The Kenya Film Commission (KFC) has once again been granted official recognition by the Oscars to make submissions for the “Best International Feature Film Award” on behalf of Kenyan filmmakers. Also known as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, this is undoubtedly one of the most esteemed awards ceremonies in the world. It presents an opportunity for countries to showcase their cinematic achievements on an international stage.
The Oscars Selection Committee
This recognition allows KFC to set up an Oscars Selection Committee for the 96th edition of the Oscars. The committee has the responsibility of submitting films for consideration in various categories at the annual Academy Awards. Each year, the Academy invites countries to submit a single official entry for the Best International Feature Film category. This is to set a benchmark for excellence in global cinema. Afterward, the individual countries’ selection committees identify a film project that adheres to the academy’s stringent rules while still representing the best of their countries’ filmmaking.
In order to give a comprehensive evaluation of the submissions, the Kenyan Oscars Selection committee comprises of experts drawn from various sub-sectors in the film business such as scriptwriting and distribution. Their crucial roles include public engagement, setting submission requirements, criteria development, review and selection, announcement, and finally submission and reporting.
The current call is open to Kenyan filmmakers with works first released in Kenya between December 1, 2022, and October 31, 2023. All submissions will be reviewed based on the prescribed eligibility criteria whose details can be found here. Interested participants must make their submissions via hand delivery to the KFC offices by Wednesday 13th September 2023, 5 PM. It is also important to note that submissions are not equal to nominations.
Last Year’s Submissions
Last year, the animated feature film “Terastorm” was the selected Kenyan submission. A narrative on unity and bravery, this groundbreaking feature film is about a league of exceptional African heroes. Brave stars who band together to thwart the nefarious plans of an ancient wizard with evil intentions to harm the existence of the planet. Crafted with unparalleled artistry, “TeraStorm” is the brainchild of Andrew Kaggia. Furthermore, it has a talented Kenyan cast that includes Arabron Nyyneque, Ali Mwangola, Melvin Alusa, Sara Muhoho, Maryanne Nungo, Peter Mudamba, and Mungai Kiroga.
The other submissions received in that period include “Click Click Bang” by Phil-It Productions, “Chaguo” by Good Karma Fiction Africa Limited, and “Rising Son” by Kelvin Osoo.
Kenya’s burgeoning film industry has achieved a remarkable milestone. This platform not only positions Kenyan cinema on the international radar but also underscores the nation’s commitment to celebrating diverse narratives and creative expressions. More details on the submission process are on the Kenya Film Commission website.