Kenyan Film ‘Shoto’ Nominated For Top Award In Los Angeles

16 April of 2019 by

Kenyan film “Shoto” has been nominated for the prestigious Best of NFML (New Filmmakers Los Angeles) awards for Best New Media.

Shoto is about a matatu driver whose route runs from Umoja to town and back, was nominated for the prestigious award on Sunday. It was funded by the US Embassy in Kenya, which also assisted the Stories Found project.

Azali Ishmael, one of the filmmakers, was more than thrilled following the nominations. Taking to social media, Ishmael said:

“Tonight I want to take this opportunity to first thank God, thank the stories found Team: James Martin, Bud Simpson and Evie Maina in conjunction with the US Embassy Nairobi, not forgetting the AMAZING AMAZING students who took a 3 week online course and 1 week Crush Ground/practical course, to make this a success project together with our main cast SHOTO,” he posted.

NFMLA is a non-profit organization designed to showcase innovative works by emerging filmmakers from around the world.

It also provides a forum where filmmakers are recognized for their contributions, have open audience discussions about their projects and connects with industry professionals for insight on distribution, production, acquisition and representation.

The winners in different categories of the NFML are chosen by a 14-person jury made up of professionals in the film industry in Hollywood.

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