Kenya Film School (KFS) students are set to gain high level TV production experience following an agreement between the Ministry of ICT and the European Tour TV which broadcasts major golf tournaments across the world.
The young producers will be part of the crew that will produce over 2,200 live golf broadcast hours and showcase Kenya to over 490 million homes across the world during this year’s edition of the annual Kenya Golf Open Championship 2019 slated to be held between March 14 and March 17 at the Karen Golf Club.
Speaking during KFS’ second graduation ceremony, ICT CS Joe Mucheru lauded the deal as a game changer for the students saying the experience will go a long way in bringing the best out of their talents.
CS Mucheru while referring to reports that a black leopard (black panther) had been spotted in Laikipia County said the time is ripe to start telling Kenyan stories.
“While the world was marveling over the sighting of the black panther for the first time in over 100 years in Laikipia county, the local communities have lived with the black panther for many years and even have local names in local dialects for it but this was not reported or recorded and it took the BBC to come and tell us that the black panther has been spotted,” said Mucheru.
CS Mucheru further pledged that the ministry will put in place the necessary arrangements to increase student intake at the institution from the current 30 to 45 starting 2020 due to the high demand of slots at the film school.
Speaking at the same event, ICT PS Jerome Ochieng announced that the Ministry will sponsor the best student from the institution to South Korea on a bench-marking trip of the country’s film industry who will then come back to Kenya and share his/her experience with local filmmakers.
Broadcasting and Telecommunications PS Fatma Hirsi encouraged the students to take their chances in the film industry which promises to be a huge economy in the next few years.
KFS director Hezekiah Kimondo added that the institution bagged a total of nine awards in the Kenya National Drama and Film festivals and also won the best student film in the 2018 Riverwood Academy Awards.