KENYA FILM COMMISSION (KFC) HOSTS THE PREMIERE OF “40 STICKS” FEATURE FILM AHEAD OF ITS NETFLIX RELEASE

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On 19th November 2020, Kenya Film Commission partnered with Password Ventures Limited to screen the feature film “40 Sticks” at an invite-only event prior to the worldwide release via Netflix on Friday, 20th November 2020. “40 Sticks” is a thriller film directed by Victor Gatonye based on a group of prisoners trapped in a crashed prison van and their strife to stay alive when they realize there is a mysterious killer lurking in the shadows. The film was produced by Fakii Liwali, Betty Mutua and Sarah Hassan under SensePlay, the Audio-Visual arm of Password Ventures Limited.

The film, shot in February 2019, stars Robert Agengo (known for his role in “The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind”, “Kidnappet”, “Kona” TV Series, among others), Bilal Mwaura (known for his role in “Uradi” where he co-stars with Agengo), actor and renowned scriptwriter Cajetan Boy, Shiviske Shivisi (known for her role in “Poacher”, “The Wives” TV Series, among others), Xavier Ywaya (known for his role in “Coerced Revenge” film,“Nganya” TV Series and “The Real House-helps of Kawangware” TV Series), Arabron Nyyeneque (known for his role in “Mother in Law” and “Kona” TV Series and commercial model and actor Andreo Kamau Jäger (known for his role in “Changing Times” TV Series).

Mr. Liwali describes “40 Sticks” as a one-of-a-kind masterpiece worked on by a resilient, purpose-driven, passionate, committed and energetic group of Kenya cast and crew.

In his speech read at the premiere, the Kenya Film Commission CEO, Mr. Timothy Owase noted that: “The Kenyan film industry has indeed come of age. This can be seen from the recent acquisitions of Kenyan films by the global streaming giant, Netflix. I take this opportunity to congratulate the stellar cast and crew behind the production of “40 Sticks” for the great effort and display of talent and for proving to the world that Kenya is a force to reckon with on the global platform in film production.”

“40 Sticks” is the fourth Kenyan film to stream via Netflix after “Poacher”, “Disconnect” and “Sincerely Daisy”. The film has been nominated in various categories in this year’s Kalasha International Film and TV Awards.


KENYA FILM COMMISSION (KFC) UNVEILS THE NOMINEES FOR THE 10TH EDITION OF THE KALASHA INTERNATIONAL FILM AND TV AWARDS.

Kalasha awards 2020 nominees unveiling

On 18th November 2020, Kenya Film Commission unveiled the nominees for the 10th edition of Kalasha International Film and TV Awards via a broadcast on NTV. Kalasha Awards is an annual event that recognizes and celebrates exceptional talent in the film and TV industry in Kenya. The call for submission that ended on 16th October 2020 attracted 1036 entries in the various categories up for competition.

This year, the Commission introduced the Best Children Production category. “From our Audience Development Strategy research, there has been a growing need for Children content on our screens and as a result, the Commission introduced the Best Children Production category to acknowledge the Producers who have developed concepts to accommodate our children as screen audiences,” notes KFC CEO, Mr. Timothy Owase. Mr. Owase further commends the resilience of Kenyan filmmakers who have continued to make huge strides in these trying times. “At the beginning of this year, it seemed as though COVID-19 would halt production and affect content creation altogether; however, our TV shows are on the rise and Kenyan films are being premiered on global platforms,” he noted.

A nine-member Jury academy drawn from the film industry was tasked to review the submitted film and TV projects and shortlist the nominees. The Jury comprised: Mr. James Kanja (Kalasha Jury Chair | Producers Guild), Mr. Fred Makori (Kenya National Film Association), Ms. Jackline Emali (Kenya Scriptwriters Guild), Mr. Simon Mwaura (Riverwood Ensemble), Mr. Mishael Mose (Association of Film Producing Educational Institutions in Kenya), Ms. Joy Alunga (Association of Animation Artists of Kenya), Mr. Alfred Munyua (Kenya Actors Guild), Mr. Joe Kageni (Kenya Film and Television Professionals Association) and Ms. Loise Makato (Media Council of Kenya).

The Jury noted an improvement in the quality of productions. “This year, the stories are more authentic and relatable and filmmakers are pushing the boundaries of creativity”, stated Mr. James Kanja, the Jury Chairperson. He also pointed out that the rise of new actors, including children, is evident and this guarantees continuity in the creative industry.

The unveil of the nominees sets the stage for the public voting which opens on Thursday, 19th November 2020 and closes on 3rd December 2020 leading up to the Awards Ceremony scheduled for 12th December 2020.

For the second year in a row, the Commission has partnered with StarTimes Limited whose mobile App – StarTimes ON – is the official Kalasha Awards platform where the nominated films have been uploaded for viewing and voting.

“We are delighted to complement Kenya Film Commission’s efforts to develop and promote local content as through the StarTimes ON platform, we are extending viewership and voting for the local films across the Pan African region. Last year, the platform managed over 85,000 votes cast for the different categories; we are therefore optimistic that film lovers will rally behind their favourite stars towards surpassing the inaugural performance,” said StarTimes Kenya CEO Mr. Hanson Wang.

Public voting constitutes 30% while the Jury vote constitutes 70% of the total vote. The categories for public voting are:

  1. FILM CATEGORY: Best Feature Film; Best Short Film; Best Documentary; Best Lead Actor in a Film; Best Lead Actress in a Film; Best Supporting Actor in a Film and Best Supporting Actress in a Film.
  2. TV CATEGORY: Best TV Advertisement; Best TV Drama, Best TV Comedy; Best TV Documentary; Best Host in a TV Show; Best Performance in a TV Comedy; Best Lead Actor in a TV Drama and Best Lead Actress in a TV Drama.
  3. SPECIAL CATEGORY: Best Student Film; Best Student Documentary; Best Animation Production; Best Children Production

Link to the StarTimes ON App: http://m.startimestv.com/hybrid/vote/FilmKenya

See the Nominees below:

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"THE LETTER” IS KENYA’S OFFICIAL SUBMISSION FOR THE 93rd ACADEMY AWARDS (OSCARS) IN THE BEST INTERNATIONAL FEATURE FILM CATEGORY

Oscars Academy 2020

Members of OSCK with KFC CEO Mr. Timothy Owase at the press conference

From L – R: Mwenda Mutua, Alamin Virani (Secretary), Fatma Wandia, Timothy Owase. Krysteen Savane (Chairperson) and Wycliffe Buhere Tsinje.

On 10th November 2020, Kenya Film Commission announced “The Letter” as Kenya’s official submission for the 93rd Academy Awards (Oscars) in the Best International Feature Film Category. Kenya Film Commission (KFC) is officially recognized by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences (The Oscars) to set up an OSCARS Selection Committee from Industry Associations and Guilds to make submissions for the Best International Feature Film Category Award (formerly known as the Best Foreign Language Film Category Award) on behalf of the Kenyan film industry.

An International Feature Film is defined as a feature-length (over 40min) motion picture produced outside the United States of America with a predominantly non-English dialogue track. Animated and Documentary Feature Films are also permitted. Only one film per country can qualify and a country needs not to submit a film every year. If successful at the Academy stage, the film is then considered as NOMINATED and once a film is nominated, it is then eligible to compete for The Oscars. Submission from Kenya is NOT equal to a Nomination.

 Filmed with a gentle pace and incredible closeness, “The Letter” is an intimate family portrait that reveals an indestructible female power. The Documentary film was directed and produced by Maia Lekow and Christopher King with the support of Docubox, the East African Documentary Film Fund. Following its world premiere at the International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) in November 2019, “The Letter” has been screened in various Festivals around the globe, receiving a Special Jury Mention at the Docs Barcelona (Panorama Competition) in May 2020 and a nomination at the One World Media Awards in April 2020.

The OSCARS Selection Committee Kenya (OSCK) in keeping with the timelines provided by The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (The Oscars) made a Call for Submissions on 11th September 2020 for Kenyan filmmakers to submit their respective film projects to the committee for their consideration of selecting one of those films as Kenya’s Submission Entry for the 93rd OSCARS Academy Awards in the Best International Feature Film category.

Following the close of the (Kenyan) Call for Submissions on 27th October 2020, The OSCARS Selection Committee Kenya received two (2) entries; One Documentary Film & One Feature film, namely The Letter” and “Uradi” respectively. On 2nd November 2020, the Committee convened to view and select an entry as required by the regulations of The Academy.

The trailers of the two films can be viewed here:

“The Letter”: https://www.the-letter.org/

“Uradi”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gsFdyjwWGVs&t=6s

Both entries were thoroughly scrutinized to ensure they met the required specifications and were recorded as duly received by the Committee. The OSCARS Selection Committee Kenya, being an extension of The Academy, seeks to uphold the laid down parameters provided in the Special Rules and Regulations as it considers each entry. The strength of the body of work both in technical and entertainment value was looked at.

This Submission of “The Letter” is only the first step in a series of stages that the movie has to undergo before being nominated. The nominees for the 93rd Oscars Academy Awards will be announced by the Academy on 9th February 2021 ahead of the Oscars Academy Awards ceremony scheduled for 25th April 2021.

Members of the Oscars Selection Committee Kenya (OSCK) are: Krysteen Savane (OSCK Chair | Kenya Film and TV Professionals Association), Alamin Virani (OSCK Secretary | Kenya Actors Guild), Albert Wandago (Kenya National Film Association), Mwendwa Mutua (Riverwood Ensemble), Wycliffe Buhere Tsinje (Association of Film Producing Educational Institutions of Kenya), Dennis Mbuthia (Association of Animation Artists), Fatma Wandia (Producers Guild), Serah Mwihaki (Kenya Scriptwriters Guild), Patricia Mollyne Mataga (Writers Guild, Kenya) and Emily Wanja (Docubox).

The Committee congratulates the Producers of “The Letter” and is calling on more filmmakers in Kenya to submit their films for the Oscars as this gives Kenya a chance to compete globally, thus growing and improving the local industry. The Committee is urging Producers to work with KFC to understand the requirements of Oscars submissions. The specifications for submission are available on the Kenya Film Commission website and also on The Academy Website under Academy Special Rules and Regulations – i.e. Rule Thirteen.

We advise filmmakers to look out for the next Academy call in mid-2021. There will be periodic communication from the Oscars Selection Committee Kenya each quarter.

 


CALL FOR ENTRIES: SCRIPT WRITING COMPETITION

SCRIPT WRITING COMPETITION CALL FOR ENTRIES

As part of the Israeli Film Festival, Kenya Film Commission and the Israeli Embassy invites creative filmmakers to submit their entry(s) for the Script Writing Competition.

The submission requirements for the competition are as listed below:

  1. Brief – half a page long
  2. Treatment – 3 pages (three pages)
  3. Main characters – 2 pages (two pages)
  4. Scene – no more than 2.5 (two and a half pages) in a professional script writing format
  5. Application deadline has been set for 12:00 midnight, 25th November, 2020.

(Any application submitted after this date will not be considered.)

  1. The competition is open to Kenyan Nationals only
  2. Professional script writers preferred

Submissions should be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We have an amazing prize for the winning proposal.


 KALASHA INTERNATIONAL TV AND FILM AWARDS 2020 – NOMINATION ACADEMY

Kalasha International TV and Film Awards marks its 10th anniversary this year! This year’s call for submissions closed on 16th October 2020. A 9-member Nomination Academy drawn from film industry Associations, Academics and Industry professionals is currently deliberating on the submissions. The Nomination Academy members are:                                                         

KanjaJAMES KANJA

James Kanja is a Producer and Director who specializes in TV commercials, Episodic TV Series and Films. James started his career in Bollywood - Mumbai India, where he worked on numerous feature films such as Taalash and Khabi Khushi Khabi Gham as a casting/model coordinator.

On his return to Kenya, James set up Black Magic Films where he is currently the Executive Producer and Director. Amongst his award-winning works include The XYZ Show as the founding Director for the TV series, Pamela short film (Lola Kenya Screen Best Children’s Film) and recently, a Kenya Schedule Line Producer on the Netflix award winning series Sacred Games 2. He has also produced numerous TV commercials for Kenya and the international market.

James believes in telling authentic, transformative stories and having fun while at it. He is a certified rugby-holic who loves the outdoors, off-roading and watching his son take stuff apart.

fredFRED MAKORI NYAKUNDI

Fred Makori is a film enthusiast with over 11 years of experience in the media industry as a Scriptwriter, Graphic Designer, TV Producer and Director, TV Concept Developer, Production Coordinator and Editorial Researcher for documentaries, advertisements, Public Service Announcements (PSAs) and films.

Fred has worked for Nation Media Group, Media Development in Africa (MEDEVA), Radio Africa Group, Uungwana Initiative and Docubox. Currently, he is the Head of Production at Kenya’s first 24-hour Business Channel – Metropol TV.

He has produced and directed short films comprising: Lockdown, Solid Rock and Linda among others. He is currently working on his debut feature film to be shot in 2021.

Fred has served as a member of the Kenya Oscar Selection Committee which views and judges entries from all over Kenya to select the country’s representative in the Oscar Academy Awards. He has also served as the Vice Chairman of the Kenya National Film Association (KNFA).

Fred holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Graphic Design with professional training in Film and TV production. As a film critic, he helps filmmakers in Kenya and the region make quality films for Cinema and TV. He believes that film is life and through it, we tell our stories and hand down values and culture to generations after us, thus shaping perception.

emaliJACKLINE EMALI

Jackline Emali is a Screenwriter, Producer and Editor and currently heads Chap Chap Shooters (CCS) Productions.

She has been involved in the development and writing of several TV series, feature films and short films. Her feature film scripts Miss Detective and Garbage Chief were produced by Africa Magic Original Films and aired on M-net’s Africa Magic. Her writing credits include Sumu la Penzi and Jane and Abel TV series that aired on Africa Magic and Miss President reality TV show.

Jackline has produced several short and feature films. Her short film The Box was awarded the Best Short Film at the 2015 Coast Film Festival. Her proof of concept short film On Your Marks was awarded a laurel during 2017 Miami Epic Film Festival in Miami, Florida. The feature film is now in fundraising stage with exciting possibilities for production.

Jackline is a member of the Kenya Scriptwriters Guild (KSG) where she served as Committee Secretary in 2018. While heading the KSG Workshop Committee, she was involved in facilitating and organizing several scriptwriting workshops in the region including the European Film Festival Workshop 2018, Huipalas Kariobangi and KSG session at Alliance Francaise and Talanta Institute.

She was a speaker during the 2018 4th Writers Conference of Screen Writers where she spoke about the 50/50 gender role and its challenges. She was also a speaker at Kalasha Film and TV Market in 2018. In 2019 at the Women in Film Pre-Conference organized by Alliance of Slum Media Organizations (ASMO), Jackline addressed the Scenario of scriptwriting in Kenya.

Besides filmmaking, Jackline works as a Script Writing trainer with several institutions including Kenya Film School, Slum TV Kenya and Braeburn School. She is currently coordinating Write It Out - an online mentorship program that offers hands-on training for young scriptwriters in the industry.

simonSIMON N. MWAURA

Simon Mwaura was trained as a Creative Writer at the Kenya National Youth Talent Academy 2008-2009. He has been a key player in Film and TV sector development as a Board Member of Riverwood Academy Awards and Secretary of the Riverwood Ensemble Filmmakers Association. He has served as a Committee Member, Jury and Consultant for the sector Government departments such as Kenya Film Commission, Kenya Film Classification Board, Kenya Copyright Board and Communication Authority of Kenya. He has worked with different brands as Content Aggregator

Simon served as a Senior Editor for Women Today and Gifted and Talented magazine. He is an award-winning film and TV producer having won a Kalasha Award in 2012 and Riverwood Award in 2014. He is currently the Head of Design TV.

moseMISHAEL MOSE NYANGAU

Mishael Mose Nyangau is a Communication and Media Studies Teacher/Lecturer at Nairobi Primary School and Kenya Methodist University. He has worked as a film Producer, Director, Scriptwriter and Actor as well as an Adjudicator at Kenya Drama and Film Festivals.

He holds a Master Degree in Communication Studies from University of Nairobi’s School of Journalism and a Bachelor Degree in Education (English Linguistics Major and Literature) from the same institution. He is currently a PhD Candidate at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) pursuing Communication and Media Studies.

Mishael is a Committee Member of Association of Film Producing Educational Institutions in Kenya (AFPEIK).

AlungaJOY ALUNGA

Joy Alunga is a borne creative innovator, carefully tailoring design solutions to suit innovative businesses. As a Graphic Designer, she has over 6 years of experience designing everything from corporate identities, 3D montages and websites for various corporates and individuals alike. She has been fortunate to work with top brands including DoubleTree by Hilton and Brand Kenya.

Her skills include 3D Animation, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe AfterEffects, Adobe Premierpro, Maya and HTML 5.

In her constant pursuit of excellence, she continues to play her part in enriching the creative industry by teaching part-time at Nairobi Institute of Technology and holding office with the Association of Animation Artists of Kenya.

When she is not designing or working on corporate brands, Joy will be found drawing or in the midst of huge masses of canvas on painting dates with close friends.

MunyuaALFRED MUNYUA

Alfred Munyua cleared his high school education and started Galaxie Players, a travelling theatre group that performed High School and Teacher Training College Literature set-books countrywide; from Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice to David Mulwa’s Redemption, among many others. Two years later, Alfred delved into professional theatre with Phoenix Players and HeartStrings Theatres while pursuing his Journalism and Media Studies Degree.

In 2008, Makutano Junction TV Series ushered Alfred into the TV scene where his writing and acting skills were honed by industry professionals. He has continued to shape and cultivate his craft through numerous TV shows and film industry Masterclasses. His journey in film started in 2010 when he was cast in the award-winning film The First Grader - a true story of the 84-year-old Kimani Maruge's quest for an education which attracted Hollywood stars like Naomie Harris.

Alfred is a member of The Kenya Actors Guild. He describes himself as a passionate and positively driven Creative, a loving father and a patient son.                    

JoeJOE KAGENI BIOGRAPHY

Joe Kageni is a talented creative with over 5 years’ experience in the photography, film and motion picture industry. As a filmmaker, he has been privileged to work with a broad range of clients from Coca Cola to WWF Africa, Africa Development Bank, AGRA and various agencies of the United Nations.

Coupled with his skills in camera work, cinematography, video editing and Adobe tools, his refined analytical skills, team spirit, keen eye and attention to detail have contributed immensely to his work ethic as a trusted filmmaker and photographer, having shot multiple documentaries and stories across the continent.

Joe is a member of the Kenya Film and Television Professionals Association (KFTPA), a body that aims to promote the interests of filmmakers in the country as well as the entire film industry. He enjoys bringing stories to life in their vibrancy and uniqueness and has an ardent love for working both on and offset.

When not capturing moments through his lens, Joe enjoys travelling and seeking out new adventures

LoiseLOISE MAKATO

Loise Makato is a media enthusiast with 10 years’ experience in TV Programming in various media stations. Loise holds a Master Degree in International Studies from University of Nairobi’s School of Journalism and Media Studies from where she also graduated with her first Degree. She is also an alumni of Kenya Institute of Mass Communication where she graduated with a Diploma in Film and Video Production.

Loise is a member of the Media Council of Kenya. Her mantra is impacting positive change on everyone she interacts with.


STAKEHOLDER ENGAGEMENT WITH JUMUIYA YA KAUNTI ZA PWANI (JKP) ECONOMIC BLOCJKP MEETING

Kenya Film Commission held an Engagement Forum in Mombasa County, bringing together County Executive Committee Members, Chief Officers and The Secretariat from Jumuiya ya Kaunti za Pwani Economic Bloc to sensitize them on the Kenyan film industry and the role of film in spurring the socio-economic growth and talent promotion in the Coastal region of Kenya. Present at the forum was the Governor of Tana River County, H.E. Major (Rtd) Dhadho Gaddae Godhana, who committed to support the creative industry in the region by fast-tracking the establishment of a Film Hub in Tana River County.

The Commission has undertaken deliberate measures to engage in strategic partnerships with Regional Blocs to enhance the capacity of County Blocs and help them venture into film-based areas of investment. The engagements are set to enhance employment opportunities for the region’s unemployed youth and exploit untapped talent in the multi-billion-dollar film industry that has the potential to transform the Counties within the region. The engagement with JKP seeks to spur productions that market the various locations in the region and country at large.

Key points of discussion with JKP included developing synergies with the tourism sectors in the Coastal region as well as capacity building for creatives in the area. The partnership with the JKP Counties will enhance the benefits of the devolution process, act as a catalyst and trigger sustainable development and prosperity in the region which entails the following Counties: Mombasa, Tana River, Taita Taveta, Kwale, Kilifi and Lamu Counties.

This is the third meeting with Secretariats of Regional Blocs after a successful forum with Frontier Counties Development Council and Lake Region Economic Bloc.


KENYA FILM COMMISSION SIGNS A MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING WITH MULTICHOICE TRUST FOUNDATION

VILLA ROSA MEETING

Kenya Film Commission signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Multichoice Trust Foundation to establish a framework on areas of collaboration between the two organizations in supporting and further developing the film industry in Kenya and East Africa. The ceremony took place at a Film Stakeholders Forum organized by Kenya Film Commission that was addressing the Role of Film in Economic Recovery. The Chief Guest at the Forum was Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of ICT, Innovation and Youth Affairs, Mr. Joe Mucheru, EGH. Also present were Principal Secretary, Ministry of Sports, Culture and Heritage, Ms. Josephta Mukobe, Heads of various State Agencies and private organizations as well as Kenya Film Commission Board of Directors and Management.

The Stakeholders Forum featured presentations and discussions on the current status of the film production industry and the use of film as an economic driver; various speakers addressed areas of Animation, Gaming and Art & Finance as emerging facets of production.

The MOU was signed by the Commission’s CEO, Mr. Timothy Owase and Multichoice Managing Director, Ms. Nancy Matimu. The areas of collaboration between KFC and Multichoice comprise: marketing and distribution of film through Film Markets and Film Competitions; facilitation of Film Master Classes, Workshops, Seminars, Boot Camps and short courses; development of a Content Aggregation Platform and conducting screening culture activations aimed at increased viewership and partnership in implementation of KFC programmes. The partnership wholesomely seeks to improve the quality of film productions in Kenya and enhance job creation.

“Kenyans are truly excited about local content and our assurance therefore is that creativity and innovative ideas are welcome and will always find a place at Kenya Film Commission and the Government at large”, noted the Commission CEO, Mr. Owase.

Speaking at the same function, Cabinet Secretary Mr. Joe Mucheru reiterated his Ministry’s strategic intention to grow the sustainability of the film industry through strengthening existing institutional frameworks and increasing the production of films in Kenya through the active involvement of film industry stakeholders. “In an attempt to expand digital employment, my Ministry has intensified efforts to identify all categories of jobs such as those in the creative and entertainment industry to ensure that our youth turn their creativity into innovations and further scale to entrepreneurship ventures”, stated CS Mucheru.


KENYA FILM COMMISSION SCREENS THE 2020 LONDON MARATHON THROUGH A DRIVE-IN CINEMA

London Marathon Collage

On 4th October 2020, Kenya Film Commission hosted Government officials and representatives from the National Heroes Council, among other film enthusiasts, to the live screening of the 2020 London Marathon at the Galleria Shopping Mall’s Drive-In Cinema. In attendance was Cabinet Secretary – Ministry of Devolution, Eugene Wamalwa; Principal Secretary, State Department of ICT and Innovation – Ministry of ICT, Innovation and Youth Affairs, Mr. Jerome Ochieng; World Champions Tegla Lorupe and Rose Tata and Heads of various State Agencies led by our CEO, Mr. Timothy Owase and the CEO National Heroes Council, Amb. Yvonne Khamati Yahaya

Speaking after the win by Brigid Kosgei in the Women’s Race, CS Wamalwa applauded the Commission for the reintroduction of the Drive-In Cinema at a time when the country needs innovative entertainment platforms. He noted that the creative industry will be one of the best ways to grow the economy post COVID-19 pandemic.

KFC CEO Mr. Timothy Owase stated that the Commission adopted the Drive-In Cinema experience concept to screen local films to the public and was glad to work with the National Heroes Council to beam the London Marathon and two Kenya Films: World Tofauti and the recently launched Uradi. He reiterated the Commission’s agenda of building a larger audience for Kenyan content through setting up supportive infrastructure. He urged filmmakers to embrace telling the stories of our Kenyan stars in the athletics arena among other sports disciplines.

PS Jerome Ochieng’ called upon Kenyans from all walks of life to rally behind the effort of the Kenya Film Commission in watching Kenyan local films by embracing the Drive-In cinema platform and many other avenues showcasing our local films.


KENYA FILM COMMISSION PARTNERS WITH HEAT ENTERTAINMENT TO HOST THE 4TH EDITION OF SHINING STARS TALENT TRAINING DAY

SHINING STARSKenya Film Commission partnered with Heat Entertainment to host the 4th Edition of the Shining Stars Talent Training Day at Havilah Cornerstone Ranch, Ruaka, Kiambu County on 30th September 2020. The colourful event was attended by 65 children aged between 4 years and 16 years who have embraced creativity in areas of filmmaking, photography, music and dance, gymnastics, fashion, among others.

The event featured a Film Village courtesy of the Commission that showcased the various elements of film production – Lights! Camera! Action! – to expose the young minds to activities surrounding the filmmaking process. There was also a Music Set that allowed the participants to try a hand at various musical instruments. The day-long event addressed the general understanding of film and growing one’s brand; the sessions were facilitated by notable film and TV industry players including Comedian Sleepy David, TV Director Bonnie Katei, TV Producer Leonard Kitili, Digital Content Distributor & Marketer Nickson Kirwa, Cinematographer James Irungu and Music & Stage Performance Coach Enoch Masanga.

The Shining Stars initiative is a talent development programme and a performing arts platform for kids aimed at discovering, nurturing and celebrating talent among children. The initiative seeks to awaken the creative mind in learners and empower them to develop talent from the earliest start possible. Additionally, it addresses parents and guardians by cultivating a culture of talent development from the home set-up. The initiative runs under the leadership of popular Comedian Sleepy David who previously held three similar events in 2019.

The Commission was glad to partner with Shining Stars so as to work with young minds and instill in them the awareness of Kenya’s film industry that requires a blend of actors, musicians, technical crew, among others. In a bid to facilitate the growth of the film industry for sustainable wealth and job creation, KFC works to groom future filmmakers through events such as this and the School Outreach Programme in Secondary Education institutions. With the School Outreach Programme, the Commission is connecting with Secondary School students by forming film clubs aimed at educating students on film production and the importance and benefits of film as a career choice and consequently, a potential employer. The School Outreach Programme enhances supportive learning environments to foster creativity and self-discovery through the art of filmmaking. Additionally, it will provide passionate filmmaking professionals with learning opportunities to develop their careers in the creative arts.

The Kenya Film Commission CEO Mr. Timothy Owase noted that: “Student Outreach programs form an important strategic goal for the Commission. With this program, creative minds will be empowered to use the power of film, art and ideas to create a better creative world at a young age”. He encouraged parents to nurture their children’s talents since content on children programming is not as vibrant as other genres.


 KENYA FILM COMMISSION SIGNS A MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING WITH EMBU AND NYERI COUNTIES

NYERI EMBU MOU SIGNINGS

Kenya Film Commission signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Nyeri and Embu Counties on 30th September 2020 and 2nd October 2020 respectively to establish a framework of strategic collaboration to sustainably promote the development and exploitation of audio-visual content and capacity building of the film industry in the two Counties for mutual benefit. The main area of collaboration is establishment of fully equipped Film Hubs in Embu and Nyeri for film and TV production.

The Commission has embarked on developing Film Hubs across the country to satisfy the film production needs at grassroot level. The main objective of the Film Hubs is to encourage growth and nurture creativity among young people by empowering students and aspiring filmmakers to have the necessary skills and techniques that will allow for a smooth transition into the industry. The initiative is aimed at strengthening the local filmmakers’ professional skills and equipping them with information to enable them compete effectively in the local and international film environments.

The Film Hubs in Embu and Nyeri will help nurture the existing creative talent among the youth in the two Counties. Once in operation, the Hubs will also host the Film Residency Program that focus on training aspiring filmmakers in month long workshops with industry professionals. The end product of this Program will be films shot on location in the Counties.

“The Commission’s role is to design and equip the Film Hubs to support the production needs of filmmakers at the grassroot level as this is where authentic stories reside”, noted the Kenya Film Commission CEO, Mr. Timothy Owase. He also highlighted his visit to the production set of the film “Medicine Man” in Embu County – one of the beneficiaries of KFC’s Film Empowerment Program aimed at powering Kenyan productions.

The Governor of Embu, H.E. Hon. Martin Wambora and his Nyeri counterpart, H.E. Mutahi Kahiga have both embraced the economic impact of film and have expressed optimism that the film industries in their Counties will thrive.

So far, the Commission has established a Film Hub in Dedan Kimathi University of Technology in Nyeri County and is in the process of establishing the same in Vihiga, Migori and Bomet Counties following the signing of M.O.U.s with the said Counties.


 KENYA FILM COMMISSION (KFC) LAUNCHES THE DRIVE-IN CINEMA CONCEPT AT THE PREMIERE OF "URADI”

Uradi CollageOn 25th September 2020, Kenya Film Commission redefined the history of Kenya’s film industry with the launch of the Drive-In Cinema for the premiere of “Uradi” at the Galleria Mall in Nairobi. This marked a new era of entertainment experience like no other in modern history. To achieve its mission of creating a vibrant and robust film industry as well as promote a culture of more Kenyans watching local films, KFC adopted the Drive-In Cinema Experience concept to screen local films to the public.

“Uradi” is a film based on a true story that highlights the plight of the Kenyan youth who are easily lured into crime, drugs and radicalization. Komu (played by Bilal Mwaura) is a young man who leaves his rural home for admission into a University in Nairobi. Peer pressure pushes the desire of the high life in him and to make ends meet, he is forced into petty crime not knowing that the allure of quick money will slowly land him into the dangerous territories of radicalization and terrorism. Turning back becomes a daunting task.

The film was produced and directed by Kang’ethe Mungai, founder of Kikwetu Productions – the company that also produced the award-winning film “World Tofauti”. Kang’ethe is the current Chairman of the Riverwood Filmmakers Association. Speaking at the premiere, Kang’ethe noted that the film was also aimed at showcasing the enormous amount of hard work and dedication that is put up by the law enforcement agencies behind the scenes which mostly goes unreported and uncelebrated. He also emphasized that with proper distribution channels for Kenyan content, Kenyan Producers are able to finance more content.

The premiere of “Uradi” was attended by Government officials from the Ministry of ICT, Innovation and Youth Affairs led by Principal Secretary, State Department of Broadcasting and Telecommunications, Ms. Esther Koimett and Cabinet Administrative Secretary Ms. Nadia Ahmed Abdalla. Other dignitaries included Communication Authority’s Director General, Ms. Mercy Wanjau, Multichoice Kenya’s Managing Director, Ms. Nancy Matimu, Kenya Film Classification Board’s CEO, Dr. Ezekiel Mutua, Standard Media Group’s CEO Mr Orlando Lyomu, StarTimes’ CEO Mr. Hanson Wang and HEVA Fund’s Managing Partner Mr. George Gachara as well as representatives from various institutions including the Department of Film Services, German Embassy, Goethe Institute, United States International University – Africa, Kenyatta University, Daystar University among others. Also present were the cast and crew of the film namely: Bilal Mwaura, Chris Kamau, Robert Agengo, Gerald Langiri, Nice Githinji, among others.

Speaking at the premiere, the PS, Broadcasting, noted: “the Government is keen on promoting local productions and nurturing talent at a young age”. The sentiments were echoed by Ms. Nadia A. Abdalla who, in her speech on behalf of the Cabinet Secretary - Mr Joe Mucheru, Ms Nadia noted that the Government is keen to provide an enabling environment for film producers in the country by setting up supportive ICT infrastructure. “We urge private firms to partner with Government in creating opportunities thus ensuring multiple employment opportunities for the youth in the country”, added Ms. Nadia.

Also speaking at the premiere, KFC CEO Mr. Timothy Owase observed that the reintroduction of Drive-In Cinema is opening a myriad of opportunities to attract investment in the film industry in the country. He expressed the Commission’s mandate to supporting production of Kenyan content as a way to empower and give a push to the Kenyan film industry.

The heavy downpour notwithstanding, the Drive-In Cinema brought up a breath of fresh air for everyone to escape from isolation and enjoy some pleasant moments with their loved ones during these difficult times. With the great innovation being experienced during this COVID-19 period, KFC has embraced a new way of entertainment that is fun and compliant to the current guidelines affecting social gatherings to ensure that the Kenyan audience is watching Kenyan films.


KENYA FILM COMMISSION (KFC) SIGNS A MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING WITH DAYSTAR UNIVERSITY

KFC DAYSTAR MOU SIGNING On 22nd September 2020, Kenya Film Commission signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Daystar University to establish a framework on areas of collaboration between the two organizations. The MOU was signed by the Commission’s CEO, Mr. Timothy Owase and Daystar’s Vice Chancellor, Prof. Laban Ayiro PhD, accompanied by the Legal Managers from the two institutions as well as KFC’s Management team and Daystar University’s Research team.

The areas of collaboration comprise: research and archiving of films, hosting national and international film festivals, cultivation of audience development through organizing film screening events and film clubs and encouraging the funding and construction of cinematic infrastructure for educational and entertainment purposes within the University.

The MOU also seeks to position the Commission and Daystar University as resource centres to local broadcasters, media, film and Communication Researchers and Scholars.

“Collaborations with institutions of Higher Learning such as Daystar University are designed to nurture talent at a young age and sensitize the students on the economic value of film as a business as early as possible”, notes the Commission CEO, Mr. Owase.

The session included a presentation from Daystar University on their research findings from their survey on The Extent of Kenyan Artists’ Knowledge and Practice of Rights. The survey sought to establish the challenges Kenyan artists go through and obtain recommendations and strategies that KFC can use to cushion them.

The Commission’s ongoing and upcoming activities were also highlighted as follows:

  • COVID-19 Stimulus Programme: 33 projects from 21 Counties were awarded Ksh 8.5 Million. The funds were disbursed in instalments of 60%; 20%; 20%. All the 33 Producers have already received the second instalment.
  • Film Empowerment Programme: 12 projects from 8 Counties were awarded Ksh 25 Million.
  • Audience Development: This Friday, the Commission will premiere the newest Kenyan film – URADI – at the Galleria Mall where movie-watching will be experienced afresh through the Drive-In Cinema concept. The Commission is working on screening more films in this way from County to County.
  • Content Acquisition for Distribution: The Commission acquired content from local film producers and companies for showcase on Kenya Broadcasting Corporation. The Content up for acquisition includes Film and TV Series. A Jury of experts is currently going through the submissions that include 57 feature films and 54 TV Series.
  • OSCARS: The Kenya Film Commission is officially recognized by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences to set up an OSCARS Selection Committee from Industry Associations & Guilds to make submissions for the Best International Feature Film Award on behalf of the Kenyan filmmakers. the Committee can also submit a Documentary and Animation to compete for Best Documentary and Best Animation Feature Awards.

The call for submission closes on 27th October 2020.

  • Film Hubs: The Film and Animation Hub at Dedan Kimathi University of Technology is operational and already empowering aspiring filmmakers within Nyeri County. The Commission has signed M.O.U.s with Uriri Constituency (Migori County), Bomet County and Church of God East Africa – Kenya (Vihiga County) to host County Film Hubs.
  • Stakeholder Engagement Forums: The Commission is currently engaging with County Regional Blocs to sensitize leadership of the regions to the impact of filmmaking and to devolve the business of filmmaking to grassroot level. This includes sensitization of the economic impact of film to County Executive Committee Members (CECs) from the Frontier Counties Development Council (FCDC) and Lake Region Economic Bloc (LREB).

 Engaging with Counties and Regional Blocs will aid in the facilitation of Capacity Development Programmes.

  • Kalasha International TV and Film Awards: The Call for submission is open for the 10th edition of the biggest celebration of screen talent in the region. The Call closes on 16th October 2020.

 KENYA FILM COMMISSION SIGNS A MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING WITH BOMET COUNTY

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On 2nd September 2020, the Kenya Film Commission hosted the Governor of Bomet County Government, H.E. Hillary Barchok who paid a courtesy call at the Commission offices. The Commission and Bomet County have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to establish a framework of collaboration to sustainably promote the development of audio-visual production in Bomet. The main area of collaboration is establishment of a fully equipped Film Hub in Bomet County.

The main objective of these Film Hubs is to encourage growth and creativity among young people at County level by empowering students and aspiring filmmakers to have the necessary skills and techniques that will allow for a smooth transition into the industry. The initiative is aimed at strengthening the local filmmakers’ professional skills and equipping them with information to enable them compete effectively in the local and international film environments. The Hubs will serve to nurture the existing creative talent among the Youth all over the country.

The Commission has embarked on developing Film Hubs across the Country to satisfy the grassroots film production needs. In collaboration with several partners including Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC) through their studio Mashinani programme, Institutions of higher learning and County Governments will provide space for the Film Hubs in the grassroots. The Hubs will also host Film Residency Programs that will focus on training aspiring filmmakers in month long workshops with industry professionals. The end product of this Program will be a film shot on location in the various Counties.

“The Film Hubs were designed to meet the information and production needs of individuals and organizations in the film industry. These include researchers, students, non-governmental organizations, government organizations, filmmakers, media personnel among others”, notes the Commission CEO, Timothy Owase.

The Commission’s role is to design and equip the Film Hubs to support the production needs of filmmakers in the grassroots. So far, the Commission has rolled a Film Hubs in Dedan Kimathi University of Technology in Nyeri County and two upcoming ones in Vihiga and Migori Counties.


AWARDED PROJECTS: COVID-19 100 MILLION STIMULUS PACKAGE

Following the directive by H.E. the President of the Republic of Kenya, to provide of KES. 100 million from the Sports and Arts Fund in support of Kenyan Artist with an objective of cushioning them from the negative economic impact of COVID-19, the Kenya Film Commission made an application to the steering committee and was granted KES. 8.5 million shillings to support film makers from the 47 counties and Kenyan’s at large to create employment by development film content that will communicate, entertaining and resonate with “Wanjiku” in relation to COVID-19 and its impact social-economically.

A call for funding applications for the stimulus program for filmmakers was put up on 18th May 2020 and closed on 13th June 2020 having received 98 applications from the following Counties: Bungoma, Kiambu, Mombasa, Uasin Gishu, Nakuru, Kwale, Nairobi, Makueni, Machakos, Kajiado, Murang’a, Busia, Siaya, Trans Nzoia, Nandi, Tharaka Nithi, Elgeyo Marakwet, Homabay, Kericho, Bomet, Narok, Baringo, Kisumu and Embu.

 A Jury Committee consisting of four members namely - Martin Munyua, Isabel Maina, James Kanja and Immaculate Murugi, representatives of the various film associations was selected to review the submissions and shortlist accordingly. Out of the 98 submitted projects, only 62 projects met the set criteria. The 62 projects were then subjected to the technical evaluation process and 33 projects from 21 counties were finally awarded the price money as follows;

In a view to sustain employment within the film industry, the Commission has developed health and safety guidelines for film production. This is in line with the Ministry of Health set guidelines and has been approved by all the relevant authorities allowing film makers to continue with their craft.

Key highlights include

Production can take place between 5.00am – 6:30pm for 13 hours including set – up and wrap.

As an Industry we will insist on having the minimum number of cast and crew possible (with social distancing).

Social Distancing: Our work requires some departments to work very closely together. Production companies and technicians will document a safety method protocol taking into account the necessary precautions.

Each film production set will have a qualified medical practitioner on-set to check temperatures, and monitor social distancing, hand sanitizing and PPE protocols throughout the day.

Depending on the total number of people on set, Production to assign one or more Hygiene Officers to supervise sanitization and PPE for all non – technical crew and cast members.

Approved PPE will be worn by all crew and cast for the duration on the shooting day.

Hand sanitizer and hand washing facilities will be made available to all crew and cast at all times.

Gear sanitization- Heads of Department to be responsible for delegating the wiping down of the gear within their department during the day, as required while ensuring their crew are wearing correct PPE

These guidelines stem from research with local production companies, local technical crew, as well as research available to us from the global film Community.


AWARDED PROJECTS – KFC FILM EMPOWERMENT PROGRAM

The Kenya Film Commission announced the awarded projects of the first cycle of its Film Empowerment Program launched in April 2020. The Commission is responsible for developing, promoting and marketing the Kenyan film industry and has developed and undertaken various intervention programs since the onset of the Corona pandemic to cushion artistes specifically in film production.

Individuals, companies and organizations were required to submit funding applications to the Commission from 28th April 2020 to 10th June 2020 in the following categories: Development, Production and Marketing & Distribution. Specific conditions were laid down for each funding category and it was important for applicants to take careful note of the conditions before submitting their application. This Program is aimed at increasing the number of quality local films made in Kenya.

A total of 72 film makers who submitted their projects for consideration span 48 films for production, 20 to be developed, 3 films to be marketed and distributed. While each category of funding had its own specific criteria, the ultimate goal was to ensure that filmmakers ranging from emerging to those with experience benefit equitably from the film industry empowerment program funds.

 The evaluation process was done on the basis of the applicant’s responsiveness to mandatory requirements provided and 45 applications were nominated and categorized as follows; 13 to be considered under development, 31 for consideration in production and 1 for Marketing & Distribution. The winning projects are;

 

 

FILM NAME

PRODUCTION COMPANY

GENRE

FINANCING CATEGORY

APPLICANT’S NAME

CATEGORY

AMOUNT AWARDED

COUNTY

1

Bangarang

Lakewood Productions

Feature film

Production

Robin Odongo

Youth

4,000,000

Kisumu

2

Book of Kah

Josephat Media

Feature film

Production

Josephat Nyakundi

General

325,000

Machakos

3

Lame 

Eldoret Film Festival

Feature film

Production

Cosmas Bii

General

2,000,000

Uasin Gishu

4

Safari 

Rocque Pictures Limited

Feature film

Production

Phoebe Ruguru

Youth

4,000,000

Nairobi

5

Messenger

Independent film maker

Short film

Production

Winnie Kimondo

Women

1,600,000

Muranga 

6

Arabuko

Uriel Productions

Feature film

Production

James Yaa Kahindi

 

1,800,000

Kwale

7

Medicine Man

Furet Film International Limited

Feature film

Production

Betty Furet

General

3,000,000

Embu

8

Tom Mboya

student airlift

Camera Pix

Documentary

Production

Kabinda Lemba

General

4,000,000

Nairobi

9

Defying ashes

Independent film maker

Documentary

Production

Joan Njeri

Youth

2,000,000

Nairobi

10

Frog boy

Apes in Space

TV concept

Development

Wanzilu Maingi

General

383,000

Kajiado

11

Rituals of Africa

Baruu Collective Limited 

TV concept

Development 

Saitabao Kaiyare

Youth

1,500,000

Kajiado

12

Swapped

Divine Elements

TV format

Development

Sabina Staddler

General

425,000

Nairobi

 

TOTAL AMOUNT AWARDED

25,033,000

 

 


KENYA FILM COMMISSION AND EUGENE MBUGUA ANNOUNCE CONCERT NYUMBANI, THE BIGGEST ENTERTAINMENT EVENT ON KENYAN TELEVISION

Concert nyumbani

The biggest entertainment television event to happen in Kenya is set to take place at 2 P.M. on Sunday 19th July 2020. It’ll be a musical show that will be broadcast on over ten Television stations simultaneously.

CONCERT NYUMBANI

Kenya Film Commission has partnered with Documentary & Reality TV that specializes in entertaining and producing informative television content and video production to organize a television concert dubbed Concert Nyumbani.

The show is aimed at educating Kenyans on COVID 19 Pandemic, entertaining masses, appreciating frontline workers and collaboration with artists. This one hour long concert show will help promote the film industry as an important way to showcase Kenya as a vibrant and informative society celebrating Kenyan COVID-19 frontline workers while showcasing talent.

“Concert Nyumbani is a television event that appreciates and honors Kenyans, who are sacrificing immensely for the good of others during the COVID 19 pandemic. Episode one of the show was made possible by the sponsorship of Kenya Film Commission who we are grateful to for the support”, notes Eugene Mbugua.

The show profiles heroes during this time of the pandemic by creating short documentaries of their work followed by poetry and musical performances by leading Kenyans artists and musicians dedicated to them. It will be hosted by internet sensation Azziad Nasenya & seasoned television personality Mwaniki Mageria. It’s directed by Eugene Mbugua, Enos Olik and Kayt Kioko of Kipenz Films. The first episode of the show will have performances by;

  • Sitawa Namwalie - Poet
  • Mumbi Macharia - Poet
  • Jaaziyah –Poet
  • Bensoul - Musician
  • H_art the band – Band

Here is a teaser for the show: https://vimeo.com/436019576

The first episode will air simultaneously on amongst others KTN, NTV, K24, KBC, Switch TV, Metropol TV, Y24, TV47 and PPP TV between 2 to 3 p.m. on 19th July 2020.

ABOUT THE KENYA FILM COMMISSION

The Commission is responsible for developing, promoting and marketing the Kenyan film industry and has developed and undertaken various intervention programs since the onset of the Corona pandemic to cushion artistes specifically in film production. This show has directly supported; 4 production companies; 12 instrumentalists; 4 sound technicians; 8 band members; 4 crew for documentaries; 8 crew for studio; 4 stage set up and grips and other artists e.g. poets and musicians as well as service providers.

Kenya Film Commission is mandated to:

  1. To develop, promote and market the film industry locally and internationally and identify and facilitate growth of the film industry.
  2. Generate, manage and disseminate film industry research, information and market data, and act as a repository and archive of Kenya’s film records.
  3. Coordinate and certify persons, association and organization participating in the production of film, photography, video, stills, animation, new media and related media.
  4. Establish and administer a film promotion fund and incubation centres for the film industry in Kenya.
  5. Provide liaison service for government departments on matters relating to the promotion, marketing and development of the industry.
  6. Promote and market Kenya, locally and internationally as a filming destination and promote local content.
  7. Develop fiscal and other incentives to promote investment in the film industry and create linkages with both public and private national and international organizations to improve and facilitate investment in the film industry.

ABOUT EUGENE MBUGUA

Eugene Mbugua is a 29-year-old content creator, writer, producer and director. Eugene was the youngest producer with a show on Kenyan national television when at 22 his first TV show Young Rich premiered on Kenya’s K24.

Eugene has gone on to create and/or produce more 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.

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. Eugene holds a degree in television production and print media from United States International University – Africa.


 KENYA FILM COMMISSION SET TO PUT UP A FILM HUB IN UASIN GISHU COUNTY

Uasin Gishu

At the heart of the Commission is the strategic intention to devolve filmmaking activities to the counties. To advance this agenda, our CEO Mr. Timothy Owase paid a courtesy call to H.E Jackson Mandago - Governor of Uasin Gishu County.

In order to propel screen business, Kenya Film Commission is in the process of forging a partnership with Uasin Gishu County to set up a Film Hub.

Key items of the discussion featured creating a linkage with Uasin Gishu County, collaboration on capacity building initiatives, establishment of a fully furnished Film Hub among other items.

The governor expressed delight in the activities of the Commission as they are aimed at creating wealth and employment opportunities for the youth in the county.

The governor, who is also the chairperson of the North Rift Economic Bloc, has committed to rally all the eight counties in the bloc to embrace filmmaking as an avenue of job creation for the youth in the region.

The governor has committed to zero rate film production activities in Uasin Gishu County to attract investment and promote growth of filmmaking activities in the county.

In an effort to power capacity and mainstream screen business within Counties, the Commission agreed to undertake sensitization to all County Executive Committee Members and Chief Officers of the eight North Rift Counties.


FILMING EQUIPMENT: TAX LAWS AMENDMENT BILL: NO. 36

Reference is made to the Kenya Gazette Supplement of 30th March 2020, No. 36 on Investment Allowance specific to Filming equipment by a local film producer. The Kenya Film Commission is guided by Kenya Revenue Authority through the Ag. Commissioner Customs and Border Control as follows:

The amendment relating to filming equipment was done on deduction on investment allowance under the Second Schedule (Sections 4, 5 and 15) item 1 (b) (ix) to the Income Tax Act, CAP 470 to provide for Capital expenditure incurred on filming equipment by a local film producer licensed by the Cabinet Secretary responsible for filming at a rate of 25% per year on reducing balance. This is therefore an amendment relating to income tax as far as financial books of the companies are concerned and is not a waiver on the importation of filming equipment by a local film producer.

On importation of filming equipment:

  • The rates of import duty are contained in the East African Community Common External Tariff (EACCET) and are dependent on the specific equipment. Duty rates could either be 0%, 10% or 25% of the customs value depending on where the item is classified in the CET referred. Specific duty rates can only be given where the equipment /items are known.
  • The Value Added Tax Act, 2013, in the First Schedule, Part 1, paragraph 54 exempts “Goods imported or purchased locally for use by the local film producers and local film agents, upon recommendation by the Kenya Film Commission, subject to approval by the Cabinet Secretary to the National Treasury”. The importer is therefore required to seek the necessary approval before declaring the goods.
  • Filming equipment are not exempt from Import Declaration Fees and Railway Development Levy and the importers of these equipment are required to pay these Fees and Levies at 3.5% and 2% of the customs value respectively.
    AUTOMEDIC WINS TOP PRIZE IN THE 3rd EDITION OF MY KENYA MY STORY MOBILE PHONE FILM COMPETITION

Automedic

Kenya Film Commission (KFC) has announced the winners of My Kenya My Story mobile phone film competition. For the second year in a row, David Waronja scooped the top prize of Ksh 200,000 courtesy of his film Automedic. The film 2024 by Mandela Midamba emerged second winning a cash prize of Ksh 150,000 while Mmoja by Omar Hamza Hassan was third and got a cash prize of Ksh 100,000. Muzzled by Sammy Mwaura and Covid 19 by Paul Gaturu scooped Ksh 25,000 each as Jury Special Mentions; Muzzled highlighted a present struggle of People Living With Disability whereas Covid 19 (by Paul Gaturu) made a commendable attempt at an action film. Besides these 5 films, the remaining 15 shortlisted films will each get a token of Ksh 5,000 from the Commission.

Mr Joe Mucheru, Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry of ICT, Innovation and Youth Affairs graced the event as Chief Guest, accompanied by Chief Administrative Secretary in the Ministry of ICT, Ms. Maureen Mbaka. In his remarks, Mr Mucheru pledged his continuous support and that of H.E. the President in assisting filmmakers in telling the Kenyan story. He urged filmmakers to embrace the mobile phone in telling transformational Kenyan stories.

“This year’s theme of the competition - Covid 19: Staying at Home and Social Distancing - highlighted a wide spectrum of perspectives as expressed by over 250 filmmakers from various Counties who submitted their films. Additionally, many films made good use of accessories to ensure stable shots, good lighting and audio”, noted Ms Nice Githinji. Ms. Githinji, a renowned film and TV actor, was the Jury Chairperson for this edition.

Kenya Film Commission CEO Mr. Timothy Owase notes that: “My Kenya My Story competition is one activity within the Commission’s commitment of growing Kenya’s film industry, focussing on application of affordable technology in telling stories. The competition is aimed at powering the growth of the local film industry countrywide with the affordability of a smart phone over high-end equipment”.

In this third edition of My Kenya My Story competition, KFC partnered with various organizations through which the winners will receive complimentary giveaways in addition to the cash prizes. This year’s sponsors are:

  • TECNO Mobile Limited giving a Tecno Camon 15 phone to the winner; the first and second runners up will receive a Tecno Spark 5 phone each.
  • CDI Gadgets awarding the top three winners with camera accessories ranging from tripods, phone rigs, microphones and lenses.
  • Multichoice Kenya giving the 20 nominees a six months’ subscription of Showmax. In addition, the second runners up will get a DStv HD Zappa Fullkit (Decoder, Installation, Cabling) with one month Premium subscription; the winner and first runners up will each get a DStv HD Explora Fullkit (Decoder, Installation, Cabling) with one month Premium subscription.
  • Kenya Scriptwriters Guild will give a free annual membership to the 20 nominees with an open invitation to all of the Guild’s activities within one year.

All the 20 shortlisted films are available on the Kenya Film Commission Youtube page.

The Kenya Film Commission is a State Corporation mandated to develop a vibrant local Film and TV industry, and market Kenya as a preferred filming destination for sustainable wealth and job creation.


COVID-19 STIMULUS PROGRAM

The Kenya Film Commission, in line with its mandate and the directive by H.E. the President of the Republic of Kenya, is supporting the local film makers by cushioning them from the negative economic impact of COVID-19. This is being done through engaging film makers from the 47 counties to develop content that will communicate and resonate with the public in relation to COVID-19 and its social-economic impact.

The content developed will be communicated and distributed through various channels (print, digital and social media) to the target audience in a way that appeals and drives them to watch, listen and understand what is being communicated.

The Commission is pleased to announce that the call for funding applications for the stimulus program for filmmakers closed on 14th June 2020 having received 98 applications from the following Counties: Bungoma, Kiambu, Mombasa, Uasin Gishu,Kisumu, Nakuru, Kwale, Nairobi, Makueni, Machakos, Kajiado, Muranga, Busia, Siaya, Trans Nzoia, Nandi, Tharaka Nithi, Elgeyo Marakwet, Homabay, Kericho, Bomet, Narok, Baringo and Embu.

A Jury Committee has been tasked to review the applications and shortlist accordingly.

JURY MEMBERS

 MARTIN MUNYUA

MARTIN1Martin lived in Italy in the nineties where he graduated in 1995 as a cinematographer from Istituto Di Stato Per La Cinematografia e Per La Televisione - “R. Rossellini”, and Social Communications from the Pontifical Gregorian University, in 1997. Martin also holds a Global Executive MBA degree from USIU, Kenya (2013).

“Marto”, as friends and colleagues call him, is an award-winning filmmaker who specialized in cinematography, though he has worked in various filmmaking capacities over the span of his close to 30-year career. His current screen credits are in cinematography, directing, editing, producing, writing, as well as creating TV show formats.

Adapting skills learned from top directors and cinematographers such as Bernardo Bertolucci (Last Tango in Paris), Anthony Minghela (The Talented Mr. Ripley) and Remi Adefarasin (Elizabeth) among others, Martin has over the years perfected his combination of lighting techniques as well as his unique approach to directing and producing audio-visual content of all genres. One of his latest projects was a reality TV show Ms. President which aired on KTN HOME in 2019 and was trending at number one on Wednesday evenings when the show was on air.

Currently, Martin is one of the founding directors of Dreamcatcher Productions Limited, is the current Chairman of the Kenya Film & Television Professionals Association (KFTPA), and is a member of several film-related committees and KEPSA. He sits on the board of Next Media, a Media company in Uganda which owns several media-related companies.A passionate foodie, musician, simulator pilot among other activities close to his heart, Martin is well travelled and fluent in English, Italian, Bulgarian and Swahili.

ISABELLA MAINA

isabella1Isabella Maina is a producer, director, writer and consultant based in Kenya with experience in various productions; feature films, documentaries and corporate videos.Having worked in the film industry under various production units for the past 18 years, she is currently the founder of Dive Productions a continuation of her filmmaking journey with the aim of telling, sharing and showing our stories, creating employment opportunities and mentoring other upcoming filmmakers.A graduate of the Kenya Institute of Mass Communication – Diploma in Film/Video production, she has undertaken other professional courses in: screenwriting, cinematography, directing, digital social media among other personal development courses.

She is a member of the Kenya National Film Association (KNFA)

 

IMMACULATE “ASHLEY” MURUGI

IMMACULATE1As the first born in a family of two, Immaculate always stood out as the witty one, always out and about being the team leader in the childhood games.Growing up through her teens, she participated in Drama and Music festivals and always took the lead roles through to Provincial levels. She looked up to American Actress Ashley Judd to the point of branding herself as Ashley. This name stuck all through her 9 year professional acting and even became her character name on the famous Tahidi High drama series.

Immaculate studied Mass Communication and Film Production to enhance her acting profession. She is a graduate of Public Relations from Daystar University and is currently undertaking a short course in Entrepreneurship and Business Model Innovation Program at the United States International University – Africa.As a seasoned PR, Marketing and Branding professional, she has a knack for solid achievements in the realization of organisations’ PR and Marketing objectives. Immaculate has been a consultant for various private and Government entities.Currently, Immaculate is the Deputy Director, Embu Governor’s Press and Communication. She also runs Solutions Media Productions – a PR Consultancy firm. Her mission is to be one of the most powerful brands in the region and to provide organizations with the best PR and Film Production solutions that gives them a competitive advantage in their respective industries.

JAMES KANJA

JAMES1James Kanja is the Executive Producer at Black Magic Films. He is also an award winning TV and Film Director who has worked on numerous local and international TV commercials, Films, TV Series such as The XYZ Show and most recently associated with the Netflix Series, Sacred Games 2.

 

 

 

 


KENYA FILM COMMISSION SET TO ESTABLISH A FILM HUB IN BOMET COUNTY

bomet

At the heart of the Kenya Film Commission is the strategic intention to grow the local film industry. To realize this, the Commission is actively engaging the various county governments with an aim of devolving filmmaking activities thus actualizing growth of the national film industry.

The commission led by the CEO, Mr. Timothy Owase held a successful meeting with Dr. Hillary Barchok - Governor, Bomet County alongside other officials at the Governor’s office on 12th June 2020. The meeting featured discussion on collaborative efforts with the county in order to set up a film hub that will aid in nurturing talent and creating job opportunities for the youth as well as developing the creative sector in the county.

The roll out of the new curriculum has contributed immensely to the growth of the creative industry, since it mainly focuses on talent development as well as putting in place the necessary infrastructure to create an enabling environment to support growth of talent.

“Bomet County has the capacity to grow based on its cultural heritage, especially when it comes to the creative industry.” noted Mr. Timothy Owase – CEO, Kenya Film Commission.

It was further highlighted that the facility will be geared towards nurturing talent as well as generate income for the creatives within the county. This facility will also aid in harnessing the synergy between the commission and county initiatives, especially in capacity building programs.

The Bomet County government assured the commission of its willingness to collaborate in order to diversify the opportunities that exist within the county.

This meeting marks the beginning of many partnership opportunities with Bomet County government and other key stakeholders in developing the film industry in the country.


KFC UNVEILS 2020 JURY FOR THE THIRD EDITION OF THE “MY KENYA MY STORY” MOBILE PHONE FILM COMPETITION

The Kenya Film Commission has revealed a Jury of experts for the third edition of “My Kenya My Story” mobile phone film competition. This is a competition for short Kenyan films shot exclusively using mobile phones. This year’s edition is themed “COVID 19 – Staying at Home and Social Distancing”. By close of submission on 3rd June 2020, the competition had received 252 submissions from across the country.

The Jury comprises: Mr. Eugene Mbugua, Mrs. Carole Gikandi Omondi, Mr. Arjen Westra, Mr. Mwendwa Kilundo and Ms. Nice Githinji. The five-member Jury has been tasked to review the entries, shortlist nominees and tally the votes. The Jury vote will constitute 70% while an online public voting exercise will constitute 30% of the total vote.

The best short film will receive Ksh 200,000 while the first and second runners up will receive Ksh 150,000 and Ksh 100,000 respectively.

This competition seeks to inspire creativity among filmmakers in the country and to widen the scope of film making using smart phones. This year’s theme is centered on the experiences during the current COVID 19 pandemic and the resulting call to stay at home and maintain social distance.

 The winners of this edition will be announced on 30th June 2020.

JURY MEMBERS

NICE GITHINJI

NICE GITHINJI1Nice Githinji began her career as a stage actress, first appearing on the Phoenix Player’s stage in Richard Stockwell’s Bad Blood. Following a stellar performance in that show,  Nice has evolved into one  of  the  industry’s  most  active  voices  and  has  carved herself  a  niche  as  a  performer  who  never  leaves her  audiences  wanting.

 Nice’s versatile  portfolio shows  her  playing roles  that  range  from  Mary-Magdalene  in  the  acclaimed musical  Jesus  Christ  Superstar  to Rizzo  in  Grease  the  Musical. She is active  on  the  Kenyan  scene  as  an actor, content creator, vocalist  and  TV  show  host and acting coach with a  list of  credits that include Nganya, which she co-created for Iflix,  William Shakespeare’s  Merry  Wives  of  Windsor,  Subira and Rafiki.With up to ten awards and nominations under her belt, Nice also runs an initiative dubbed JiNice Visafe under her company, Creatives Kinetic Hub, where she mentors upcoming performers.Nice is probably one of Kenya’s most driven artists, striving to make the industry bigger and brighter. Nice is a force to be reckoned with; a voice that cannot be stopped, an expert performer and a consummate professional.

 

CAROLE GIKANDI OMONDI

CAROLE GIKANDI OMONDI1Carole Gikandi is a creative storytelling Film Editor with over 20 years career experience in media and entertainment environments.Carole’s film credits are impressive and include several international award-winning films at Kalasha Awards and the Zanzibar International Film Festival, including Ndoto za Elibidi, Ni Sisi, Watatu and the Short Live Action Drama Watu Wote nominated for an Oscar in 2018.

Carole has many “firsts” under her professional hat. She has worked on major international projects including top series for MNET Africa Magic, feature length movies, documentaries, training content and factual productions. She has been the series editor of five series of the highly acclaimed Tazama! –Kenya’s first ever educational factual TV magazine show – rated second most popular program across Kenya. She has also been Editor and Director of three series of ‘Agenda Kenya’ – Kenya’s first ever series of ‘as-live’, audience-based, political talk shows.

 Carole brings insights from last year’s edition having been one of the Jurors in 2019.

EUGENE MBUGUA

EUGENE MBUGUA1Eugene Mbugua is a content creator, writer, producer and director. Eugene was the youngest producer with a show on Kenyan national television when at 22; his first TV show Young Rich premiered on Kenya’s K24.

Eugene has gone on to create and/or produce more 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.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.  Eugene holds a degree in television production and print media from United States International University – Africa

ARJEN WESTRA

 ARJEN WESTRA1Nairobi-based Arjen Westra is a journalist, screenwriter, actor, and author born in the Netherlands. With over two decades of writing experience, Westra has spent the last 25 years writing articles for several Dutch newspapers, magazines and traveling the African continent as a tour guide.

 He researched, photographed, and wrote four best-selling guidebooks about several African countries. He moved to screenwriting because some stories just should be told and mainstream media are not always the right channels to address issues.

Over the past years, he has written a handful of screenplays. Most of his work has a multicultural/social angle. Recently, he made his debut as a writer/director of the short movie I Just Missed You.

His work as a tour guide adds to his mission to bridge cultural gaps. He hopes it also adds a spark to the characters he writes. Westra has contributed to several books and radio broadcasts as an Africa-correspondent and has acted in an award-winning Kenyan movie.

Westra is a member of the Kenyan Scriptwriters Guild reading committee. When he is not traveling he likes to coach young writers with their script and work on his own projects

 MWENDWA KILUNDO

MWENDWA KILUNDO1Mwendwa Kilundo is a trained and seasoned marketer by profession, specializing in digital to help brands, personalities and businesses launch and thrive in the online world.He is a vibrant art enthusiast and considers himself an amateur art collector. He deeply relishes artistic expression and has composed poetry pieces for schools performed all the way to the National Competitions.

Mwendwa has been the vice-chair to Spoken heart-Maseno Chapter, the largest and the most powerful arts platform that nurtures artists being the beginner grounds for acclaimed artists such as Nadia Mukami, Saisi the Poet, Bolo Blink amongst a nexus of others. He is currently a Director at CDI Gadgets – an organization that spreads professional knowledge in smart phone video making, film making and smart phone photography.

 

 

 

 


FILM EMPOWERMENT PROGRAMME

The Kenya Film Commission appreciates all the submissions received for the first cycle of the Film Empowerment Programme.

Kindly note that the submission is now closed.

Successful applicants will be notified in due course.


KENYA FILM COMMISSION SIGNS A MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING WITH CHURCH OF GOD EAST AFRICA (K) TO ESTABLISH A FILM RESOURCE CENTRE

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On 29th May 2020, Kenya Film Commission led by our CEO Mr. Timothy Owase, signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Church of God East Africa -Kenya to establish a Film Resource Centre in Vihiga County.

The signing ceremony was preceded by a courtesy call to the office of the Archbishop Dr. Byrum Makokha who shared his excitement ahead of the launch of this project and its impact on job creation and advancing the youth agenda.

This partnership is a significant milestone for creatives in the western region as it will open myriad of opportunities. This signing marked the onset of many strategic partnership opportunities with the church and other key stakeholders in advancing the film industry in the county.

As a Commission our focus is on creating opportunities, building capacity and creating an enabling environment for creatives in the various counties to create sustainable jobs and wealth.

“Churches in Kenya are synonymous with matters religion, but today we're here to change this narrative. Our focus is to empower the members of community to have the requisite skills that will enable them make significant contribution to the creative sector in the country,” said Timothy Owase.

“The church is a unique space rich in stories. These stories have the potential to transform the society in a big way as they draw from real life experiences that can serve as useful edutainment,” Timothy further added.

This Film Resource Centre upon completion will serve a crucial role in nurturing talent of the creatives in the county and its environs.


KENYA FILM COMMISSION LAUNCHES A FILM, ANIMATION AND GAMING HUB AT DEDAN KIMATHI UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY. 

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Kenya Film Commission launched the Kenya Film Commission/DeKUT Film, Animation and Gaming Hub at the Dedan Kimathi University of Technology in Nyeri on 21st May 2020. The event was graced by Mr. Joe Mucheru, Cabinet Secretary - Ministry of ICT, Innovation and Youth Affairs, His Excellency Mutahi Kahiga, Governor – Nyeri County Government, Dr Caroline Karugu – Deputy Governor, Nyeri County Government, Prof. R. Eng. P.N. Kioni – Vice Chancellor, Dedan Kimathi University of Technology as well as representatives from the State Department of Youth Affairs and Konza Technopolis Development Authority.

Kenya Film Commission signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), with Dedan Kimathi University of Technology with one of the deliverables being establishment of a film, animation and gaming hub, which was aimed at having the first film hub outside Nairobi. The hub will be open to students, staff, animators and other film professionals from across the country.

This is a great initiative by the Commission geared towards devolution of filmmaking activities in the counties and encouraging growth and creativity in content creation. It is an onset of many strategic partnership opportunities with the university and other key stakeholders in advancing the film industry in the country. The Film Hub will serve a crucial role in nurturing talent of the creatives in Nyeri County and its environs.

Mr. Timothy Owase,CEO Kenya Film Commission noted that “The launch of this film hub is one among the many stimulus packages the Commission has put in place to ensure film business in the country becomes vibrant and a rewarding venture as well as advancing the youth agenda in the country”. He also added that “Universities in Kenya are synonymous with academia, but today we are here to change this narrative. Our focus is to empower the students and aspiring filmmakers to have the requisite skills and techniques that will enable them have a smooth transition to the outside world and make significant contribution to the creative sector in the country. Universities in Kenya are synonymous with academia, but today we are here to change this narrative”.

Mr. Joe Mucheru, CS- Ministry of ICT, Innovation and Youth Affairs, announced that “following the directive by the President of the Republic of Kenya, H.E Uhuru Kenyatta; we have successfully launched the Sports and Arts Fund, which is a special kitty aimed at supporting the local filmmakers by cushioning them from the negative economic impact of COVID-19 and successfully actualized the film incentive which creates an enabling legal and institutional environment for all film industry stakeholders to conduct their business. This will effectively address key issues in the film industry; grow the local film industry whilst at the same time strengthen and encourage professionalism in the industry and attract international film investors’”.

It is in this regard, the Commission as a government agency mandated to develop the film industry in the country, is committed to expanding the opportunities for creatives in the country thus ensuring realization of momentous growth in the film industry.


 THE KENYA FILM COMMISSION (KFC) CALL FOR 100M STIMULUS PACKAGE APPLICATIONS IS OPEN

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The Kenya Film Commission in line with its mandate and the directive by H.E the President of the Republic of Kenya would like to support the local film makers by cushioning them from the negative economic impact of COVID-19. This is to be done through engaging film makers from the 47 counties to develop content that will communicate and resonate with the public in relation to COVID-19 and its impact (social-economically).

The content developed will be communicated and distributed through various channels (print and digital),social media to the target audience in a way that appeals and drives them to watch, listen and understand what is being communicated.

The Commission is pleased to announce that the call for funding applications for the Sh. 100M stimulus package for artists, actors and musician, now open and will be done through the Film Associations/Groupings/Individuals in the various counties that are registered with the Commission.

Opening date for submissions:   18th May 2020           

Closing date for submissions:       31st May2020         

Follow this link for more information: - http://sportsheritage.go.ke/stimulus-package

For any queries regarding applications and for submissions please do that through;-

Kenya Film Commission

Chief Executive Officer

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Telephone: 020 2714073


CALL FOR SUBMISSION – PRODUCTION HOUSE SHOWREELS

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Kenya Film Commission is calling on all film production companies operating in Kenya to submit their corporate showreels.

The showreels will form part of marketing collateral that the Commission will use in marketing the country in regional and international markets. This will also help in positioning Kenya as a power house of film production, the preferred film location as well as showcase robust talent in film production.

These showreels will go a long way in aiding the various production houses in Kenya to advance their visibility and gain entry to new markets thus increase their business portfolio, adopting world best practices in film production as well as creating new opportunities for connecting with similar enterprises globally.

The video clips should be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Between 7th to 20th May 2020.


THE KENYA FILM COMMISSION CALL FOR FUNDING APPLICATIONS IS OPEN

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The Kenya Film Commission (KFC) would like to commend the industry for the good quality of productions that they have continued to produce and invite applicants to submit for Production and Development as well as Marketing and Distribution.

Individuals, companies and organizations may submit funding applications to the KFC for any of the above funding categories. Specific conditions are applicable for each funding category, and it is important for applicants to take careful note of these conditions before submitting an application.

The Kenya Film Commission (KFC) is pleased to announce that the call for cycle 1 funding applications for the 2019/20 financial year is now open for the following funding categories: 

  • Production and Development
    • Feature films
    • Short films
    • Documentaries
    • Animation
    • TV formats
  • Marketing and Distribution

Opening date for submissions:   28th April, 2020            

Closing date for submissions:      9th June, 2020         

Applicants need to fill and complete the application form using the following link: http://kenyafilmcommission.com/index.php/film-empowerment

For any queries regarding applications please contact:

Kenya Film Commission

Ag. Director Technical Services

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Telephone: 020 2714073


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

KENYA FILM COMMISSION POSTPONES KALASHA INTERNATIONAL TV & FILM MARKET

12th March 2020

 

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NAIROBI, KENYA…. Kenya Film Commission hereby pushes forward this years’ Kalasha International TV & Film Market to a date that will be announced upon the expiry of the 30 days embargo on events attracting international participants. This is part of measures taken to deter the spread of the global pandemic - Corona Virus. The directive by the government is a precautionary measure and a strategy aimed at building surveillance at all border points and to prepare the country for any outbreak of the virus.

This is a 3-day trade fair showcasing filming activities and offering a high level interaction through conferences, workshops, business-to-business opportunities and pitching sessions. We have already received confirmation from local and international participants, speakers and exhibitors.

The event was set to take place from 1st – 3rd April 2020 at KICC in Nairobi.

“The Commission wishes to reassure its stakeholders and partners that the event will be held at a future date to be communicated soon as we continue to monitor the situation while consulting with the other relevant government agencies on the matter”, notes KFC CEO Timothy Owase.

Booking for the Kalasha International TV and Film market is still on!

Visit www.kalashainternational.com/register-now to book your participation.

To submit your application for pitching visit www.kalashainternational.com/pitching-competition/

TIMOTHY OWASE

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER


KENYA FILM COMMISSION SIGNS MOU WITH UNITED STATES INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY AFRICA TO PROMOTE FILM

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Kenya Film Commission and United States International University have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to forge a strategic partnership between the Commission and the institution on promotion of excellence in training film production and animation.

“This is a great opportunity as this partnership will aid the Commission in certifying filmmakers in the country thus ensuring the industry has professionals who are qualified to engage in filmmaking activities and also undertake research, archiving, film production, audience development, marketing and capacity building programmes”,noted the CEO, Mr. Owase

The Vice Chancellor of USIU – AFRICA Professor Paul Zeleza expressed his confidence in the partnership and its potential to offer a myriad of opportunities for creatives in the industry.

UNITED STATES INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY AFRICA, also known as USIU Africa, is a private university in Kenya, the largest economy in the Community, the University is accredited by the Commission for Higher Education (CHE) in Kenya and by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).


KENYA FILM COMMISSION SIGNS A MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING WITH DEDAN KIMATHI UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY

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 On 4th March 2020, Kenya Film Commission signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Dedan Kimathi University of Technology forging a strategic partnership aimed at growing the film industry in Nyeri County.

The signing ceremony was presided over by H.E. Mutahi Kahiga - Governor, County Government of Nyeri, Hon. Dr Caroline Karugu – Deputy Governor, County Government of Nyeri, Vice Chancellor, Dedan Kimathi University - Professor Ndirangu Kioni, Mr Timothy Owase – CEO, Kenya Film Commission, representatives from Kenya Broadcasting Corporation, representatives from KONZA Technopolis, among other top government officials.

This collaboration will see the two organizations cooperate in areas of: research, capacity building, streamlining of mid-level film education, establishing of best practices in film production and hosting festivals, conferences and workshops among other items.

Speaking at the forum, Mr Timothy Owase noted that; “As a Commission, we have put in place robust initiatives to empower the Kenyan youth with requisite skills set and knowledge to ensure that they are able to compete on a global arena and improve their quality of life through sustainable wealth and job creation.”

This collaboration aims at building capacity in the local film industry through trainings organized by the Commission in partnership with the university. It will also assist in streamlining of higher education through incorporation of best practices in film education.

To spur growth in the film industry in Nyeri, this collaboration will also strengthen the film festivals thus ensuring promotion of local content and empowering the youth in Nyeri to tell authentic stories that can traverse the country.

The film industry continues to play a key role in spurring economic growth and realization of Vision 2030, through infrastructural development, tourist attraction, investment and employment creation. Kenya Film Commission is fully in touch with the needs and aspirations of its key target audience and it achieves this through such initiatives


 KFC HOLDS A STAKEHOLDERS ENGAGEMENT FORUM IN EMBU COUNTY

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On 10th March 2020, the Commission led by our CEO, Mr. Timothy Owase hosted a stakeholder’s engagement forum in Embu County. The event brought together over one hundred filmmakers from Embu and its environs to discuss various issues on film making in the country.

In attendance were different government agencies including: Media council of Kenya, Kenya film Classification Board (KFCB), Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA), Performers Rights Society of Kenya (PRISK), Konza Technopolis, Kenya Broadcasting Corporation(KBC) and Kenya Copyright Board(KECOBO)

The event was graced by Dr Joan Mwende – CEC, Ministry of Youth Empowerment and Sports among other county officials. Key issues discussed were: Certification ,Partnership with Counties, Capacity building, Stakeholders aligning with government regulations, Marketing opportunities, Film festivals, Need for film associations, Tax compliance, Registration with Collective Management Organizations for royalty collection, Audience research for content formatting and Liaison services offered by the Commission.

The stakeholder forum was followed by screening of the multiple Kalasha-Award winning film, Lost In Time which has been sponsored by the Commission to do a countrywide screening. This feature film has been directed by Peter Kawa.


THE IANUGURAL WOMEN IN FILM AWARDS

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It was all glitz and glam at the inaugural Women in Film Awards which took place at the Kenya Cultural Centre where our CEO Mr Timothy Owase gracing the auspicious occasion. The WIFA2020 award attracted an overwhelming 2400 entries during the submission period.

Here's the list of WIFA2020 Winners:

Best Costume - Wamboi

Best Set Designer - Naima Mungai

Best Cinematographer - Wamboi Mungai

Best Newcomer Producer - Alice Kombani

Best Makeup Artist - Fatou Hassan

Best Sound Designer - Mercy Adundo

Best Animator - Ngendo Mukii

Best Lighting Designer - Caroline Kimeu

Best Editor - Roselida Taabu

Best Scriptwriter - Natasha

Best Producer - Appie Matere

Best Director - Wanuri Kahiu

Best Actress - Brenda Wairimu

Most Influential Woman Personality - Njoki Muhoho

Brand Ambassador for Women In Film - Njoki Muhoho


KENYA FILM COMMISSION LAUNCHES SCHOOL OUTREACH PROGRAM IN UPPER HILL SCHOOL

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The rollout for the School Outreach Program continues. On Wednesday 26th the commission launched the school outreach program at Upper hill School. This project aims at creating a connection between the Commission and the various secondary schools around the country through formation of film clubs that will groom future filmmakers. The launch at Upper hill School comes two weeks after the same program was launched at Alliance Girls Secondary School on 13th February.

Student programming forms an important strategic goal for the Commission as this will ensure the young creatives are empowered to harness the power of film at a young age. Long term the school outreach program will enhance a supportive learning environment to foster creativity and self-discovery through the art of filmmaking.


KENYA FILM COMMISSION PARTNERS WITH CANON IN FILM PRODUCTION WORKSHOP IN EMBU COUNTY

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Last week the commission in partnership with Canon and Embu County government held a Film Production workshop in Embu county from 17th to 22nd February 2020at the Talent Academy. Participants were taken through the film production process, film crew and their roles, screenwriting, sources and characteristics of a good story and essential tools for screenplay development. The participants also learnt how to operate the camera and the basics of photography: shutter speed, aperture, ISO, depth of field and the lens. 


KENYA FILM COMMISSION PARTNERS WITH KBC TO FACILITATE FILM DISTRIBUTION

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On Wednesday 19th February 2020, the Commission led by the CEO hosted a consultative meeting with top management team from Kenya Broadcasting Corporation and industry stakeholders. This meeting came after a successful partnership that was forged between the Commission and KBC to implement the Studio Mashinani project. The focus of the meeting was to explore opportunities of establishing film distribution in the country through the infrastructure by the national broadcaster. Kenya Broadcasting Corporation has set up two unique channels - Y254 and Heritage TV that content creators can utilize as distribution channels.

 


KENYA FILM COMMISSION LAUNCHES A SCHOOL OUTREACH PROGRAMME

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On Thursday 13th February, 2020 the Commission launched a School Outreach Programme at Alliance Girls High School in partnership with Canon – a leading provider of imaging equipment.

The aim of this project is to create a connection between the Commission and the various secondary schools around the country through formation of film clubs.

At the end of this program each institution will receive film equipment to ensure that the learners put to practice what they have learnt.

Student programming forms an important strategic goal for the Commission as this will ensure the young creatives are empowered to harness the power of film at a young age.

Long term the school outreach program will enhance a supportive learning environment to foster creativity and self-discovery through the art of filmmaking.

 


KENYA FILM COMMISSION LAUNCHES A TRAINING OF TRAINERS FILM CSR PROGRAMME IN KAMITI MAXIMUM PRISON

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On 14th February 2020Kenya Film Commission launched a Training of Trainers workshop as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility programme at Kamiti Maximum Prison. The event was graced by representatives from Ministry of ICT, Innovation and Youth Affairs. Present also were officials from State Department for Correctional Services, board directors and CEO from Kenya Film Commission.

This CSR programme will see training of 50 wardens drawn from nine facilities in the Nairobi area under a Training of Trainers (TOT) initiative. The 50 wardens will undergo a three weeks Capacity Building workshop where they will be trained on basic film production skills. This skill transfer program will ensure that the correctional facilities adopt filmmaking as part of the programmes offered to the prisoners while in remand.

Long term, as the event is rolled out in other parts of the country, this will ensure that the country has a vibrant film industry with professionals who are empowered to tell authentic Kenyan stories thus making significant contribution to the Kenyan film industry.

The Prison System in Kenya is severely strained due to the high crime rate in the country. Further to this, there is lack of proper mechanisms to empower the prison population and re-integrate the inmates back into society with skills to enhance employment or entrepreneurship.

The film industry continues to play a key role in spurring economic growth and realization of Vision 2030, through infrastructural development, tourist attraction, investment and employment creation. Kenya Film Commission is fully in touch with the needs and aspiration of its key target audience and it achieves this through various communication campaigns.

In this regard, the Commission undertakes annual Corporate Social Responsibility projects as part of its strategic philanthropy, aimed at demonstrating the focus on a community’s societal experiences through addressing specific public needs. This CSR Programme also seeks to develop skills and to harness talent among the prisoners that will aid in reintegration into society, socialize with the inmates and engage in their day-to-day activities while orienting the inmates on the mandate of the Commission.


KENYAN STANDS OUT AT THE 7th AFRICA MAGIC VIEWERS’ CHOICE AWARDS NOMINATIONS

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Africa Magic yesterday announced nominees in all 28 categories in the 7th Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards (AMVCA). The event, hosted by Nollywood’s Linda Ejiofor and Ibrahim Suleiman, was broadcasted live on all Africa Magic channels via DStv and GOtv from 11pm East African Time.

Below is the full list of the Kenya’s nominee:

  • Pascal Tokodi (Disconnect) – Best Supporting Actor in a movie/TV series
  • Walter Odhiambo (Plan B) – Best Lighting Designer in a movie/TV series
  • Willis Abuto & Kevin Abuto (Poker) – Best Sound Editor
  • Sippy Chadha (Subira) – Best Indigenous Language/TV Series (Swahili)
  • Victor Gatonye (Dreamchild) - Best Indigenous Language/TV Series (Swahili)
  • Joan Kabugu (Toy Car) - Best Indigenous Language/TV Series (Swahili)
  • Iman Mueke (Disconnect) - Best Movie East Africa
  • Edijoe Mwaniki (Lost In Time) - Best Movie East Africa
  • Sarah Hassan (Plan B) - Best Movie East Africa
  • Multichoice Talent Factory East Africa (Ensulo) - Multichoice Talent Factory Award
  • Multichoice Talent Factory East Africa (Promises) - Multichoice Talent Factory Award

Since its launch in March 2013, the AMVCAs continues to inspire and celebrate contributions of African filmmakers, actors and industry specialists as they promote the growth of the continent’s film and television industry. For the 7th edition, awards will be presented in 28 categories, with 7 categories open to public voting and 21 being categories to be decided by the AMVCA panel of judges with the inclusion of a new category, The MultiChoice Talent Factory Award.

For the Kenyan nominees, only the Best Supporting Actor category is open for public voting via https://africamagic.dstv.com/show/amvca/vote

According to the Africa Magic Channel Director, Wangi Mba-Uzoukwu, over 2000 entries were received for this edition, a clear indication of the important role the AMVCAs play in shaping the African film and television narrative.

Viewers can join the conversation using the hashtag #AMVCA7 and follow @africamagictv for live tweets. The full list of nominees has been published on the Africa Magic website following the announcement.


 KENYA FILM COMMISSION PARTNERS WITH MULTICHOICE TALENT FACTORY & DOLBY IN A SOUND MASTERCLASS

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Kenya Film Commission in partnership with Multichoice Talent Factory and Dolby conducted a two-day masterclass in Sound and Sound Design in Production Planning in Nairobi on 6th and 7th February 2020.

The masterclass attracted an overwhelming 170 creatives eager to advance their skills in sound mixing, sound design and production planning. The masterclass was facilitated by sound consultant Mr Vikram Joglekar and Quinton Schmidt both from Dolby.

Speaking at the forum, Mr Quinton Schmidt noted that “Sound is a critical element of film production as it constitutes 50% of the whole production.”

While also sharing with participants in the masterclass Mr Vikram Joglekar expressed that “You can stand a bad picture, but not bad sound in film, that's how important good sound is in production.”

Surround sound creates a more realistic and immersive listening experience to go along with enhanced picture quality thus guarantee a pleasant viewer experience and eliciting the correct emotion from the audience.


EAST AFRICA COMMUNITY LAUNCHES A SHORT FILM COMPETITION

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On Wednesday 29th January 2020 in partnership with the East African Community we launched the EAC Youth Videos and Animation short film competition at Daystar University. To celebrate its 20th anniversary and to mark this important milestone, EAC launched a campaign dubbed “the EAC I Deserve”. The competition runs up to 31st March 2020 and will see 33 winners getting a total prize of $25000.


 INAUGRAL EDITION OF CINEMADAMARE FILM FESTIVAL WAS A GREAT SUCCESS!

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The award ceremony held in the Coastal town of Mombasa on 16th December, 2019 marked the grand finale of Cinemadamare Africa Chapter 2019 ending a five – week period of filmmaking in Kenya.

Following a successful launch in Nairobi County, this festival featured intensive filming and screening of short films in Nairobi, Kisumu, Nyandarua, Makueni and Mombasa counties. The festival attracted an overwhelming 200 filmmakers from around the world who converged in Kenya for an amazing filmmaking experience.

The filmmakers had an opportunity to tell stories under the theme “Gains of Devolution” and experience Kenya as the ideal filming destination with world class tourist attraction sites.

Cinemadamare Africa Chapter 2019 – a first in Africa/ Nairobi and in its 17th edition in Italy showcased the beauty of Kenya to the world and reaffirms our slogan ‘Film Kenya, Capture Africa! This festival was also an eye-opener to many counties on the myriad opportunities filmmaking offers in terms of sustainable wealth and job creation for the youth.”

Associazione Culturale Cinemadamare has been hosting the biggest gathering of young filmmakers from all over the world for a film making experience in Italy for the past 16 years. Kenya was honored to host the 17th Edition of Cinemadamare Africa Chapter 2019, the first in Africa through the G-Pay Africa youth.


KENYA FILM COMMISSION BAGS TWO PRESTIGIOUS AWARDS AT WCD VISIONARY AWARDS

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It was a winning night for Kenya Film Commission at the Women Corporate Directors (WCD) 2019 Visionary Awards dinner held in Nairobi. The Commission bagged Visionary Awards for Leadership and Governance of a Public Service Organization & Visionary Award for Minority Inclusion.

The event was graced by Hon Lady Justice Njoki Ndungu – Judge of the Supreme Court of Kenya, Ms Roselida – Executive Director, WCD Kenya among other key personalities.

Worldwide organizations are now faced with the ever increasing need to have a gender balanced institution. It is no longer a matter of mere representation of one gender but having a seat at the table where strategic decisions are made. As Kenya Film Commission, we are cognizant of the need to have women in strategic leadership positions of our organization.

Women Corporate Directors (WCD) is the world’s largest membership organization and community of women corporate board directors. WCD is also a trusted community of directors serving in more than 8,500 public and private boards around the world.


WINNERS OF 9TH EDITION OF KALASHA INTERNATIONAL FILM AND TV AWARDS UNVEILED!

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It was all glitz and glam at the 9th edition of Kalasha International Film and TV Awards as Kenya Film Commission awarded winners in the various categories that were up for competition.

The star-studded gala event was a red carpet affair graced by top government officials, members of the diplomatic corps, corporate executives, media personalities and top creative minds in Kenya.

This 9th edition also saw winners in the various categories win KES 50,000 as well assorted gift hampers from some of the sponsors – a first of its kind from the Commission, besides the prestigious Kalasha trophy.

The award gala presented a stiff competition in the various categories with emergence of new entrants who bagged the coveted Kalasha trophy upsetting the status quo in the industry.

Making his opening remarks at Kalasha Awards, Mr. Jerome Ochieng - PS Ministry of ICT notes, "We realize that there are challenges we need to work on. For that reason, as a Ministry we've come up with a memo that needs Cabinet's approval to create that incentive for film production and encourage more filmmakers to use Kenya as a preferred film destination."

Also speaking at the same event, Mr. Timothy Owase - CEO Kenya Film Commission noted that, "We endeavor to take these awards to greater heights. We are glad that through these awards, we have encouraged our local TV stations to effect the 60% rule on local content as per government directive. This has resulted in promotion of local talents and accrued benefits for different stakeholders. We are encouraged by East Africa’s level of innovation and creativity. All we have to do is to believe in ourselves as we seek to compete at international arenas."

Kalasha International Film and TV Awards attracted sponsorship from Communications Authority of Kenya, French Embassy, Canon, HEVA Fund, Africa Post Office, Star Times Kenya, Kenya Broadcasting Corporation, Performers Rights Society of Kenya, Nairobi Woman Representative, Four Points by Sheraton, Nairobi Bottlers (Coca Cola Beverages Africa), Buggy Open, Magana Flowers, Summerdale Inn, Marini Naturals, Media Council of Kenya, Safari Park Hotel, Embassy of Ukraine to Kenya and Scoop Network.

Despite a heavy downpour, the rains experienced on Saturday evening did not dampen the mood of the invited guests who were eager to know the winners of the various categories.

Full list of the winners:

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To view Kalasha Awards in pictures click here


 

 SOUTH RIFT STAKEHOLDERS FORUM IN BOMET COUNTYbomet county

In our pursuit to facilitate access to services for stakeholders in the film sector, the Commission on Saturday 15th November 2019 hosted a stakeholder’s forum in Bomet County in collaboration with the Kenya Copyright Board to appraise stakeholders from the South Rift region on recent developments in the film industry.

The Commission conducted a comprehensive tour of key County Offices from the governor and County Commissioner’s to various others ran by county creative economy players in a bid to engage them on the myriad of opportunities that the creative industry offers to the youth in terms of sustainable jobs and wealth creation.

Stakeholders were brought to speed on the certification program and recent developments pertaining to film production in the country. The certification program will identify qualified film professionals, ensure recognition of expertise in the industry, enhance credibility and prestige of the film industry, protect the public from extortion and establish professional practice standards.

The certification program seeks to certify persons, associations and organizations participating in the production of film, photography, video, stills, animation, new media and related media.

Mr Edward Sigei – Executive Director, Kenya Copyright Board emphasized the need for creatives to have copyright for their content so as to protect themselves from theft and also to ensure they earn from their work.

Bomet County Commissioner Mr Geoffrey Omonding promised to work closely with the Commission in allocation of spaces where resource centres could be set up to empower the youth with skills on quality content production.

Also speaking at the forum was Mr Ephantus Kamau – Chairman, Performers Rights Society of Kenya who urged creatives from the South Rift region to register with Collective Management Organizations so that they could protect themselves from extortion and earn royalties from their work.

KFC CEO Timothy Owase reaffirmed the Commission’s commitment to establishment of innovation hubs in the counties as critical in empowering the youth with skills in filmmaking. This will ensure that the counties are vibrant in telling authentic Kenyan stories. The Commission will establish a resource centre and equip it to empower youth with skills in filmmaking and how they can earn from their talent.

The County Secretary, Ms Evalyne Rono noted that the county government has established a revolving fund for the youth to borrow in a bid to empower filmmakers from the county to tell authentic Kenyan stories.


KENYA FILM COMMISSION UNVEILS NOMINEES OF KALASHA TV & FILM AWARDS 2019

KALASHA AWARDS 2019 NOMINEES UNVEIL min

 Kenya Film Commission has today unveiled the nominees for the 9th edition of Kalasha Film and TV Awards at IMAX 20th Century Cinema. Kalasha Awards is an annual event by the Commission that celebrates exceptional talent in Film and TV industry in Kenya. The call for submission that ended on 20th October 2019 attracted 959 entries in the 34 categories that were up for competition.

An eight member nomination academy drawn from film industry associations, academics and industry professionals was tasked to select, scrutinize and nominate films for the Kalasha International TV and Film Awards 2019. The judging period kicked off from 22nd to 26th October 2019. This year, saw emergence of two new categories; Best TV Reality and Best Student Short Film.

This year’s Jury  comprised; Linda Karuru - a leading producer, with over 15 years of experience in the TV & film industry, Fred Makori – a media professional with more than 10 years’ experience in TV & Film production, Dr. Racheal Diang’a - assistant Professor of Film at the USIU and the Chair of Cinematic Arts Department, Irene Mukonyoro – a producer with 15 years’ experience in TV Production, Kang’ethe Mungai - a film producer, director and script writer, Irene Kariuki - an experienced Film and Television Actress and a renowned Radio Voice over Artist with a career that has spanned 25 years, Dennis Mbuthia - a game designer and animator with over 8 years industry experience andDr. Simon Peter – a scholar in performing arts and film studies from the University of Leeds, UK and a film coordinator at the Kenya National Drama and Film committee.

The nominees’ unveil ceremony marks the launch of the public voting process which is now open setting the stage for the main award gala on Saturday 30th November 2019. The nominated films will be subjected to public voting which will constitute 30 per cent while the nomination academy’s vote will constitute 70 per cent of the total tally. The Commission has identified StarTimes ON, an online mobile application, as a strategic platform where the shortlisted films will be uploaded for viewing and public voting from 31st October 2019 ahead of the 9th edition of Kalasha TV and Film Awards.

StarTimes ON through its Pan Africa Online Film Festival (PAOFF) presents a unique platform for purposes of growing the awareness and public views of shortlisted Kalasha awards entries within and beyond the Kenyan borders while making the voting process as transparent as possible. The app will be the only online voting application for the awards where entries prepared by Kenya Film Commission will be uploaded. 

See below the full list of the nominees:

Updated list of nominees 2019

Kalasha Film and TV Awards is an initiative of the Kenya Film Commission that seeks to recognize talent in the different facets of Film and TV industry. Central to the Commission’s mandate is the promotion of a vibrant local film industry. Through the establishment of a fair and democratic set of regulations for the Awards, the Commission is continuously boosting a vibrant local scene by encouraging healthy competition amongst film makers. This ensures higher levels of good practice within the industry


 KENYA FILM COMMISSION FORGES PARTNERSHIP WITH STARTIMES KENYA

KFC STARTIMES MOU SIGNING

Nairobi, 23rd October, 2019. Kenya Film Commission has today signed a Memorandum of Understanding with digital television company StarTimes Kenya forging a strategic partnership ahead of the 9th Edition of the Kalasha International Film and TV Awards – an annual event by the Commission that celebrates exceptional talent in Film and TV.

The Commission has identified StarTimes ON, an online mobile application as a strategic platform where the shortlisted films will be uploaded for viewing and public voting from 30th October to 30th November ahead of the 9th edition of Kalasha International Film and TV Awards.

StarTimes ON through its Pan Africa Online Film Festival (PAOFF) presents a unique platform for purposes of growing the awareness and public views of shortlisted Kalasha awards entries within and beyond the Kenyan borders while making the voting process as transparent as possible.

The application will be the only online voting application for the awards where entries prepared by Kenya Film Commission will be uploaded. The public will then have an opportunity to watch and vote for their favorite films on the application during the specified voting period ahead of the awards ceremony set for 30th November.

Speaking at the MOU signing ceremony, Mr. Timothy Owase - CEO Kenya Film Commission notes “As a Commission we welcome such investments by private sector into the industry. This will boost the audiovisual industry in the country, empower filmmakers and make filmmaking a rewarding venture. ” He further adds that, “This partnership opens a broader market for our local filmmakers to showcase their talent. This platform also ensures that our content can traverse our borders thus exerting a great sphere of influence in the region.” He encouraged filmmakers to explore technological advances in fulfilling audience needs.

Also speaking during the MOU signing ceremony was StarTimes acting CEO Mr. Hanson Wang who said, “This partnership will see the awards, for the very first time since inception, leverage on technology during the public screening and voting for the shortlisted films. Star Times Media will customize requisite interface on StarTimes ON for the shortlisted films for Kalasha International Film and TV Awards thereby opening up the awards beyond the Kenyan boarders while making the voting process very transparent,”.

Star Times Media will also sponsor 34 categories in the Kalasha International Film and TV Awards 2019 with  StarTimes set top boxes. Star Times Media will secure intellectual property rights for the submitted entries and remit royalties in the event that the submitted films shortlisted for inclusion in the screening and voting are broadcast on StarTimes ON beyond the duration of the awards, that is, after 30th November 2019. StarTimes ON is a mobile application owned by StarTimes Group, with over 17 million downloads in Africa, one million of which are from Kenya.


 SUPPORTING KENYA’S FILM INDUSTRY THROUGH CAPACITY EMPOWEREMENT

CANON F

Kenya Film Commission has entered into an agreement with CANON for capacity development of film industry players which will be delivered through Film Boot Camps and Film Clubs in various parts of the country.

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.

The collaboration between Canon and the Kenya Film Commission aims to raise awareness of the importance of the film and photography sectors in Kenya, to support their development by facilitating access to the brand's latest innovative technologies and cameras, and to support job creation in Kenya. The focus of this collaboration is to help young people develop their creativity, provide them with the skills they need to facilitate their professional integration in East Africa and wider pan, as well as help them seize international opportunities.

For each of the 6 programmes planned, the Commission will be responsible for selecting 30 students (aged 18 to 35) who are interested in cinematography in each county. Canon will provide a certified trainer for the workshops and will offer the technical equipment required to complete the projects. This program will train 180 students who will receive a certificate of participation and will allow the production of 6 films per county of 3 to 5 minutes in length.

 The 8-week film club programme will be implemented in 4 institutions of learning in Nairobi. This programme’s goal is to introduce young people to film and create awareness around the film industry as a viable career path in Kenya, with the ultimate objective of offering an 8 weeks course within these institutions. At the end of the course, students will be able to understand the simple principles of film terminology and the elements of film production, as well as how to shoot basic films on DSLR cameras.

Canon, which has been present on the continent for more than 50 years, is committed to supporting the sustainable development of African countries. Since the education and training of youth is key to unlocking further development in Africa, Canon, through the Miraisha Programme launched in 2014, is enhancing initiatives that help young people learn and develop skills. One of the objectives of the Miraisha Programme is to support the development of employment in key African markets while promoting local sustainability.

Amine Djouahra, Sales & Marketing Director – B2C, Canon Central and North Africa–, stated: “Education and training are important success factors in providing young people with the skills necessary to enter the job market, but also to help communities adapt to changing skill requirements, increase productivity and to raise a country’s skill level. Young people are the future of their country, and it is up to all of us, dynamic actors in Africa, each in our own way, to provide them with all the necessary means to help them build their future. We are very proud to lead these different projects alongside the Kenyan Film Commission and to support them in this fantastic new project, which will give greater visibility and appeal to the film sector.”

When it comes to building capacity for industry, in the last financial year alone, KFC has trained over 600 up-coming filmmakers in 6 counties through our master classes and reaffirms its commitment to ensure a vibrant film industry.


SUBIRA IS KENYA’S OFFICIAL SUBMISSION FOR THE 92ND ACADEMY AWARDS IN THE BEST INTERNATIONAL FEATURE FILM CATEGORY

OSCARS

INTRODUCTION

The Kenya Film Commission (KFC) is officially recognized by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences (The Oscars) to set up an OSCARS Selection Committee from Industry Associations & Guilds to make submissions for the Best International Feature Film Category Award formerly known as the Best Foreign Language Film category Award – on behalf of the Kenyan film industry.

An International Feature Film is defined as a feature-length (over 40min) motion picture produced outside the United States of America with a predominantly non-English dialogue track. Animated and Documentary Feature Films are also permitted.

Only ONE FILM PER COUNTRY can qualify and a country needs not to submit a film every year. If successful at the Academy stage, the film is then considered as NOMINATED and once a film is nominated, it is then eligible to compete for The Oscars. Submission from Kenya is NOT equal to a Nomination.

THE CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

The OSCARS Selection Committee Kenya (OSCK) in keeping with the timelines provided by The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (The Oscars) made a Call for Submissions on Monday 19th August 2019 for Kenyan filmmakers to submit their respective film projects to the committee for their consideration of selecting one of those films as Kenya’s Submission Entry for the 92nd OSCARS Awards in the Best International Feature Film category.

Following the close of the (Kenyan) Call for Submissions on Monday 9th September 2019, The OSCARS Selection Committee Kenya received two (2) entries; namely “LUSALA” and “SUBIRA” Feature Films and on Wednesday 11th September 2018, the committee was convened by the Chairman to view and possibly select one of those entries as required by the regulations of The Academy. Both entries were thoroughly scrutinized to ensure they met with the required specifications and were recorded as duly received by the Committee.

THE SELECTION

 The OSCARS Selection Committee Kenya, being an extension of The Academy, seeks to uphold the laid down parameters provided in the Special Rules and Regulations as it considers each entry. The strength of the body of work both in technical and entertainment value is looked at. After consideration of all the points and the strengths and weaknesses of all two film entries, the OSCARS Selection Committee Kenya hereby confirms that it has selected SUBIRA as the Kenyan submission to the 92nd Academy Awards (Oscars) in the category of Best International Feature Film Award.

THE OSCARS SELECTION COMMITTEE KENYA HEREBY SUBMITS THE FILM:

SUBIRA

TO REPRESENT KENYA IN THE CATEGORY OF BEST INTERNATIONAL FEATURE FILM IN THE LEAD UP TO THE 92nd ACADEMY AWARDS IN FEBRUARY 2020

CONCLUSION

This Submission of SUBIRA is only the first step in a series of stages that the movie has to undergo before being nominated. The nominees for the 92nd Academy Awards will be announced by the Academy in January 2020.

We would like to see more entries in the running to represent the country at the Academy Awards. The specifications are available on the Kenya Film Commission Website and also on The Academy Website under Academy Special Rules and Regulations – i.e. Rule Thirteen

 

We wish to congratulate the stellar cast and crew, director and producers of Subira for the great film that they presented for the Committee. We wish you all the best in the next steps to being a nominee of the Oscars and hopeful winners as well.

To all aspiring entrants, consider submitting your Films, Documentaries and Animations to local and international festivals starting with Kalasha, RiverWood, FESPACO, Durban DIFF, Zanzibar ZIFF, Dubai DIFF, and further afield, festivals like Berlinale, Cannes, Toronto Film Festival, and Sundance. This will expose the world to Kenyan productions and hopefully catch the eye of Academy members who will make the selection of nominees for the various categories in the Academy Awards.

Please look out for the next Academy call in mid-2020. There will also be periodic communication from the Selection Committee each quarter.

The Chairman
THE OSCARS SELECTION COMMITTEE KENYA (OSCK)

16th September 2019

The OSCARS Selections Committee Kenya

NO.

 

NAME

 

DESIGNATION

 

ORGANIZATION

 

COMMITTEE POSITION

1.

WAMBUI KAIRO

PRODUCER

KENYA FILM AND TELEVISION PROFESSIONALS ASSOCIATION (KFTPA)

CHAIRMAN

2.

CAROLINE MBINDYO

PRODUCER

PRODUCERS GUILD

SECRETARY

3.

JENNY PONT

SERVICING PRODUCER

KENYA FILM AND TELEVISION PROFESSIONALS ASSOCIATION (KFTPA)

MEMBER

4.

MWANIKI MAGERIA

PRODUCER / MARKETING AND DISTRIBUTION

RIVERWOOD ENSEMBLE FILMMAKERS ASSOCIATION

MEMBER

5.

TONI KAMAU

FEATURE DOCUMENTARY PRODUCER

DOCU-BOX EA DOCUMENTRY FILM FUND

MEMBER

6.

PETER MUDAMBA

ACTOR / ASSISTANT DIRECTOR

DOCU-BOX EA DOCUMENTRY FILM FUND

MEMBER

7.

WILFRED KIUMI

PRODUCER / DIRECTOR / DOP / SOUND TECHNICIAN

AFRICA DIGITAL MEDIA INSTITUTE

MEMBER

8.

CAROL GIKANDI

EDITOR

AFRICA DIGITAL MEDIA INSTITUTE

MEMBER

9.

SIMON PETER OTIENO

DIRECTOR / SCRIPT WRITER

ASSOCIATION OF FILM PRODUCING EDUCATION INSTITUTIONS OF KENYA

MEMBER

10.

CAJETAN BOY

SCRIPTWRITER

KENYA SCRIPTWRITERS GUILD

MEMBER

11.

DENNIS MBUTHIA

ANIMATOR

ASSOCIATION OF ANIMATION ARTISTES KENYA

MEMBER

12.

EDDY PETER GEBHARDT

ACTOR

THE KENYA ACTORS GUILD

MEMBER

13.

FRED MAKORI

PRODUCER

KENYA NATIONAL FILM ASSOCIATION (KNFA)

MEMBER


KENYA FILM COMMISSION UNVEILS WINNERS OF THE NATIONAL SCREENWRITING COMPETITION

1 NATIONAL SCRIPTWRITING COMPETITION AWARDS GALA

On 29th August 2019, Kenya Film Commission unveiled winners of the National Scriptwriting Competition launched earlier in the year on 4th February 2019. The competition attracted an overwhelming 549 entries by close of submission on 27th February 2019. Shortlisted candidates were required to submit full scripts for further evaluation by a nine-member jury drawn from the Kenyan film industry.

The nine-member jury of experts was tasked to scrutinize the screenplay submissions, evaluate the entries and determine winners of the competition. The judging criteria focused on: Originality, Story structure, Characterization, Visual inventiveness and Overall viability for world-class film festivals and/or online distribution. After a rigorous process of sorting through the entries, the jury shortlisted a total of 20 story concepts for judging; having satisfied the selection criteria. These shortlisted scripts were further subjected to scrutiny to find the three winning scripts.

This competition sought to identify authentic Kenyan scripts viable for world class film festivals and online distribution to spur growth in Kenya’s film industry. Mr Joe Mucheru Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of ICT, reiterates that Kenya must not rely on the rest of the world but should sell stories as well and be part of the contribution of the global film industry in a big way. The winners of the National Scriptwriting Competition are as listed below:

Name

Script Title

Category

Prize

County

Benjamin Odiwour

Dust in my Eyes

Best Script

KES 1,000,000

Nairobi

Cyrus Kilavu

Ndondi

First Runner-Up

KES 500,000

Nairobi

Ken Nderitu

Crossing the Tsavo

Second Runner-Up

KES 300,000

Nairobi

In addition, two films that received the jury recognition are:

  • Poacher - Stephen Gachomba   (Nyeri County)
  • Lost in the Village - Jirongo Luyali (Nairobi County)

The competition was initiated as a way of growing the film industry in Kenya and expanding the local market for films in the country and other markets in Africa and Asia under the SMART Africa Initiative while showcasing Kenya as a film production destination. Long term, the main goal of the competition is to establish a co-production deal with international producers from China who will develop the scripts to full feature film which will be showcased in local and international markets.In addition, the competition also seeks to promote and shape the narrative of the Kenya-China relationship and the opportunities that can be exploited therein. The competition will also establish a significant positive contribution to a modern and exemplary understanding of intercultural dialogue, both on a national and international level.


 ‘The Loss’ SCOOPS THE TOP PRIZE IN THE 2019 ‘MY KENYA MY STORY’ MOBILE PHONE FILM COMPETITION

My Kenya My Story 2019 Final

On 23rd August 2019, Kenya Film Commission announced winners of the mobile phone film competition dubbed, ‘My Kenya My Story’. The Loss by Mr David Waronja emerged the winner walking away with a cash prize worth KES 200,000. My Bad by Mr Philip Muoki emerged the First Runners up scooping a cash prize of KES 150,000 while Escape by Mr Eric Sirama bagged KES 100,000 for Second Runners up position. Utando by Ian Wachuka bagged the jury award having exceptionally highlighted sexual reproductive health and its effect on mental health.

In its second edition, the number of submissions increased and there was an improvement in the quality of productions entered for the competition since the first edition was launched in 2018..

The Commission picked the theme ‘Mental Health and Wellness’ to highlight the stories that affect the society especially the youth. The films submitted explored a spectrum of issues spanning gender-based violence, gender equality, PTSD, depression, cyber bullying among many other societal ills.

Kenya Film Commission CEO, Mr. Timothy Owase noted that;

“We established the mobile phone film competition to expand opportunities and scope of filmmaking in the country. This ensures that Kenyan youth can now make films without use of expensive equipment. This is a significant milestone that must celebrated Kenya is among the leading countries with a large penetration of mobile phone technology in the world. This means that a large percentage of the youth in Kenya have access to and own mobile phones.”

The programme also sought to take advantage of technological advancement and global trends in consumption of media content thus influence how filmmakers produce content for the ever changing and demanding audience.

The Commission has also rolled out key initiatives aimed at supporting the local film industry such as the fully-furnished Resource Centre equipped with film books, editing suites, desktop machines with high-speed internet connectivity, meeting space for production meetings and screening equipment.

Following the success of ‘My Kenya My Story’ in two editions, Mr. Owase announced that in the current financial year, the Commission will be rolling out yet another programme dubbed ‘My County My Story’. This programme will see all the 47 counties producing their own unique stories which will be beamed across the whole country and beyond. I therefore urge all the county governments to embrace this initiative and support film activities in their counties. It is our strong belief that through film, the various counties will be able to market their own locations thus spurs tourism and create jobs and wealth for the youth.


KENYA FILM COMMISSION HOSTS KENYAN AND INDIAN FILMMAKERS IN A 

ROUNDTABLE FILM POLICY MEETING.

india 2

On 14th August 2019, Cabinet Secretary from the Ministry of ICT, Mr Joe Mucheru graced a policy roundtable meeting as the Chief Guest in an event hosted by Kenya Film Commission as part of the on-going Indian Film Festival in Kenya. The event was also attended by Indian High Commissioner to Kenya H.E. Rahul Chhabra among other high-ranking government officials.

Making his key note address, Mr Mucheru notes that;

“I am pleased that the Indian filmmakers have enjoyed their tour in Kenya. H.E. President Uhuru Kenyatta is also pleased that you visited the country and enjoyed your stay here. He has expressed interest in hosting you again.

We look forward to having a co-production between Kenya and India as we continue exploring our collaboration.”

 Reaffirming Kenya’s prowess on the continent, Mr Mucheru says; “If you have filmed Kenya, you have filmed Africa.”

Kenya Film Commission (KFC), in its bid to market Kenya as a filming destination for local and international filmmakers partnered with the Indian Film Festival Worldwide (IFFW) to host the festival in Kenya, a first of its kind in Africa. The festival aimed at being a bridge between India and Kenya and to strengthen the India-Kenya partnership by boosting commerce and film.

While speaking at the same forum, H.E. Rahul Chhabra noted that;

“I am delighted that Kenya Film Commission and the national government have shown great support for this festival since the beginning. I really look forward to expanding our areas of collaboration.”

IFFW Kenya serves as a platform to promote Kenya by showcasing our locations through film productions which will in turn make Kenya the preferred destination for the new generation of Indian filmmakers and travellers who seek different locations for bringing about freshness in their creative ventures, recreation and film.

“Hosting the inaugural Indian Film Festival in Africa is a milestone achievement for Kenya that we must celebrate. This signifies to the world that Kenya is ready for film business,” says Mr Timothy Owase, Chief Executive Officer Kenya Film Commission.

The festival has attracted renowned Bollywood actors, producers as well as policy makers who have expressed interest of producing at least four major films in Kenya. Kenya Film Commission has facilitated a location scouting tour for the visiting filmmakers in a bid to showcase the breathtaking landscapes and wildlife that will eventually aid in the film production. The filmmakers have toured various destinations like Maasai Mara – the Seventh wonder of the world, as well as Nairobi and Mombasa counties.

As part of the festival, the Commission organized the roundtable meeting to discuss policy framework aimed at promoting and creating an incentive package that will attract foreign investment in film business in the country. During the festival, there has been networking sessions aimed at sharing knowledge, skills and ideas among filmmakers. These sessions were put in place to ensure that local filmmakers are empowered to produce quality content that can traverse the borders of our country and compete favorably in the international markets.

Capt. Rahul Bali, while making his opening remarks, notes that cultural cooperation always leads to commercial cooperation. Indian filmmaker Mr Rahul Mittra affirmed that he will be shooting a big budget film in Kenya next year.

Reassuring the delegates from India of Kenya’s readiness to conduct film business, Mr Jim Shamoon from Blue Sky Films Ltd remarks;

“Kenya has everything that international producers can ever need when shooting a film. The sky over Kenya is bigger than anywhere else. Directors Of Photography (DOPs) get exhilarated when they shoot in Kenya. The lighting condition in Kenya is better than anywhere else in the world.”

Film is indeed one of the greatest contributors to the country’s GDP and thus generates wealth and job opportunities for the youth. Film, being an export product for the country, also ensures that the Manufacturing Pillar of the Big Four Agenda of the Kenyan government is realized.

Kenya Film Commission is constantly engaging other relevant government agencies and policy makers in a bid to advocate for legislations that are conducive to developing a vibrant film industry.


 FULL LIST OF THE 2ND EDITION OF THE MY KENYA MY STORY MOBILE PHONE FILM COMPETITION NOMINEES ANNOUNCED

My Kenya My Story vote

Nominees list for the 2nd edition of the Mobile Phone Film Competition has been released.

The Mobile Phone Film Competition attracted more youth, not only from Nairobi but other counties such as Nyeri, Kiambu, Kilifi, Meru, Nakuru, Machakos and Rift Valley

It has been noted that the 2nd Edition of My Kenya My Story mobile phone film competition got higher quality submissions compared to the 1st edition. The stories were more daring which is evidence of more confidence by Kenyan film makers from the skills and knowledge acquired from various workshops on filming.

The scripts were well thought out and used diverse literally tools like comedy, flashback and story-in-a-story creatively. The quality of film productions using the same or similar mobile equipment has improved greatly given that the lighting and sound were much better compared to previous entries.

This year's theme was also well highlighted to bring out societal challenges in mental health and wellness. "The applicants followed the rules more keenly thus there were fewer rejections by the selection committee”, noted Steve Maina, the Head Juror.

Here is the full list of nominated films and the producers /production outfit;

 

1.      BLANK                                          Steve Esco Film Works

2.      CHECKERED                               Ngumi Wangombe

3.      COOCOO MANIAC                    The Galaxy Arts Enetertainment

4.      DARK                                             Brian Mutuchi

5.      DON’T BREAK MY HEART     Eastmond Mwenda

6.      ESCAPE                                         Eric Sirama

7.      MOTHER TO ALL                      Stephen Kioko

8.      MY BAD                                         Bush Baby

9.      MY OCD DIARY                          Mogul None

10.  MY SISTER                                   Ebony Prints Chronicles

11.  NUMB                                            Joan Risper

12.  PEAR                                              Irungu Moses Kariuki

13.  SADNESS                                      Andrew Wacira

14.  THE LOSS                                     David Waronja

15.  THE PERFECT MONSTER      Ngumi Wangombe

16.  UTANDO/ THE WEB               Ian Wachuka

17.  VENOMOUS WORDS               Christine Khabuya

18.  VICTIM                                          Law Life Films

19.  WAIT                                              Jay Marburger

20.  YOU SAW ME                              Samba Muzera


 KFC UNVEILS 2019 JURY FOR THE SECOND EDITION OF THE “MY KENYA MY STORY” MOBILE PHONE FILM COMPETITION

Jury my kenya my story 2nd edition

The Kenya Film Commission has unveiled a jury of experts for the second edition of the “My Kenya My Story” mobile phone film competition. This is a competition for short Kenyan films shot exclusively using mobile phones. This year’s edition is themed “Mental Health and Wellness”. By close of submission on 19th July 2019, the competition had received 68 submissions from around the country.

The jury includes: Mr. Stephen Maina, Ms. Carole Gikandi, Mr. Benson Mutahi, Mr. Cosmas Bii and Dr. Violet Okech. The five-member Jury has been tasked to take part in reviewing the entries, shortlisting nominees and tallying of votes. The Jury vote will constitute 70% while an online public voting exercise will constitute 30% of the total vote.

The best short film will receive Ksh 200,000 while the first and second runners up will receive Ksh 150,000 and Ksh 100,000 respectively.

This competition seeks to inspire creativity among filmmakers in the country and to widen the scope of film making using smart phones. This year’s theme is geared towards highlighting the state of mental health in Kenya characterized by the rising number of mental disorder cases and associated crimes.

The winners of this edition will be announced on 23rd August 2019.

JURY MEMBERS

maina

Stephen Maina is a Social Entrepreneur, IT Consultant and Sustainability Innovator who is enthusiastic about solving problems in Africa using technology such as Open Source Software, Mobile Connectivity, Cloud, AI, IoT and Blockchain. He holds a BSC Hons. Computer Science Degree from the School of Computing and Informatics of the University of Nairobi and is a certified Agile Scrum Master (PSM1) from Scrum.org. In 2010, he co-founded BTI Millman Co Ltd, now Competa Millman Ltd (www.competamillman.co.ke), a custom software development company that creates mobile data collection, analysis and dissemination solutions for corporate and Non-Governmental organizations in unconnected parts of Africa using SMS on low-end feature phones and apps on smartphones. In 2016, he co-founded www.imara.tv, a non-profit online personal TV that educates members of the public about health using entertainment films crowdsourced from Kenyan youth groups to create sustainable artistic and digital careers and wealth for the youth in the film industry while advocating for positive behavior change in the Kenyan society. He is also passionate about sharing his technical knowledge with high school and college graduates by training them on cutting edge software development methodologies in partnership with other organizations at www.codepamoja.org He is excited to be alive at a time when the world is waking up to Africa’s untapped potential and gladly plays his role in building a sustainable future that benefits all.

 

bii

Bii K. Cosmas is a lecturer of film at Moi University. He is also film practitioner based in Eldoret. His scholarly and research interest is in African cinema and development of audiences for this cinema both locally and internationally. He was part of this year’s Kenya National Drama and Film Festival’s judges’ bench. His films have won in the Kalasha International TV and Film Market and Udada International Women’s Film Festival. His works have also been nominated in various other festivals. He is the current director of Eldoret Film Festival. His interest in the growth of the local film industry has led him to research and follow the trends in development of alternative platforms for film production, distribution and exhibition upon which My Kenya My Story Mobile Film Festival is part. He brings in a fascination with development of mobile phone cinema, its artistic/stylistic sensibilities and a keen interest on commercial viability of the mobile phone platform for filmmakers in the country.

 

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Dr. Violet Okech - Helu is a Consultant Psychiatrist/ Counselor with more than 15 years of experience in the field of mental health. She chairs Adult Psychiatry and coordinates Mental Health Research at the Department of Mental Health, Kenyatta National Hospital, Nairobi, Kenya.She is an Honorary Lecturer in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Nairobi and played a key role in Mental Health Services development in Kenya and East Africa as the Founding President of the Eastern Africa Young Psychiatrists and Trainees Association (EAYPTA). Additionally, she was the first female to be the National Vice Chairperson of Kenya Psychiatric Association.Dr. Okech - Helu is an expert in Gender, HIV care and Public Mental Health and Policy. She is an alumnus of the Johns Hopkins University, USA, MPH (Masters in Public Health) and Fulbright Hubert. H. Humphrey Programs and of the University of Nairobi, Medical School. She is also the Kenya Psychiatric Association Ambassador to ADI.Dr. Okech – Helu is passionate about Women’s Mental Health, Mood Disorders, Dementia Care and promoting Quality, Dignified Care for the Elderly.

githaigaBenson Mutahi is currently the Community Manager at the globally recognized iHub but soon transitioning into the Aga Khan Media innovation center as the Center’s Community Manager. This position is all of Benson’s experiences, skills and talents coming together. Benson supports startups growth, creates the environment for connectivity, designs and manages events, creates and curates content, supports business development, helps build iHub networks, offers training of startups, blogs, uses his photography to bolster social media content which he actively handles. He works with communities of techies and entrepreneurs in building innovation and viable businesses and his career has seen him work in PR, HR, Management and Media through the iHubs News channel. Benson studied at USIU majoring in Management. He is big on people and his contribution to the community at large. He has developed the work and structure of a child based community organization known as “Color My World Kenya”. He has run this organization to see it hit many milestones, including Best Group Cancer Initiative Award by Eddah’s Hope Cancer Foundation. Benson has a passion for making lives of hospitalized children better.

caroleCarole Gikandi is a creative storytelling Film Editor with over 20 years career experience in media and entertainment environments. She is highly adept on most editing platforms and the post production processes and workflows.Carole possesses excellent time management and organizational skills and works exceptionally well within cross-functional teams.

Carole’s film credits are impressive and include several international award-winning films at Kalasha Awards and the Zanzibar International Film Festival, including ‘Ndoto za Elibidi’, ‘Ni Sisi’, ‘Watatu’ and the Short Live Action Drama “Watu Wote’ nominated for an Oscar in 2018.

Carole has many “firsts” under her professional hat. She has worked on major international projects including top series for MNET Africa Magic, feature length movies, documentaries, training content and factual productions. She has been the series editor of five series of the highly acclaimed ‘Tazama!’ –Kenya’s first ever educational factual TV magazine show – rated second most popular program across Kenya. She has also been Editor and Director of three series of ‘Agenda Kenya’ – Kenya’s first ever series of ‘as-live’, audience-based, political talk shows.

She is very patient and has a keen eye for detail. She has worked as Series TV Editor and Director at Media Development in Africa (MEDEVA) and also as a senior online video editor at NTV. As a trainer, Carole has trained over 100 trainees in Video Editing techniques, Software and Filming for Editing. Many have gone on to set up their own businesses and are renowned filmmakers in the Kenyan Film industry. Carole has also had the opportunity of working with Independent Communication Associates (InCA) as Film Editor, where she collaborated with Mr. Richard Vaughan, an ex-BBC producer, on several landmark projects for BBC World, Discovery Channel and local NGO’s.


 KENYA FILM COMMISSION PARTNERS WITH FleTA-K TO SCREEN “SUBIRA”

kecosoOn 18th July 2019, Kenya Film Commission in partnership with Film Lecturers and Trainers Association of Kenya (FLeTA-K) sponsored a film screening event at KCA University. The film screening event attracted over 100 students drawn from various universities within Nairobi that offer film studies.

Subira, tells the story of a young woman faced by societal prejudice but is determined to realize her dream.

Following a successful screening, Ms Ravneet Sippy Chadha, the director of Subira, engaged students on the journey in producing the multiple-Kalasha award-winning feature film and key lessons learnt in the film production.

“It took me eight years to make this film and I am glad that it has been appreciated everywhere in East Africa. My vision was to produce a world-release film. Currently, we are in talks with German distributors and Netflix to acquire it for Africa.

It is important that we develop the local film industry. There is also greater need for collaboration among the students in the universities that offer film studies since these are the filmmakers of tomorrow. For instance, Bollywood is 100 years old and it has taken time. Filmmakers in India travelled to various parts of the country in a bid to build audience for their films and that is what we wish to achieve with our film Subira.

A lot of research went into the feature film Subira. The context of the film was inspired by Lamu Island which creates a strong symbolism. Since the story was inspired by true events, I focused on keeping the film as realistic as possible.”

In attendance was the film’s lead actress, Brenda Wairimu, who notes that: “Kenyans are hungry for local content. They are eager to see people who look and speak like them. Film producers need to publicise their works more.” When asked about the challenge she experienced in the film, she remarks, “the biggest challenge is letting go of myself while on set since one always has personal perspective versus what the director wants done. This has led to fights with the directors sometimes.”

Noting the importance of the film screening, Ms Sippy notes that, “It is important that we screen Kenyan films so that we build an appetite for local productions. These are great avenues for producers to get feedback as the audience critic films since once a film screens, it belongs to the audience.”

The Film Lecturers and Trainers Association of Kenya (FLeTA-K) is an outfit that brings together scholars of the film discipline with an objective of enhancing film studies in Kenya through capacity building workshops and collaborative film production projects & film research.


KENYAN FILMMAKER MARK AYABEI FETED IN CALIFORNIA, USA.

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Kenya Film Commission recently sponsored Mark Ayabei, a film producer and director of photography to attend the Silicon Valley African Film Festival where his film Clench was participating.

While in California, USA, Mark had the rare opportunity to be hosted by the Senate and Governor of California who praised and appreciated the film for the outstanding performance in using film as a vehicle for community engagement, education and strengthening culture and creativity.

“I thank the Kenya Film Commission for facilitating my air tickets and VISA to participate in the Silicon Valley African Film Festival. I think more of this support will empower filmmakers and inspire them to do more. The certificates of recognition are a testament that I can do more and that the Kenyan government, through the Commission is supporting me.”

Talking on his experience at the Silicon Valley African Film Festival Mark notes that he got an opportunity to visit Universal Studios, Facebook, YouTube, Google and Apple where he met various high profile personalities and attended multiple workshops. Here, he learnt important aspects of these Silicon Valley companies. As a creative in Kenya, he learnt how to enrich his content to reach the global stage.

Since the festival in October 2018, Mark has submitted another documentary titled Wakariru to the 2019 edition of the festival and will be travelling back to California later in the year. The film Wakariru, written by Wambui Kamiru, tells the story of the Kenyan Mau Mau fighters with a keen focus on highlighting the role of women in the war against colonizers. Earlier this year, he also submitted another documentary; Road Home to Mashariki African Film Festival in Kigali, Rwanda which generated great feedback from the audience at the festival.

The performance of these films clearly demonstrates the prowess of Kenyan creative in conveyance of the stories which has created international appeal.

Courtesy of the Commission’s support in July 2018, Clench featured at the Zanzibar International Film Festival. The film elicited a lot of interest from fellow filmmakers and corporates from Europe, noting the strength of the story and how relevant it is to the creative sector. Mark was part of a team of 11 Kenyan filmmakers who were sponsored with over half a million Kenyan shillings to attend the 21st edition of ZIFF.

Recapping his experience in both festivals, the elated Mark remarks “I’d like to thank the Commission for the support they are giving filmmakers to get their stories out and to show the world that Kenyan stories are great and should be told.”


TWO KENYAN FILMS SELECTED TO COMPETE IN ZANZIBAR INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (ZIFF) 2019 EDITION

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From a pool of more than 3,500 entries received from 136 countries, two Kenyan films; Subira and Caged, managed to outshine other films to enter the 2019 edition of the Zanzibar International Film Festival to compete in the Golden Dhow category.

The multiple-Kalasha-award winning feature film Subira, has also been selected as the opening film at Zanzibar International Film Festival kicking off on 6th July 2019. In its 22nd year, the festival will run from 6th to 14th July 2019 at the Old Fort in Zanzibar.

The animation film titled Caged by Stanslaus Manthi, will also be competing for the Golden Dhow in the Best Short Film category. Stanslaus says the animation has been inspired by real life stories of the youth who struggle to maintain false high-profile lifestyle who ultimately, end up being depressed resorting to addiction. In March this year, the short animation film premiered in the 5th Mashariki African Film Festival in Kigali, Rwanda.

Over the years, the following Kenyan submissions have won the Golden Dhow prize. In the 2018 edition, Supa Modo by Likarion Wainaina won the prestigious award.


 KENYA FILM COMMISSION SIGNS MOU WITH GREAT POTENTIAL AFRICAN YOUTH [GPAY] AFRICA IN HOSTING 17TH EDITION OF CINEMADAMARE AFRICA CHAPTER 2019

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On 18th June, 2019 Kenya Film Commission signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Great Potential African Youth [GPAY] Africa in association with Associazione Culturale Cinemadamare forging a collaboration that will see the biggest gathering of young filmmakers from all over the world to Kenya later this year at the 17th edition of Cinemadamare Africa Chapter 2019.

This program will run in five counties for a five-week period commencing 7th November and ending on 15th December, 2019. The event will be flagged off in Nairobi and will end at the coastal town of Malindi with a big international film festival.

The 17th Edition is expected to host approximately 200 filmmakers from more than 100 countries with young filmmakers from different countries being given the opportunity to tell Kenyan stories under the theme “Gains of Devolution”. This event will also offer an opportunity for the participants to travel across scenic locations in the various counties while filming as well as offering a platform to network, share their cultures and experience of filming in a new environment.

CEO, Kenya Film Commission notes that, “As a Commission, we are glad to support this initiative because it offers an opportunity for Kenya to showcase its scenic locations to filmmakers from various countries around the world and reaffirm herself as the preferred film destination. This is also a great platform for Kenyan creative to demonstrate their skills.”

Short films produced in each county will be screened to the public and awards given to the best films that exhibit the best visual storytelling and filmmaking techniques. Participants will also get unique learning opportunities through special workshops facilitated by world renowned filmmakers.

Associazione Culturale CinemadaMare” hosts the biggest gathering of young filmmakers from all over the world In Italy annually. For the past 17 years, the event has run for 75 days of summer, covering 12 different cities of Italy finally ending in the prestigious city of Venice at the oldest film festival in the world – the Venice International Film Festival.

Great Potential African Youth (GPAY) is a youth community-based organizatio based in Dandora that runs youth projects aimed at addressing socio-economic, cultural and environmental issues through film and photography training. To date, GPAY has empowered more than 216 youth in filmmaking who have produced 120 short films and 5 feature length films. GPAY has also scooped 4 awards, in four consecutive years of the annual Kalasha International TV and Film Awards – Diaspora Category since 2014.


LUSALA’ PREMIERES AT THE 3RD NBO FILM FESTIVAL

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Kenyans, and the world at large, have enjoyed One Fine Day films over the years and 6th June 2019 marked the world premiere of yet another film in this program – ‘Lusala’. Cast and crew of the film accompanied by Ginger Ink Films Africa Limited joined film and TV stakeholders and enthusiasts for the premiere at the 3rd edition of the Nairobi Film Festival. As one of the partners, Kenya Film Commission celebrates this new project and is proud to be associated with the Nairobi Film Festival. This edition runs from 6th to 16th June 2019 at Prestige Plaza and will screen exceptional films as well as host a panel discussion, workshops, lectures and presentations on aspects of the distribution of films for TV and cinema.

The premiere event, which was totally sold out, vividly indicates that the Kenyan audience is continuously developing a taste for and embracing local content and a cinema going culture.

‘Lusala’ is the story of a young man – named Lusala – who was adopted by an affluent Nairobi family but is imposed on to leave the nest and start out life on his own. At first, he makes the most of his new life but demons from his past return, and he has to face them on his own. Brian Ogola embodies the Lusala character so deeply in telling a story of one’s traumatic past as well as the power of family and how they provide a solid foundation for one to rise above seemingly insurmountable challenges. Ogola and the super talented cast comprising of Alan Oyugi, Mkamzee Mwatela, Stycie Waweru and Alyce Wangari among others seamlessly bring this story to life.

‘Lusala’ is Mugambi Nthiga’s directorial debut, described as an unnerving, errant, and relentless ride through twenty one days of shooting. Mugambi started off as an actor in Nairobi Half Life, and then proceeded to write Kati Kati and Supa Modo (all One Fine Day projects). In many ways, Mugambi has come to a full circle moment for himself in the One Fine Day Films program.

This film portrays the duality of humanity; the co-existence of two selves: an inauthentic self, constructed by us so we can get by and fit in, and our real self, the imperfect and guileless, yet necessary person that enables the full experience of being human. One is controlled by ego, and blots our weaknesses and follies with fabrications we have learnt to wear. The real self, though, is where stories are made. It exists powerfully, underneath it all, and when it is revealed—via affliction or affection—it shows us for who we really are. ‘Lusala’ experiences the woes of a human whose authentic self must be revealed, and when he survives this upset, that is enough of an ending, even if it’s just for a moment in time.

He is telling the story of reaching one’s end, where one’s carefully constructed sense of self is called to question, and with the summoning of one’s own tenacity, and the support of loved ones, a new normal can be found or lost.

The next screening of ‘Lusala’ will be on Friday, 14th June 2019 at Prestige Plaza, Ngong Road; a Q & A session will follow thereafter. Regular screenings will run from 21st June 2019.


KENYA FILM COMMISSION MEETS STAKEHOLDERS IN KERUGOYA

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The Commission held a stakeholders forum in Kirinyaga County in a bid to appraise stakeholders from Central region on the recent developments in the film industry with regards to the national film policy and the proposed certification program. Core to the delivery of the national film policy will be to promote the harmonization of rates, permits and fees between the national and county governments so as to promote Kenya as an ideal filming location as well as promote the establishment of distribution channels for local content.

Welcoming the guests to the event were Mr John Kabiru and Ms Eva Ndemi from Trade Tourism, Industrialization & Enterprise Development, Kirinyaga County. Also in attendance were representatives from Communications Authority of Kenya, Kenya Civil Aviation Authority, Kenya Wildlife Services, Kenya Film Classification Board, Department of Film Services and filmmakers drawn from the Central region of Kenya. The partner government agencies got an opportunity to sensitize participants on their mandate and the impact thereof on content development in the country in an engaging panel discussion.

The Commission led by Ag. Technical Services Mr Alex Mulwa, orientated stakeholders on the proposed certification program, the current statistics and recent developments pertaining to film production in the country. The certification program will identify qualified film professionals, ensure recognition of expertise in the industry, enhance credibility and prestige of the film industry, protect the public from extortion and establish professional practice standards.

The certification program upon implementation will certify persons, associations and organizations participating in the production of film, photography, video, stills, animation, new media and related media.

Mr Ikumilu from Communications Authority of Kenya noted that 80 per cent of local broadcasters met the local content quota and urged filmmakers and broadcasters to collaborate more so as to bring synergy in the film and TV sector.

The importance of producing quality content was emphasized with filmmakers being encouraged to adopt strategy in marketing their content and conducting vigorous research before commencing on writing their scripts. This will ensure that filmmakers are able to adapt to the consumer trends and guaranteeing that their content transcends the borders of the country.

Filmmakers were further urged to reconsider their perception of filmmaking as a hobby to a business venture that needs strategy. Ms Eva Ndemi, Trade Tourism, Industrialization & Enterprise Development, Kirinyaga County encouraged filmmakers from the county to be active in seeking out and taking advantage of opportunities that are presented by the Commission and the county.

Mr Mulwa further reaffirmed the Commission’s position in creating an enabling environment for the local film industry and urged filmmakers to properly utilize avenues such as Kalasha Market to connect with other filmmakers from all over the world to buy and sell content.

Kenya Wildlife Service challenged counties that have pristine land to set aside sections of it to begin conservations which in turn can act as filming locations hence marketing the counties. Filmmakers in attendance at the forum were also asked to consider national parks as filming locations since these places would be perfect to showcase the beautiful locations the country has to offer.

Also speaking at the forum was Mr Mwadime from Kenya Civil Aviation Authority who urged filmmakers to submit their memoranda on the draft regulation for drone operation in the country before it becomes law.

The stakeholders meeting was preceded by a week of capacity building workshop in Kerugoya and film screenings in, Nyeri and Embu Counties on 29th and 30th May. The screenings are geared towards growing audiences for local content in the country.


CANON CONDUCTS ONE-WEEK TRAINING ON FILM AND PHOTOGRAPHY IN KENYA

CANON TRAININGOn 3rd June 2019, Canon Central and North Africa signed a Memorandum of Understating with Film Lecturers and Trainers Association [FLeTA] Kenya at KCA University marking the onset of an educational partnership that will see students from various universities offering film education trained on film and photography.

In 2014, Canon introduced the Miraisha Sustainability Programme which aims to use Canons leading expertise to support people in key African markets to develop livelihoods in professional film, photography and print. This programme has trained more than 4500 students in filmmaking, photography and print.

The one-week workshop will offer the students an opportunity to access: wider FLeTA network, instruction by Canon trainers and technical experts, cutting-edge professional technology used internationally and mentorship opportunities.

Giving his remarks at the official opening ceremony of this revolutionary partnership, CEO, Kenya Film Commission – Mr Timothy Owase; highlighted the core programs of the Commission, key among them being capacity building. He noted that:

“Core programs of the Commission border on capacity building because we are interested in seeing development of quality local content. Kenya has quite a lot of untold stories and we look forward to you the filmmakers of tomorrow, to tell these stories. I urge you to tell authentic Kenyan stories that can transcend the borders of our country and beyond.

We operate in an environment where a technology rules, so we must equip ourselves with the right equipment like the cameras Canon is offering to undertake the trade of filmmaking.”

Reiterating the Commission’s commitment in improving film production in the country, Mr Owase affirmed that KFC has conducted capacity building in over 25 counties. He further adds that the intention of the Commission is to have film activities take place in the counties to showcase the great locations, culture and the amazing people the country has to offer. Kenya has all that is needed to create the amazing films however, there is need to create capacity to fulfill the need of the content that is needed in the market.

Recognizing the long-standing partnership with Canon, Mr Owase applauded Canon for their support and commitment in providing opportunity for the young filmmakers to build their capacity. He further urged the students to register with the various associations so that they are able to enjoy the various benefits that come along with such membership such as health benefits, negotiated rates for jobs, developing a sense of belonging as a professional among other items.

This initiative is aimed at raising awareness on the latest affordable technology which includes Canon’s newest products and their capabilities, keeping Kenyan filmmakers abreast with technological advances globally and offering support through practical opportunities which will help the young people find rewarding careers in Kenya and abroad.


KENYA FILM COMMISSION CONDUCTS CSR IN KONZA CITY

KONZA TREE PLANTING

Kenya Film Commission on 30th April 2019 conducted a tree planting exercise as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility at the new Silicon Savannah, Konza city. The Commission was joined by Konza Technopolis Development Authority, Kenya Film Classification Board and members of the surrounding community around Konza city.

The tree planting exercise was an initiative aimed at restoring the tree cover in the country. Through such initiatives, the Commission has proven that it is conscious of environment conservation efforts and the impact such activities to the country at large.

Konza city was selected for the tree planting exercise to act as a model for other cities to create green livable spaces with a variety of species for trees. This exercise was also aimed at encouraging various organizations to be conscious of their Carbon Foot Print in all their activities thus reducing their environmental impact.

Pupils from Malili Township Primary school were also involved in the tree planting exercise so that a culture of environmental conservation could be inculcated in them at a tender age and also ensure continuity of this practice for posterity.

By the end of this exercise, a total of 1500 seedlings will have been planted. The number will be increased gradually to 1 million seedlings which will be planted within Konza city and the surrounding areas through community engagement.


KENYAN THESPIANS DISPLAY OUTSTANDING PERFROMANCE IN COUNTRY QUEEN PILOT

Country Queen bsplineCountry Queen – a new drama series set in contemporary Kenya tells the story of Akisa; a city girl who finds herself caught in between two worlds and must return home to save her village when an invasive mining company threatens its existence.

The series is a Kenyan-German co-production, whose pilot was shot in January 2019 in Nairobi, Machakos and Kajiado counties revealing stunning locations that Kenya offers. The production involved 45 actors, 51 crew members and 160 extras, a majority of whom are Kenyans.

The drama series was first created in 2017 by a writers’ room comprising 10 Kenyan creatives with diverse experience in visual storytelling with the assistance of Good Karma Fiction – a German production company.

Good Karma Fiction has since released a pilot of the series which received overwhelming feedback at the recent Kalasha International TV and Film Market, with many citing its cinematic production style and quality.

Country Queen has broken down barriers and created new norms based on its unique focus on the rural communities of Kenya, as well as its collaborative and Kenyan-focused production process.

The Country Queen pilot was directed by Vincent Mbaya. The writers included Lydia Matata, Annette Shadeya, Mkamzee Mwatela, Shirleen Wangari, Oprah Oyugi, Wanjeri Gakuru, Kimani Waweru, Florence Onyango, Ian Kithinji and Kamau wa Ndung'u. As part of the process, all the writers underwent a series of workshops run by Brazilian Telenovela specialists James McSill and Carla Bohler.

Commenting on his experience in directing the pilot of the drama series, Vincent says, “ I am a passionate story teller and for a long time, I have felt a gap as there hasn’t been much narrative work up for grabs with the quality that would really get me excited. When I had my first meeting about Country Queen, I knew that gap would be filled. The process turned out to be quite fulfilling, very detailed, nothing left to chance, an opportunity to exercise my creative muscles in a world class drama production. I cannot wait to get going on the full series.”

Country Queen is currently sourcing for funding for production of the first season of the series.


NETFLIX ANNOUNCES FIRST ORIGINAL AFRICAN ANIMATED SERIES

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The popular video streaming giant, Netflix, has announced its first Original African animated series titled Mama K’s Team 4. This follows its concerted effort to increase its acquisition of content from Africa as it expands its reach on the African continent amid stiff competition from other streaming services.

Offering a new and fresh perspective to the classic cartoon genre, this new animated series tells a story of four teenage girls living in a futuristic version of Zambia recruited by an ex-secret agent to save the world. The animated series has been produced by award-winning South African based studio, Triggerfish Animation and CAKE, a London-based kids and family entertainment company.

The animation series has been created by Malenga Mulendema – a Zambian writer. In 2015, Malenga was among eight winners of the Triggerfish Story Lab, a pan-African talent search backed by the Cape Town-based animation studio and The Walt Disney Company. Designed by Cameroonian artist Malcolm Wope, Mama K's Team 4 draws visual inspiration from the retro-R&B and hip-hop girl groups of the '90s.

“In addition to giving African writers a global platform on which to be heard, we are excited to present this powerful and entertaining new animated series that brings Malenga’s incredible and unique vision to life on Netflix. Mama K’s Team 4 has the potential to give a whole new generation of African children the opportunity to see themselves on screen in the powerful, aspirational characters they look up to,” says Melissa Cobb - Netflix Vice President of Original Animation.

Netflix, in collaboration with Triggerfish and CAKE, have launched a continent-wide search for local female writing talent to join the creative team on the series giving African women writers a unique global opportunity. Interested writers can find out more about the Writers Lab and how to apply via here

Commenting on what inspired her to develop the animation series, Malenga says, “I grew up watching cartoons on TV and found myself asking why no heroes looked like me and why they didn’t live in a world that felt like my own. In creating a superhero show set in Lusaka, I hope to introduce the world to four strong African girls who save the day in their own fun and crazy way. Most importantly, I want to illustrate that anyone from anywhere can be a superhero. Now, like never before, it is so important to have strong female lead characters who are emotionally connected to their world and who can choose to change their world. So to me, selecting an all-female writing team was a natural fit, because who better to create and connect to those characters than females themselves.” 

The commissioning of this animation series comes after the recent appointment of the award-winning Kenyan film producer, Ms Dorothy Ghettuba as the Manager for International Originals by Netflix. This clearly demonstrates the streaming giant’s intention of acquiring more content from the African continent.

It is an exciting time for African filmmakers as the continent is now witnessing increased interest in African content by global production and streaming companies such as Amazon, Netflix, HBO, Universal Pictures, Fox and Warner Bros who have commissioned projects on African stories.


LUPITA NYONG’O TO NARRATE NEW SERIES ‘SERENGETI’

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Renowned and award-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o alongside fellow Hollywood icon John Boyega, are set to narrate Serengeti – a new natural history series by Discovery Channel and BBC. Lupita Nyong’o will narrate the U.S version while John Boyega will narrate the British version of the series.

The six-part series follows the interconnected stories of a number of savannah animals over one year, bringing to life the challenges and experiences facing some of the Serengeti’s most well-known and iconic species such as warthogs, mongoose, lions and cheetahs in intimate detail making use of innovative filming techniques and drone technology.

The series seeks to capture the drama that unfolds in the daily lives of the wildlife up close highlighting the emotional moments they face at key points in their lives, within their natural habitat.

Sharing her excitement on her role in this new project, Lupita Nyong’o says:

“These beautiful creatures’ stories are universal, and I am honored to help take the audience on their journey.”

While speaking to the press Simon Fuller noted that, “Lupita brings pure magic to Serengeti, her sensitivity and passion for nature shines through in every word she speaks. We are so proud to be working with such an extraordinary artist on this show that means so much to us.”

Participation in this new project by Lupita Nyong’o has clearly demonstrated her prowess and ability to evolve and fit onto different roles in her acting career.

The new series will be directed by Emmy-winning wildlife filmmaker, John Downer and produced by Simon Fuller – the creator of American Idol.

Serengeti will premiere later this year on Discovery Channel and will be distributed internationally by BBC Studios.


KENYAN FILM SHOTO NOMINATED FOR NEW FILMMAKERS LOS ANGELES (NFML) AWARDS

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Shoto – a Kenyan film telling the story of a matatu driver who operates in Nairobi city was recently nominated for the 16th Edition of Best of New Film Makers Awards Los Angeles (BNFMLA) Awards under the Best New Media category.

The film titled Shoto, which refers to the nickname of a matatu driver plying the Umoja – CBD route, highlights the daily life of the driver and in the process, showcases many aspects of the matatu culture in Nairobi.

The short film ‘Shoto’ was a project by young emerging Kenyan filmmakers who are supported by Stories Found. The film, written by Arnold Mvoi and Firul Maithya also premiered at the Oxford Film Festival in the United States.

The young filmmakers went through a rigorous 5-day training session led by professional film instructors including Evie Maina, and Ishmael Azeli, as well as US-based filmmakers James Martin and Bud Simpson.

Stories Found is a documentary film-making curriculum which is sponsored by the United States Embassy in Nairobi to train young filmmakers and teach them skills in film production through courses available online and a detailed workshop.

NFML A is a non-profit organisation designed to showcase innovative works by emerging filmmakers from around the world. This organization also offers a forum for filmmakers to be recognised for their contributions, have open audience discussions about their projects and connect with industry professionals for insight on production, distribution and acquisition.

Winners in the 16 Award categories including new media, animation, documentary and narrative are selected by a 14 – member jury drawn from the Hollywood film industry.


KENYA FILM COMMISSION TO PARTNER WITH INDIAN FILM FESTIVAL

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On 17th April 2019, Kenya Film Commission CEO Mr Timothy Owase hosted Capt. Rahul Bali from the Indian Film Festival Worldwide to discuss collaboration in the upcoming Indian Film Festival set for 10 – 15th August 2019 in Nairobi.

The discussion also included co-production opportunities between Kenya and India, creation of a linkage between actors and also cooperation between the film commissions in the two countries.

Forming part of the festival will be screening of selected films, roundtable conferences, cocktails and dinner as well as sight-seeing for filmmakers during the five days of the event.

The key objective of this festival is to create and foster a conversation around the impact of filmmaking on tourism in Kenya and India. It focuses on highlighting new locations for film production in both countries and as a result boost tourism in the countries.

Indian Film Festival Worldwide (IFFW) celebrates the imaginative, educational, and historical importance of motion pictures. It gives independent film artists a platform for sharing their work and creating a dialogue with the community. It introduces audiences to innovative new films and past masterworks of cinema.

IFFW is an organization devoted to a greater appreciation of Indian cinema and culture by showcasing films, supporting emerging filmmakers, recognizing the leadership of entertainment industry performers, business executives, and promoting the diverse perspectives of the Indian diaspora.

For more information on Indian Film Festival Worldwide click here


DOROTHY GHETTUBA APPOINTED NETFLIX MANAGER, INTERNATIONAL ORIGINALS

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Chief Executive Officer of Spielworks Media and renowned film producer Ms. Dorothy Ghettuba has been appointed as Manager for International Originals by the popular video streaming service Netflix.

Ms. Dorothy Ghettuba is set to join Netflix in June 2019, assuming the title of Manager, International Originals for Europe, Middle East and Africa operating from the Dutch city of Amsterdam.

Confirming the appointment, spokesperson from Netflix while talking to BBC affirmed that:

“We are excited to confirm that Dorothy is joining the International Originals group, which produces original series across the world. She will focus on adding shows across countries in Africa to our strong and growing International Originals slate. ”

This appointment comes at a time when Kenyans in the creative sector are making significant moves on the global stage reaffirming Kenya’s prowess in the film industry.

Netflix has recently increased the number of African movies and series on its platform. It is the hope of many that more African productions will now form part of the catalogue for Netflix as the streaming giant expands its reach on the continent.

Dorothy is behind productions such as such as ‘Sumu La Penzi’, ‘Lies That Bind’, ‘Saints’ and ‘Higher Learning’ which air on Kenyan TV stations as well as on continental channels like Africa Magic.


KENYAN DIRECTOR, WANURI KAHIU TO DIRECT AND WRITE NEW AMAZON DRAMA SERIES ‘WILD SEED’

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Wanuri Kahiu is set for yet another project in Hollywood where she will be a co-writer and director of a drama series titled Wild Seed. The series, based on Butler's 1980 novel, will tell the story of two African immortals who travel the ages from pre-colonial West Africa to the far future. The series will be co-written by Nigerian author Nnedi Okorafor and directed by Kenyan film director Wanuri Kahiu. Oscar-winning actor Viola Davis and Julius Tennon’s JuVee Productions will be developing Wild Seeds for the streaming service, Amazon Prime Video.

“JuVee had pursued the rights to the book for over two years, but it wasn’t until they identified rising talent Kahiu, who was tapped to direct as well as write the pilot with her friend and colleague Okorafor, that the vision became clear on how to turn the beloved book into a TV show,” Deadline reports.

“We couldn’t think of more perfect partners to bring Octavia’s feminist century-spanning epic to life than Viola Davis, JuVee Productions and the brilliant creative team of Wanuri Kahiu and Nnedi Okorafor.”

Wild Seed is a book that shifted my life. It is as epic, as game changing, as moving and brilliant as any Science Fiction novel ever written. Julius and I are proud to have this masterpiece in our hands. It fulfills our promise and legacy to be disrupters. Octavia Butler was a visionary and we look forward to honoring the scope of her work and sharing it with the world,” says Viola.

Wanuri Kahiu is also teaming up with Millie Bobby Brown to adapt acclaimed YA novel The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin. Jellyfish tells the story of a young girl named Suzy who loses her best friend in a drowning accident. Suzy becomes convinced that the actual cause of her friend’s death was a rare jellyfish sting. She retreats into a silent world of her imagination and begins crafting a globe-trotting plan to prove her theory, with the book exploring the ideas of life and death, the frailty of friendships and the potential of hope right next door.

This will be Wanuri’s third directorial project in Hollywood as she is already directing two others. In late 2018, Wanuri was handpicked to direct Covers, a romance film for global film studio Universal Pictures and Working Tittle, a British Production house. Universal and Working Tittle settled on Wanuri after an international search for a director to direct first-time screenwriter Flora Greeson’s screenplay, which the American studio has acquired.

Wanuri has enjoyed a series of success with her film Rafiki which has seen her being named a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science synonymous for The Oscars.


 11 YEAR OLD KENYAN BOY TO FEATURE IN A KSH 2 BILLION BUDGET FILM

Nassor Said, an eleven year old boy from Kilifi is bound for stardom after being selected to feature as the main supporting actor in a Ksh 2 billion budget Italian movie named Tolo Tolo.

Nassor was selected to feature for this role after a scouting mission conducted late last year by the movie director, Checco Zalone - a prominent Italian actor.

Currently, Nassor is in Morocco in the second phase of the shooting after completing the first phase which was shot in the coastal town of Malindi.

The movie is being produced by Taodue – a prominent film production in Italy. The production of this film in Kilifi and Malindi counties adds to the glory of Kenya being referred to as the preferred filming destination. Nassor forms part of 130 artistes and crew drawn from Kenya and Italy working on the project.

Speaking to members of the press earlier this year, executive producer Antonio De Feo, stated that more than 2,500 people comprising actors, extras, casuals, technicians, mechanics and doctors gained from the movie. This further reinforces the fact that film is one of the largest employers compared to other fields of employment.

The movie is expected to generate over $65 million and will be screened in 400 theatres in Italy as well as other African countries.

Pontact, a Kenyan production company, was hired to provide technical production facilities and crew for the movie production.


KENYA FILM COMMISSION AND KENYA FILM CLASSIFICATION BOARD SIGN A MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING ON COLLABORATION

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Kenya Film Commission and Kenya Film Classification Board signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) at the Kenya Film Commission office on 5th April 2019. The M.O.U. seeks to establish a formal relationship between the two organizations in executing their respective mandates with a close collaborative effort in the various activities in the film industry. 

KFC, led by CEO Timothy Owase, will lead the implementation of all developmental, promotional and marketing-related film industry programs and KFCB, led by CEO Dr. Ezekiel Mutua, will initiate and coordinate stakeholder engagements and activities aimed at promoting compliance by the film industry with the applicable legislative precepts. 

The two organizations will support each other on policy matters and jointly undertake projects in terms of research relating to policy and legislative review. Additionally, the organizations will collectively support the Kenyan film industry in production of film content geared towards the promotion of the Kenyan brand and identity.

As a means of promoting Kenya on the international film market scene, the two organizations are collaborating in preparation for Kenya’s participation at the 72nd Annual Cannes Film Festival to be held from 14th May to 25th May 2019 in France.

“This Memorandum of Understanding is a big step in strengthening Kenya’s film industry and is a great opportunity for Kenya to present its film potential to the world and within”, says Mr. Owase. 

The two organizations expressed their intention to cooperate in film matters in the country and as a result, streamline operations in the sector.


RECAP OF KALASHA MARKET 2019

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The 3rd edition of Kalasha Market kicked off on a high note with the CS Ministry of Information, Communications and Technology Mr. Joe Mucheru gracing the event as the Guest of Honor. He was joined by a delegation of high profile individuals drawn from French Embassy in Kenya, The European Union, County Governments of Laikipia, Nairobi and Nakuru. It was during this opening ceremony that the 20 shortlisted candidates of the National Scriptwriting Competition were also announced.

The opening ceremony by the CS was followed by a tour of the exhibition spaces where various companies were demonstrating and showcasing their film products and services. Kenya Film Commission announced that the exhibition area was fully sold out with all the booths occupied by various companies in the Audio-visual sector drawn from various parts of the world.

Pitching competition – a side event of Kalasha Market, ran the entire three days with highly creative concepts being pitched to the jury in the TV and Documentary categories.

Side events like workshops and conferences also kicked off simultaneously with key international speakers drawn from around the globe engaging the participants on key topical discussions of interest spanning intellectual property, scriptwriting, animation production, film marketing and distribution as well latest technological advancements in film production.

Capping off the first day was a welcome cocktail sponsored by County Government of Nakuru followed by a screening of the film Ole Naibon which is a co-production by Furet Films and County Government of Nakuru.

Noting the significant benefits Kalasha Market offered to the counties Ms. Tume Abduba - Chief Officer Culture and Art Nakuru County noted that:

"This event was an eye opener for us as a County and we have developed networks that are crucial to us moving forward."

Day two of the market offered the participants even a greater experience as various speakers tackled exciting discussions revolving around economic impact of film guilds, future of Video on Demand platforms and using Intellectual Property as collateral for film funding. This was witnessed by the overflowing conference and workshop halls as the participants were eager to listen to the amazing conversations that were going on at the market.

Marking the end of the Kalasha Market was an award-giving ceremony for the winners of the pitching competition. An 11-member jury of experts was tasked to sift through the submissions received and shortlist six candidates in each category who then competed for the top prize of Ksh 500,000.

This year Kenya Film Commission committed Ksh 2 million to support the pitching competition. The prize money will aid the winners in the pitching competition to advance form the concept stage of their projects to full production.

Making his closing remarks, Mr. Timothy Owase – CEO Kenya Film Commission noted that:

“There was an increase in the number of submissions this year. Some of the projects submitted are impressive and can compete internationally”

The winners for the Kalasha Market 2019 pitching competition were as follows:

  • Nairobi by Night by Timothy Mwaura won in the Documentary category.
  • Injinia by Mercy Chege won in the TV category.
  • Home by Jeremiah Amdany won in the Film category.

Ananse's Moral Narrative by David Sewe won in the Animation category


THE NATIONAL SCRIPTWRITING COMPETITION JURY UNVEILED

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The Ministry of ICT, through Kenya Film Commission yesterday 28th February 2019 unveiled a jury of experts for the National Screenplay Competition launched on 4th February 2019.

The list of jury include: Ms Njoki C. Muhoho- Filmmaker, Management Consultant and Academy Director for the Multichoice Talent Factory, Dr. Fredrick Mbogo- Scriptwriter, Playwright, Actor, Senior Lecturer The Technical University of Kenya; Ms Mona Ombogo- author and scriptwriter; Mr Eston N. Munyi- Lecturer, Kenyatta University and Kenya Institute of Mass Communication; Mr Eugene Mbugua- Content Creator, Writer, Producer, Director Young Rich Television Ltd; Ms Appie Matere- Film Producer, Director Zamaradi Productions Ltd, MNET, Africa Magic; Ms Ann Hamberger- Film Producer and Actress , Mr Reuben Odanga- Film Director, Multan Production and Ms Victoria Goro- Deputy Director/Film Lecturer Kenya Film School .

The nine-member jury of experts drawn from the Kenyan film industry will be tasked to scrutinize the screenplay submissions received, evaluate entries and determine winners of the competition. The judging criteria will focus on: Originality, Story structure, Characterization, Visual inventiveness and Overall viability for world-class film festivals and/or online distribution.

By close of submission on 27th February 2019, the competition had garnered an overwhelming 549 entries.

Shortlisted candidates will be required to submit full scripts 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.

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.

Cabinet Secretary, ICT Mr Joe Mucheru who was the Chief Guest noted, “Long term we must not rely on the rest of the world but should sell our stories as well and be part of the contribution of the global film industry in a big way. China sold around 10 Million US dollars in tickets; they have a huge market that Kenya can take advantage of as well as SMART Africa initiative.”

Also in attendance was a Chinese delegation led by Mr Pang Xinxing Chairman of Star Times Group, Prof. Yin Hong, Vice Chairman of China Film Association.


CALL FOR CONCEPTS

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Kenya Film Commission invites all practicing and upcoming filmmakers to submit their original concepts for the pitching competition; a side event at the Kalasha International TV & Film Market 2019 to stand a chance at winning half a million Kenyan shillings in each category.

Kalasha International TV & Film Market; a 3-day trade fair showcasing companies from international and East African region offering high-level interaction for trading and sharing ideas, is set to take place from 26 – 28 March 2019 at KICC in Nairobi.

The pitching competition is open to all practicing and upcoming filmmakers registered for the market. There will be dedicated rooms where selected individuals from East Africa will be given a chance to pitch a concept or project to potential investors in the following categories;

  • TV Series and Soaps - Ksh 500,000
  • Animation (Short or Series) - Ksh 500,000
  • Film (Long Feature Film & Short Films) - Ksh 500,000
  • Documentaries - Ksh 500,000

PRIZES

A winner in each of the four (4) categories will be announced during the market.

DEADLINE

The projects’ submission deadline is 20th March 2019.

Space is limited to twenty four (24) pitches, which will be selected from the pool of submissions by a specially appointed jury of experts.


KENYA LOOKS AT TAPPING INTO CHINESE FILM MARKET WITH LAUNCH OF A SCREENPLAY COMPETITION

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The Ministry of ICT, through Kenya Film Commission (KFC) and Kenya Film School has launched a Screenplay/Script Writing Competition today. The ceremony was officiated by the Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of ICT, Joe Mucheru.

Speaking during the launch, Mr. Mucheru noted that the competition is geared towards identifying Kenyan scripts, which will be co-produced by international production houses in China for screening to the Chinese and African markets. The Cabinet secretary also announced a raft of measures that are in the pipeline to spur growth in Kenya’s film sector.

“Thinking ahead, the Ministry is exploring the establishment of a film and media city in Kenya with state of the art facilities and equipment that would be world class. Such a city will support the exponential growth of the industry - actors, producers, directors will be able to earn more by incurring lower production costs. At the same time, support industries such as equipment, props, make-up, music, and sound will benefit immensely from a film and media city.”

The Cabinet further added that alongside pursuing the passing of the film policy at Cabinet, the government, through relevant agencies, was exploring introduction of airing levy, to be collected by KFCB, to be charged on all ads and series produced out of the country but viewed in Kenya and used as revenue pullers.

“Ad agencies by-pass local production houses, spend all the money in India, Malaysia and other markets, hence denying locals jobs and income. And when they come here, the tax levied is only equivalent to the value of the hard disk”.

The CS reiterated the ministry’s commitment in helping grow the film industry in Kenya by ensuring that barriers to film production such as multi-agency licenses are reviewed to encourage growth in the sector.

Speaking during the same event, PS for State Department of ICT said the country wants to inculcate the culture of film going to listen to our own stories as told by our people.

The Script writing competition, whose call for entries closes 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.

Kenya Film Commission CEO, Mr. Timothy Owase committed to ensuring the competition run smoothly and that winners will be announced by 25th April 2019.

Find the Film Screenplay Script Writing Competition Terms & Conditions here!


HEVA FUND LAUNCHES CULTURAL HERITAGE SEED FUND

CALL FOR APPLICATION

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On 25th January 2019, HEVA Fund officially launched and opened call for application for two funds namely: Cultural Heritage Fund and The Young Women in Creative Enterprise Fund.

The Cultural Heritage Seed Fund is a two-year seed financing facility looking to support individuals, groups, communities and organisations working in the creative enterprises in Kenya, in the fields of music, film, fashion, crafts, gaming, performing arts, and tangible heritage. HEVA is looking to invest between KES 500,000 and KES 3 million in each successful venture.

The Cultural Heritage Seed Fund will act as a financing facility for cultural heritage businesses. This will support creative economy startups who are directly involved in sustainable exploration and inclusive development of cultural heritage with a focus on increasing revenues from the local and international tourism sectors.

The Young Women in Creative Enterprise Fund, established in collaboration with the Goethe Institut as part of the Jenga CCI creative economy intervention, focuses on supporting Kenyan women in creative enterprise in order to build the competitiveness of creative industry products in Kenya and in the East Africa market.

This fund will provide tailored direct investment, targeted business support and market intelligence to women-owned and women-led early-stage ventures in fashion and apparel manufacturing, digital media, television and film; live music, festivals, fairs and markets; hair, beauty and cosmetic products, and creative arts educational enterprises operating in Kenya.

The Young Women in Creative Enterprise Fund is a loan facility. HEVA will invest up to KES 1,000,000 in each successful business, to be paid back over a maximum period of 18 months.

In February 2019, HEVA will open a call for a third fund, Growth Fund, in collaboration with Agence Française de Développement (AFD). This facility will target mature business that have been in operation for at least 5 years with annual revenues exceeding KES 10 million and invest a minimum of KES 5 million and a maximum of KES 10 million in each successful enterprise. In total, the three funds will invest a total of over KES 106 million in the Kenyan creative and cultural enterprise sector.

The call for application window is open from 25th January 2019 to 25th February 2019. Applications can be made through here


NEW ENTRANTS WIN BIG AT THE 2018 KALASHA TV & FILM AWARDS GALA

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The 8th Kalasha TV & Film Awards winners were announced in a lavish gala event held in Nairobi, Safari Park Hotel graced by the crème de la crème of the film industry with other renowned guests drawn from government agencies and corporate blue chip firms. Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry of ICT Mr. Joe Mucheru was the chief Guest with remarks from Kenya Film Commission Chairman, Chris Foot and Ag. CEO Timothy Owase.

Here is the full list of 2018 winners;

Kalasha Awards 2018 Winners

A total of 140 nominees were competing in 32 categories including Special Awards that are Kituo Halisi – supported by Communications Authority of Kenya, Watershed Compliant Station and Lifetime Achievement Award where film maker Njeri Karago was feted. The selection process of more than 1000 submissions was carried out by a jury of experts consisting of stakeholders drawn from film industry associations, academics and industry professionals. This year’s jury comprised 8 members namely; Biko Nyongesa- Director and Head of Production at Kenya Actors Guild, Amos Mwaki of the Scriptwriters Guild and Managing Director of Lifedream Production, Dennis Mbuthia of Association of Animation Artistes and a Game Designer & Animator, Ms. Joy Nduto of Kenya Film & TV Professional Association and a TV Content Producer, Mwendwa Mutua of Riverwood Ensemble Filmmakers Association and TV and Film Producer, Dr. Zippora Okoth of Kenyatta University and Executive Director Legacy Arts And Film Lab (K) Ltd, David Gitonga – Tosh – representing Producers Guild and Solomon Sakana, Communication Officer from Communications Authority of Kenya.

Kalasha Film and TV Awards is an initiative of the Kenya Film Commission that seeks to recognize talent in the different facets of Film and TV industry. Central to the Commission’s mandate is the promotion of a vibrant local film industry. Through the establishment of a fair and democratic set of regulations for the Awards, the Commission is continuously boosting a vibrant local scene by encouraging healthy competition amongst film makers. This ensures higher levels of good practice within the industry. Within Kalasha International TV and Film is the Kalasha Market. It is a three day event held in March every year with various exhibitors and delegates converging in Nairobi for conferences, workshops and pitching sessions that position Kenya as a key hub for Film and TV production within the region. This unique opportunity to boost the Film and TV production industry is a great plus to thespians and all stakeholders in the entire content creation and distribution process.

The Kenya Film Commission is a State Corporation mandated to make Kenya a centre of excellence in film production by creating an enabling environment for the development of a vibrant local film industry as well as marketing Kenya as a leading destination for foreign film makers to achieve sustainable wealth and job creation.


 FILM INDUSTRY STAKEHOLDERS CONVERGE TO DISCUSS THE NATIONAL FILM POLICY

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Kenyan Film Commission, the government agency that is mandated to promote local content and the film industry held a meeting with stakeholders within the film industry to discuss the National Film Policy and appraise the industry on status of the same. The meeting was graced by Honorable Cabinet Secretary Ministry of ICT Joe Mucheru, and Permanent Secretary Broadcasting Ministry of ICT, Fatuma Hirsi, among other officers drawn from the government that is Kenya Tourism Board, Communications Authority of Kenya and Kenya Film Classification Board.

The meeting was co-hosted in collaboration with Creative economy Kenya; an organization that brings together over 21 stakeholders in the Kenyan film industry with the goal of creating a better space for content creators in the country.

The importance of a Film Policy was stressed as this will be key to streamlining all three agency - Kenyan Film Commission, Kenya Film Classification Board and Department of Film Services mandated to promote, classify and license content respectively. In addition Chris said this will also help in prevention of overstepping of each other’s mandate.

Among its objectives, the film policy aims to quantifying the current and potential contribution of the Film Industry to the economy and disseminating this information to the critical Policy and decision makers in Government. It will enhance funding and revitalizing of the relevant State agencies in the Film Industry while overseeing the development of a harmonious Regulatory environment for the Film Industry in Kenya.

Further, the policy will establish a National Film Fund for financial & tax credits, rebates and other incentives for the Film Industry thereby encouraging Public Private Partnerships (PPPs), in the area of Film in Kenya.

Key in its delivery will be to promote the harmonization of rates, permits and fees between the National and County Governments so as to promote Kenya as an ideal Filming location as well as promoting the establishment of Distribution channels for the Film productions.

In his remarks, CS, Joe Mucheru noted the lack of incentives as a major issue crippling the film industry and noted rebates being critical because film makers look at filming as business and they are always interested in locations where they can save money. Making film with an agenda opposed to profit as the end goal helps to catalyze funding from various institutions”, he added noting also that the ministry was pursuing the creation of 47 theatres in each county in partnership with the private and creative sectors as one way of encouraging local content production.


 CABINET SECRETARY JOE MUCHERU PRESIDES OVER THE 2018 KENYA INSTITUTE OF MASS COMMUNICATION GRADUATION

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On 28th November 2018, the Cabinet Secretary for Information, Communication and Technology presided over the graduation ceremony at Kenya Institute of Mass Communication that saw 351 students being awarded with diplomas and certificates in various programmes offered by the institution. Accompanying him was Ms. Fatuma Hirsi, the Principal Secretary, Broadcast and Telecommunications and the Ag. CEO of Kenya Film Commission, Mr. Timothy Owase.

Speaking at the graduation ceremony, the Cabinet Secretary offered all the graduands a one-year internship opportunity at the Kenya News Agency offices all over the country so as to tap into the talent and skills that exists among the students.

“We will create a program that will absorb all these graduands so that they can work in a news environment and be sensitized on what they need to do in all the 47 counties.”

He however, urged the graduands to aspire to be self-employed and even create employment opportunities for others using the knowledge and skills they have acquired so as to support the Big Four Agenda of the government.

Throwing caution to the wind, CS Joe Mucheru advised the graduands to uphold high standards of professionalism and be proactive in authenticating their pieces of information, context and sources especially in this era of fake news to avoid spreading of propaganda that can polarize the nation.

While addressing the graduands at the ceremony, he noted that, to sustain the growing content and TV stations that creates jobs for the many Kenyans, the students have a critical role in ensuring that the content they generate is not only marketable enough to attract revenues from advertisements, but can also help the country in progressing the Big Four Agenda.

“We have been hailed as a country that has a high aptitude for film productions with most of our crew base contracted to support high-grossing films outside of the country. Let us aim at bringing Kenya back as a quality film and movie production power house. My ministry is seeking to establish a film fund to assist the youth not only in exploiting self-employment opportunities through film production but also to enable the country to embrace diversity and to tell the Kenyan story.


FREE SCREENINGS FOR KALASHA NOMINATED FILMS

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Kenya Film Commission has organized free screening of films nominated for the Kalasha Awards 2018 in partnership with IMAX, Kenya Buzz, USIU and Movie Mtaani across three major cities in Kenya namely Nairobi, Kisumu and Mombasa. The movie screenings will take place in various venues within the three cities commencing from 3rd to 10th November, 2018.

The films are competing in the Kalasha International Film and TV Awards organized by Kenya Film Commission. The winners will be announced at the main award gala set for a later date this month.

The public voting process ends on 10th November, 2018, and will conclude with a final tally by the nine-member jury of experts, who are drawn from film industry associations, academics and industry professionals.

Make sure you support local content by voting for your favorite films and artists before the deadline. To vote for your favourite film or artist, go to www.kenyafilmcommission.com or www.kalashainternational.com

Click here to view screening schedule.


KENYA FILM COMMISSION UNVEILS THE 2018 KALASHA AWARDS NOMINEES

BeFunky collageNairobi, Kenya, 17th October 2018The Kenya Film Commission today unveiled the 2018 Nominees for the Kalasha Film and TV Awards at Prestige Cinema, Prestige Plaza. The selection process of more than 1000 submissions was carried out by a jury of experts consisting of stakeholders drawn from film industry associations, academics and industry professionals.

This year’s jury comprised 8 members namely; Biko Nyongesa- Director and Head of Production at Kenya Actors Guild, Amos Mwaki of the Scriptwriters Guild and Managing Director of Lifedream Production, Dennis Mbuthia of Association of Animation Artistes and a Game Designer & Animator, Ms. Joy Nduto of Kenya Film & TV Professional Association and a TV Content Producer, Mwendwa Mutua of Riverwood Ensemble Filmmakers Association and TV and Film Producer, Dr. Zippora Okoth of Kenyatta University and Executive Director Legacy Arts And Film Lab (K) Ltd, David Gitonga – Tosh – representing Producers Guild and Solomon Sakana, Communication Officer from Communications Authority of Kenya.

The nominees’ unveil ceremony also marked the launch of the public voting process which is now open in preparation for the main award gala on the 24th November 2018.

Click here to Vote!

Note: Voting ends on November 10, 2018.

The 140 nominees will be competing in 32 categories including Special Awards that are Kituo Halisi – supported by Communications Authority of Kenya, Watershed Compliant Station and Lifetime Achievement Award.

Below is a full list of the 2018 Nominees:

Nominees Final List

Within Kalasha International TV and Film is the Kalasha Market. It is a three day event held in March every year with various exhibitors and delegates converging in Nairobi for conferences, workshops and pitching sessions that position Kenya as a key hub for Film and TV production within the region. This unique opportunity to boost the Film and TV production industry is a great plus to thespians and all stakeholders in the entire content creation and distribution process.

Kalasha Film and TV Awards is an initiative of the Kenya Film Commission that seeks to recognize talent in the different facets of Film and TV industry. Central to the Commission’s mandate is the promotion of a vibrant local film industry. Through the establishment of a fair and democratic set of regulations for the Awards, the Commission is continuously boosting a vibrant local scene by encouraging healthy competition amongst film makers. This ensures higher levels of good practice within the industry.

“By recognizing our own level of excellence and the achievements of our film practitioners, we set benchmarks for future film-makers and encourage the expansion of the industry”, notes the KFC Acting C.E.O Timothy Owase.

The Kenya Film Commission is a State Corporation mandated to make Kenya a centre of excellence in film production by creating an enabling environment for the development of a vibrant local film industry as well as marketing Kenya as a leading destination for foreign film makers to achieve sustainable wealth and job creation.


CS JOE MUCHERU OFFICIALLY OPENS TALENT FACTORY ACADEMY

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On 9th October 2018, Multichoice Africa opened the Multichoice Talent Factory Academy, a multi-tiered programme meant to empower young filmmakers from the East African region with various skills in film production. The programme is set to run for a one-year period, during which 20 young filmmakers will be trained on how to develop their filmmaking skills of cinematography, editing, audio production and storytelling through technical and hands-on skills in telling our own African stories.

The Cabinet Secretary for ICT, Mr. Joe Mucheru, the guest of honor at the event, noting the great initiative by the Multichoice company, urged the young filmmakers selected for programme to put in effort, utilize the amazing locations and wildlife in the country for their content and also collaborate with each other to ensure they build on their skill set to deliver quality local productions that can compete on the international platform.

“For a long time, our stories have been told by others. We now have the opportunity to tell our stories and to ensure we don’t lose our culture by importing film content. We just need to put passion into our work and build on what the other filmmakers have done and we will be able to position our country and continent in a greater place on the global stage in terms of film production,” said CS Joe Mucheru.

The Cabinet Secretary for ICT, Mr. Joe Mucheru, notes that the government is committed to projects involving the youth and acknowledges that the film policy will be presented in the cabinet soon and with it will come a fund that will aid in film production in the country. He also adds that talks with various partners are on-going to ensure 47 theatres are set up all over the country among many other projects that are lined-up by the government.

Also present at the event was Mrs. Fatuma Hirsi Mohamed, Principal Secretary, Broadcasting and Telecommunication who expressed her joy having film under the ministry of ICT since it will now bolster the existing partnerships with various stakeholders and even offer a lot of new opportunities for collaboration among various film institutions and corporates like Multichoice Africa among many others.

Kenya Film Commission Ag. CEO Mr. Timothy Owase speaking at the Multichoice talent factory academy opening noted that such an initiative is in line with the commission’s mandate of building capacity of the local film industry. He further notes that such programmes will create a pool of greater skill sets that will improve the quality of productions in the film sector in Kenya and the region.

“Storytelling has no boundaries. Quality productions are capable of traversing the continent and reach a global stage. Stories create understanding so filmmakers should create more content because the future of this sector is bright,” said Mr. Timothy Owase.

The Director of Communications Authority, Mr. Francis Wangusi while speaking at the event, also highlighted that they believe this programme will boost the local content being broadcasted by local media houses to align with the 60% local content uptake set by Communications Authority of Kenya.

Speaking to the students also was MP John Kiarie who urged the students to go the extra mile beyond their talent to fully realize their potential as filmmakers citing need for hard work and creativity in their projects.

Noting the financial challenges talented filmmakers have to go through, Managing Director Multichoice Kenya Mr. Eric Odipo said:

“The Multichoice Talent Factory focuses on making sure that the young filmmakers are nurtured and their talents developed in order to contribute meaningfully to the creative industry.”

This programme is aligned with the big four agenda of the Kenyan government of manufacturing with a focus on local content production. This will raise the threshold of competition in creative sector spurring more growth in skill-set among the filmmakers.


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

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Nairobi, Kenya, Thursday 21st June 2018; 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.