Make a good movie again – East Africa

By Tony Mushama

The film industry in Kenya is neither dead nor thriving. It has been nascent for a long time with spurts of creativity, both of domestic and international production. But most of the time it just wanders along

Timothy Awass is a man on a mission and a vision. He wants to work now.

Being the CEO of the Kenya Film Commission, he worked on it.

The film industry in Kenya is neither dead nor thriving. It has been nascent for a long time with spurts of creativity, both of domestic and international production. But most of the time it just wanders along.

Awas has new ideas that he says will revitalize the industry when implemented.

One such idea is to use mobile phones to photograph full-length features. This month, the committee awarded the winners of the fifth edition of My Mobile Phone Story, and is in the process of receiving entries for the sixth edition, the winners of which will be announced next year.


Our goal at Kentucky Fried Chicken is to foster creativity among the nation’s filmmakers, and by allowing innovative tools such as the mobile phone to tell our audiovisual stories, we are actually expanding the scope of filmmaking in the region through these awards. “

It’s not a strange idea at all.

Award-winning feature film directed by Steven Soderbergh high flying birds Filmed entirely on the i-Phone, as well as its psychological horror movie crazy released in 2018.

Then there is the transgender movie tangerine About a transvestite sex worker who discovers that her boyfriend is cheating on her and she was completely filmed by 3 i-Phone 5S smartphones. But Owase is also interested in the traditional end of the screen.

The Kenya Film Commission wants production centers or audiovisual as we officially call them, set up in every county, and we already have them in Nyeri, Bomite, Owerri and Osin Geshu counties. ”

He argues that film editors, animators, and storytellers in other parts of the country would not have to travel to Nairobi to complete their productions if they had these hubs containing the necessary software at production centers in their counties.

Outgoing Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua took the film very seriously and created Machakos.

“The cultural departments of Kisumu, Embu, Nyeri, Mombasa, Nakuru, and Osin Gesho prefectures have also helped Kentucky work with people working in the film industry in these areas on art projects,” he said.

Owase hopes that upcoming rulers across the country will consider the importance of people telling their own stories in the film, as this creates cultural understanding.

He also talked about the windfall of revenue potential for the country if Kenya develops a suitable film industry like Nigeria or South Africa or creates a favorable ground for filmmaking by the international production houses in the country.

When a major movie is being shot in Kenya, talented support staff, hotels, transportation, logistics and legal services provided boost the economy and knowledge.

You’ll find up to 400 million Kenyan shillings ($46 million) spent in the country. ”

“We are also thinking of setting up a proper film academy one day, and hopefully the government will allocate money to films that talented filmmakers can easily access,” Awas says.

Younger Kenyan filmmakers Kristin Savani and Bei Wangondo of Anno One Fine Day Films say such money will brighten up projects like their latest movie SupaStaz which was shown at Prestige Cinema in Nairobi earlier this month, given that it is very difficult to get on any screen movie. Made in Kenya.

Reluctantly, Awasei acknowledges that Kenyan creators have yet to find a single voice with which to approach other institutions and the government to negotiate their share of the resource share.

For example, the Arts Association of Kenya, which was tasked last December with bringing stakeholders in film and other creative sectors together, appears to have disbanded and turned into a training programme.

However, no one ever gave up, KFC still holds workshops jointly with the Kenya Media Council, to train Kenyan journalists on how to write about the film, because all creative work needs publicity.

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