30 August 2019



Kenya Film Commission 

The Kenya Film Commission will on Thursday, 29th August, 2019 award winners of the National Scriptwriting Competition.

The National Scriptwriting Competition launched earlier in the year, attracted an overwhelming 549 entries. A nine-member jury of experts drawn from the Kenyan film industry was tasked to scrutinize the screenplay submissions received, evaluate entries and determine winners of the competition.

Winners in the top three categories of competition will be unveiled in a colorful ceremony by graced by Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of ICT Mr. Joe Mucheru, who will also be the Guest of Honor at the gala awards ceremony.

Details of the event are as follows:

Venue:                 Sarova Stanley Hotel

Date:                   Thursday, 29th August, 2019

Time:                   6.00 PM

You and your media organization are invited to attend this event and provide media coverage.

For more information, please get in touch with:

Mr Chissano Joakim, Corporate Affairs Department, Kenya Film Commission

Email: chissano@filmingkenya.com


Here’s a Registration Call for Aspiring Filmmakers to be a Part of “The Lagos filmLaB” Project

 Lagos film lab

The Lagos filmLAB is a project funded by the British Council and the Lagos State Employment Trust Fund (LSETF), in collaboration with delivery partners, Biola Alabi Media and Creative England. The project is designed to address issues affecting the film industry in Nigeria, such as challenges around financing, infrastructure, and capacity building, to improve the quality of output and revenue.

Open to all aspiring filmmakers in Lagos state, Lagos filmLAB aims to discover and support emerging talents towards the development and production of market-ready, low-budget, high-quality feature films.

This project will discover and support 12 teams of emerging film talent in August/September 2019, through an intensive residential programme facilitated by experienced film executives and professional writers. Filmmaking teams will be guided through the development and production phases of filmmaking with dedicated support. They will also enjoy access to networking and mentoring opportunities with established industry professionals.

Registration will commence;

Date: Thursday, August 22nd – Wednesday, September 18th, 2019 Participants are expected to register for the project here.

Canon partners with local school to develop Rwandan film industry

Canon Central and North Africa (CCNA) has partnered with Kigali Film and Television School (KFTV) to train students, lecturers and industry professionals to horn and strengthen their skills to empower them for the entertainment industry.

Canon Central and North Africa (CCNA) is a division within Canon Middle East FZ LLC (CME), a subsidiary of Canon Europe a globally renowned provider of several appliances, including those used in imagery.

The firm will work with KFTV to deliver one-week workshops in Kigali, involving Canon trainers and technical experts. It will give an opportunity for aspiring filmmakers and photographers to benefit from courses in videography and photography.

The workshops will be held parallel to the ‘Canon Lecturers Training programme’, led by expert training coach Frans van Aken from The Netherlands.

Katie Simmonds, the programme Manager, CCNA, explained that the project aims at “creating a network of practical opportunities for young people to find rewarding careers in Rwanda and abroad.”

“In collaboration with KFTV, CCNA will familiarise film makers and photographers in Rwanda with cutting-edge professional technology that is used internationally,” she added.

The partnership is an extension of Canon’s Miraisha Sustainability Programme.

The initiative aims to build the capacity and talent in African countries where Canon operates by leveraging the company’s imaging heritage, advanced technological strengths and innovations.

Théodore Ishimwe, Director of KFTV, sees a great partner in Canon.

“The Rwandan story telling journey has gained a valuable partner in Canon. These initiatives will help place Rwandan arts on the world map. Our creative professionals welcome this opportunity to be better equipped to compete in sustainable and viable creative industry in Rwanda as well as further afield,” he said.

The second intake will kick off Monday 26, following the completion of first week’s trainings that hosted 50 participants. It ended with an award ceremony during which participants were celebrated and rewarded with a certificate of attendance.

According to the Programme Manager, Canon is planning on establishing Canon academy shortly after the trainings.

To date, through the Miraisha Sustainability Programme, Canon has trained more than 4,500 youth students on photography and filmmaking skills and concluded over 300 similar training and development partnerships.
Source: The New Times