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Nairobi, Kenya August 2017…..The Kenya Film Commission is gearing for one of the continents biggest and most anticipated award show, KALASHA FILM & TV AWARDS. The awards have been in existence since 2009 and are held annually since inception. This year promises even more pop and color with over 30 categories in both film and TV to be awarded.

The last event saw over 800 entries and coming up with the nominees in each category was not a walk in the park for the academy. The 2017 academy now popularly referred to as the ‘big 8’ is already set with a representation of some influential creatives in the Film and TV Industry whom will take some time off to critically analyze each and every submission and come up with nominees in every category after the submission deadline coming up on Friday 15th September. Some of the highly contested categories include the Best Lead Actor and Actress in Film and TV.

Exhibitors, Marketers and Contributors of the International film industry at large have not been left behind as the KALASHA INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL AND MARKET expected to bring global film and TV players under one roof will be running for the second year now. The week-long festival and two day Market promises constructive interaction among top players from all 7 continents comprising film professionals from TV, cinema and advertising.

Look out for more information on the dates, the venues, and how you can be part of this lifetime experience on our website www.kalashainternational.com .



Submission for the Best Foreign Language film award is officially open.

The 2017 selection committee that comprises the members below has given a one month deadline for Kenya filmmakers to make their submission; For a checklist of rules and regulations pdf iconclick here to download


  1. Wambui Kairo – CHAIRLADY – Kenya Film and Television Professionals Association (KFTPA)
  2. Caroline Mbindyo-Koroso – ORGANISING SERETARY – Producers Guild
  3. Cajetan Boy – Script writers Guild
  4. Carole Gikandi – Africa Digital Media Institute (ADMI)
  5. Wilfred Kiumi – Africa Digital Media Institute (ADMI)
  6. Toni Kamau – DOCUBOX -EADFF
  7. Peter Mudamba – DOCUBOX - EADFF
  8. Dennis Mbuthia – Association of Animation Artists of Kenya
  9. Eddy Peter Gebhardt – Kenya Actors Guild
  10. Mwaniki Mageria – Riverwood Ensemble
  11. Simon Peter – Association of Film Producing Educational Institutions of Kenya (AIFPEK)
  12. Fred Makori – Kenya National Film Association (KNFA)
  13. Jenny Pont - Kenya Film and Television Professionals Association (KFTPA)

To be eligible this year, films must have been released in Kenya for a run of at least seven consecutive days beginning no earlier than October 1, 2016 and no later than September 30, 2017.


TUESDAY 12th September 2017 by 12 noon Kenyan time


ck foot multichoiceThe Kenya Film Commission represented by the Chairman Chris Foot was among the speakers that engaged on various topical issues around local content uptake and innovation in the Kenyan film industry at a recent summit on local content.

The one day summit organized and hosted by the MultiChoice with the theme titled ‘Investing in East Africa local content industries to spur economic growth’ saw over 200 local producers, content developers and students in attendance besides other renowned Kenyan producers Appie Matere of Zamaradi Productions Limited, Ken Oloo of Zindua Limited and Mwaniki Mageria CEO Riverwood.

And towards raising Kenyan audio-visual production standards to international levels, Multichoice and Electronic Media (PTY) Limited Mnet, committed Sh400Million towards the production of 15 original local productions this year. MultiChoice and M-Net are one of Africa’s biggest supporters and funders of local television content.

Speaking at the forum, Chris Foot encouraged the initiative, “It is quite encouraging to see the broadening of placement of local content on cable TV such as we are witnessing on Maisha Magic East. This is a great opportunity for the creative economy to invest in creation of more local shows to spur economic growth. The audiences are thirsty for good quality shows and as the entertainment industry grows, we should take the opportunity to serve audiences with more of what they want.”

GOtv Kenya General Manager, Simon Kariithi reiterated the MultiChoice’s commitment to invest in local productions on DStv and GOtv. “MultiChoice is rooted in countries where our customers live. That means we are proud of the contribution we are making in our local communities. As a leading funder of local productions in Kenya, we are proud to announce a half a billion shillings investment, via Mnet, in 15 original local shows to be produced and broadcast in the year 2017-2018, and will air exclusively on Maisha Magic East which is the only show in the country with 100% local content,” said Simon

M-Net East and Southern Channels Director, Timothy Okwaro lauded Bollywood top thespians for partnering with Maisha Magic producers in the knowledge sharing session. The summit which took place at Local Production Limited studios in Nairobi also featured two of Bollywood’s renowned and award-winning producers and directors at Shakuntalam Telefilms in India, Neelima Bajpal and Shyamashis Bhattacharia. The two Bollywood producers gave presentations that focused on the drivers of success of the Indian telenovela productions including budgeting for Bollywood films, script writing and casting. Also featured was the importance of post-production in film production.

local contentThe summit was organized in an effort to help increase local production skills through knowledge transfer and idea sharing following a directive by the Communication Authority in 2014 to increase local content programming from 40% to 68% by 2018. Apart from attending the summit, delegates also had an opportunity to tour the state of the art, Local Productions Kenya Limited studio facilities. They also had a chance to visit the set and see the on-going production of Jela 5-Star a Maisha Magic East original production which is set to launch on 3 July 2017. Two other music shows – The Turn Up and Pambio Live will launch on 1 July 2017 and 2 July 2017 respectively. The three shows will be the first of the 15 shows lined up to roll out in 2017 on Maisha Magic East exclusive to DStv Channel 158 and Gotv Channel 4.

Further information can be accessed from www.dstv.com or www.gotvafrica.com.

New shows on Maisha Magic East

The Turn Up

THE TURN UP brings the club and party experience right into the living rooms of audiences every Saturday between 14.00 and 16.00 EAT; with appearances from top class musical acts from East Africa, celebrated Kenyan dance units and experiential concert storms.

The two hour live audience music mix show will celebrate unique and authentic East African sounds through a live video mix by the celebrated DJ Joe Mfalme and TV host Amina Rabar. The show combines both the studio and party scene experience through creatively put together packages that capture some of East Africa’s biggest music concerts and dance contests all choreographies within the set. THE TURN UP launches on July 1, 2017 at 14.00EAT and is exclusive to Maisha Magic East on DStv Channel 158 and GOtv Channel 4.

Pambio Live

PAMBIO LIVE is a gospel music show that will air on Maisha Magic East every Sunday afternoon beginning July 2, 2017 from 14.00 to 16.00 EAT. The show will be hosted by popular musician Size 8 and DJ Ruff. PAMBIO LIVE is produced by renowned music producer Arthur Kamau (Arthur K).

PAMBIO LIVE will include a live studio audience that will consist of community leaders and a celebrity guest speaker. The format will be that of a live video mix, panel session and host interaction. PAMBIO LIVE will also feature interviews by both local and international gospel music artists. PAMBIO LIVE is exclusive to Maisha Magic East on DStv Channel 158 and GOtv Channel 4

Jela 5-Star

Jela 5-Star is a dramatic comical production scripted around a short hold prison bringing to life situations that can be tragic as they can be hilarious. Featuring in the drama series is Madam Melba, a woman who runs a male correctional facility, but is not one to back away from a challenge. Her glorious past as a member of the Prison Service Boxing Team makes her a fierce disciplinarian, but beneath her tough exterior is a soft and humane woman whose philosophy is to advocate change by example. Melba’s regime operates on ‘extreme kindness’, deputized by two warders. They watch over a motley collection of inmates, who include Mbogo - who has been in this prison forever and doubles up as in-house ‘Chef’; ‘Ghost’ - a habitual returnee who advises anyone who cares to listen on court processes; Odhis - a fitness freak who seeks to get everyone in shape and other casual inmates incarcerated for short periods, and who thus provide an essential link to the outside world.

JELA 5 STAR is exclusive to Maisha Magic East on DStv Channel 158 and GOtv Channel 4.

For more information on these shows visit http://maishamagiceast.dstv.com/.


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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




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

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

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

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

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


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



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

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