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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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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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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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Nairobi’s Critical Movie Platform Trains, Reaches Entrepreneurs

Following proceedings during a Lola Kenya Screen film forum gathering at Goethe-Institut in Nairobi.

Lola Kenya Screen film forum (LKSff), Nairobi’s most consistent and longest running critical movie platform, convenes for the first time in 2017 on February 27. Scheduled to grace the occasion after the Christmas break are young performing artists from a group called Geatrics whose movie shall premiere at Goethe-Institut in Nairobi. RELATED:Impact of Lola Kenya Screen LKSff has over the past 12 years reached more than 8000 creative entrepreneurs through a monthly gathering of players in the movie sector. A ‘Closed’ or ‘By-Invitation-Only’ gathering, LKSff–that brings together players in the audiovisual media sector–is a training ground for creative entrepreneurship in Event Planning, Discussion Moderation, Public Speaking, Cultural Journalism, and Resource-Mobilisation. LKSff has since December 2005 when it started showcased 230 movies from eastern Africa and reached 8800 movie lovers at the end of 2016. RELATED:Lola Kenya Screen’s Internship Lands Youth Media Job The forum switched from a monthly to a bi-monthly schedule in 2016. It is now run every last Monday of the other month. RELATED:Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) LKSff has over the years been bringing together stakeholders such as moviemakers, critics, writers, students, researchers, policymakers, funders, actors, community developers to: a). watch and discuss short movies in eastern Africa b). exchange ideas on how to improve movie production c). explore ways of creating a sustainable market for moving image products and services. Every meeting of LKSff shows a movie for children and youth to encourage practitioners to make such movies in eastern Africa. Also in the programme is a segment called ExpertSpeak that features an experienced practitioners talking about their work. The aim of this is to  equip movie practitioners with skills in the various departments or areas related to the 7th Art. RELATED:Lola Kenya Screen school outreach The Lola Kenya Screen movie platform for children and youth in …

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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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Secret to Successful Movie Business in Africa

Ogova Ondego, Lola Kenya Screen's Creative Director, interviews Daisy Nandeche Okoti, a beneficiary of the initiative, on how her life has been shaped by Lola Kenya Screen's Mentorship programme for children and youth.

What do you make of a person who fails to show up for the premiere of a film the person has directed? Or of a woman who deliberately fails to turn up on a location where she is expected to direct a movie? Or of a producer who hands a movie file to an exhibitor without any information or pictures of the cast and crew involved for publicity and promotional purpose prior to screening? These were some of the issues tackled during the 97th monthly Lola Kenya Screen film forum held at Goethe-Institut in Nairobi on November 28, 2016. ‘How to Package Yourself for Success in the Digital Age’ was the presentation made during the ‘ExpertSpeak’ slot of the programme. Ogova Ondego, the Director of Lola Kenya Screen movie initiative for children and youth in eastern Africa, emphasised that packaging sets successful practitioners apart from their less successful counterparts. Talent alone, Ondego stressed, is not enough in today’s Digital Age. RELATED:Lola Kenya Screen’s Activities “No matter how talented you are, less talented candidates who know how to package themselves will get ahead of you,” Ondego said in his five-minute presentation that named and defined terms like ‘Curriculum Vitae’ or ‘CV’, ‘Motivation’, ‘Director’s Statement’, ‘Cover Letter’ and showed how a CV is written and how to apply for ‘opportunities. “Why are you in the moviemaking sector? Is it to mark time as you wait for the ‘right’ occupation to arrive? Do you do it as a hobby or as your career of choice?” Ondego posed, alluding to the words of Dr Martin Luther King Jr, the US Civil Rights leader and Christian preacher who is quoted as having said: “If a man is called to be a streetsweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven played music, or …

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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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Lola Kenya Screen Marks 12 Years of Celebrating Movies!

Movie practitioners interact during the 96th Lola Kenya Screen film forum

Lola Kenya Screen film forum entered the 12th year of bringing movie practitioners together to monthly screening, discussion and interaction on October 31, 2016. RELATED:Impact of Lola Kenya Screen Billed as Kenya’s premier critical movie platform, 96th LKSff marked the occasion by showing and discussing DYSLEXIA, a film on how a mental disorder could adversely affect not just children’s school work but also family unity. The work is written by Fred Wendo and directed by Robert Machoka under Theluji Africa Productions. Among the shortcomings identified in DYSLEXIA was inadequate research on the topic of dyslexia as the subject was just touched on but not explored in a medium like film that is driven by showing and not telling. Eunice Ayuma, an actress, voice-over artist and brand model noted that “a good film should educate the audience and that research should be done to ensure that the target audience can relate to the theme of the film.” RELATED:About Lola Kenya Screen Moses Sheldon, a script writer and Emcee also noted that some of the shots in the movie should have been edited out. He noted that the overhead microphone is visible in one scene. Lawrence Mwangi, a theatre arts and film technology student whose films have been showcased at LKSff stressed that the editing of the film would have been done better to get rid of unnecessary stuff. You’re happy and safe one minute and the next you and your family must flee your home or get killed. What effect does this have on 6-13-year-old children? THE KITE WITHOUT WIND, a film by Salem Salavati of Iran tackled this in the Childfare segment of the 96th LKSff. Also shown but not discussed was DAVID G MAILLU, A bio-documentary film on Kenya’s father of pop literature who also doubles up as an …

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