exhibitors expressed their delight in showcasing their trades at the event with most looking forward to the next edition.

Ted from Buni TV, who were one of the exhibitors congratulated the commission and urged to hold more of these events. “This was a very good idea by the Kenya Film Commission, to have a space where film makers can interact and build yourself as a film maker.”

IMG 20180327 WA0055“It was an amazing experience, I congratulate the Kenya Film Commission on hosting this event, film is business and for us actors it is a brilliant opportunity to showcase the importance of actors in film.” A representative from the Kenya Actors guild said.

The Kenya Film Commission Director of Marketing, Alex Mulwa echoed his chairman’s sentiments, “We have had close to 2,000 people here over the last three days, a lot of partners both local and international coming on board to support the film industry.”

“We will keep looking for new ways to keep supporting local film makers and showcasing the country as a film destination.” He added.

The Kalasha International TV & Film Market is an initiative of the Kenya Film Commission, in partnership with the French Embassy. The commission’s key mandate is to develop, promote and market the film industry locally and internationally and identify and facilitate growth of the film industry.


 2018 KALASHA INTERNATIONAL TV & FILM MARKET OFFICIALLY OPENS

Principal Secretary state department of Heritage Josephta Mukobe visiting some of the booths at the 2018 Kalasha International TV Film MarketNairobi, Tuesday 27th March, 2018 – The 2018 edition of the Kalasha International TV & Film Market officially opened its doors to the public today, in an event attended by the Principal Secretary state department of Heritage, Josephta Mukobe at the Kenyatta International Convention Center in Nairobi.

Making her address during the opening ceremony Ms. Josephta lauded the efforts of the Kenya Film Commission in hosting the event, terming it as an opportunity to grow the Film sector to new heights.

“It is my honour to address you all today at the 2018 Kalasha Market, I want to congratulate the Kenya Film Commission board for hosting this event that brings together content producers, distributors and consumers in the film industry with a view of sharing and bringing new ideas that would catapult the industry to new heights.”

“In my view, the Kalasha International TV & Film market presents an opportunity make this an industry of choice for the industry players and investors.”

She added that the government has a keen interest in the film industry as it falls under the big four agenda. “As you are aware the Film industry falls within the government’s big four agenda and therefore we have a keen interest in the industry for creation of jobs and wealth generation.”

While welcoming guests to the event, Kenya Film Commission Chairman Mr. Chris Foot noted that the Market is a great platform for the commission to meet its key mandate of promoting and marketing Kenya’s film industry.

“I want to welcome you all to the 2018 Kalasha International TV & Film Market, this event in particular offers us at the Kenya Film Commission to meet our key mandate of developing, promoting and marketing the film industry locally and internationally.”

“This year Kalasha International TV & Film Market will showcase companies from international and East African region while offering high-level interaction for trading and sharing ideas with side events that include conferences, workshops and special coaching and pitching competition.” He added.The Kenya Film Commission Chairman Chris Foot R takes Principal Secretary Josephta L Mukobe through the list of activities lined up at the 2018 Kalasha International TV Film Market

The three day event will see players across the film industry discover new ways to enhance their skill, engage with other industry players from across the world and get opportunities to trade.

Some of the activities lined up over the three days include a trade show, where various players in the film industry will showcase their work, workshop and conference sessions where industry leaders will engage with film makers.

Among the speakers expected at the workshops and conferences include; Director & writer Pablo Cesar, Julien Ezanno, the Mnet Head of media operations East and Southern Africa Quinton Schmidt. Locally the likes of Julie Gichuru, Daniel Ndambuki (Churchill) and Mohamed Amin will be part of the workshops and conferences.

This year, the market will give a special focus to the animation sector and new technologies. Along the trade show, conferences and workshops, a pitching competition will take place.

The pitching competition will be divided into three categories, Film, TV and animation. The winners from the pitching sessions will walk away with KES. 500,000 with the winner from the animation category winning a fully funded trip to the Annecy International Animation Film Festival and Market (MIFA) in France courtesy of the French Embassy.

The Kalasha International TV & Film Market is an initiative of the Kenya Film Commission in conjunction with the French Embassy.


SHORT LIST FOR KALASHA INTERNATIONAL TV & FILM MARKET PITCHING SESSION FILMS RELEASED.

The short list for the movies that will participate in this year’s Kalasha International Film & TV Market, has been released.

The pitching sessions are set to be the headline event during the three day market from 27thto 29th March 2018. The sessions will feature three categories, TV, Film and Animation. Each of the categories will feature 6 entries.

A total of 72 entries were received for this competition and six of the best selected after rigorous selection by seasoned judges in the industry. The TV category got 21 entries while animation got 23 entries. Film on the other hand managed to get 28 entries.

The shortlisted companies include: 

TV Category

1. Amitations Ltd

2. Just Imagine Productions

3. Divine Elements

4. Reel Pix Media Ltd

5. Spearhead Media Entertainment

6. Oracle Productions Ltd

Film Category

1. Quest Concepts Ltd

2. Furet Films

3. Ideas Unplugged Ltd

4. Duotrix Media Ltd.

5. Hadithi Media

6. Blacklight Productions

Animation Category

1. Tsunami Studio

2. Divine Elements

3. JR Animation Studio

4. Diversity Entertainment/ Story Moja

5. Bluegrass Animation

6. John Wachira-Individual

The categories will put the 18 established and aspiring producers under the spotlight to pitch their original ideas to a panel of industry key players and potential investors, other producers, programming and commissioning executives and advertisers.

Each participant will be given 20 minutes to pitch their concept. The first 10 minutes will be for the presentation while the other 10 minutes will be for feedback session.

The winners from the TV and Film categories will walk away with KES. 500,000 each with the winner from the animation category winning a fully funded trip to the Annecy International Animation Film Festival and Market (MIFA) in France courtesy of the French Embassy.

Speaking on the preparations of the event, Kenya Film Commission Chairman Mr. Chris Foot said that they are ready to host players in the film industry for three days of discovering, connecting and trading.

"The Kenya Film Commission is ready to host local and international players in the film industry for three days of discovering, connecting and trading around the sector. We have received great support from our sponsors and are looking forward to delivering a memorable and impactful event."

"There is a lot of excitement around the event with 500 plus registrations already confirmed attendance and an 80 per cent booth uptake for the exhibition area. More are expected to sign up before the gates open on Tuesday 27th of March, 2018.” He added.

Apart from the pitching sessions, there will also be other events such as conferences and workshops.

This year’s event has attracted seasoned international experts from Europe and United States of America as well as Argentina who will participate as speakers and panelists. They will be offering valuable information and knowledge on how to create value for content that is produced as well as share on the value chain for TV programs and film from production to distribution.

International film producers will also be in attendance scouting for local talent at the market as well as looking for opportunities for international collaborations on films. This is a great opportunity for local film makers in the country and the region who have set their eyes on major projects for the international market.

The Kalasha International TV & Film Market is an initiative of the Kenya Film Commission, whose key mandate is to develop, promote and market the film industry locally and internationally and identify and facilitate growth of the film industry.

Registration to the event as an exhibitor or delegate is open click here to register.


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The second edition of Kalasha International TV and Film Market is only four days away. A lot of meticulous planning has gone into organizing the 2018 edition which is set to bigger and better with a special focus being given to animation.

The Kenya Film Commission; the brainchild behind the Kalasha Market, is proud to have locked in some big firms who have sponsored this amazing event.

We want to recognize European Union, France 24, Air France, MIFA Annecy, Kenya Civil Aviation Authority, Telkom Kenya, A24 Media, Kenya Copyright Board, Communications Authority, Wines and Bubbles, Champagne Taittinger, World Intellectual Property Organization and Embassy of Argentina in Kenya among many others.

This market will also see players in the audio-visual industry meet some of the renowned producers from all over the world who will be participating as speakers and panelists giving insight and sharing their knowledge and expertise they have gained over the years.  

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FINAL PREPARATIONS

The second edition of the Kalasha International TV and Film Market is only four days away. This event has attracted international delegates from all over Europe and United States of America as well as Argentina who are coming to participate as speakers and panelists. These are experts who are seasoned in the TV and Film industry and will be offering valuable information and knowledge on how to create value for content that is produced as well as share on the value chain for TV programs and film from production to distribution. International film producers will also be in attendance scouting for local talent at the market as well as looking for opportunities for international collaborations on films. This is a great opportunity for local film makers in our country and the region who have set their eyes on major projects for the international market.

There will also be side events such as conferences, workshops and a pitching competition where contestants will submit their projects for consideration and stand a chance of winning half a million Kenyan shillings for the TV and Film categories and a fully funded trip to MIFA in France in June 2018 for the winner in the Animation category. There is a lot of excitement around the event with 500 plus delegates already confirmed to attend. There is also a rush for booth bookings with 90% booth uptake for the exhibition area.

There is a lot that will be happening at the Kalasha International TV and Film Market from 27 to 29th March 2018. Exhibitors will be showcasing their products and services at their booths. For you to also book a booth and showcase your products click here to fill in your form. A booth sells for only 250$ for the entire three days. To register as a delegate, just go to our website and register via here for you to enjoy the amazing experience. This will go for only 100$ for international delegates. For the East African delegates, this will go for 500Ksh. This offer is only valid up to 23rd March, 2018.


KALASHA INTERNATIONAL TV AND FILM MARKET – NAIROBI 2018

PITCHING COMPETITION

Kalasha International TV & Film Market is a unique platform for all regional & international players and festival goers from the TV & Film industry to gather, discuss exchange, collaborate, share stories and develop new business opportunities in the fast growing East Africa region. It is a 3-day trade fair showcasing companies from international and East African region offering high-level interaction for trading and sharing ideas. Side events include conferences, workshops, coaching and pitching sessions. A special focus will be given to the Animation sector and new technologies.

PITCHING SESSION

A pitching competition will be open to all practicing and upcoming filmmakers registered for the market. Individuals from East Africa will be given a chance to pitch a concept or project to potential investors in the following categories:

  • Film - Feature / Short
  • Animated TV Series or animated feature film
  • TV - Series / Soaps / Shows

The pitching competition for the three categories is scheduled to take place as follows:

  • Film - Feature / Short : Monday 27th March 2018, 14h00-15h00
  • Animated TV Series or animated feature film: 28th March 2018, 15h45-16h45
  • TV Series/Soaps: 28th March 2018, 11h30-12h30

The Three (3) categories will put 18 established and aspiring producers under the spotlight to pitch an original idea to a panel of industry key players and potential investors, other producers, programming and commissioning executives and advertisers.

PRIZES

Winners in each of the Three (3) categories will be awarded as follows:  

  • Film - Feature / Short : KES. 500,000
  • TV - Series / Soaps / Shows : KES. 500,000
  • Animated TV Series / feature film : Fully sponsored trip to Annecy International Animation Film Festival and Market (MIFA) in June, 2018 in France

DEADLINE

The projects’ submission deadline is Thursday 22nd  March 2018.

Only 18 pitches will be selected from the pool of submissions by a specially appointed committee of experts i.e. six (6) nominees for each of the three (3) categories. Those whose projects will be shortlisted will be notified by 24th March, 2018.

WORKSHOP

We will have a ‘HOW TO PITCH’ coaching session to take place on 27th March at 10h00.

During the competition, a qualified jury of experts and key players driving television content production and distribution across East Africa will select ONE WINNER per category based on the project’s creative vision, its originality, and the viability of the idea that could actually be produced. Judges will be looking for a strong idea that meets the criteria set, a clear, well-prepared and engaging pitch that will express the concept, the storyline and the characters that inhabit the story. 

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 KALASHA INTERNATIONAL TV & FILM MARKET

The African Audiovisual Market

BOOK YOUR BOOTH EARLY!

KALASHA INTERNATIONAL TV & FILM MARKET REGISTRATION ONGOING

27-29 MARCH 2018 – Kenyatta International Convention Center - KICC

Kalasha International TV & Film Market is a 3-day trade fair showcasing companies from international and East African region offering high-level interaction for trading, sharing ideas, with side events that include conferences, workshops, coaching and pitching sessions.

A special focus will be given to the Animation sector and new technologies in this year’s market. Visit www.kalashainternational.com to register and access the booth booking form or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to receive one.

Take advantage of the Kalasha international Market to broaden your competitive edge in the East African TV and Film Market. Book a booth at only USD 250 for the entire 3 days of the market.                                                     

Kalasha International is taking place at Kenyatta International Convention Center in the heart of Nairobi and offering easy access to plenty first class hotels and facilities. The festival is offering all film, TV, creative professionals a unique platform to discuss, collaborate and develop new business opportunities in the fast growing East African region.

Register now via www.kalashainternational.com for the Market;

Visitor pass is USD 100.


 KENYA FILM COMMISSION PARTNERS WITH MEDIAMAX

The Kenya Film Commission has partnered with Mediamax Network Limited in the production of a new TV program named ‘Filamu’. Filamu is a new TV talk show which will be running for 26 minutes every week on the parent company K24 TV and will highlight films and events mainly in Kenya with periodical insight on the international film industry. The talk show is set to launch on 3rd March, 2018.

The main aim of this program is to promote Kenyan films through a review of new and existing films which will ultimately build a culture of appreciation and market Kenyan films for distribution and potential sale.

The program will be interactive in that it will engage local stakeholders in the film industry in a bid to highlight those films that have placed Kenya on the global map and have actually made a contribution in the growth of the film industry.

The show is set to initially run 13 episodes.


 A24 MEDIA LAUNCHES ONE MILLION DOLLAR MEDIA TECHNOLOGY INVESTMENT FUND

A24 Media has announced the launch of Media Technology Investment Fund whose aim is to support technology developers focused on revenue generating content distribution platforms. To achieve this, A24 Media will launch an idea developer contest which seeks to find creative ideas on media, education and advertising that will integrate content into their business model.

In order to provide strategic advice on the business models and market strategies, A24 Media will seek venture capital investment partners to help co-manage the Investment Fund.

Asif Sheikh, the founder of A24 Media, observes that the Media Technology Investment Fund will go a long way in supporting disruptive developers in the media technology industry especially because currently, no single company in the country can offer the requisite innovations required to develop revenue generating platforms and further advance the media industry.

This initiative is great news for content developers as it offers them a great opportunity to showcase their creativity while generating revenue at the same time. This will also go a long way in advancing the technology, skills and techniques in the media technology sector. The Kenya Film Commission encourages all the artists in the industry to grab the opportunity and reap the benefits that come with participation in the same.


NIGERIA INTERNATIONAL TV SUMMIT SET FOR PARIS

The Nigeria International TV Summit  comes up in Paris, France from 13 to 14th of April 2018 with a core focus of creating distribution of Hollywood films in Nigeria and at the same time creates the desired appeal for Nollywood films in the international market.

Nigeria International TV Summit is an event which is driven by business guided conversations on the emerging film industry in Nigeria. This event will also examine the distribution structures in place for Nollywood film, investment potential of Nollywood films and their success rate at the box office compared to Hollywood films.

The summit will bring together investors, producers, pay TV operators and broadcasters from within Nigeria and around the world in a bid to gain insight on the operations in the television industry. Kenya film industry stakeholders are encouraged to attend and benchmark the opportunities that are there to satisfy demand especially in the current digital space we exist in. This will also be an excellent opportunity for international companies to pitch their business ideas and offer content and technological solutions facing the film and media sector.


KALASHA INTERNATIONAL TV & FILM MARKET.

SAVE THE DATES : 27 to 29 MARCH 2018

Welcome to the second edition of Kalasha International TV & Film Market. Kalasha International is an initiative from Kenya Film Commission in partnership with the French Embassy in Kenya, in the fast growing East African region.

KALASHA INTERNATIONAL TV AND FILM MARKET

D i s c o v e r / C o n n e c t / T r a d e

March, Tuesday 27th to Thursday 29th 2018 at KICC in Nairobi – Kenya

REGISTRATION OPENING ON JANUARY 29th

Come and join a large number of international professionals from the Audiovisual and Film industry coming from East African countries, Europe and other places around the world, for a unique opportunity to boost your business through trading content, partnership opportunities, networking and more.

This event offers high-level interaction with Network groups, TV Channels, Mobile operators, Distributors, Commissioners, Producers, Directors, Scriptwriters… for trading, sharing ideas and perspectives on new programs and development policy. Along the trade show, other side events like conferences, workshops, coaching and pitching sessions will take place. A special focus will be given to Animation sector and new technologies.

Also taking place at the same dates is the official launch of the international news TV channel France 24 via Signet DTT’s Multiplex, as well as the Nairobi Film Festival offering several Kenyan movie premières among other notable African film screenings.

Kalasha International is taking place in the heart of Nairobi, and offering easy access to plenty first class hotels and facilities. The trade show is set to encourage overflowing and innovative creativity from new talents emerging in Eastern Africa, as they seek support to compete in the international sphere.

Registration for delegates, exhibitors and students via www.kalashainternational.com

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GLITZ AND GLAMOUR AT THE 2017 KALASHA FILM & TV AWARDS.

Kalasha gala event went down this weekend with the who’s who in the film industry, dignitaries and top government officials gracing the red carpet event at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Nairobi, Kenya hosted by the Kenya Film Commission.

It was a night of color and many surprises with upcoming artistes taking home the coveted Kalasha trophy.  Lifetime Achievement Award went to Joseph Kioni who has been in the film industry for over 30 years wearing many hats as a producer, art director and head of construction. Best Watershed Compliant Station award sponsored by Kenya Film Classification Board went to Miracle TV.

K24 won the Kituo Halisi award that is supported by the Communications Authority of Kenya – this award recognizes TV stations that demonstrated the highest level of overall compliance with the principles set out in the programming Code and Broadcasting Regulations of Kenya Information, Communications Act 2013.

But perhaps the biggest win went to the cast of Sue na Jonnie show that took both Best Lead Actress and Best Lead Actor in a TV Drama  by Catherine Kamau and Martin Githinji respectively who went ahead to get a voucher for one night for 2 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel that sponsored the Best Actor category.

Kalasha International 2017 received great support in terms of sponsorship from different organizations. Among our main sponsors were Communications Authority (CA), Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB), Embassy of Argentina, English Press, Africa Digital Media Institute (ADMI), MTECH, IMAX Kenya, NTV, Fanaka TV and the 25 county governments where back to back screenings were done free of charge for the public from  November 13th to December 8th.

Our screening venue sponsors were IMAX Kenya, Kabianga University, Department of Film Services, Moi University, Machakos University, Kirinyaga University, Kibabii University, Maasai Mara University, St. Paul’s University, Bomet University College and United States International University- Africa (USIU-A).

Public online voting for nominees hit an all-time high with each receiving over 7500 votes. Kalasha International is an annual and biggest film market in East Africa bringing under one roof a Film Festival, a Film & TV Awards and a Film & TV Market for film makers, investors and content buyers and is hosted by the Kenya Film Commission mandated to develop, promote and market the film industry locally and internationally and identify and facilitate growth of the film industry while marketing Kenya as a preferred filming destination.

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KALASHA INTERNATIONAL FILM & TV AWARDS GALA IS HERE!

It’s all systems go for Kalasha International Film & TV Awards 2017!

The grand event is set for Saturday, 9th December 2017 at Crowne Plaza, Upperhill from 6pm to award outstanding film makers in Kenya.

Top stakeholders and VIP guests will grace the event expected to host over 500 people.

Kalasha International 2017 has received great support from different organizations. Among our main sponsors are Communications Authority of Kenya (CAK), Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB), Embassy of Argentina, Embassy of France, English Press, Africa Digital Media Institute (ADMI), MTECH, NTV, KBC and the 25 county governments which facilitated the screenings.

Kenyans were treated to back to back screenings at various theatres in over 25 counties from  November 13th ending on Friday December 8th. Our screening venue sponsors were IMAX Kenya, Kabianga University, Department of Film Services, Moi University, Machakos University, Kirinyaga University, Kibabii University, Maasai Mara University, St. Paul’s University, Bomet University College and United States International University- Africa.

Kalasha International is the biggest film market in East Africa bringing under one roof a Film Festival, a Film & TV Awards and a Film & TV Market. The market will take place in March 2018 at the heart of Nairobi and offering easy access to plenty of first class hotels and facilities.


PUBLIC VOTING FOR 2017 KALASHA INTERNATIONAL NOMINEES OPENED

Voting for the KALASHA INTERNATIONAL FILM & TV AWARDS nominees is now open. The public and all film enthusiasts can now kalashavoting for their favourite Film and TV stars through the following channels, Online voting and sms voting.

Kenya Film Commission has also incorporated a Short Message Service (SMS) courtesy of MTECH, its technology partner. The public is required to send the key word of each nominee to 22414 to vote for their preferred celebrity.

The public is also encouraged to visit their nearest theatres for back to back screenings of the films between 13th November to 2nd December 2017 free of charge in 21 counties, which are Nairobi, Transzoia, Uasin Gishu, Narok, Nandi, Bomet, Nakuru, Kisumu, Homa Bay, Kericho, Kisii, Siaya, Bungoma, Migori, Nyeri, Kirinyaga, Murang’a, Embu, Machakos, Nyandarua and Kericho. A complete screening schedule is available on www.kalashainternational.com. The screenings are supported by IMAX theatres, public universities and county governments.

The public can also view the films on mobile through the Iflix App on www.iflix.com.

This year, Kalasha International registered the highest number of entries ever received since the inception of Kalasha, with the submission of 237 films, an affirmation of the credibility of the Kalasha over the last 7 years. The awards gala is slated for Saturday 9th December 2017.

The 2017 Kalasha International nomination academy comprised of scholars and film makers alike who are practicing in various capacities. They noted remarkable improvements in the entries with a notable number of movies shot in Machakos County.

Here is a full list of the 2017 KALASHA INTERNATIONAL FILM & TV AWARDS nominees

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 pdf iconClick here to download nominees list

Kalasha International is the biggest film market in East Africa bringing under one roof a Film Festival, a Film & TV Awards and a Film & TV Market.  

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KFC LAUNCHES A MOBILE PHONE FILM COMPETITION

Nairobi, Kenya 3rd November 2017; The Kenya Film Commission (KFC), has rolled out a Mobile Phone Film Competition 2017, with the aim of supporting the local film industry in Kenya.

The competition is set to take place from 1st November 2017 to January 30th 2018; with the awards slated for February 2018 (dates will be communicated).

  • Call for submissions/entries is 15th November to 30th December 2017.
  • Deadline for submission- 30th December 2017
  • Vetting & shortlisting by jury- 4th – 18thJanuary 2018
  • Voting by public- Monday 22nd to 30th January 2018
  • Awards- Thursday 8th February 2018

At the heart of Kenya Film Commission core mandate is to develop, promote and market the film industry locally and internationally and identify and facilitate the growth of the film industry

“The ultimate business objective we want to contribute to through the competition is not only to indirectly grow awareness of Kenya Film Commission mandate but also to create interest and spark creativity in people of all ages with limited income or resources, but to actually inspire creative Kenyans and armature filmmakers to live to their potential and realize the opportunity to fulfil their dream”, notes Alex Mulwa, the Director of Marketing at KFC.

The theme for the competition will be #MyKenyaMyStory and will be pushed with the same hash tag on all mass media platforms; KFC hopes that with this competition will give emerging filmmakers the chance to showcase their talent, be recognized and enhance their creative skills while communicating the diversity of Kenyan stories and beautiful locations.

“The theme #MyKenyaMyStory emanates from the fact that Kenyans are a peace loving people, warm and patriotic enough thus they will feel obliged to create a film and share their rich culturally diverse stories while showcasing Kenya’s unique locations’, observes Alex.

According to the latest sector statistics from the Communications Authority, Kenya now has over 90% mobile penetration with a total mobile subscription of slightly over 39.7 million. Further to this, Google’s Consumer Barometer indicates smartphone uptake in Kenya is now at 44% in 2016 a massive jump from 2014 when smartphone uptake was measured in the same survey as being only 27%.

The rules for the competition will span;

  • Citizenship: Participants must be Kenyan
  • Submissions: Submitted films must be Kenyan Stories.
  • All release forms should be attached.
  • Age of participants: below 35 years, with those under 18 required to provide an approval form from the guardian.
  • Themes: drama (horror, thriller), comedy, documentary, adventure (travel) and reality with the tagline being My Kenya…My Story
  • Length of the films: 5 minutes maximum.
  • Language of films: English and with subtitles for other languages.

Go here to submit www. https://filmfreeway.com/MOBILEPHONEFILMCOMPETITION

Find the Submission form here: pdf iconMobile Phone Film Competition Submission Form.

The competition aims to bring together Kenyans from all walks of life that have a mobile phone, an interest in film, have a Kenyan story and are interested to share it.


KALASHA INTERNATIONAL FILM & TV, FESTIVAL & MARKET 2017

Kalasha International Film & TV Awards records the highest number of entries;
Kenya Film Commission would like to announce that submission of films for the 2017 Film and TV Awards has officially closed. This year, the commission registered the highest number of entries ever received since the inception of Kalasha, with the submission of 237 films!, an affirmation of the credibility of the Kalasha over the last 7 years and the fact that more film makers are keen to have Kenyans consume local content.

The Jury is currently vetting all the films in preparation for the unveil of the 2017 nominees and undoubtedly one of the grandest gala event in 2017- Kalasha Film & TV Awards scheduled for Saturday 9th December 2017. The Awards gala is our very own Kenyan Oscars with various categories spanning feature films, short films, TV documentaries, commercials, drama, comedies and TV shows. This year, the Kalasha International has been split in three with the Kalasha International Film Festival set from 4th – 8th December 2017, the Awards gala and the Market set for March 2018.
 

Kalasha International is the biggest film market in East Africa bringing under one roof a Film Festival, a Film & TV Awards and a Film & TV Market. Further details can be accessed via; http://kalashainternational.com/company-register/.

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  CHANGE OF DATES  KALASHA INTERNATIONAL FILM & TV, FESTIVAL & MARKET

Kenya Film Commission has rescheduled the dates for the 3 activities slated within the Kalasha International Film Festival and Market that was scheduled to take place from 16th to 21st October 2017. However, registration is still open for film, TV and creative players to join the Kalasha International Film & TV, Festival & Market. Delegates can register here; http://kalashainternational.com/company-register/

Kalasha International is the biggest film market in East Africa bringing under one roof a Film Festival, a Film & TV Awards and a Film & TV Market. The new dates are;

  • 2017 Kalasha Film & TV Awards ceremony – Saturday 9th December 2017. The Awards gala is our very own Kenyan Oscars usually the climax of the entire event with a range of categories both in TV and Film that include an East African one. Film makers in the region can follow the link kalashainternational.com to enter films for the awards ceremony. Films submission deadline is 18th October 2017 at 5 p.m. Kenya time.
  • The Kalasha Film & TV Trade Show – March 2018 (Dates will be communicated). The trade show will showcase Kenyan, East African and Pan African companies under pavilions, while the international TV & Film players will attend as participants.
  • The Kalasha International Film Festival – 4th – 8th December 2017. This is scheduled for     a week in various venues throughout Kenya: Eligible entries will be from the entire continent. Screenings will be organized in various theaters and venues.

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KENYA FILM CLASSIFICATION BOARD WAIVES CLASSIFICATION FEE

The Kenya Film Commission would like to announce a waiver in classification fee for all films that will be submitted for Kalasha International Film & TV, Festival and Awards 2017.

The Kenya Film Classification Board CEO, Ezekiel Mutua, granted the waiver following a request made by KFC. “This comes as great news to all film makers who will highly benefit from this new development. It also encourages more submissions for the 2017 Film and TV Awards”, noted the Ag. CEO Caroline Njoroge.


NATIONAL FILM SECTOR SYMPOSIUM

On 13 to 15th September 2017, Nairobi was abuzz hosting the National Film sector symposium, a sideline event of the extraordinary session of the 2nd specialized technical committee on youth, culture and sports that took place the Kenyatta International Convention Centre.

With much anticipation and a great turn out from the Kenyan film players, the three day event aimed to sensitize public on the efforts government was undertaking in promoting the growth and development of film and the audiovisual sector while creating conversations on priorities that will drive the development of national film sector to be included in the government development plans.

Professionals in the film and music industry took the stage to engage in an interactive session that shed light on the promotion of Kenya’s cultural heritage and national cohesion through the audiovisual sector. In the first session of expanding economic and cultural contributions of the film and television industries in Kenya and Africa, panelists were agreeable that Kenya has a rich and unique culture that should be celebrated which can be done through audiovisual productions. Moreover, the environment should be made conducive through policies implementation in favor of the local film maker.

Among the attendees were script writers, film directors and producers, actors, scholars, musicians, government representatives and also the media. Dr. Hassan Wario, the Cabinet Secretary from the Ministry of Sports, Culture and the Arts led other ministers that included Deaconess Grace Isu Gekpe the Permanent Secretary from the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture from Nigeria, Dr. Musa Abdul Karim- republic of Sudan, the Federal Minister in charge of Sports, Arts and Culture and Mr. George Gachara- HEVA Fund, a representative of the private film sector as panelists tackling expansion of economic and cultural contributions of the film and television industries in Kenya and Africa.

Of particular interest to the audience, was the Nigerian film industry and its rise in Africa and globally. Nollywood has grown to become the world’s second largest film industry in terms of production, creating an average of 40 films a week thereby creating a booming film industry that has significantly affected the economy of Nigeria securing employment for many Nigerians according New African magazine www.newafricanmagazine.com.

“The film industry in Nigeria was driven by the private sector; it got to a point where government staged an intervention in the sector on realizing the potential it possessed and the work that the private sector had put in to its success which eventually strengthened the impact of Nollywood. It is my hope that film makers in Kenya find a way to work with government relentlessly to improve such opportunities,” observed Deaconess Grace.

Dr. Wario reaffirmed the importance of the film policy document that will bring reforms to the industry and which he expects will be passed in the next cabinet. The policy deals with issues licensing and ensuring business development to safeguard growth in the sector. Quoting Agenda 2063 - The Africa we Want, Dr. Wario insisted on the importance of cohesive forces that will ensure that Africa has a strong cultural identity, common heritage, shared values and ethics. Mr. Gachara, called on film makers to stop relying on the government as the main funder calling them to think outside the box and realize that a large sum of money exists from alternative channels.

The final day was graced by Chris Foot, chairman of Kenya Film Commission, Justus Tharao, Head of Television at NTV, George Nyakweba from Kenya Copyright Board and Dorothy Getuba of Spielworks being panelists tackling promotion of the growth of African audiovisual markets and audiences. Chris Foot urged producers to widen their scope to Pan Africa and new media opportunities so that they incorporate a bigger audience and consequently better revenue.

Justus Tharao articulated the importance of defining audiences in order to create a suitable market for them while Dorothy Getuba gave insight on how producers fall short because they do not look at the interests of the audience but rather produce shows for themselves augmenting the need for audience definition. Last but not least, KECOBO called on protection of producers’ content before promoting it, to safeguard their work. In conclusion, the panelists in one accord highlighted the importance of shining a spotlight on local productions to ensure that we sell Kenya and Africa to the world using channels that have a bigger reach and consequently a superior market.

The event took place in line with the African Union meeting that brought together 27 ministers of culture from different member states, including Kenya. The main agenda of the meeting was discussing Agenda 2063 – The Africa We Want. This is an initiative to see an Africa with a strong cultural identity, common heritage, shared values and ethics. The film sector has a huge role to play through local productions that portray our history and culture.


KILIFI COUNTY TRAINING WORKSHOP

This September from the 25th to 29th of 2017, fifty two film makers in Kilifi County benefited from a 5 day film training workshop providing participants a platform to learn about the latest trends in the local film industry as they network with professional industry players.

Kenya Film Commission accompanied by the Kenya Copyright Board (KECOCBO), Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) and Communications Authority of Kenya (CAK) were at hand to give guidance on policy issues on filming requirements, film financing marketing and distribution across pre-production, production and post-production processes.

The continuing workshops in various counties in the country are geared towards giving film makers an opportunity to gain practical experience in various aspects of film production while ensuring that local content flourishes in the country putting the film industry on the map of Kenya as a potential employer and a main contributor to the economic growth of the country.

The main focus areas were script writing, animation production, film entrepreneurship, intellectual property rights and regulatory provisions which include copyright, marketing and other related rights.

Homabay and Eldoret are the other counties that have benefited from the workshops in 2017.


STORY MOJA FESTIVAL

Story Moja Festival is a platform that brings together creative people in the industry to share their creativity and also offer them exposure. Initially, it started as an initiative to promote the reading culture, but has grown to incorporate more. In its 10th year now, it has become a platform where people in the creative sector can express themselves and tell their stories. The week-long event set for Monday 25th September through to Sunday 1st October 2017 will be held at Nairobi National Museum.

Kenya Film Commission represented by Timothy Owase the Film Industry Development Manager joined a panel discussion with fellow panelists, Shama Patel from Routes Adventures to discuss the place of tourism in the film sector.

Shama of Routes Adventures is a content creator who travels different parts of the Kenya, shoots and produces content that focuses on his travels. He does this is a bid to showcase Kenya and its beauty and consequently sell Kenya as a filming location as well as entice tourists to visit the country. One of the the mandate of Kenya Film Commission is to sell Kenya as the preferred filming destination and this eventually leads to Kenya being a global tourist attraction. The discussion that followed, therefore, articulated issues on tourism and film in Kenya.

“KFC is determined to make the environment for film makers conducive for them to conduct their business and create content freely without the threat of strict policies and regulations that only hinder rather than progress their productions”, noted Mr. Owase.

The film industry in Kenya can be highly promoted with the coming together of the tourism and filming sector both aiming at selling Kenya to the world. Both sectors can mutually benefit with this collaboration that ensures Kenya is on the map.


EXTENDED! CALL FOR SUBMISSION; 18TH OCTOBER 2017

KALASHA INTERNATIONAL FILM & TV, FESTIVAL & MARKET

The call for submission has now been extended to Wednesday 18th October 2017. Did you miss to submit? This is your chance...

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Nairobi, Kenya August 2017…..The Kenya Film Commission is gearing for one of the continents biggest and most anticipated award show, KALASHA FILM & TV AWARDS. The awards have been in existence since 2009 and are held annually since inception. This year promises even more pop and color with over 30 categories in both film and TV to be awarded.

The last event saw over 800 entries and coming up with the nominees in each category was not a walk in the park for the academy. The 2017 academy now popularly referred to as the ‘big 8’ is already set with a representation of some influential creatives in the Film and TV Industry whom will take some time off to critically analyze each and every submission and come up with nominees in every category after the submission deadline coming up on Friday 15th September. Some of the highly contested categories include the Best Lead Actor and Actress in Film and TV.

Exhibitors, Marketers and Contributors of the International film industry at large have not been left behind as the KALASHA INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL AND MARKET expected to bring global film and TV players under one roof will be running for the second year now. The week-long festival and two day Market promises constructive interaction among top players from all 7 continents comprising film professionals from TV, cinema and advertising.

Look out for more information on the dates, the venues, and how you can be part of this lifetime experience on our website www.kalashainternational.com .

SAVE THAT DATE!