Kenya Film Commission has just concluded the vetting for short Kenyan films shot exclusively using mobile phones. This competition garnered interest from a total of 706 submissions received from over 35 countries.
The competition themed ‘My Kenya My Story’ is a mobile phone film competition which is an initiative of the Kenya Film Commission which seeks to inspire creativity among the film makers in the country and to widen the scope of film making. The call for entries ran from the 28th of March to 30th of April 2018 where artists submitted their projects for the competition.
A total of 706 submissions for the competition were received from over 35 countries as far as USA, Mexico, UK, France, Russia, and Japan among many others. These huge numbers suggest that the global community is interested in the Kenyan film industry and the content produced.
32 Kenyan film projects were submitted and 22 successfully qualified for judging after filtering through the submissions and are currently being voted for on our social media pages with the tagline #bestmobileflickke. Voting for the shortlisted films begun on 29th of May and ran up to 14th June 2018. The voting process has been broken down such that judges will have a contribution of 70% while the general public will have 30% to the final vote. The award ceremony for the winners in the competition will be held at the Kenya Cultural Center on 21st June 2018.
The submissions drew from a variety of genres and exhibited very creative ideas and stories, production design, great editing capabilities, mastery of various software and equipment, proper use of lighting and outdoor landscape despite all the film projects being shot on a zero budget. We have noted that this is a great avenue for job creation among the youth as many have exhibited great talent in their submissions.
A jury of five judges namely: award winning Kenyan actor and casting director Gerald Langiri, award winning Film and TV Producer Joy Nduto, film director Juma Tayari, co-founder of Imara TV Stephen Maina and Johnson Mutungi from Department of Film Services were constituted to vet the submissions and shortlist projects that will compete for the grand prize.
The guidelines of the competition required that artists should make short films telling Kenyan stories, choose from the various genres such as drama, comedy, documentary, adventure and reality and the film should run for a maximum of 5 minutes. This was then to be submitted online via film free way website.