The Kenya Film Commission on Friday 10th December announced the winners of the 11th edition of the Kalasha International Film and TV awards during a colorful gala event held at the Safari Park Hotel in Nairobi.
The Kenya Film Commission Chief Executive, Mr Timothy Owase, lauded nominees for their individual and collective efforts towards building a thriving art scene through either creating films or participating in them. “Our key mandate as a commission is to develop a vibrant local film and television industry, which in turn creates jobs and wealth,” Mr Owase said. “In the past one year, we have had some exciting activities to stimulate growth in this industry.”
He said, among them was the the second call for the empowerment fund and issuing of Ksh25 million for the second cycle for film concepts in development, distribution as well as marketing.
Mr Jerome Ochieng, the Principal Secretary, State Department of Innovation, Ministry of ICT, Innovation and Youth Affairs, commended the Kenya Film Commission for its commitment towards supporting the industry. He said the government is keen on promoting the Kenyan film industry through a supportive policy framework.
The Ministry of ICT has operationalized the Film Incentive Package that offers relief to film producers who are keen to shoot films in Kenya to increase foreign earnings and create more jobs.
There was a special appearance by actress and Kalasha nominee Mumbi Maina, an award-winning actress who as guest speaker discussed her experience as a creative in this industry. “It is a great honor to be speaking in a room full of my peers and so many other veterans that I look up to in the industry,” Mumbi said.
“I have been in this industry for over 10 years, starting off as an actress and dancer and starring in local and international films. I have seen the growth of the industry through my personal growth and also through the quality of productions that are being churned out.”
In this next decade, she said, it can only get better through collective effort and engaging in progressive discussions with relevant industry players to uplift the industry.
|11TH EDITION OF KALASHA INTERNATIONAL FILM AND TV AWARDS WINNERS|
|1||Best Lead Actor In a Film||MAWULI GAVOR IN JUST IN TIME|
|2||Best Lead Actress in a Film||SARAH HASSAN IN JUST IN TIME|
|3||Best Supporting Actor in a Film||JOHN NDEGWA IN KUTU|
|4||Best Supporting Actress in a Film||CATHERINE KAMAU IN KUTU|
|5||Best Sound Designer||KELVIN OSOO IN HOUSE OF SECRETS|
|6||Best Original Score||KARANJA KIARIE IN CROSSROADS|
|7||Best Documentary||KESHO PIA NI SIKU BY NGENDO MUKII|
|8||Best Editor||FAITH MUSEMBI IN TALES OF THE ACCIDENTAL CITY|
|9||Best Lighting Technician||WALTER ODHIAMBO IN ADISA|
|10||Best Special Effects||PHILIP KESENWA & PAUL JACKTON IN MISSION TO RESCUE|
|11||Best Original Screenplay||DENNIS HUMPHREY IN FIKIRINI|
|12||Best Feature Film||JUST IN TIME BY SARAH HASSAN AND DOLABO ADELEKE|
|13||Best Director of Photography||RYAN TENGA IN TELEPORT|
|14||Best Short Film||KUTU BY PETER WANGUGI GITAU|
|15||Best Local Language Film||FIKIRINI BY DENNIS HUMPHREY|
|16||Best Director||MICHELLE DONDE & STEPH SEVANI IN HOUSE OF SECRETS|
|17||Best Production Designer||HARRISON MUTINDA IN MISSION TO RESCUE|
|18||Best Lead Actor in a TV Drama||JOE KINYUA (NJORO) IN NJORO WA UBA|
|19||Best Lead Actress in a TV Drama||SARAH HASSAN (DETECTIVE MAKENA) IN C***E AND JUSTICE|
|20||Kituo Halisi Award||KU TV|
|21||Best Performance in a TV Comedy||FRANK KIMANI(MR WANG’OMBE) IN VARSHITA|
|22||Best TV Drama||NJORO WA UBA BY LUCY MWANGI|
|23||Best Host in a TV Show||ABIGAEL WARIARA (CAPTAIN ABBY) IN BURURI WA CIANA|
|24||Best TV Advertisement||COPIA|
|25||Best Animation||MONDAYS AND FRIDAYS BY SHAWN MWENDWA KIOKO|
|26||Best Kids Production||BURURI WA CIANA BY SUSAN NJOKI|
|27||Best International Award ( Eastern Africa)||EGNA (ETHIOPIA) BY YOSEPH BAYE|
|28||Best Feature by a Student||HOUSE OF SECRETS (USIU) BY USIU AFRICA|
|29||Best Documentary by a Student||BEAUTIFUL EYES BY KELVIN MURIITHI MBUI|
|30||Best TV Comedy||THE XYZ SHOW BY KING MURIUKI|
|31||Best Life Time Achiever||JUDY KIBINGE|