KFC Partners with Israel for co-production.

SHEREKEA4In the month of May, Nairobi was abuzz with upcoming and practicing film makers alike flocking the Sarit center to meet and greet renowned film makers from Israel who were in Kenya for three days of Israeli film screenings dubbed Sherekea Israel Festival.

The peak of the festival besides some two master classes run by the Israeli film makers was a capacity building workshop on matters around policy, co-production and financing that the Commission facilitated for local film makers featuring Tova Ascher a film director and editor whose debut feature film, "A.K.A. Nadia" was internationally premiered in November 2015 and Dan Wolman a film director based in Jerusalem whose earliest film Michael Sheli (My Michael) was produced in 1974 The two shared their unique ways of film making in a panel of film experts also drawn from the country.

The Sherekea film festival was also a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the unification of the city of Jerusalem.SHEREKEA2

In the recent past, major hits have been adapted from Israel to international audience that include: the ShowTime’s hit thriller "Homeland" adapted from the Israeli drama "Prisoners of War," the NBC game show "Who's Still Standing" originated in Israel among others. It is from this background that KFC sought collaboration with the Israelis with a common objective to promote joint screenings of Israel and Kenyan films while encouraging participation in such film festivals in the two countries to showcase Israel and Kenyan films. The creative industry had an opportunity to learn business technology skills models being developed by Israel film companies to distribute films and audio-visual content online. The film makers also got a chance to network and explore co-production deals that can give both countries greater access to international markets.

Keep it here for updates on follow up meetings with the Israeli film makers that KFC will be facilitating towards pursuing local content development.


County Edition Film Production Workshop goes to Homa Bay County.

homabay 1Thirty youth in Homa Bay County had their skills in film making polished through a production workshop facilitated by the Kenya Film Commission and supported by Communications Authority. Apart from informing and educating the trainees on the latest trends in the local film industry, the workshop that ran from 29th May to 2nd June 2017 sought to enable participants develop further film production skills in Directing and Production, Screen-script writing, Acting, Editing and Cinematography.

The Commission in collaboration with Communications Authority of Kenya has been at the fore front in pursuing the expansion of local content in the country while at the same time, seeing to it that the film industry is recognized as a main contributor to the economic growth of the country.

Film financing, distribution and marketing of content were marked as some of the essential skills required by film makers to reach the target of attaining quality and affordable local content that will enhance production, and post production initiatives all geared towards facilitating the uptake of 60% local content quota by free to air TV broadcasters by the year 2018.

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“l learnt a lot from the workshop especially so when we a sample script and broke it down into stage directions. Homa Bay County did not disappoint as a great filming location owing to its diverse landscape”, noted Lavintah Atieno Ombek.

 

 


 KFC at Cannes Film Festival 2017.

kfc at cannes 2017Kenya content has gone international; this affirmation comes from the just concluded Cannes Film Festival after ‘Neophobia’ from Kenya was selected by the festival’s short film corner panel and creative minds group to screen from 24th to 26th May 2017.

The 17 minutes film, a modern day fairy tale tells the story of a young woman obsessed with old routines and an unwillingness to try new things but is forced to completely rethink and overthink her life when she unexpectedly finds an appreciation for a modern hair dryer

The film from Kenya was the only Short African film to screen at the prestigious festival now in its 70th year. A Kenyan delegation led by the Kenya Film Classification Board who sponsored the filmmaker, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Sports Culture and Arts and the Kenya Film Commission Ag. CEO Caroline Kittur, accompanied Marcus Maina, the Film Director in the 3 days it screened to a fully parked theater.

The KFC team established co-production, training and financing opportunities, with the District Creative Media Group, CNC- France National Centre of Cinematography and South Africa National Film and Video Foundation.

Going forward, the commission will pursue and explore the signing of a treaty with CNC to kick start film business opportunities in the offing.


Training Day in Eldoret.

E2On March of 2017, 40 upcoming filmmakers in Eldoret were taken through a training programme for a week that will enable them to compete successfully in the local, regional and international film environments and consequently, they can provide quality and affordable local content for TV broadcasting.
The Commission in collaboration with Communications Authority of Kenya has been at the fore front in pursuing the expansion of local content in the country while at the same time, seeing to it that the film industry is recognized as a main contributor to the economic growth of the country.
Film financing, distribution and marketing of content were marked as some of the essential skills required by film makers to reach the target of attaining quality and affordable local content that will enhance production, and post production initiatives all geared towards facilitating the uptake of 60% local content quota by free to air TV broadcasters by the year 2018.
E1The trainees were taken through the pre-production, production and post production process in film making. Representatives from government agencies that include Kenya Copyright Board, Kenya Film Classification Board were on the ground to support the commission and Communications Authority tackle questions/concerns on matters licensing, classification and intellectual property /copyright issues.
The next training programme will be in Homa Bay County at the end of April 2017; Are you an upcoming film maker in Homa Bay County and interested? Email us via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Mosca & Kfc Committed To Ensure 'Africa' - The Movie Is Shot In Kenya.

Kenya Film Commission and the Ministry of Sports, Culture and Arts -MOSCA have been in continuous talks with various players including the producers and directors of the Richard Leakey film -Africa, since the initial discussions in the US in 2014.

Dr. Hassan Wario the Cabinet Secretary , MOSCA- statement clarifying an article appearing on local newspaper suggesting otherwise can be found here CS, statement on Dr. Leakey's Fillm