BY OGOVA ONDEGO. NAIROBI, KENYA (CINEMA MINIMA) — On 2011 July 12, Lola Kenya Screen — audiovisual media festival, skill-development mentorship programme and market for children and youth in eastern Africa — released its film line up for its sixth annual festival to be held 2011 August 8 – 13 in Nairobi on the theme, “Films for Enjoyment, Learning and Participation in the 21st Century.”
Lola Kenya Screen received more than 300 films from 102 countries from which the selection was made following a rigorous viewing selection process by children, youth, mass communication students, journalists, critics and parents. Fewer films shall be programmed than ever before following the introduction of media literacy seminars in 2010 and film discussion at the end of every film in 2011.
The selected films shall be presented in 10 categories, including the 6th Golden Mboni Award for the best children’s film, the 3rd 14-Plus Award for the best youth film, the 5th Kids for Kids Festival Africa, Films by Students, Films by Children for Children, Eastern Africa Prism, World Panorama, and three special focus areas: Documentary, Busan International Kids’ Festival (BIKI, South Korea) and George Washington University’s Documentary Centre (USA) productions.
All the 10 categories have particularly strong films that will keep the audience busy and discussing them over the entire six-day of the festival that shall be held in both the Nairobi City Centre and the densely populated Eastlands residential neigbourhood.
Besides film shows, Lola Kenya Screen shall host a two-day roundtable for the independent audiovisual media producers. Motivational speakers drawn from the fledgling audiovisual media sector are also expected to interact with children and youth.
Since its inception in October 2005, Lola Kenya Screen identified itself as a specialised audiovisual media initiative exclusively designed for children and youth. Consequently, the festival takes the content for children and youth seriously, only selecting the content that is must be creative and demonstrate artistic and technical mastery; The content should speak positively to children and youth of diverse backgrounds and cultures be…sides providing strong role models for both boys and girls; The action of the film should be child/youth-driven and the stories should be culturally authentic, timely, and of universal appeal; the content should be made BY, WITH and FOR children and youth rather than ABOUT children and youth. If it focuses on children and youth, then it will be of appeal to the family as well. This is what guides the children, youth, film practitioners, journalists, critics, teachers and members of the public who constitute the committee that selects films for exhibition at Lola Kenya Screen.