The 5th edition of the annual Kalasha Film and TV Market took place at KICC over the weekend. Under the theme, ‘Film Business: The Economics of Content Creation In The Digital Era,’ the 3-day event attracted attendance from various stakeholders in both the local and international film and TV industries.
As promised, the event programme had loads of informative, entertaining, and interactive sessions. These include conferences, workshops, exhibitions, film screenings, coaching, pitching, location mapping, competition,s and speed dating sessions.
The conference sessions featured several respected panelists and moderators who joined in both physically and virtually. Some of the speakers were, Kenya Film Commission CEO Timothy Owase, Kenya Conservatoire Womens’ Orchestra Founder Wandiri Karimi, Film Entrepreneur Eugene Mbugua, Visual Storyteller Wixx Mangutha, Phil It Productions CEO Philip Karanja, Media Personality Adelle Onyango, Africa Uncensored CEO John Allan Namu, TV Producer Decker Ogada and Visual Effects Expert Dean Lyon, among others.
Kalasha Film & TV Market Exhibitions, Workshops, Competitions and so much more
In addition to the conferences, there were several exhibitors from film and affiliated industries. Some of the exhibitors were government institutions such as Kenya Copyright Board (KECOBO), and Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA). Production houses such as Phil It Productions, and Zamaradi Productions. Distributors such as Royal Media Services, and Multichoice. School institutions such as ADMI, and Talanta Institute. NGOs such as Docubox, and industry guilds such as Kenya Actors Guild (KAG) and Writers Guild to mention a few.
Equally important were the workshops with facilitation by various industry experts. Some of the topics discussed in these workshops include How to Pitch for Film Financing. Moreover, there were several competitions such as Smash 3-minute mobile phone short film competition. Smash winners Omar Kibulanga (2nd Runners Up), Eastmond Mwenda (1st Runners Up), and Bobby Owuor (Winner) received cash prizes of KES 25,000, 50,000, and 75,000 respectively.
Kalasha Film and TV Market attendees were also entertained through the film screenings. Joko ya Hao, Love Lives Here, Bangarang, Superstaz, Kimya, and A Family Meeting were some of the films screened at the event. Apart from the film screening, there was also a live performance towards the tail end of the event by award-winning music trio, H_art the Band.