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African Children’s Movie Platform Adjusts Focus

Children from the East African Community make movies during Lola Kenya Screen film festival in 2014

By Iminza Keboge Published January 24, 2018 The Lola Kenya Screen movie festival and skills-development and marketing platform for children and youth in eastern Africa is restructuring its programmes. In a statement to the media, the Directorate of Lola Kenya Screen says the decision is aimed at making the organisation more effective and relevant as society changes. RELATED:Nairobi’s Premier Critical Movie Forum to Go Bi-Monthly “After 12 years of operation, we are in 2018 scaling down, modifying, suspending or discontinuing some of the public programmes we have carried out since 2005,” the statement, signed and released in Nairobi by the initiative’s Managing Trustee and Creative Director, Ogova Ondego, says. “This change will ensure we remain relevant and effective as the dynamics of society change.” RELATED:The Role of the Moviemaker in Contemporary Society Lola Kenya Screen, that was founded in 2005, has over the years been conducting weekly school outreach for pupils and students, fortnightly mobile cinema for communities, monthly film forum for players in the movie sector, quarterly internship for final year university students and annual movie and arts festival for children, youth and family. The film forum, that has always been held at Goethe-Institut in the Central Business of Nairobi, for instance, has not only been the most consistent and longest running movie gathering in Nairobi, but has often been the only place where new movies have premiered and new talent spotted, nurtured and presented on the global platform. Ondego says refocusing will enable Lola Kenya Screen to deliver better service to its target audience: children and youth in eastern and southern Africa. RELATED:Movie Distribution and Co-Production Market Focuses on Africa

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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 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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Movie Platform Trains Creative 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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11th Lola Kenya Screen Announces Film Selection

The Musical Dragon by Camille Muller, Switzerland

Lola Kenya Screen has released the lineup of films to be shown during its 11th annual media and arts festival in Nairobi. RELATED:Frequently Asked Questions About Lola Kenya Screen Ogova Ondego, the creative director of the Nairobi-based Lola Kenya Screen movie platform for children and youth in eastern Africa, says the films were selected from more than 670 movies submitted for consideration from all over the world. The themes of the selected work range from environmental conservation, human rights, forced migration, celebration of mothers and grandparents, the importance of the arts (music, sculpture, storytelling, movies, circus) to adventure and friendship. “Short and full length fictional and documentary work, animation and experimental movies are all in our film programme,’ Ondego says.”Films from 10-, 12- 14- and 15-year-old directors from Spain, Tanzania and Kenya are also in the selection.” RELATED:Lola Kenya Screen Hosts Evening of Short Films India has dislodged Spain, Poland, The Netherlands and Germany as the nations with the highest number of films in a Lola Kenya Screen festival. Also of note is the fact that for the first time in the history of Lola Kenya Screen, fewer films shall be screened and discussed during the festival that is scheduled for December 5-10, 2016.Among the films selected are: THE KITE WITHOUT WIND by Salem Salavati, Iran ADAPTATION by Bartosz Kruhlik, Poland MOUSSE by John Hellberg, Sweden 2 PENKUTTIKAL/Two Girls by Jeo Baby, India BAOBABS BETWEEN LAND AND SEA by Cyrille Cornu, France QUERIDA MAE/Dear Mother by Paulo Carneiro, Portugal GAURU/Journey of Courage by Ramkishan Nandram Choyal, India LE DRAGON ET LA MUSIQUE/The Musical Dragon by Camille Muller, Switzerland PRATHIMAA/The Image by Shivanandam N, India BLANKA by Kohki Hasei, Italy/Japan/The Philippines RELATED:Lola Kenya Screen’s Core Programmes LA ULTIMA BATALLA/The Last Battle by Leo Humphreys and Mencia Flores, Spain HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY …

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