Nairobi – 16 Nov. 2017: Filmmakers from around the world are converged at the Safari Park Hotel, Nairobi at the International Film Convention to share new ideas in film production and content distribution as a result of new and emerging technologies.
Under the theme, “Taking the Audiovisual and Film Industry in Africa to the next Level”, the three-day convention ending Friday 17th November brings together Kenyan filmmakers and filmmakers from other countries with well-established film industries.
Speaking at the opening of the event, the European Union (EU) Ambassador to Kenya, Stefano A. Dejak noted that creativity and talent abound in Kenya’s film industry and hoped that the convention would provide a stepping stone for the growth of Kenya’s film sector.
“As a key partner of Kenya, we’re happy to make a contribution in seeing key players in the industry come together to see how best to move the industry forward. We hope this convention will spur further development in the film sector in Kenya and in the region,” said Ambassador Dejak. “For the creative industry in Kenya, this convention offers an opportunity to meet, network and share experiences with other professionals from the region.”
The EU has since 2012 supported the cultural industry especially film makers in African, Pacific and Caribbean Countries (ACP) through its ACPCultures+ Programme. With a 30 million Euro grant, ACP Cultures+ has supported the production of cinema and audio-visual works, and promotion, distribution and dissemination of these productions. The EU has also supported the trainings of professionals in the film industry.
In supporting the International Film Convention, the EU hopes that the event will have a positive outcome that can help spur economic growth and have Kenya and the East African region grow to be leading destinations for film makers and leading sources for film content.
EU Head of Cooperation, Hubert Perr said that the film sector in the region has the potential to grow and absorb the growing number of young graduates looking to be self-employed.
“In seeking career opportunities after their education, many young people in Kenya should be looking towards the film industry. So we should do what we can to make the industry vibrant enough to attract more investment, professionalism and talent,” stressed Mr Perr.
This event draws participants from different film-related institutions that include film producers, broadcasters, actors, musicians, comedians, distributors, media owners, Kenya’s and regional regulatory bodies, government officials, diplomats, and academia, among others.
This is the first time the International Film Convention has brought together these key actors in the film industry from the East African region. The convention is organised by the European Union in conjunction with the Kenya Film Classification Board, the French Embassy in Kenya and UNESCO.