Kenya: The Kenya Film Classification Board Ag. CEO Mr Christopher Wambua, on Tuesday, 28th February 2023, joined some members of the creative industry in a round-table discussion themed: The future of the creative Economy in Kenya.
The round-table was organized by Thunderbird School of Global Management and graced by the founding Director of the Arizona State University’s Sidney Portier New American Film School, Ms Cheryl Bone Isaacs.
The meeting explored possible partnerships between Kenya and Arizona State University, especially in the area of capacity building in the motion pictures industry.
Mr Wambua, while highlighting the Board’s regulatory mandate, said the new Government is committed to seeing the growth of the film sector, and the Board has embarked on a raft of policy changes to ensure ease-of-doing business for budding filmmakers and businesses.
He cited the self-regulation framework as one of the measures to ensure VoDs and OTTs have the ability to self-classify audio-visual content instead of first submitting it to the Board first, which would affect global releases for international OTTs.
The Ag. CEO also said that the Board had redefined the role of film agents in Kenya to ensure that local filmmakers do not have to go through an agent to obtain a filming license.
“These efforts are all geared towards creating a facilitative regulatory environment for the continued growth of the local film industry,” Mr Wambua stated.
Members of the recently unveiled Talanta Hela Technical Committee for creatives led by the chairperson Daniel Ndambuki famously known as Mwalimu Churchill, also participated in the round-table discussion.
Kenya Film Classification Board gave this news through their official Twitter account in which they stated, “@InfoKfcb Ag. CEO @ChrisWambua_, on Tuesday, 28th February 2023, joined some members of the creative industry at a round table. They also had a discussion about them in which they stated, “Discussion themed: The future of the creative Economy in Kenya.”