Lupita Nyong’o & Mbithi Masya for Toronto International Film Festival

Lupita Nyong’o and Mbithi Masya (formerly of Just A Band) are set to premiere their respective movies at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).

The Toronto Film Festival or TIFF begins on September 8th and will run until September 18th. If you’ve never heard of TIFF, here’s what you need to know. The Festival is one among the many film festivals that take place annually.

TIFF began in 1976 as a place to premiere movies from other film festivals; a festival of festivals if you may. Currently, TIFF is universally accepted as the ideal platform for filmmakers to debut their work, and an avenue to launch their careers. Over the years, the Toronto Film Festival has become one of the most coveted cinematic events in the world. The event is held annually, every September, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. This September’s festival will be the cinematic event to watch out for,  as two of our very own will be showcasing.

Queen of Katwe

The film is based on the story of a young girl from Uganda who overcomes all the obstacles in her life to become an international chess champion. The movie, based on a true story is directed by Indian-born director Mira Nair.



One Fine Day Films, which consists of Ginger Ink, a film service, and production company based in Kenya, will be debuting their new film KatiKati at this year’s festival. Katikati is the 5th feature film produced within the One Fine Day Film Workshop initiative. The film was written and directed by Mbithi Masya formerly of Just A Band. Katikati will be Mbithi’s first film.

One Fine Day Films is known for other movies such as Veve, Soulboy, the popular Nairobi Half Life and soon Something Necessary. Although we do not know much about Katikati, with these good films under the film company’s belt, we have no doubt Katikati will be just as good.


Nzula is a PR Consultant, Freelance Writer and Editor. She is also a pop culture and entertainment enthusiast whose interest in movies, music and TV is unrivalled, or so she says. :-)