CS JOE MUCHERU UNVEIL’S SHORTLISTED CANDIDATES FOR NATIONAL SCRIPTWRITING COMPETITION

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26th March 2019, the first set of shortlisted concepts for the National Scriptwriting competition was announced during the opening ceremony of the 3rd Kalasha International TV & Film Market at the KICC.

The jury for the Scriptwriting Competition led by Chairperson Ms. Njoki Muhoho handed over their report to the CS Ministry of ICT Mr. Joe Mucheru, after one-week of rigorous selection of the 549 submitted entries.

The nine-member jury was tasked to scrutinize the screenplay submissions received and evaluate entries. The judging criteria for the scripts focused on: Originality, Story structure, Characterization, Visual inventiveness and Overall viability for world-class film festivals and/or online distribution.

The competition recorded an overwhelming number of entries with a large percentage of the scripts having a bias for TV films and exhibiting potential for online distribution. The shortlisted 20 candidates will compete in the various categories for Ksh 2 million cash prize and are required to submit full scripts for further evaluation.

The jury in its deliberation noted that the competition attracted both writers and non-writers with concepts submitted revolving around six themes spanning: Epics, Romance, Sci-fi, Fantasy, Mythical Drama and Thriller.

The Script writing competition, whose call for entries closed on February 26th, will see 5 winners receive a total of KES 2m, with the overall winner taking home KES 1,000,000.  Other category winners are 1st runners up – KES 500,000, second runners up – KES 300,000, and – KES 100,000 each for best student and best young writer.

The selected 20 will undergo an intense scriptwriting workshop that will incorporate sensitization workshop on copyright and Intellectual Property matters

It is hoped that the competition will identify authentic Kenyan scripts viable for world class film festivals and online distribution to spur growth in Kenya’s film sector and deliver co-production opportunities for Kenya and China.

Here is the full list of shortlisted:   

  

SCRIPT TITLE

 SCRIPT     WRITER  

1

Miale 3000

Tonny Njuguna

2

Crossing the Tsavo

Ken Nderitu

3

Lost in the Village

Jirongo Luyali

4

Dust in My eyes

Benjanmin  Odiwour  

5

Train Stops

Anthony Mochama

6

Enraged

George Wekesa

7

Life is a Marathon

Beatrice Wangondu

8

Jamboree at Kayabombo

Stephen Muthini

9

Mnyazi

David Ngure

10

Secret of Iten

Peter Mbugua

11

Wango’s Bangle

John Muiruri

12

Cradle of Mankind

David Ng'ang'a

13

An African Tale

Shirleen Wangari

14

Goats, Guns and Grace

Shalom Ndiku

15

Two Morons and a Moran

Dancurf Oyaro

16

Poacher

Stephen Gachomba

17

Ndondi

Cyrus kilavu

18

Overkill

Johnson Mwangi

19

Soul Pilgrim

Shams Bhanji

20

Baby

Keith Ndenga

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The National Scriptwriting Competition was launched on 4th February 2019 by the Ministry of ICT through Kenya Film Commission and Kenya Film School. This competition seeks to grow the film industry in Kenya and expand the local market of films in the country and other markets in Africa and Asia while showcasing Kenya as a film production destination.

It is hoped that the competition will identify authentic Kenyan scripts viable for world class film festivals and online distribution to spur growth in Kenya’s film sector.

The first stage of the competition was the submission of film concepts that closed on 27th February 2019 with a total of 549 submissions.

Script Writing Competition Closed

A Jury of 9 Kenyan film professionals, unveiled on 28th February 2019, will evaluate the submissions based on story originality, structure, characterization, visual inventiveness and overall viability. In the second stage of the competition, 20 shortlisted writers will be required to send a full script for further evaluation.

There are three categories to be evaluated and the winners announced on 25th April 2019. The Best Script will be awarded Ksh 1M with First Runner-up getting Ksh 500,000 and Second Runner-up getting Ksh 300,000. The Best Student Writer (under 25 years of age) will get Ksh 100,000 and the Best Young Writer (18 years and below) will get Ksh 100,000.

NATIONAL SCRIPTWRITING COMPETITION JURY

 

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Jackeline Ombogo

Author/Script Writer


         

Jackeline Ombogo is an Author, Scriptwriter and a Video Blogger who has been in the Kenyan Film Industry since August 2007. Born in Kenya, raised in Swaziland and educated in Kenya, the United States and the United Kingdom, Jackeline has been exposed to several cultures which have in turn enriched her expression as an artist and given her a broad outlook on the world which she borrows from to enhance her creations. Currently, Jackeline is writing an auto biography for the celebrated female Vice Chancellor of Kabale University, Uganda, who has been a women’s rights activist since the 1980s and has driven the creation and growth of some of Uganda’s strongest women organizations. The novel is set to come out in 2019. In tandem with her interest in women’s issues, Jackeline’s most recent film, Inherited, based on the intricacies, injustices and complications of wife inheritance was nominated for Best Original Screenplay at the Kalasha Awards 2017. Trained in London as a Scriptwriter for Television and Film, Jackeline has further advanced her skills by attending several workshops globally (Berlin, Abuja, Johannesburg, Nairobi, Dar Es Salaam) most notably an Mnet workshop by Nathan Marshall (Emmy Award Nominee), Robert Mckee (acclaimed Hollywood scriptwriting guru) and a workshop by Ginger Ink and Film Africa (Part Founded by Tom Tykwer, an internationally acclaimed award winning director). Jackeline's other works include over 10 feature length scripts for Africa Magic Original Films including Women of Obiero, East and Life Suspended. She’s been the head writer for renowned television series’ namely Changes (3 seasons), KONA and Mali. One of her most profound works was two mini-series’, Sand Box and Sand Storm, written in Dadaab and Kakuma refugee camps, where she travelled to see firsthand the life in refugee camps and listen to the rich experiences that they shared. Jackeline has authored two novels, Soulfire, an African fantasy and V for Visa, a Nairobi based romance. She is currently working on the sequel of V for Visa, titled D for Darien. She is also working on a video blog series, Life With Mona, which discusses the raw truth about everyday life; relationships, career, spirituality and religion. Jackeline continues to tell people stories where she works as a contributing writer for the Standard Newspaper’s Hustle magazine, a business magazine profiling young entrepreneurs in Kenya and Eve magazine aimed at highlighting women based issues and interests. Jackeline’s greatest aspiration is to use her words and creativity to share and shine a light on the layers of life. She aims to always, as so quaintly coined by one of her mentors, Robert Mckee, ‘write the truth.’                                                                                                                                     

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Eugene Mbugua

Young Rich Television Ltd

Content Creator/Writer/Producer/Director

 

Eugene Mbugua holds a degree in Television Production and Print Media from United States International University – Africa. He was the youngest Producer with a show on Kenyan national television when, at 22 years, his first TV show Young Rich premiered on K24. Eugene has created and produced various television shows among them Young Rich, Get in The Kitchen, Our Perfect Wedding, Stori Yangu, My Friend, Being Bahati, Foods of Kenya and The Best of. These shows have aired on K24, KTN, NTV, Maisha Magic East, Showmax, Iflix, Kwese, Startimes and Trigger (South Africa). For his work, Eugene has earned several accolades. In 2014, he was listed by Business Daily among Kenya’s male Top 40 under 40 entrepreneurs. In the same year Eugene also won the Kalasha Award for Best Editor for his work on the film Child for Hire. In 2016, Forbes listed Eugene among the 30 most promising entrepreneurs under the age of 30 in Africa and again in 2017, Forbes Africa listed Eugene among the Top 30 under 30 entrepreneurs in Africa. Other than producing, Eugene is among the panel of judges for the annual Riverwood Awards and contributes to the Saturday Nation on matters film and television.

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Njoki C. Muhoho

Filmmaker/ Management Consultant

 Njoki Muhoho holds a Diploma in Film Making from New York Film Academy, Universal Studios, Hollywood; a Bachelors’ Degree in Business Education from Kenyatta University, and a Masters’ Degree in Mass Communication Research from the University of Leicester UK. She is currently the Academy Director for the Multichoice Talent Factory – a regional fully sponsored film academy. She is also one of the most experienced film Juror’s in the continent. For 3 years running, she has been a Juror for International Emmys. She has also serviced in the Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards (AMVCA) as Juror since inauguration. She served as AMVCA Chief Judge in 2015. Njoki has a dual career in Film and Management consultancy. She is one of the leading professionals in Organizational Development, Strategic Planning, Change Management and Human Resource Management. She is also an Award winning Film Maker. Her career in TV and film is the result of a hobby gone serious. Writing as a hobby, Njoki became the Kenya National winner of MNET’s New Directions Scriptwriting Competition in 1999. Not certain if this was a fluke or symbolic of a latent talent, Njoki took a one-year sabbatical from her busy Management Consultancy career with Price Waterhouse and joined the New York Film Academy at Universal Studios, Hollywood, earning a Diploma in Film-making. She is now an Award Winning Producer and a Film Academy Director. Njoki has read over 200 scripts, coached and mentored writers and produced over 71 of them into 60 minute films, all of which aired on DSTV. She has also written 5 Africa Magic Original Films which were produced by and aired on DSTV. These include: The Plot, Six, Being OT, The Judge and Get me a Job. Njoki co-wrote the script Lainan which aired on Africa Magic. She wrote Radio Deutsche Welle’s programme, Learning by Ear - 3 seasons of 10 episodes each on education, health and jobs. These are translated into 6 African languages and broadcast around Africa and online. 

 

 

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Ann Hamberger

Film Producer / Actress

 

 Ann Hamberger is an Actress, Producer and Businesswoman. She is the CEO and co-owner of Ashiner Pictures and RAIA TV alongside Henry Lenga, a renowned Scriptwriter, Director and Actor. RAIA TV, being a free-to-air, channel airs good local content that is purely Swahili. She has over 15 years’ experience in the entertainment industry, specifically in film and TV production, directing and overall artistry. Ann Hamberger is renowned for successfully producing entertaining Swahili content in the form of series and movies aired on local television stations, Maisha Magic and Azam TV. She prides herself in having passion for doing long-term series, some being over 200 episodes long, among them Majaliwa, Udhalimu, Cheche, Utandu, Almasi, Sumu, Kashfa, Nyota and over 60 movies. Her passion for Production started out when she acted on Kasheshe, a KBC TV drama, where she was also a Production Assistant. She got great exposure while working on various dramas, talk shows, comedies and documentaries, alongside renowned actress Ashina Kibibi. She worked with KTN, BZN Production and Ashikibi Communications before finally running Ashiner Pictures. Ann Hamberger’s goal is to give voice to content producers and artists in Kenya.

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Victoria Goro

Deputy Director/Film Lecturer

Kenya Film School

Victoria Goro is the Deputy Director (Academic) at Kenya Film School. She holds a BA (Hons) and M.A in Communication Studies from the University of Nairobi and a Diploma in Film Production/Directing from the Kenya Institute of Mass Communication. Victoria is currently enrolled for a PhD in a local university. She is a career public sector film maker, having served in the now Kenya Film Classification Board Classification and Examination section and Department of Film Services where she rose to Head the Dissemination and Marketing division. Victoria served as joint secretary in two National Taskforces established to operationalize both the Kenya Film Commission and the Kenya Film School. She has also served in the jury for the Kalasha TV and Film Awards twice, once as Vice Chair of the Jury in 2014.

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Reuben Odanga

Film Director - Multan Production

 Reuben is a passionate filmmaker with over ten years’ practical experience in the industry. He has produced and directed award winning TV Swahili Telenovela namely Selina (Best TV Drama - Kalasha Awards 2018), Saida (Kalasha Awards -2014), Nira and Nuru that have aired on the biggest TV stations in Kenya. He has directed and produced more than two hundred episodes. He is also the founder and creative director at Multan Production Limited. In addition, he has strength in drafting proposals, creating and actualizing concepts. He has a strong media network and strength in public speaking and interpersonal communication. Reuben is an expansive thinker and a formidable team player.

 

 

 Appie Matere

Appie Matere

Film Producer - Zamaradi Productions Ltd

 

Appie Matere is a highly gifted, creative, energetic and enthusiastic Film Producer with over 13 years’ experience in Production of films, TV Commercials, TV Series and Documentaries in Kenya and East Africa. She is currently doing her BBA in Business Administration at DALC Education Center in correspondence with University of Cambridge. She possesses wide knowledge in Film, Television Commercials, Documentaries and Television Series. Additionally, she possesses excellent skills in budgeting and scheduling, as well as script analysis. She was the Chief Juror at Riverwood Awards from 2015 – 2017; appeared on various panel discussions, television interviews and articles on both local and international platforms discussing the film industry. She has worked as an Executive Producer for various TV Series including:- Jela 5 Star, KERU, Sunrise, Trade Centre, Bypass Resort, Borderline, Nyumba 10, Fihi, Kwa Jp and La Msingi. She has also worked as the Executive Producer for Dream Child; and director for Through our eyes, a documentary on Karen Blixen that is in development. She produced the feature Documentary ‘Headlines In History’ that was the winner of Best Feature documentary (Kalasha 2010). Appie was the Executive Producer for 71 one-hour East African films courtesy of Africa Magic Original Films.

 

 

 Fred Mbogo

Dr. Fredrick Mbogo

Senior Lecturer/Script Writer/ Playwright/Actor

The Technical University of Kenya

 

 

Fredrick Mbogo, PhD, is a Senior Lecturer at The Technical University of Kenya’s Department of Music and Performing arts. He holds a Theatre Arts Degree from Moi University and has a Dramatic Arts Masters Degree from The University of The Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. His 2012 PhD thesis was based on Kenyan screen acting, with a bias towards dialogue in comedy in Vioja Mahakamani. He has taught in various capacities in Kenya for the last 15 years within the areas of Theatre and Film. He has also been a Playwright and Film Script writer and has staged several of his own plays in Kenya and South Africa. His plays have also been adapted for the stage in Uganda, Tanzania and Germany. His film scripts have been performed in an experimental fashion with productions under The Eldoret Film Festival and Lightbox Africa Limited of Nairobi. Mbogo is an Actor with accomplished stage and screen performances – he was part of the award winning cast of South Africa’s weekly drama titled Yizo Yizo which aired on South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) and also on Kenya’s Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC) 2004-2007. Currently, he is working in a project under Goethe Institute’s “Artisict Encounters” where he is to adapt Mukoma wa Ngugi’s novel Mrs. Shaw into a one-man performance with him as the performer. He also doubles up as The Sanaa Theatre Awards’ judging panel Chairman aiming to recognize good theatre work on Kenya’s Theatre spaces. He has been a reader with Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) evaluating literary texts, especially with drama and poetry for the form four Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education.

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Eston N. Munyi

Lecturer - Kenyatta University/Kenya Institute of Mass Communication

 

 

Eston Munyi has over 30 years of experience in the film industry. He holds a Diploma in Film & Video production from Kenya Institute of Mass Communication (KIMC) and a Certificate in Advanced Film Production from Kay Film Studios in London and at the British Broadcasting Corporation. He attended Journalism courses at the Virtual University on economic and business journalism and investigative journalism for Anglophone Africa. He is currently a part-time Film Lecturer at Kenyatta University, Faculty of Film and Technology and Film Lecturer at Kenya Institute of Mass Communication. Munyi was the Executive Producer of the first KIMC feature film Saikati which has since been shown round the world and promoted Kenya as a film production and location destination in Africa. He has served as a Jury Member for the International Students Film Projects at the New York University Film Festival in Italy and a member of international Jury representing Africa on Film and Television programmes in Florence Italy. Munyi served as Chairman of Kalasha Film Academy Jury charged with the responsibility of evaluating and judging film and television programmes from the universities and film training institutions in 2014. He established the Kodak College of Photography for jua kali photographers on request by the Resident Director, Kodak (K) Ltd, in 1996 and appointed as their first part time photojournalist lecturer. He was also co-opted as a panel member for the Curriculum design and development for the degree programme on Film Production, Public Relations, Print and Broadcast journalism by the University of Nairobi’s School of Journalism. He served as a member of the Task Force towards the formulation of the Kenya Film Policy in 2009.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


CALL FOR ENTRIES – FILM SCREENPLAY/ SCRIPT WRITING COMPETION

Script Writing Competition

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SCRIPT TITLE

SCRIPT WRITER

1

Miale 3000

Tonny Njuguna

2

Crossing the Tsavo

Ken Nderitu

3

Lost in the Village

Jirongo Luyali

4

Dust in My eyes

Benjanmin Odiwour

5

Train Stops

Anthony Mochama

6

Enraged

George Wekesa

7

Life is a Marathon

Beatrice Wangondu

8

Jamboree at Kayabombo

Stephen Muthini

9

Mnyazi

David Ngure

10

Secret of Iten

Peter Mbugua

11

Wango’s Bangle

John Muiruri

12

Cradle of Mankind

David Ng'ang'a

13

An African Tale

Shirleen Wangari

14

Goats, Guns and Grace

Shalom Ndiku

15

Two Morons and a Moran

Dancurf Oyaro

16

Poacher

Stephen Gachomba

17

Ndondi

Cyrus kilavu

18

Overkill

Johnson Mwangi

19

Soul Pilgrim

Shams Bhanji

20

Baby

Keith Ndenga