Govt Gives Tax Rebates To US Film Producers To Help Grow Local Industry

The Kenyan government is intensifying efforts to position Kenya as a prime location for Hollywood film producers.

In a series of meetings held in Nairobi on Tuesday, Ababu Namwamba, the Cabinet Secretary for Sports, Youth Affairs, and Creative Economy, convened discussions between US-based Invention Studios executives and stakeholders in Kenya’s film sector. Namwamba outlined the Ministry’s initiatives aimed at fostering partnerships among film creators from both countries.

Namwamba emphasized, “We have crafted an incentive framework to attract investments in the film sector, a vital element of the Bottom-Up Economic Transformation Agenda.”

Highlighting the significance of the collaboration with Invention Studios, Namwamba stated, “This groundbreaking partnership will offer financing, training, and exchange programs for top-tier filmmakers in Kenya and the United States.”

Under this partnership, the Government of Kenya will offer tax incentives and facilitate the movement of personnel and equipment for the development of five Kenyan films to be produced and distributed by Invention Studios, a Hollywood-based entity. Notably, this initiative has received support from the United States Embassy in Kenya.

Foreign filmmakers are required to engage registered film agents to conduct productions in Kenya.

A recent joint study by the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) and the Kenya Film Commission (KFC) revealed that an average of 746 films are produced annually in Kenya, generating over 35,000 direct and indirect employment opportunities in film-related activities each year.

As of 2022, Kenya imported film-related goods and services worth Ksh. 50 billion, while exports in the same period were less than Ksh. 2 billion.

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