International Audiovisual Media Experts Converge at Lola Kenya Screen 2009

BY OGOVA ONDEGO. NAIROBI, KENYA (CINEMA MINIMA) — Rut Gomez Sobrino of the Barcelona-based UNESCO Centre of Catalonia — UNESCOCAT — leads the team of mentor experts who will conduct the skill-development programmes at the 4th Lola Kenya Screen in Nairobi, Kenya (2009 August 10-15).

Sobrino, holder of a doctorate and three Master’s degrees with more than 10 years in journalism/communications and media development at international level, is also head of the UNESCO Audiovisual department in Barcelona, Spain.

While in Nairobi, Sobrino shall conduct a round table conference on the UNESCO Audiovisual E-Platform project in the framework of Lola Kenya Screen, show several films—The Children of Darfur, Children of Inkisi—from the E-Platform. However her main mission in Kenya is to facilitate the Lola Kenya Screen Creative Journalism (Festival Press) mentorship programme.

Coming from Denmark armed with an equally impressive curriculum vitae as a television director, producer and concept-maker is Anette Tony Hansen who will facilitate the Television Drama for children and youth workshop with adults. It is expected that at least five TV drama films targeting children will be realised from this hands-on workshop and that thereafter there will be greater interest among TV practitioners to create more professional TV dramas for children and youth.

Employed by the Danish Television in 1968, Hansen is actively involved in co-productions in Sweden, Norway, Finland, and Denmark.

Fina Sensada

Another expert with vast experience—45 feature films, 22 Telefilms, 200 documentary films, 8 TV series,60 advertising commercials to her credit—is Fina Sensada.

Sensada—who works globally—shall facilitate the Film Production workshop and also showcase her WHITE SAND BLACK SAND film at Lola Kenya Screen. She will also discuss the joys and pains of independent audiovisual media production besides holding a photo exhibition, “Hands that Heal—Humanitarian Photo in Africa”, produced on the mission of “Plastic surgeons without borders” in 2008. This will form the basis of discussion on the importance of humanitarian-social audiovisual media in Africa.

The Nairobi-based Lola Kenya Screen audiovisual media festival, production workshop and market for children and youth explores, identifies and nurtures creative talent among children and youth through hands-on skill-development mentorship programmes in areas such as journalism, filmmaking, arts appreciation, and organisation and presentation of cultural and creative events.

The objectives of the Lola Kenya Screen mentorship programmes, among others, are to equip children and youth with the skills to understand, appreciate, and create quality audiovisual media productions in particular, and arts in general.

While the Festival Press is aimed at uplifting the standards of creative and cultural journalism in eastern Africa, the Film Production Workshop empowers children and youth to make at least five quality, low-budget, moving images per year.

Programme Organisation and Presentation (MCs), as the title suggests, empowers children and youth to organise and present events and programmes. Such children are usually in charge of the programme during the six days of the festival.

The Film Jury, on the other hand, seeks to inculcate in participants skills with which to critically appreciate and appraise creativity in general and film in particular. The jury members watch and award films in competition. The official Lola Kenya Screen Jury consists only of children and youth.

Also attending Lola Kenya Screen will be independent producers from eastern Africa: eastern Congo-Kinshasa, Burundi, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya, Sudan, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Djibouti and Somalia.