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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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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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8th Lola Kenya Screen Festival Postponed

Children put their best foot forward at Lola Kenya Screen

Due to the on-going nationwide strike by public school teachers in Kenya, the Directorate of Lola Kenya Screen is forced to postpone the eighth edition of the annual Lola Kenya Screen audiovisual media festival, skill-development programme and marketing platform for children and youth in eastern Africa that was scheduled for August 12-17, 2013. “Lola Kenya Screen caters to school-going children and youth, the bulk of who are drawn from public schools whose holidays are usually in April, August and December. Without a clear school calendar, it is difficult for us to plan and implement our programmes to our target audience,” a statement from Lola Kenya Screen signed by Managing Trustee/Creative Director Ogova Ondego and issued in Nairobi on July 7, 2013, says in part. The teachers’ strike, occasioned by a 16-year dispute over salaries of members of the Kenya National Union of Teachers, has disrupted learning in Kenya. It is also likely to interfere with the school calendar and thus with the smooth running of any initiative—like Lola Kenya Screen—that is tied to the public school calendar. The new festival date, to be announced after the strike, is likely to be at the end of November or early December 2013. We regret for the inconvenience this postponement has caused to our filmmakers, mentors, partners, guests and festival-goers who had planned to be in Nairobi in August 2013.

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