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Evening of Film, Conversation and Friendship

Tufilamu Pictures, a moviemaking collective of young people who make award-winning experimental films

By Abdi Ali Published May 7, 2017 The audience started streaming into the auditorium 30 minutes ahead of time. This was to avoid missing out on the activities lined up on the programme of one of the most important monthly activities on the arts and entertainment calendar of the Kenyan capital, Nairobi: Lola Kenya Screen film forum (LKSff). Hanging on the four walls of the auditorium at Goethe-Institut in the Nairobi CBD that evening of April 24, 2017 were thought-provoking paintings on a power struggle-instigated massacres in Zimbabwe’s Matabeleland and the Midlands Gukurahundi regions. Though outlawed in the southern African country for allegedly ‘undermined the authority of President Robert Mugabe, the British Institute for Eastern Africa (BIEA) and Gothe-Institut had brought the artwork to Nairobi. The work, painted in red and brown hues resembling blood, had captions telling the story of the massacres perpetrated by the state led by Robert Mugabe who now urges Zimbabweans to ‘move on’ though many of those affected feel that the issue needs to be adequately discussed before it can be consigned to history. This is what artist Owen Maseko had captured in the exhibition titled Sibathontisele (“we drip on them burning plastic” in isiNdebele) and that provided the backdrop to Nairobi’s premier critical movie platform that was convening for the 99th consecutive month. RELATED:99th Lola Kenya Screen film forum to Focus on Acting Tufilamu Pictures, a moviemaking collective of young people who make award-winning experimental films, was to showcase its and reveal their secret to local movie lovers. Michael Njeru, an actor, scriptwriter and director with Tufilamu presented the formula of successful acting in the 5-minute ExpertSpeak slot. Njeru introduced the 3’I’s formula of acting to the gathering that, he said, is based the computer principle of Garbage In, Garbage Out (GIGO). The three …

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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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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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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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Young Movie Enthusiasts to Showcase Their Work

Movie enthusiasts network at a Lola Kenya Screen film forum

Some eight months after a group of young people interested in the 7th Art came together to create movies, they are ready to showcase their creativity for peer review. The group, known as Theluji Africa Productions, shall present two of their productions during the 96th Lola Kenya Screen film forum (LKSff) in Nairobi on October 31, 2016 at 5:45 PM. RELATED:My Graduation from Mechanical to Creative Producer LKSff—one of the five programmes of Lola Kenya Screen movie platfiorm for children and youth in eastern Africa—is organised by ComMattersKenya communications consultancy in collaboration with Goethe-Institut and in association with ArtMatters.Info cultural journalism and criticism in Africa publication and IPO-Eastern Africa network for community developers in eastern Africa. LKSff has since its founding in 2005 been held every month at Goethe-Institut in the Nairobi CBD. Among the movies to be screened and discussed followed by networking shall be DYSLEXIA; the work of writer Andega Fred Wendo and director Robert Mogendi Machoka created in September 2016. As per tradition, the crew and cast of the movies in the programme shall be in the house to introduce their work, field questions and network with movie enthusiasts. RELATED:I Found My Career Path and Forged Lifelong Friendships at Lola Kenya Screen The aims of LKSff are to build capacity in the movie sector of Kenya and eastern Africa; and to help turn movie-making in the region into a sustainable industry. LKSff deals with all sorts of short moving images: Public Service Announcements (PSAs), Commercials, Animations, Experimentals, Avant-Garde, Documentaries, Music Videos, and Fictions. The programme of every LKSff consists of ExpertSpeak; Screening; Discussion; and Networking. RELATED:Practical Experience Enriches My Theoretical Learning A training platform for moviemakers, event programmers/presenters, public speakers/discussion moderators, journalists/critics, promoters/marketers and resource-mobilisers— LKSff is often one of the first, if not the only one, …

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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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Film Forum to Serve Romantic Drama

Nairobi, Kenya's commercial, political and cultural capital and the home of Lola Kenya Screen film forum

Lola Kenya Screen film forum (LKSff), Nairobi’s premier critical movie platform, convenes, for the 93rd time, on April 25, 2016 at 5:45 PM. JUST A SIP, a romantic drama directed by Brian Prince Ochieng and starring Sharon Wanjiku, Felix Kiveu and Ken Njiru, shall be shown and discussed. RELATED:Learning-by-Doing Experience Charts My Career Path The initiative of ComMattersKenya and ArtMatters.Info in collaboration with Goethe-Institut, LKSff deals with all sorts of short moving images: Public Service Announcements (PSAs), Commercials, Animations, Experimentals, Avant-Garde, Documentaries, Music Videos, and Fictions. The crew and cast of the film in focus usually attend the meeting and field questions from players in the movie sector. The aims of LKSff are to build capacity in the movie sector of Kenya and eastern Africa; and to help turn movie-making in the region into a sustainable industry. RELATED:Viber Offers Users Full End-to-End Encryption and ‘Hidden Chats’ A training ground 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–and perhaps the only–place where new films can be seen and young talent spotted. LKSff is a networking platform for practitioners who are committed to the development of the 7th Art–Movies–into an industry in eastern Africa. Each monthly meeting shows and critiques motion pictures, encourages filmmakers and explores ways of integrating movie-production with other socio-cultural and economic sectors in order to come up with a veritable creative industry. RELATED:The Role of the Movie-maker in Contemporary Society LKSff is one of the five projects of the Lola Kenya Screen (LKS) arts and media fesival, skills-development programme and marketing platform for children and youth in eastern Africa. LKSff, that has been running every month since 2005, is so far the most consistent and longest running movie platform on …

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