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Australian Book Celebrates Lola Kenya Screen

Children's Celebrations celebrates Lola Kenya Screen movie platform

By Khalifa Hemed Published March 27, 2017 A book that defines ‘celebrations‘ as events that are held for special occasions by people around the world has covered Lola Kenya Children’s Screen. Aptly titled Children’s Celebrations and the first in a six-book series, the glossy, full colour, hard cover book is published by Macmillan Education Australia Pty Ltd in Victoria, Australia. Part of Macmillan’s Celebrations series, interested people can read about various kinds of children’s celebrations, where and when these events are held, and how they are marked in Children’s Celebrations that targets young readers. RELATED:Programmes of Lola Kenya Screen The publication that is economical on words–isn’t a picture worth 1000 words?–but abounds in full colour zeroes in on the well loved skills-development programmes of Lola Kenya Screen, capturing curious children busy making and devouring movies. Lola Kenya screen ‘celebrates films that are written and made by children. Lola Kenya Screen is held every year in Kenya in Africa,’ writes Ian Rohr, the author of the book. RELATED:Youth-Made Videos on Diversity and Social Inclusion Wanted The book is attractively packaged with pictures of lovely children engaged in various celebratory activities. It even carries a quiz, a glossary, an index and a set of activities for the reader. Lola Kenya Screen is a Kenyan-registered charity that explores, identifies and nurtures creative talent among children and youth in journalism, moviemaking, arts appreciation, and events programming. It mentors young people through school outreach, university internship, mobile cinema, film forum and film festival throughout the year. Lola Kenya Screen has been presented around the world–Spain, England, Scotland, Germany, Holland, Qatar, South Africa, Venezuela, Zimbabwe, Uganda, Zanzibar, Rwanda, Belgium, Nigeria, Senegal, Kenya–as an example of good practice in children’s media programming. RELATED:Why Lola Kenya Screen Needs Your Support Ogova Ondego, the managing trustee and creative director …

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Youth-Made Videos on Diversity and Social Inclusion Wanted

Youth editing their video during a Lola Kenya Screen mentorship session.

By Iminza Keboge Published March 25, 2017 Young people aged up to 25 years have till June 4, 2017 to submit their original and creative short videos focusing on migration, diversity and social inclusion for consideration by the United Nations. United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the co-organisers of the competition known as PLURAL +, say they are looking for videos running up to five minutes for the competition that runs in the PLURAL+ Youth Video Festival in New York, United States of America. UNAOC and IOM say the annual event that has been held since 2009 encourages youth to address key challenges and opportunities related to social inclusion and cohesion, migrant integration, respect for identity, diversity, human rights and xenophobia, both at local and global levels through video production. RELATED:Opportunities for African Moviemakers “PLURAL+ provides youth around the world with the opportunity to submit real stories told by real people, which when widely disseminated help to foster intercultural dialogue and understanding as well as respect for diversity and tolerance,” says Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, UN High Representative for the Alliance of Civilizations. UNAOC and IOM say three PLURAL+ International Jury Award winners in each age category–up to 12, 13-17, 18-25–receive US$1000 besides being invited to the Big Apple, all travel expenses paid, to present their work at the PLURAL + Festival Awards Ceremony at the Paley Center for Media. They say their partners award additional prizes and professional opportunities to more than 20 of the best videos submitted, partners award winning videos will be invited to present their work at film and video festivals, conferences and events around the world. RELATED:Frequently Asked Questions about Lola Kenya Screen In addition to the three International Jury award winners, PLURAL+ 2017 will also provide, for the …

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Short Fiction Contest for Africans Calls for Submission

Okwiri Oduor from Kenya whose short story, My Father's Head, won her the Caine Prize for African Writing in 2014.

By Khalifa Hemed Published March 21, 2017 Submission to the 4th annual Short Story Day Africa (SSDA) competition for short fiction opens on June 1 and closes on July 31. SSDA says it is “looking for innovative short fiction that explores identity, especially (but not limited to) the themes of gender identity and sexuality.We hope to see work that seeks to break and redefine the strictures put onto our identities, as individuals and as peoples. Fiction that looks beyond the boundaries of expectation, and peers into the truest definitions of ourselves.” This contest by SSDA, a non-profit organisation registered in South Africa, is open to any African citizen or African person living in the Diaspora, as well as persons residing permanently in any African country. SSDA insists that one “may only submit one story for the competition. Repeat entries by the same writer will be disqualified.” RELATED:Nairobi’s Premier Critical Movie Platform Celebrates Youth Creativity Other terms are that Stories must be between 3000 and 5000 words, written in English, and in any genre of fiction. It does not hurt for one to familiarise oneself with the following terms on shortstorydayafrica.org website as one waits for the link to the submission form to go live on June 1: While you are free to incorporate other languages into your story, the story must be understood fully by its English content Stories must be submitted online via Submittable between 1 June 2017 – 3 1 July 2017. The link to the submission form will be made live on 1 June 2017 Stories must not have been previously published in any form or any format Simultaneous submissions are not welcome. Any story entered or published elsewhere during the course of judging or publication will be disqualified Include your real name along with your entry. …

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Travel Affordably to Muscat, London, New York, Toronto and Chengdu

By Abdi Ali Published March 18, 2017 Oman Airways is from March 27 commencing four flights-a-week into Nairobi as British Airways offers discounted fares on out-of-Nairobi to London, New York, Washington DC, Boston and Toronto flights till April 3, 2017. On its part, Ethiopian Airline, the national carrier of Ethiopia, shall start flying out of its Addis Ababa hub to Chengdu in south-western China on May 22, 2017. Want to hear more? RELATED:I Found My Career Path and Forged Lifelong Friendships at Lola Kenya Screen If you plan to travel to London, New York, Washington DC and Boston in May or June, you can book now to grab the US$777 fare to London or US$830 ticket to New York, Washington DC and Boston from US$830. But if you want to travel in the Economy class immediately, the fare to London starts from US$1035 and that to Washington DC, New York, Boston or Toronto from US$1050. The World Traveller Plus ticket to London starts from US$1760 while Business class ticket to London starts from US$2535 and to Washington DC and New York from US$2875. These tickets have to be purchased by April 3, 2017 for travel until April 30, 2017 (Economy and World Traveller Plus) and May 31, 2017 (Business class). Oman Air is offering 4-night/5-day flying package from Nairobi to Muscat in the Middle East Sultanate. RELATED:Opportunities for African Moviemakers At the rate of US$1370 per person sharing, one gets Return flights from Nairobi to Oman on Emirates or Qatar airlines Meet and assist upon arrival Return airport Transfers 4 nights’ accommodation Daily Breakfast Muscat Half day City Tour Sunset Boat Cruise Tour 2 hours Dolphin watching Tour, and Travel Insurance. RELATED:Trade Expo to Benefit Amusement and Leisure Practitioners Ethiopian, Africa’s largest airline, shall operate a Boeing 787-8 three times a …

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Trade Expo to Benefit Amusement and Leisure Practitioners

Dubai Entertainement, Amusement & Leisure Show (DEAL) 2017 logo.

By Iminza Keboge Published March 13, 2017 Players in the amusement sector in Africa stand to benefit from one of the largest shows in the theme park industry in Dubai in late March 2017. International Expo Consults (IEC), the organisers of the show dubbed Dubai Entertainment Amusement and Leisure Show (DEAL), say the expo will benefit African “stakeholders of the amusement and leisure industry” as they “discover the best kept secrets of the industry” under one roof at Dubai World Trade Centre, March 27-29. This comes at a time when the number of people patronising theme parks across Africa is experiencing steady growth. RELATED:Lola Kenya Screen Transforms Lives “Amusement parks in Africa,” according to IEC, “offer more than fun as they induce historical and educational attractions to engage the whole family in unlimited immersive fun. Parks in Africa are known to inculcate fun mixed with learning. Most of the rides include looping rollercoaster rides, bumper cars, and exciting wildlife-centered shows to historical attractions which form the base enabling a plethora of entertainment activities for all age groups.” The organisers say participating in DEAL 2017 “will help African investors to catapult their business to the next area of growth” as it “is the only show in the Middle East and Africa region to provide stakeholders with several billion dollar opportunities.” RELATED:Best Children’s Literature Award Winner in 2017 to be Unveiled Welcoming African exhibitors and trade visitors to DEAL 2017, Sharif Rahman, Chief Executive Officer of IEC, says DEAL “has shaped the region’s entertainment industry for the past two decades and it has brought together great minds and their world class innovations all under one umbrella. DEAL has led the amusement and entertainment space during this period and the testimony to this is the fact that exhibitors at DEAL 2016 have signed …

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Opportunities for African Moviemakers

An exhilirated winner at Aesthetica Shiort Film Festival

By Khalifa Hemed Published March 9, 2017 Makers of movies in Africa and the Diaspora have till May 31 and June 30 to submit their work to 7th Aesthetica Short Film Festival (ASFF) and Film Africa festival, respectively. Film Africa, the annual festival of The Royal African Society that says it celebrates the best African cinema from across the continent and the Diaspora, invites entries via online submissions platform, FilmFreeway.com. RELATED:Secret to Successful Movie Business in Africa Saying “FilmFreeway offers free HD online screeners, Vimeo and YouTube integration, and more,” it invites moviemakers to enter their film on filmfreeway.com/festival/FilmAfrica on or before the June 30, 2017 deadline. Film Africa, that says it “has become the key platform for African cinema in London and the UK,” says it shall October 27-November 5, 2017 bring “another exciting film programme of films to 10 venues across London. This will be accompanied by a vibrant series of events, including director Q&As, talks and discussions; professional workshops and master classes; school screenings and family activities; the Industry Forum; and Film Africa LIVE! music nights.” RELATED:Best Children’s Literature Award Winner in 2017 to be Unveiled The festival says almost 5000 people attended its 6th edition in 2016 that featured “a wide-ranging programme of 58 films from across 22 African countries, including 33 World, European, UK or London premieres. We also hosted 23 filmmakers and talent from the continent and the diaspora and a further 32 industry experts and guest contributors who helped to bring the programme to life through Q&As, talks and panel discussions.” Film Africa says it “accepts films of all lengths and genres, including fiction, documentary, animation and experimental titles” and that “There is no submission fee.” Film Africa says it also accepts submissions from non-African filmmakers whose films relate to Africa, its focus …

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Nairobi’s Premier Critical Movie Platform Celebrates Youth Creativity

The cast and crew of STAINS, a film by Geatrics Production, that premiered during the 98th bi-monthly Lola Kenya Screen film forum at Goethe-Institut in Nairobi, Kenya.

By Iminza Keboge Published March 6, 2017 While Hollywood held its annual Academy Awards (the Oscars) gala on 27.02.17 with LA LA LAND and MOONLIGHT amid confusion and the celebration of African film through the biennial FESPACO was in full bloom in Ouagadougou, it was all music, dance, theatre and movies in Nairobi during the 98th bi-monthly Lola Kenya Screen film forum (LKSff) at Goethe-Institut! In the spotlight was Geatrics Production, a group of young people who specialise in music, dance and theatre. They were here to stage a play, entertain through choreographed dance and premiere their debut short film. And a great and memorable evening it was; celebrated with music, dance, theatre, movies and comradeship. RELATED:Lola Kenya Screen in the Media “Our group was formed at the end of 2013/beginning of 2014 with the aim of nurturing young talents in acting,dance, art and music,” said Victor Layson. “We’ve managed to stage several plays and shot our first film over this period.” STAINS, the short film Layson has directed and which focuses on the plight of a girl who finds herself in the hands of a relative following the sudden demise of her mother. “The transition from theatre to film is not easy because film needs a lot of emotions,” Said Sammy K Waweru, a filmmaker. Also screened was ANTES Y DESPUES DE BESAR A MARIA (Before and after kissing Maria) by Ramon Alos, a children’s film from Spain to encourage local filmmakers to make films for, with and by children and youth. RELATED:Nairobi’s Critical Movie Platform Trains, Reaches Entrepreneurs In the film, the lead character, a nine-year-old boy called Raul, fantasises about his cousin, Maria and has been practising and planning to kiss her just as he has seen adults do in the movies. The audience seemed to enjoy …

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Best Children’s Literature Award Winner in 2017 to be Unveiled

South Africa's Project for the Study of Alternative Education in South Africa (PRAESA) won ALMA in 2015 for providing children with high-quality literature in the various South African languages.

By Iminza Keboge Published March 4, 2017 The winner of the world’s largest award for literature for children and youth in 2017 shall be announced on April 4, 2017. Known as the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award (ALMA) and founded on the United Nation’s Convention of Rights of the Child, the winner shall come from among 226 nominees from 60 countries. A Press Statement from ALMA says Alice Bah Kuhnke, the Minister for Culture and Democracy of Sweden, shall give a speech from the National Library in the Swedish capital, Stockholm, at 1:00 PM CET. Boel Westin, the Jury Chair, will then announce the laureate of 2017 followed by a presentation of the laureate by the jury. The event will be broadcast live on alma.se and via a link to Bologna Children’s Book Fair, the leading international book fair for children and youth. RELATED:World’s Largest Children’s Literature Award Announces Nominees Those eligible for the US$6 Million ALMA are authors, illustrators, storytellers and individuals and organisations that promote reading among children and youth. Among the nominees whose names were unveiled at the Frankfurt Book Fair in Germany on October 20, 2016 are Zambia’s Lubuto Library Partners and South Africa’s Biblionef and multi-award-winning author and illustrator Niki Daly ‘whose picture books celebrate the imaginative powers of children and their day-to-day lives’. Can they bring the prize to the Mother Continent, as did South Africa’s Project for the Study of Alternative Education in South Africa (PRAESA) do two years ago? Cape Town-based PRAESA won the ALMA in 2015 for providing children with high-quality literature in the various South African languages; collaborating with and fostering new networks among publishers and organisations that promote reading; and for initiating and carrying out activities that “help sustain a living culture of reading and storytelling in socially vulnerable communities.” …

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Performance and Screen Arts Group to Perform at Lola Kenya Screen’s Event

A Nairobi-based youth group that specialises in performance and screen arts shall be in focus during the 98th Lola Kenya Screen film forum that screens and debates movies and provides a platform for forging of friendships and partnerships. The group, known as Geatrics Production, shall perform a skit and dance before presenting their debut film at Goethe-Institut in Nairobi on February 27, 2017. LKSff  is usually one of the first places–if not the only one!–where new films can be seen and young talent spotted as it focuses on equipping players in the movie sector with requisite skills for turning the motion pictures sector into an industry. While the skit to be presented tackles dishonesty in relationships and the dance provides an interlude of entertainment, the film revolves around the life of a girl after the death of her parents. RELATED:Lola Kenya Screen’s Programmes As the audience watch and discuss short movies from eastern Africa and network, they also get skills in moviemaking, event programming, public speaking, theme-based discussion moderation, cultural journalism and criticism, promotion and marketing, and resource-mobilisation through LKSff’s learn-by-doing approach. “The aims of LKSff are to build capacity in the movie sector of Kenya and eastern Africa; and to help turn moviemaking in the region into a sustainable industry,” Ogova Ondego, the creative director of Lola Kenya Screen of which LKSff is a part, tells ArtMatters.Info. “Consequently, Ondego says, “For this reason, LKSff showcases all sorts of short moving images: Public Service Announcements (PSAs), Commercials, Animations, Experimentals, Avant-Garde, Documentaries, Music Videos, and Fictions.” It is into this network that Geatrics Production hopes to tap, gets known and succeed in the fledgling movie arts sector. RELATED:Impact of Lola Kenya Screen “Geatrics Production was founded in 2014 with the aim to help and nurture young talents in acting,dance, art and …

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South African Animation Wins Best Children’s Movie Award

Stick Man lives in the family tree with Stick Lady Love and their stick children three.

By Kevin Kriedemann Published February 20, 2017 A film about a stick man’s adventures has won four awards. Made in Cape Town by Triggerfish Animation Studios in collaboration with Magic Light Pictures, STICK MAN has just won four awards at the Kidscreen Awards, making it the most awarded animation on the night. STICK MAN beat SHAUN THE SHEEP: THE FARMER’S LLAMAS and BRUNO & BOOTS: GO JUMP IN THE POOL to win Best One-Off, Special or TV Movie for children. The 26-minute film also took home Best Direction for Jeroen Jaspaert and South African co-director Daniel Snaddon; Best Music; and Best Design. STICK MAN has now won 11 international awards on three continents so far, including the Crystal for a TV Production at the world’s leading animation festival, Annecy, in Belgium. RELATED:How to Apply for Lola Kenya Screen internship Animated in Cape Town, STICK MAN is the adventures of “Stick Man [who] lives in the family tree with Stick Lady Love and their stick children three” till he is taken further and further away from home on an epic adventure across the seasons. He runs from a playful dog, gets thrown in a river, escapes from a swan’s nest, and even ends up on top of a fire, as he tries to get back to his family in time for Christmas. Martin Freeman (THE HOBBIT) voices Stick Man, with Hugh Bonneville (DOWNTON ABBEY) as Santa and Jennifer Saunders (ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS) as the narrator. STICK MAN, which premiered on BBC One at Christmas 2015, is currently streaming on Showmax. Triggerfish’s second BBC One Christmas collaboration with Magic Light Pictures, Roald Dahl’s REVOLTING RHYMES, shall have its African premiere on March 2, 2017 at the Artscape in Cape Town in collaboration with Cape Town International Animation Festival and Design Indaba, less than …

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