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Movie Platform Focuses on Talent Mentorship and Entrepreneurship

By Abdi Ali Published June 11, 2017 Unless talent is identified, nurtured and exploited it amounts to nothing in the creative sector. It is for this reason that the 100th bi-monthly Lola Kenya Screen film forum (LKSff)’s ExpertSpeak session at Goethe-Institut in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, shall on June 19, 2017 from 5:30 PM address Talent Mentorship and Entrepreneurship in the Movie Sector. A specialist shall tackle the subject in the five-minute well loved segment of LKSff’s programme that also sees films screened and critically appreciated followed by an informal networking session in which players in the movie sector get to know one another and forge friendships and business partnerships. RELATED:Budding Filmmakers Prepare for Peer Review ExpertSpeak gives practising, knowledgeable and experienced professionals–models, actors, dancers, writers, painters, critics, stage designers, graphic artists, animators, editors, project managers and talent and events manager–the opportunity to share their expertise with a specialised captive audience. Such talks, that take the form of a business proposal or pitching presentation are aimed at motivating, inspiring and sharpening others for the challenges in the arts sector in general and movies in particular. The ExpertSpeak pitch equips the listeners with necessary information just as it gives the speaker exposure and promotion. RELATED:Young Actors, MovieMakers and Community Developers to Converge in Nairobi Regarded as a training platform for moviemakers, event programmers and presenters, public speakers and discussion moderators, journalists and critics, promoters and marketers and resource-mobilisers, LKSff is often one of the first places where new movies can be seen and young talent spotted. LKSff is the initiative of ComMattersKenya consultancy in collaboration with Goethe-Institut in Kenya. RELATED:Here’s the Best Way to Spend Your School Vacation

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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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Stage 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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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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Lola Kenya Screen film forum Hosts Budding Filmmakers

Actress Boera Biaki expresses her opinion during 95th Lola Kenya Screen film forum in Nairobi, Kenya

The 95th monthly Lola Kenya Screen film forum (LKSff), the most consistent and longest running movie platform on the Nairobi arts and entertainment calendar over the past 11 years, was held on August 29, 2016. Hosted by ComMattersKenya consultancy in collaboration with Goethe-Institut, the event provided the platform on which 30 budding filmmakers presented their work for appreciation. RELATED:Budding Filmmakers Prepare for Peer Review The programme started with two short documentaries on the two previous LKSff events titled 94TH LOLA KENYA SCREEN FILM FORUM WITH LAWRENCE MWAGI and 94TH LOLA KENYA SCREEN FILM FORUM WITH BRIAN OCHIENG. It was followed by the five-minute ExpertSpeak segment in which Ogova Ondego stressed that Successful Moviemaking Thrives on Hype. “Making a movie,” Ondego said, “is like giving birth to a child.Just as the real hard work of parenting lies in bringing up a child to responsible adulthood, so does getting the movie seen and consumed by the intended audience.” “Movie-making is ShowBiz. Show business thrives on hype or what others call the buzz.You have to create the hype,” Ondego, who doubles up as Managing Trustee and Creative Director at Lola Kenya Screen said. RELATED:Testimonials Ondego stressed that the market is not forgiving of anyone who releases a movie without accompanying: • synopsis or summary • full list of credits • stills of the film in production • profiles of principal cast • profiles of main crew (Director, Screen Writer, Producer) • trailer (formatted for multi-zone) • motivation/Director’s statement • poster/flyer/press book • images of lead cast and crew, and • website/social media pages “Submitting naked DVDs is a disservice to both practitioner and festival/market!” Ondego concluded. BIG BOY, an award-winning children’s movie by Yuri Solodov, a Russian director, journalist, screen writer, teacher and producer was shown to great appreciation; judging from the laughter …

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