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Looking Beyond Nairobi’s 100th Premier Critical Movie Meeting

Lola Kenya Screen staff stand in front of the auditorium of Goethe-Institut in Nairobi in 2007.

By Iminza Keboge Published June 18, 2017 As Lola Kenya Screen (LKS) presents its 100th bi-monthly Lola Kenya Screen film forum (LKSff) on June 19, 2017, Ogova Ondego, Managing Trustee and Creative Director of LKS speaks about what is in store for this movie platform for children and youth in eastern Africa in 2017 and beyond. What is Lola Kenya Screen and why does it exist? Lola Kenya Screen is a movie festival and skills-development and marketing platform focusing on children and youth in eastern Africa that seeks to integrating movie production with other socio-cultural and economic sectors in order to come up with a vibrant and sustainable motion pictures industry. RELATED:Short Fiction Contest for Africans Calls for Submission How many films has Lola Kenya Screen produced with the youth since inception? Though children and youth of Lola Kenya Screen have made more than 50 fictions, animations, documentaries and experimentals many of which have won or been nominated for prestigious awards–Jugend Medien Festival Berlin,Kids For Kids Africa, Africa Movie Academy Awards, World Summit on Media for Children–Lola Kenya Screen does much more than just produce movies. We equip children and youth with the skills to conceive, create, promote and consume high quality, audience-sensitive, culture-appropriate  content. With their skills, our children and youth are left to their own devices to do as they see fit in their families and communities. Any notable directors, actors or production engineers as a result of over 10 years and 100 film forums? Lola Kenya Screen, particularly its film forum, is often one of the first places where new films can be seen and young talent spotted.During the forum a selected short film is screened followed by an open discussion based on the production as pertains to universal moviemaking standards.The films exhibited and discussions arising from …

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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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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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Intern Gets Grounded in Culture and Development

Sheila Waswa articulates a point during work.

By Sheila Nekesa Waswa As I leave Lola Kenya Screen at the end of my internship, I can confidently say I had three great months of learning while getting exposed to specialised areas like culture and its role in development. Through attending and reporting on internal and external events, I got the chance to network and socialise with a diverse group of people. For instance I attended two Lola Kenya Screen film meetings; I was the master of ceremonies on one and news reporter on the second. Having mostly been dealing with writing of news features on culture and the arts, I honed my writing skills, learning how to competently express myself in written communication while driving arguments that educate, inform and make the reader aware of pertinent issues. The ability to properly analyse and put content into perspective having been my greatest weakness, each working day provided an avenue for improvement. RELATED:Lola Kenya Screen internship Despite the fact that more work has to be put to it, I feel confident enough to pursue any career related to media and information because I know that Lola Kenya Screen has offered me the skills that are not offered in school or in many organisations in the country. Though having initially struggled to write good enough articles for publication, I am glad to report that many of the articles I filed were used on the independent ArtMatters.Info that focuses on the arts and lifestyle issues in Africa and the Diaspora and in Lola Kenya Screen’s corporate communications publications, including lolakenyascreen.org website. The greatest lesson I have learnt so far is that a ‘writer is a thinker’ and hence for anybody to succeed in journalism, he/she must be an intellectual. I recommend that Lola Kenya Screen considers opening a college that will focus …

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Lola Kenya Screen’s Internship Lands Youth Media Job

Harry Kiplagat Yegon, Video Production Intern, From Technician to Artist, Lola Kenya Screen Internship, Nairobi, April-August 2015

By Harry Kiplagat Yegon I can now proudly say that I am a fully equipped media practitioner after going through a four-month internship in video production at Lola Kenya Screen. Prior to this experience that fully equipped me to effectively put in practice what I had theoretically studied in college, I could not have claimed to have been a media practitioner though I held a diploma in Journalism and Mass Communication. RELATED:I Found My Career Path and Forged Lifelong Friendships at Lola Kenya Screen During my 16-week internship at Lola Kenya Screen I managed to complete at least 90 per cent of the work given to me. This was such a great achievement for me. I was also exposed to other areas like film criticism, media and information literacy and talent and event management. I have now graduated from an assembly line technical producer to a creative one. Upon completion of the internship I applied for the position of a Video production and editing officer and was invited for an interview alongside 50 other applicants I later learnt were university graduates. I emerged as the only successful candidate and I was offered a job. I now look forward to a very successful career in journalism. RELATED:Support Lola Kenya Screen In my free time I plan to offer support services to Lola Kenya Screen as they gave me a chance to hone my skills. Lola Kenya Screen had offered to retain me after my internship due to my exemplary performance. I . . . thank the Lola Kenya Screen managing trustee and the creative director for holding my hand through the internship period especially during the times when I felt overwhelmed with work. RELATED:Lola Kenya Screen Marks 12 Years of Celebrating Movies! I encourage the management of Lola Kenya Screen to …

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I Found My Career Path and Forged Lifelong Friendships at Lola Kenya Screen

Daisy Nandeche Okoti interviews a participant at an outdoor music concert in Nairobi

By Daisy Nandeche Okoti I can competitively work with any professional journalist in any media house in the world and hold my own, thanks to the intense training and mentorship I received from Lola Kenya Screen. RELATED:My Graduation from Mechanical to Creative Producer I joined Lola Kenya Screen at 17. Little did I know that I had set myself on the path that would define my future career. Today, six years later, the impact Lola Kenya Screen has had in my life is insurmountable. Lola Kenya Screen enabled me to connect the line between the course–Literature and Sociology with a Communication minor—I studied in university to the real needs at the workplace and life in general. The critical writing workshop that marked my first contact with Lola Kenya Screen influenced my thinking in all spheres of my life: from the way I interact with my friends and situations in life to my academic work and all the other assignments that I have undertaken. The injection of critical thinking through Lola Kenya Screen opened my eyes to what I really wanted to do in university. Lola Kenya Screen also opened my mind to things such as our cultures, film, fine arts, the mass media and the role of these art-forms in society. Without discrimination, Lola Kenya Screen brings together children and youth of all background and colour from across Kenya as well as the greater East Africa and the world. When I first attended the programme in 2010, I was the only participant from western part of the country but the environment was very welcoming and accommodating; I met other children with similar interests as I had and apart from learning and sharpening our brains together, I forged some of my lifelong friendships that continue to be useful even as I …

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Learning-by-Doing Experience Charts My Career Path

Gloria Kinyanjui, PR Intern, at work

By Gloria Waithera Kinyanjui Growing up in central Kenya I always had a keen interest in working in a different location; so when I heard about student internship placement offered by Lola Kenya Screen, I wasted little time in applying for a Public Relations position; I was about to step into the job market, it being my last semester in university. The pre-internship placement interview was challenging but I finally got accepted into the programme. RELATED:11th Lola Kenya Screen Calls for Entries Arriving at Lola on February 10, 2016, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I had never worked in an organisation so was nervous I wouldn’t fit in. Though it is no longer located in the Nairobi Central Business District, I knew this creative and cultural entrepreneurship organization would equip me with requisite skills. Six weeks into the 12-week programme, every day has become a test with so many lessons to learn. I have never felt so challenged to produce results. So many times I feel like quitting. But it is the realisation that getting such an opportunity that allows me to grow is rare is what keeps me going. Fighting on. RELATED:Lola Kenya Screen Appeals for Support, Introduces ‘Cost-Sharing’ The experience at Lola Kenya Screen has shown me how much further I still have to go in order to be ready for the Public Relations job market. Mine has turned out to be not just an internship that equips me with skills but also helps me discover my capabilities and build my confidence to speak eloquently and write coherently. The experience at Lola Kenya Screen is one that challenges me to get out of my comfort zone,  stop being a spoon-fed child on campus and take charge of my destiny; keep my work environment clean, be open-minded and …

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My Life-Changing Internship

Sharon Onyango records proceedings during monthly Lola Kenya Screen film forum in Nairobi, Kenya

By Sharon Atieno Onyango As I leave Lola Kenya Screen three months after doing my pre-internship placement interview, I can proudly say that my experience in this skills-development movie organization for children and youth in eastern Africa is not just life-changing but also non-forgettable. RELATED:Practical Experience Enriches My Theoretical Learning Though I am an undergraduate student of film and media studies, the organisation strategically positioned me in the cultural journalism department. As a cultural journalist and critic, I was required to write creative, critical and analytical articles. It was also my duty to report on various outdoor events. I also ventured into public relations, event planning, camera operation, and video capturing and editing. At the end of three months I can positively say I have become a better person who can write all types of articles, conduct interviews and analyse situations. I have learnt to work under pressure, on the understanding that things are not always as they first appear. RELATED: How to Secure That Internship in Media & Information! Being a student of film and media studies, I had thought I would be confined to covering film and film-related areas; little did I know that I would be exposed to other areas in media, information, journalism and communication which I had no knowledge of. I have attended, reported on and networked with people at both local and international events: The BBC Global Questions debate series on What Equality Means for African Women; Broadcast, Film and Music Africa conference and exhibition; Sudanese Vision Art exhibition and artist talk; the monthly Lola Kenya Screen film forum. RELATED: My Graduation from Technical to Creative Producer My articles have been published on both lolakenyascreen.org and artmatters.info besides operating the camera at various outdoor events. I found the working time very flexible as I …

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Practical Experience Enriches My Theoretical Learning

Diana Musee using her academic skills

By Diana Nzevuu Musee Published November 28, 2015 Having been made aware early enough that practical attachment is a requirement for all Communication Studies Department students at Moi University in western Kenya, and being aware of the difficulty in securing the opportunity in Kenya, I embarked on the search for suitable organisations in my first semester of third year. RELATED:How to Secure That Internship in Media & Information! It was during my online search for Kenyan organisations that offer attachment to students of Graphic Design that I came across Lola Kenya Screen. I applied for the opportunity and got the invitation for pre-internship placement interview in Nairobi in a fortnight’s time. RELATED: My Perfect Week at Lola Kenya Screen 2014 I did a four-hour interview in oral, written and practical formats on August 28, 2015 and, believe it or not, I, from Moi University that is situated more than 350 kilometres from Nairobi, passed the interview that has seen many applicants—more than 30 candidates apply for the four positions available per quarter on a daily basis!—fail to make it to the short list! I was attached to Lola Kenya Screen’s Production Department as a Graphic Design Intern between September 7 and November 27, 2015. RELATED:My Graduation from Technical to Creative Producer On joining Lola Kenya Screen, my objectives were to brainstorm with others and design simple but unique logos, improve my efficiency and effectiveness in the use of Adobe software (Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, Première Pro and After effects), effectively use available technologies to gain maximum skills, learn how to design and publish electronic and print books and brochures, improve my skills in photo-taking and editing, create and edit videos, market the organisation through producing high quality print designs, and use provided platforms to network with other media personalities. At the …

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My Graduation from Mechanical to Creative Producer

Harry Kiplagat Yegon, Video Production Intern, From Technician to Artist, Lola Kenya Screen Internship, Nairobi, April-August 2015

By Harry Kiplagat Yegon Serving at Lola Kenya Screen as a video production intern over the past four months has been invaluable; it has boosted my production aptitude and given me better focus. RELATED: Lola Kenya Screen Inspires Me into pursuing Public Relations Career Lola Kenya Screen has equipped me well to effectively put in practice what I had theoretically studied in Journalism/Mass Communication. I can now say that I am a fully equipped media practitioner, something that I could not have flaunted before joining Lola Kenya Screen as I couldn’t really tell to which department of media I belonged. I am grateful for the support of the company’s managing trustee and creative director for being of a great help to me, especially during the time that I felt overwhelmed by the pressure of work. RELATED: How Filming Companies Can Help Boost Your Business I manage to complete at least 90% of the work given to me during my 16 weeks of internship. This is a great achievement by any standard. I was also exposed to other areas like film criticism, media and information literacy and talent and event management. I have now graduated from a purely assembly line technical producer to a creative one as well! It will be of great advantage if the management increases the number of interns in every department for more productivity to be generated. I also urge the management to come up with a television channel to produce and air cultural stories from eastern Africa through which video production interns could showcase their talents. This will further expand the screening avenues beyond the current weekly school outreach, fortnightly mobile cinema, monthly film forum and annual film festival. Lola Kenya Screen offers 8-16-week internship to final year university students in Media and Information Literacy, Creative …

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