Kenya: The Kenya Film Classification Board participated in the 5th Edition of the African Film Festival that took place from 15th to 17th December 2022.
The three-day film festival, which was held at the Grace Ogot Hall in Kisumu town, attracted hundreds of actors, film producers and film enthusiasts from Kenya and Uganda.
The event, which makes a comeback of film festivals in Kisumu after six years, was sponsored by United in Film – a Canada based NGO, Quetu Film Foundation and KFCB.
To represent KFCB were Ms Nelly Muluka, Corporate Communications Manager, the Board’s Nyanza Regional Manager, Mr Edward Koech, and Joel Okumu, Licensing Officer, KFCB Kisumu Region.
Ms Muluka, who was one of the Chief guests, sensitized participants on the KFCB regulatory mandate, the Board’s initiative of re-defining the role of film agents, the proposed co- and self-regulation, responsible creating and consumption of clean content, among the Board’s other endeavours, aimed at creating a more facilitative environment to improve on its effectiveness in service delivery as well as easing the way of doing business by filmmakers in order for them to use film to contribute towards creating 1 million jobs and job opportunities each year, in line with the Kenya Kwanza Manifesto.
Ms Muluka lauded the African Film Festival as a headway initiative that is important in mentoring, nurturing and inspiring youths and upcoming artists in the film industry.
Other notable attendees at the Festival were Ms Beatrice Odongo, CEC Sports, Culture and Gender, Kisumu County; Mr Ken Otieno, Chief Officer Ministry of Sports, Culture and Gender, Kisumu County; Mr Henry Cherniak, the Founder of United in Films Organization; Mr Robby Odongo, Producer Bangarang Film that featured the Baby Pendo story; Producer Nick Odongo, and other groups of filmmakers and casts from Kabale, Uganda.
On his part, Mr Koech of KFCB spoke on the need for filmmakers to produce films that comply with the requirements of CAP 222 laws of Kenya as well as to comply with other filming obligations.
The Festival, which ended on 17th December 2022, also focused on children’s workshops, beauty contests and sports workshops.