CS Joe Mucheru Launches A Screenplay Competition With Kshs. 2 Million Prize Money

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As part of initiatives to grow the film industry in Kenya and expand the market of Kenyan films both in Kenya and other markets (Africa and Asia), Ministry of ICT, through Kenya Film Commission (KFC) and Kenya Film School is launching a Film Script Writing Competition.

Apart from the winning prize money, scripts will be pitched to international film producers to explore possibilities of the scripts being turned into full feature film and the resultant film showcased in both local and international markets.

The launch event was officiated by the Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of ICT, Joe Mucheru today at Teleposta Towers.

“Film faces a lot of challenges with cost being the biggest challenge, but the opportunities are endless, for the Scriptwriters, this is your chance to showcase your talent,” says CS, Mucheru.

“The overall long-term plan for the competition is to enable us to pick some fantastic scripts, which we can co-produce with Chinese production houses, for airing in theatres across China – and of course across the African continent under the auspices of SMART Africa.

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Such co-production arrangements will be beneficial for the Kenyan film industry through skills transfer, technical expertise and access to modern equipment,” he added.

The competition running under the #BestScriptKE will see the winner walk away with a grand prize of Kshs. 1,000,000/- and scriptwriters can submit in the following categories for eligibility (Please refer to the full terms and conditions)

Best Script – KES 1,000,000
-1st Runner up – KES 500,000
-2nd Runner up – KES 300,000
Best student writer – (Under 25 years of age) – KES 100,000
Best young writer – (18 years old and below) – KES 100,000

Submission is open until the 26th of February 2019 and can be done via www.kenyafilmcommission.com or ict.go.ke/tenders