It’s been a pretty solid few years for talent within the Kenyan film industry – from acclaimed cinematic releases to greater resurgence in the push to make the industry that much more a solid option for young creatives.
However there have also been challenges – from traditional support with regards to financing and marketing, to actual stumbling blocks from the very elements that are enshrined to protect both the industry as well as the purveyors of film in Kenya.
Which is why opportunities to showcase films that may have slipped under the radar, or to remind ourselves of some of the great projects that have been showcased over the course of the past decade, are highly welcome.
The first edition of the NBO Film Festival is set to take place over the course of two weekends –
the 26th to the 28th of January and from the 3rd of February to the 5th – and there is a LOT to look forward to.
The team is super committed to showing off the highlights and hopefully spark discussions into the future of film in Kenya. And it’s set to be a fun ride. It’s hoping to put forward not just films made in Kenya but films that ‘showcase a uniquely Kenyan identity’.
From early stunners such as 2008’s ‘From a Whisper’ to more recent successes such as ‘Veve’ and ‘Nairobi Half Life’ – the aim will be to feature those offerings that have made an impact and can tell the story of film in Kenya through periods of political and social change.
Sounds like something to get involved with.
Especially given the fact that the award winning film Kati Kati will be premiering at the festival. You’ve heard about it, we’ve lauded its success in international circles, and now we get the chance to support it.
However even beyond the selected feature films on show, there will also be a chance to get familiar with shorter pieces. And perhaps network and listen to the stories of those who work both in front of, as well as behind the camera.
According to the festival director Sheba Hirst, “filmmaking is one of the most critical ways that modern societies examine who they are and interrogate who they would collectively like to be…”
The films will be screened at the Prestige Plaza Cinemas and at The Elephant, in Lavington.
Check out the list.
Visit @NBOFilmFest on Twitter for more details.
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