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Looking Beyond Nairobi’s 100th Premier Critical Movie Meeting

Lola Kenya Screen staff stand in front of the auditorium of Goethe-Institut in Nairobi in 2007.

By Iminza Keboge Published June 18, 2017 As Lola Kenya Screen (LKS) presents its 100th bi-monthly Lola Kenya Screen film forum (LKSff) on June 19, 2017, Ogova Ondego, Managing Trustee and Creative Director of LKS speaks about what is in store for this movie platform for children and youth in eastern Africa in 2017 and beyond. What is Lola Kenya Screen and why does it exist? Lola Kenya Screen is a movie festival and skills-development and marketing platform focusing on children and youth in eastern Africa that seeks to integrating movie production with other socio-cultural and economic sectors in order to come up with a vibrant and sustainable motion pictures industry. RELATED:Short Fiction Contest for Africans Calls for Submission How many films has Lola Kenya Screen produced with the youth since inception? Though children and youth of Lola Kenya Screen have made more than 50 fictions, animations, documentaries and experimentals many of which have won or been nominated for prestigious awards–Jugend Medien Festival Berlin,Kids For Kids Africa, Africa Movie Academy Awards, World Summit on Media for Children–Lola Kenya Screen does much more than just produce movies. We equip children and youth with the skills to conceive, create, promote and consume high quality, audience-sensitive, culture-appropriate  content. With their skills, our children and youth are left to their own devices to do as they see fit in their families and communities. Any notable directors, actors or production engineers as a result of over 10 years and 100 film forums? Lola Kenya Screen, particularly its film forum, is often one of the first places where new films can be seen and young talent spotted.During the forum a selected short film is screened followed by an open discussion based on the production as pertains to universal moviemaking standards.The films exhibited and discussions arising from …

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I Found My Career Path and Forged Lifelong Friendships at Lola Kenya Screen

Daisy Nandeche Okoti interviews a participant at an outdoor music concert in Nairobi

By Daisy Nandeche Okoti I can competitively work with any professional journalist in any media house in the world and hold my own, thanks to the intense training and mentorship I received from Lola Kenya Screen. RELATED:My Graduation from Mechanical to Creative Producer I joined Lola Kenya Screen at 17. Little did I know that I had set myself on the path that would define my future career. Today, six years later, the impact Lola Kenya Screen has had in my life is insurmountable. Lola Kenya Screen enabled me to connect the line between the course–Literature and Sociology with a Communication minor—I studied in university to the real needs at the workplace and life in general. The critical writing workshop that marked my first contact with Lola Kenya Screen influenced my thinking in all spheres of my life: from the way I interact with my friends and situations in life to my academic work and all the other assignments that I have undertaken. The injection of critical thinking through Lola Kenya Screen opened my eyes to what I really wanted to do in university. Lola Kenya Screen also opened my mind to things such as our cultures, film, fine arts, the mass media and the role of these art-forms in society. Without discrimination, Lola Kenya Screen brings together children and youth of all background and colour from across Kenya as well as the greater East Africa and the world. When I first attended the programme in 2010, I was the only participant from western part of the country but the environment was very welcoming and accommodating; I met other children with similar interests as I had and apart from learning and sharpening our brains together, I forged some of my lifelong friendships that continue to be useful even as I …

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Learning-by-Doing Experience Charts My Career Path

Gloria Kinyanjui, PR Intern, at work

By Gloria Waithera Kinyanjui Growing up in central Kenya I always had a keen interest in working in a different location; so when I heard about student internship placement offered by Lola Kenya Screen, I wasted little time in applying for a Public Relations position; I was about to step into the job market, it being my last semester in university. The pre-internship placement interview was challenging but I finally got accepted into the programme. RELATED:11th Lola Kenya Screen Calls for Entries Arriving at Lola on February 10, 2016, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I had never worked in an organisation so was nervous I wouldn’t fit in. Though it is no longer located in the Nairobi Central Business District, I knew this creative and cultural entrepreneurship organization would equip me with requisite skills. Six weeks into the 12-week programme, every day has become a test with so many lessons to learn. I have never felt so challenged to produce results. So many times I feel like quitting. But it is the realisation that getting such an opportunity that allows me to grow is rare is what keeps me going. Fighting on. RELATED:Lola Kenya Screen Appeals for Support, Introduces ‘Cost-Sharing’ The experience at Lola Kenya Screen has shown me how much further I still have to go in order to be ready for the Public Relations job market. Mine has turned out to be not just an internship that equips me with skills but also helps me discover my capabilities and build my confidence to speak eloquently and write coherently. The experience at Lola Kenya Screen is one that challenges me to get out of my comfort zone,  stop being a spoon-fed child on campus and take charge of my destiny; keep my work environment clean, be open-minded and …

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11th Lola Kenya Screen Calls for Entries

East African Community children on a shooting location

The deadline for receiving films for our 11th annual festival to be held in December 2016 is June 15, 2016. We invite movie-makers from all over the world to download our film submission form, fill it in, sign and send it in with copies of their films that are suitable for children ages 13 and under, youth aged 14-25 years, and family (25+). RELATED:Filmmaking Transforms Children’s Lives; Introduce it in all Schools Such works must have a copyright date to qualify for submission. Films and videos whose original language is not English MUST be subtitled or dubbed in English. A selection committee comprising children, youth, filmmakers, critics, media educators and other stakeholders screens all entries received in their entirety. The Selection Committee approves films and videos for Festival participation and for competition. The Lola Kenya Screen Juries then judge competing films. What do we look for during film selection? Besides being creative and demonstrating artistic and technical mastery, the content should speak positively to children and youth of diverse backgrounds and cultures and should provide strong role models for both boys and girls; the action of the film should be child/youth-driven, and the stories should be culturally authentic, timely, and of universal appeal. RELATED:The Role of the Movie-maker in Contemporary Society It is crucial that films and videos submitted to Lola Kenya Screen are made by, with and for children and youth rather than about children and youth. We also reject some films outright if they contain excessive or gratuitous violence, nudity or profanity; or advocate and support racial, cultural, religious or gender bias. Entries are sent to: Director Lola Kenya Screen Ngong Road, Ngong Hills Cell: 254 722 486531, 254 733 703374 Email: director@lolakenyascreen.org P O Box 20775-00100 GPO Nairobi, Kenya (EA).

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How to Secure That Internship in Media & Information!

Graphic Communication & Advertising Intern, Diana Nzevuu Musee, Moi University

By Sharon Atieno Onyango Published September 17, 2015 Internship is an opportunity offered to students to acquire practical skills in a work environment related to their fields of study. This is aimed at equipping participants with the skills to help them gain employment. RELATED: My Graduation from Technical to Creative Producer In today’s world, anyone graduating without practical skills is grossly disadvantaged. According to a survey by the Inter-University Council for East Africa (IUCEA), only about half of the more than 50 000 students who graduate from university annually in Kenya are suitable for employment; more than half are not even suited to their career choice. RELATED: Children Spend Six Hours or More a Day on Screens Lola Kenya Screen has since 2005 been offering learn-as-you-do internship to final year university students in creative and cultural entrepreneurship through media and information-related disciplines: video production, mass media, communication, journalism, information, creative writing, graphic design, website development, public relations, mass communication, print production and literature. The programme, that is available to East Africans, equips today’s generation with creative with the skills to understand, appreciate, create and consume high quality content. RELATED: Twelve-Year Old Turns Ordinary Stories into Films! “We are fully equipped with the required technology used in the various fields in which we offer the programme,” says Ogova Ondego, Managing Trustee and Creative Director of Lola Kenya Screen. “Unfortunately we take only four interns per quarter after a pre-internship placement interview.” It therefore goes without saying that there is stiff competition from the more than 30 applicants who send in their application on any particular day for the 12-week programme whose participants are assessed by both Lola Kenya Screen and the university concerned; the grade attained counts towards the student’s graduation. “The vision of Lola Kenya Screen,” says Ondego, “is to …

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Lola Kenya Screen Inspires Me into Focusing on Bigger Things

east african community children s mwangi, t rukohoza, i irankunda, d haguma

By Didier Winston Haguma, 15, Kigali, Rwanda I was honoured to be among the three children selected from Rwanda to join others from the East African Community countries—Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi and Rwanda—to train in a filmmaking workshop offered by Lola Kenya Screen in Nairobi. RELATED: A Journey to Remember On landing in Nairobi, Ogova Ondego, director of Lola Kenya Screen, was at at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport to receive us. He welcomed us and took us to a lovely hotel in the centre of the city called Nairobi Safari Club. One of our very first assignment as part of our training in filmmaking was a tour of Nairobi National Museum whose massive size was quite astonishing. It is beautifully decorated with artistic photos; the wildlife of Kenya is very wonderful and people of Kenya should conserve it because it is a treasure. RELATED: Lola Kenya Screen 2014 an Exciting Adventure At the museum, i learnt that the order of display of artistic photos is so attractive to visitors and depicts the true cultural background of Kenya, and it adds value to the tourism. I wish to visit my home national museum and share with them the best experience learnt from Nairobi National Museum. RELATED: Our Skills-Development Programme in Creative Entrepreneurship Marks 10th Year! I also learnt of the bad historical periods of slave trade and colonialism which the people of Kenya went through. I observed that slave trade was facilitated by the railway line from the Kenyan Indian Ocean port of Mombasa to Uganda which was used to transport slaves and other goods from to the outside world. My tour of Kenya Broadcasting Corporation was equally very interesting and inspiring, People at KBC introduced me to things like how news is prepared, how lights are turned on and balanced …

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Lola Kenya Screen Collaborates with Dubai’s Children’s International Film Festival

Lola Kenya Screen has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with United Arab Emirates’ Children’s International Film Festival. The MoU of friendship and collaboration, signed by Managing Trustee Ogova Ondego for Lola Kenya Screen and Director Deepak Jain for CIFF, shall see both organisations support each other’s festival from 2013 onwards. LKS and CIFF have agreed “to work together in the spirit of partnership to ensure there is a united, visible and responsible leadership that demonstrates commitment to the success of each other’s project,” a part of the Mou signed on November 9, 2013 states.

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Why Lola Kenya Screen Focuses on Children and Youth

Minky Schlessinger of South Africa with her 14-Plus Award for the best youth film

By Ekine Stronghold Ogova Ondego, Managing Trustee of the Lola Kenya Screen audiovisual media festival, skill-development and marketing platform for children and youth in eastern Africa—while on a recent visit to Lagos—spoke to Ekine Stronghold of Nigeria’s Nollywood Television about the initiative. Tell us about Lola Kenya Screen and how it impacts on the Kenyan film industry and Africa at large. Lola Kenya Screen is an audiovisual media festival, skill-development programme and a marketing platform for children and youth in eastern Africa. It runs a weekly school outreach programme, fortnightly mobile cinema, monthly film forum, quarterly internship and annual film festival. Lola Kenya Screen—that was initially created under the ArtMatters.Info cultural journalism arm of ComMattersKenya in 2005—conducts skill-development and mentorship in creative writing, critical journalism, event organization & presentation, critical appreciation of creativity, filmmaking and media literacy; runs weekly school outreach programmes, monthly film forum, annual film festival and fortnightly neighborhood mobile cinema throughout the year; manages a creative and cultural platform on which to promote and market ideas, services and products related to children, youth, family, media, information and literacy. Lola Kenya Screen has helped equip 154 children and youth from Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Zimbabwe with operational skills in creative and cultural entrepreneurship since August 2006; 73 have been trained in filmmaking, and 24 in creative journalism, 11 in event planning & presentation, and 20 in critical appreciation of creativity in general and film in particular. Additionally, 26 youth have been equipped with the skills to make television drama and documentaries for children and youth. So far, 20 short animated films, 12 documentaries, and five dramatic films have been made by children and youth through the annual Lola Kenya Screen film production workshops while many talents from the writing workshops have joined the mainstream mass media organizations in …

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Zimbabwean Youth Flies to Kenya for Adventure and Learning

By Sharon F. Mazvihwa,16, Zimbabwe I arrived in Nairobi on the eve of the third edition of the annual Lola Kenya Screen audiovisual media festival, skill-development and marketing platform for children and youth in eastern Africa. My participation in this important event was made possible by the partnership between Zimbabwe International Film Festival Trust’s Postcards from Zimbabwe project, Art Moves Africa and Lola Kenya Screen. I had never thought I would in a plane, but I did fly by Kenya Airways; I had never imagined that I would sleep in a hotel, but I did sleep in a fantastic hotel in Nairobi in Kenya. The food served in this hotel was really good. The hotel was excellent and I actually enjoyed every moment in Kenya. Lola Kenya Screen was held at the Kenya National Theatre in Nairobi. It was held under the directorship of Ogova Ondego. We had the Official opening of the festival in the evening of August 10, 2008. I was honoured to be introduced as an international guest of the festival. The following morning the children and youth in the official skill-development programmes—filmmaking, cultural journalism, event presentation and jury—were directed to their various areas, meeting and chatting with people and youngsters from different countries. I was in the Film Jury. After introduction to film criticism by Ogova Ondego and Signe Zeilich-Jensen of Holland, the Jury watched and discussed the films in the official competition. Ondego had taught us what to look for using the journalistic formula of 5Ws and H (Who, What, Where, When, Why & How) and GOAT (Goal, Obstacles, Answers, Time). After the introduction Zeilich-Jensen took over as Jury Mentor under whose supervision we worked. As a team we worked hard. I really had the spirit to do everything I was told to do. We …

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Lola Kenya Screen wins Best Foreign Documentary Award in Australia

Shy filmmakers of tomorrow in Merida, Venezuela, with Lola Kenya Screen' Ogova Ondego

Lola Kenya Screen has won the Best Foreign Documentary Film Award for her production, THE SPEAKER, at the second edition of Kidz Flicks: The Sydney International Festival of Films by Children in Australia, March 19-24, 2013. The Lola Kenya screen films selected by Kidz Flicks for screening were VANESSA’S DREAM, PASSION FOR THE ENVIRONMENT, MONSTERS OF THE NEW AGE and THE SPEAKER; they were all made by children and youth during Lola Kenya Screen’s hugely popular filmmaking mentorship. They were screened as part of Kidz Flicks’ Harmony Day programme. Jacqueline Cosgrove, the Festival Director of Kidz Flicks, says, “These films were extremely popular with the children.” Harmony Day, she says, “is an annual day of cultural respect, widely celebrated across schools, childcare centres, community groups, churches, business and federal, state and local government agencies throughout Australia.” The theme of the 2013 celebration was ‘Many Stories—One Australia’. Besides being shown at Event Cinemas Bondi Junction in Sydney City as part of the general screening programme (March 19-22), the Lola Kenya Screen productions were also screened as a special programme at the Waverley Library Theatre, also in Sydney, on March 24. In this second venue, Cosgrove says she and her team were thrilled to extend the children’s experience of films made by children in Kenya, Germany, Belgium, Japan and Australia “with a wonderful workshop of African drumming from African Beat.” Hearing the drums reverberating throughout the library building was very special, Cosgrove says. “People who had come into the building for other reasons were thrilled and delighted. Many of them danced to the music.” Also featuring in the Waverley Library screening was an exhibition of photographs taken by Japanese children during a Tsunami that had devastated their country. The March 2013 screenings at Kidz Flicks were yet another time that Lola Kenya …

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