Through the Eyes of the Woman Filmmaker: Celebrating Creativity and Diversity.
Since it’s inception on March 4th 2020, the WOMEN IN FILM AWARDS mission in bringing women Filmmakers together and provide a space where the diversity of women Filmmakers in Kenya are recognized and celebrated has no doubt changed the Film Industry for the better.
“There’s a need for a festival that affords women Filmmakers of any background the chance to be showcased in a truly empowering light.” Dr. Susan Gitimu (Founder, WIFA)
Although much has been achieved since 2020, the Awards still aim to attain the following objectives;
- To celebrate women Filmmakers
- To empower women to embrace film-making
- To encourage women Filmmakers present the world as they experience it through filming it
- To create a market linkage for women Filmmakers and the larger market for film i.e Distributors (Online, mobile,TV and local retail market) and consumers/viewers.
AWARDS ORGANIZING TEAM
Dr. Susan Gitimu
Dr. Susan Gitimu is the director Beyond the Film(BTF). She is also a lecturer at Kenyatta University in the department of Communication, Media, Film and Theatre Studies.
Mukami Maina is an upcoming film producer and a graduate of Kenyatta University with a degree in film and theatre studies. She is passionate about writing authentic African stories especially those that revolve around women and children.
Peninah Wanjiru-Azmina is a video editor and photographer. She is also a lecturer at KCA University. She is passionate about empowering the African storytellers. She is pursuing her masters in film at Kenyatta University.
When it comes to appreciating exceptional projects by women,this year’s edition is no exception. Click on the link below to check out the list of nominees to be celebrated this year https://sanaapost.com/women-in-film-awards-nominations/
The Nominees list was overseen by a jury of Women Filmmakers with vast experience in the Film Industry, they include;
Suki Wanza is a stage and screen actress par-excellence who has starred in many acclaimed productions. She has starred in the Kalasha Film and TV Awards 2020 nominated film “Midlife Crisis” and “Sisters Alone” by Legacy Arts and Film Lab, the TV series “KINA” on Maisha Magic Movies by Zamaradi Productions, “MaEmpress” by PHILIT productions, “Masaibu ya Njugush” by Njugush Creatives among others. On stage, she has acted in the award winning stage play, “Too Early for Birds: Brazen Edition” and “Contract Love: The Musical”. She has written and produced ‘Home Away’ a stage play and directed ‘Quarantine’ a short film.
Suki is currently an adjunct lecturer at KCA University teaching units in theatre and film. She is also a curriculum developer and conceptualises modules for teaching. Suki also trains pre-teen children in theatrical productions specifically in acting, improvisation and basic dancing.
Ms Wanza is the vice secretary at the Nakuru Players Society for the last 3 years and is incharge of correspondence and communication. She has been a member at the Nakuru Players Theatre since her high school years and acted in many acclaimed productions by renowned directors.
Ms Nyadawa is an expert in community theatre and community development and enjoys working on programmes addressing Youth and community development issues.
Suki Wanza is co-founder and festival coordinator of the Lake International Panafrican Film Festival (LIPFF)which promotes and celebrates films done in African Langauges. She is also chief jury at the Women In Film Awards (WIFA).
Emmah Kibunjah a lady of many hats and hearts, is a film producer, production manager, director, writer, art director, and actress. Her unending passion for the film industry is what has driven her to work both in front of the camera and behind the scenes. She has worked in the theater and film industry for more than a decade and through that she has acquired vast experience and skills.