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

FILM INDUSTRY STAKEHOLDERS

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

CABINET SECRETARY JOE MUCHERU PRESIDES

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.


COMMISSIONING BRIEF

Maisha Magic East

Maisha Magic East is a General Entertainment Channel on DSTV Channel 158. The Channel targets lower middle-class to middle-class Kenyans aged between 18-45 years.

Maisha Magic East is committed to visual storytelling that communicates an authentic and relatable Kenyan experience. Its programming is community and family oriented. It is aspirational in a realistic and achievable way. The language used on the channel is Kenyan Kiswahili /Sheng.

Maisha Magic East is seeking to commission:

  1. An authentic Kenyan Kiswahili Telenovela (260 x30min) targeting Kenyan middle class families.

 

BRIEF TITLE:

General Telenovela Brief

CHANNEL:

Maisha Magic East

GENRE:

Telenovela

SERIES:

260x30 minutes

LANGUAGE:

Kiswahili

 2. Kenyan Kiswahili Lifestyle series (52x30min) targeting Kenyan middle class families.

BRIEF TITLE:

General Lifestyle Brief

CHANNEL:

Maisha Magic East

GENRE:

lifestyle

SERIES:

52 episodes x 30 minutes

LANGUAGE:

Kiswahili

  1. Kenyan Kiswahili /Sheng Comedy series (52x30min) targeting Kenyan middle class families. It should be original, simple, light hearted unique, relevant and sensitive to Kenyan cultural and societal norms.

BRIEF TITLE:

General Comedy Brief

CHANNEL:

Maisha Magic East

GENRE:

COMEDY

SERIES:

1 x 52 episodes x 30 minutes

LANGUAGE:

Kiswahili

 4. An authentic Kenyan Kiswahili /Sheng Reality series (26x45min) targeting Kenyan middle class families. It should be original, simple, light hearted, unique, relevant and sensitive to Kenyan cultural and societal norms.

BRIEF TITLE:

General Reality Brief

CHANNEL:

Maisha Magic East

GENRE:

REALITY

SERIES:

26 episodes x 45 minutes

LANGUAGE:

Kiswahili

  1. An authentic Kenyan Kiswahili /Sheng drama series 130x30min) targeting Kenyan middle class families.

BRIEF TITLE:

Open Drama Brief

CHANNEL:

Maisha Magic East

GENRE:

DRAMA

SERIES:

130 episodes x 30 minutes

LANGUAGE:

Kiswahili

EDITORIAL GUIDE:

Maisha Magic East is seeking to commission authentic Kenyan Kiswahili projects targeting Kenyan middle class families. We are looking for an authentic story that our audience can relate to. The story should be original, simple, exciting and unique, fun and aspirational. Episodic storylines can be self-contained or continuous.

Proposal Requirements:

  1. A Pilot
  2. Projected Cost per episode and Full Budget
  3. Show-reel of previous content produced (please include dates and broadcasting station,)
  4. List of previous productions you have participated in and your role in those productions.
  5. Names of 3 previous clients as referees. 

Submission process

All pilots must be uploaded on the link below https://submissions.mnetcorporate.co.za/channel/maisha_magic_east

Please note that no submissions emailed or dropped at our office will be accepted.

Technical and editorial standards required by Maisha Magic East will be set out in the production agreement.

Maisha Magic East will have the final editorial and creative control over all aspects of Commissioned Programming.

N.B: failure to submit any of the above documents will lead to disqualification

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: 26 October, 2018

  1. Evaluation/selection process
  1. Receipt of proposals will be acknowledged by email notification
  2. Proposals will then be evaluated by a panel of Judges selected by Channel Management
  3. Pitching sessions for shortlisted proposals.
  4. Selection and notification of winning proposal.
  5. Contracting.

CS JOE MUCHERU OFFICIALLY OPENS TALENT FACTORY ACADEMY

Multichoice Academy Launch

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.


KENYAN ACTRESS WINS BIG IN NOLLYWOOD

Connie Kabarry

 

Connie Kabarry, a Kenyan producer and actress based in Nigeria, has won two awards. The actress managed to bag awards in two categories namely: Nollywood Pan African Filmmaker of the Year (East Africa) and Nollywood Actress of The Year (East Africa) during the Nollywood Excellence and Leadership Awards 2018 (The NELAS) held in Abuja on 30th September 2018.

Citing the challenges she faced as a filmmaker, she launched Connie Kabarry Productions which will help the young filmmakers who have not gotten an opportunity to explore and utilize their talent. With 58 members already registered, the production house has already launched their first team project titled The Devil You Know. This film managed to be screened in Nairobi and Kisumu on 7th and 8th September 2018. She is currently working on a collaborative TV series program which will have cast and crew form Kenya and Nigeria.


CALL FOR STORIES: GENERATION AFRICA IS ACCEPTING STORIES TO DEVEOP INTO DOCUMENTARY FILMS IN 2019

Are you a passionate storyteller? would you like to have your stories told? Then here is a great opportunity for you. STEPS, a South Africa based non-profit organization that is passionate about the power of documentaries to disrupt, shift and move the world around us has partnered with like- minded organizations and individuals around the world to create documentaries around social and environmental issues called Generation Africa.

Generation Africa is a new documentary project that deals with the question of migration from an African perspective, asking thought-provoking questions about how young people in Africa are shaping the future of the continent and creating change where they are. Generation Africa is looking for ideas for stories across the continent, stories which are unpredictable, touching, moving, revolutionary, and challenging. The films should show action and achievements rather than complaints and hopelessness. Stories people in Africa would want to see: to laugh, to think, to act, to sing, and - to disagree. 

Only African filmmakers are eligible to apply where 12 - 15 filmmakers will be invited to three workshops held in the following region;

GHANA 

Submissions for the Ghana workshop for focus countries Cameroon, the Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Nigeria and Sierra Leone should be sent in by the 1sT OCTOBER 2018. 

Successful participants will be informed by the 4TH OCTOBER 2018. 

KENYA 

Submissions for the Kenya workshop for focus countries Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda should be sent in by the 8TH OCTOBER 2018. 

Successful participants will be informed by the 11TH OCTOBER 2018. 

BURKINA FASO 

Submissions for the Burkina Faso workshop for focus countries Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal should be sent in by the 22N° OCTOBER 2018. Successful participants will be informed by the 25TH OCTOBER 2018.

A selection of 20 stories will get development funding for further research and filming after the workshops.

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

Please see this link for more info click here


2018 KALASHA INTERNATIONAL FILM & TV AWARDS CALL FOR ENTRIES

Submission has opened for film, TV and creative players to submit films to compete under the various categories for the 2018 Edition of Kalasha International Film & TV Awards.Deadline for submission is 7TH SEPTEMBER 2018. Click here to submit your films


CALL FOR ENTRIES FOR SUBMISSION TO THE ANNUAL ACADEMY AWARDS

The OSCARS Selection Committee Kenya is inviting Kenyan filmmakers to submit their feature films for consideration for the forthcoming 91st Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences Awards (OSCARS) in the Best Foreign Language Film Category.

The 91st oscars call for submissions - 2018

The 91st oscars call for submissions technical checklist - 2018


KENYA INTERNATIONAL SPORTS AND FILM FESTIVAL LAUNCHED

Safinaz Foundation in collaboration with Alpha Sports Limited have launched the first ever film festival in Kenya and the second of its kind in Africa.
This festival aims to celebrate sports personalities in Kenya who have displayed exemplary records and achievements in various sports disciplines.
The festival will celebrate and nurture the emerging talents of men and women in sports by showcasing them through documentaries and will run from 22nd to 25th November 2018 and mainly targeting sports personalities who have excelled in international competitions for the past 50 years.
The founder of the festival Mr. Aasif Karim notes that the festival will provide an opportunity for Kenyans to have a look at sport films locally and internationally.
The festival has already received 150 entries and will be expecting much more before the deadline for submission which is 30th September. To submit visit www.kisff.or.ke or  www.filmfreeway.com.kisffke.