This was Kenya Film Commission’s 3rd annual event held at the KICC that brought together various stakeholders of the TV and film industries, primarily from Kenya, the larger East Africa and other international players.
The concept of Kalasha KenyaTV & Film Market, explained Timothy Owase, the CEO Kenya Film Commission, “emerged from the challenges that we observed in the film industry in the region, key among them, was the need for a vibrant film market where audiovisual content could be traded.”
The 3 day extravaganza had a myriad of activities that included workshops, panel discussions, exhibitions and a pitching competition that culminated as the main event at the closing ceremony where the winners walked away with half a million to go make film projects.
For the first time, county governments exhibited their wares, elaborate reports and plans for their resident filmmakers, potential partners and local tourists. Nakuru emerged as the biggest new comer with the fully funded Furet Films’ Ole Naibon short film by Simiyu Barasa that screened on the evening of the first day to a very eager audience at the B2B section. Also represented at the exhibition booths was Laikipia, Eldoret Film Festival and Machawood.
This was also the opportunity for the launch of the ‘Country Queen’ trailer that swept everyone off their feet. This is a Kenyan – German collaboration that was shot on location in different counties in Kenya for Netflix.
Winners of the pitching competition
3. Kahawa Black, Samuel Tebandeke
2. Missing Lady, Serah Mwihaki 1. Home, Jeremiah Amdany – 500k
3. Holly Cow, Jimmy Gor
2. The Nyatiti, Griffin Lwal 1. Nairobi by Night, Timothy Mwaura – 500k
3. Boombaye, Nick Njache
2. Village Expedition, Griffin Lwal 1. Injinia, Mercy Chege – 500k
3. 4 AM, Ian Muriuki
2. Forget the Ice Cream, Irene Mumo 1. Ananse’s Moral Narrative, David Sewe – 500k
For more of these pictorial moments captured by our media associate Short Wave of Angaza Films, click on our Sanaa Post facebook photo album.