Campus Film Symposium is a student-focused program with a vision to inspire a new generation of filmmakers through film discussions, debates, screenings and motivational talks from established filmmakers of the current generation. CFS was started in 2014 and it brings together audiovisual media fraternity from over 10 campuses within Kenya that offer courses in film studies, TV production, communication and journalism. CFS also enshrines the 60hr Campus Film Challenge which encourages student filmmakers to register and participate in the film challenge that runs over a period of 60 hours. So far, CFS has worked with USIU, Daystar University, University of Nairobi, Jomo Kenyatta University of Science and Technology and Kenyatta University. CFS is an offshoot of FilmVue East Africa, a publishing firm that through its print and online platforms specializes in publishing film related content. FilmVue East Africa has previously published five editions of Film Kenya Magazine which discusses Kenyan Features to a Global Audience.
The 6th edition of Campus Film Symposium is hosted by The Technical University of Kenya (TU-K) which has a long-standing reputation in offering technical courses, which form the backbone of a skill-based economy. The university also offers academic programmes that provide the human perspective of science where competitive knowledge and skills are developed. The office of Technology, Innovation and Partnerships (TIP), is one of the pillars of the university, to achieve its purpose to offer education and training for the real world. It provides a platform by which the University may engage with like-minded institutions, for the provision of relevant programs and continuing education, through science and technology. In conjunction with Department of Journalism & Media Studies plans are underway to host and manage the 2nd edition of the 60 Hour Campus Film Challenge which runs from the 20th – 22nd May 2016. 4 teams from (TU-K) will be supported directly by the department with basic filmmaking equipment and resources for the duration of the 60 Hour Challenge. The same approach has been proposed to institutions that train in media.
With the need for diversified content on TV and cinema rising each single day because of the growth of digital media platforms as well as globalization, CFS seeks to bring the conversation about local content for a global audience closer to the new generation of content generators and in whose hands the shaping of the film stories of this country lie – the student filmmakers.
CFS looks to facilitate COLLABORATION among student filmmakers as a priority tool for the creation of world class productions, create a database for placement of talented budding filmmakers (internship), create awareness of student works and personalities through print and online platforms, create an archive of student projects, screening within campuses and raise the bar of awareness for budding filmmakers about the potential that can be attained, enhance networking with industry icons through knowledge sharing and interaction, propel highly talented student works into the Campus Film Premiere quarterly event as well as encourage a competitive spirit through the 60 Hour Film Challenge that is focused of student filmmakers. So far, over 30 student films have been submitted into the program since its inception. Films have also been submitted into local and international festivals such as Out of Africa Film Festival and Luxor African Film Festival.
Attendees for the 6th Edition of the Campus Film Symposium hosted by Technical University will run from 17th to 20th May 2016, and thereafter at the 60 hour film challenge that will take place from 20th to 22nd of May; should expect a great deal of learning and an exploration of the regional industry. There will be industry professionals, who will explore the daily themes that will include discussions on script-writing, legal aspects of film-making, pitching an idea, marketing and distribution. Concluding the Symposium will be the Campus Film Premiere hosted at The Michael Joseph Centre and presents best student productions to a select audience of industry professionals.
CFS in no doubt an opportunity for students and even industry practitioners to network, to widen their scope, sharpen their skills through the 60hr film challenge as well as stretching their search for solutions to this end.