Kenyan Film Concept ‘Wavamizi’ Eyes Global Funding After Featuring On 2020 Durban Film Mart List

In recent years, the Kenyan film industry has made such huge progress as we’ve seen several films receiving international recognition in form of funding, nominations and even awards.

To mark yet another milestone, the Kenyan movie concept titled ‘ Wavamizi’ has received international recognition after making it on the list of films to receive funds this year by the Durban Film Mart (DFM).

Wavamizi which means Invaders in English captures the history of the Portuguese occupation of Mombasa and how the locals revolted led by the son of a Sultan.

The concept of this yet to be produced movie was funded by Méhul Savani, and co-produced by Kiboi Kuria, the director of photography was Jim bishop and edited by Dan Kent.

One of the masterminds behind this project is former Tahidi high actress Shirleen Wangari famously known as Shish who is part of the production team.

In an interview with Kenyans, she reveals what this mention means to the team and hopes that they will bag the funding to finalize their project.

“As a producer, your aim is to get a project done start to finish. With this opportunity we get to meet people interested in the same vision hence moving the project forward towards completion,” she stated

The Durban FilmMart Finance Forum provides selected African film-makers with the opportunity to pitch film projects to leading financiers and also serves as a networking platform for filmmakers.

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the DFM will be held virtually and the former Tahidi high actress informed that a number of co-producers have revealed their interest in funding the project.

With a number of Kenyans expressing delight over this achievement, some have warned the producers to be keen on the deals they strike to avoid trading all rights to the funders like what was seen in the award-winning Supa Modo film.

Another recent achievement besides this is in the past week, Netflix confirmed that a Kenyan produced short film ‘Poacher’ will be aired on their platform later this month.

Entertainment Journalist