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 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

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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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.

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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 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.

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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;

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 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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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.


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

“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.


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 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.



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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 .



ck foot multichoiceThe Kenya Film Commission represented by the Chairman Chris Foot was among the speakers that engaged on various topical issues around local content uptake and innovation in the Kenyan film industry at a recent summit on local content.

The one day summit organized and hosted by the MultiChoice with the theme titled ‘Investing in East Africa local content industries to spur economic growth’ saw over 200 local producers, content developers and students in attendance besides other renowned Kenyan producers Appie Matere of Zamaradi Productions Limited, Ken Oloo of Zindua Limited and Mwaniki Mageria CEO Riverwood.

And towards raising Kenyan audio-visual production standards to international levels, Multichoice and Electronic Media (PTY) Limited Mnet, committed Sh400Million towards the production of 15 original local productions this year. MultiChoice and M-Net are one of Africa’s biggest supporters and funders of local television content.

Speaking at the forum, Chris Foot encouraged the initiative, “It is quite encouraging to see the broadening of placement of local content on cable TV such as we are witnessing on Maisha Magic East. This is a great opportunity for the creative economy to invest in creation of more local shows to spur economic growth. The audiences are thirsty for good quality shows and as the entertainment industry grows, we should take the opportunity to serve audiences with more of what they want.”

GOtv Kenya General Manager, Simon Kariithi reiterated the MultiChoice’s commitment to invest in local productions on DStv and GOtv. “MultiChoice is rooted in countries where our customers live. That means we are proud of the contribution we are making in our local communities. As a leading funder of local productions in Kenya, we are proud to announce a half a billion shillings investment, via Mnet, in 15 original local shows to be produced and broadcast in the year 2017-2018, and will air exclusively on Maisha Magic East which is the only show in the country with 100% local content,” said Simon

M-Net East and Southern Channels Director, Timothy Okwaro lauded Bollywood top thespians for partnering with Maisha Magic producers in the knowledge sharing session. The summit which took place at Local Production Limited studios in Nairobi also featured two of Bollywood’s renowned and award-winning producers and directors at Shakuntalam Telefilms in India, Neelima Bajpal and Shyamashis Bhattacharia. The two Bollywood producers gave presentations that focused on the drivers of success of the Indian telenovela productions including budgeting for Bollywood films, script writing and casting. Also featured was the importance of post-production in film production.

local contentThe summit was organized in an effort to help increase local production skills through knowledge transfer and idea sharing following a directive by the Communication Authority in 2014 to increase local content programming from 40% to 68% by 2018. Apart from attending the summit, delegates also had an opportunity to tour the state of the art, Local Productions Kenya Limited studio facilities. They also had a chance to visit the set and see the on-going production of Jela 5-Star a Maisha Magic East original production which is set to launch on 3 July 2017. Two other music shows – The Turn Up and Pambio Live will launch on 1 July 2017 and 2 July 2017 respectively. The three shows will be the first of the 15 shows lined up to roll out in 2017 on Maisha Magic East exclusive to DStv Channel 158 and Gotv Channel 4.

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New shows on Maisha Magic East

The Turn Up

THE TURN UP brings the club and party experience right into the living rooms of audiences every Saturday between 14.00 and 16.00 EAT; with appearances from top class musical acts from East Africa, celebrated Kenyan dance units and experiential concert storms.

The two hour live audience music mix show will celebrate unique and authentic East African sounds through a live video mix by the celebrated DJ Joe Mfalme and TV host Amina Rabar. The show combines both the studio and party scene experience through creatively put together packages that capture some of East Africa’s biggest music concerts and dance contests all choreographies within the set. THE TURN UP launches on July 1, 2017 at 14.00EAT and is exclusive to Maisha Magic East on DStv Channel 158 and GOtv Channel 4.

Pambio Live

PAMBIO LIVE is a gospel music show that will air on Maisha Magic East every Sunday afternoon beginning July 2, 2017 from 14.00 to 16.00 EAT. The show will be hosted by popular musician Size 8 and DJ Ruff. PAMBIO LIVE is produced by renowned music producer Arthur Kamau (Arthur K).

PAMBIO LIVE will include a live studio audience that will consist of community leaders and a celebrity guest speaker. The format will be that of a live video mix, panel session and host interaction. PAMBIO LIVE will also feature interviews by both local and international gospel music artists. PAMBIO LIVE is exclusive to Maisha Magic East on DStv Channel 158 and GOtv Channel 4

Jela 5-Star

Jela 5-Star is a dramatic comical production scripted around a short hold prison bringing to life situations that can be tragic as they can be hilarious. Featuring in the drama series is Madam Melba, a woman who runs a male correctional facility, but is not one to back away from a challenge. Her glorious past as a member of the Prison Service Boxing Team makes her a fierce disciplinarian, but beneath her tough exterior is a soft and humane woman whose philosophy is to advocate change by example. Melba’s regime operates on ‘extreme kindness’, deputized by two warders. They watch over a motley collection of inmates, who include Mbogo - who has been in this prison forever and doubles up as in-house ‘Chef’; ‘Ghost’ - a habitual returnee who advises anyone who cares to listen on court processes; Odhis - a fitness freak who seeks to get everyone in shape and other casual inmates incarcerated for short periods, and who thus provide an essential link to the outside world.

JELA 5 STAR is exclusive to Maisha Magic East on DStv Channel 158 and GOtv Channel 4.

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