BY OGOVA ONDEGO. NAIROBI, KENYA (CINEMA MINIMA) — The Nairobi-based Lola Kenya Screen — audiovisual media festival, skill-development mentorship program, and market for children and youth in eastern Africa — marks five years of service to children and youth in November 2010 with two cutting-edge skill-development mentorship programs.
Workshops: Documentary Filmmaking, Critical Writing
Consequently, Lola Kenya Screen is inviting children and youth in Nairobi and environs to apply to the mentorship programs in Documentary Filmmaking and Critical Writing, scheduled for 2010 November 29 through December 4 in Nairobi, Kenya.
The training is scheduled for November and December, to enable form-four students, and standard-eight pupils who will have done their national examinations, to participate and to gain the life skills required at the next stage of their formal education.
Lola Kenya Screen has, since 2006, showcased some 1,750 best-possible films for children, youth and family, from 98 nations; and has helped train 61 children in filmmaking, 23 in journalism, 19 in events organization & presentation; and 20 in critical appreciation of creativity. Those trained have come from Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Zanzibar, and Zimbabwe. Many more children have been exposed to media literacy through the Lola Kenya Screen’s school outreach program.
Apply to participate in workshops
To celebrate five years of service, Lola Kenya Screen calls upon interested candidates to apply for consideration in either its critical writing workshop, or its documentary filmmaking workshop.
These — as is usual with the ever popular Lola Kenya Screen programs for children and youth — will be intensive, six-day, 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM learn-as-you-do programs, that will be faciltated by renowned international experts specializing in issues related to children, youth, mass media, culture, and development.
Although preference will be given to applicants who have already participated in any of Lola Kenya Screen programs (2005-2010), anyone interested in the November–December training should apply without exception.
Every application, written by the child/youth and specifying the program in which one is interested, must include:
- Email address
- Telephone, preferably cell/mobile number
- Physical address
- Letter of permission from parent/guardian
The applicant must be 6-16 years old (9-18 for production workshop). She (or he) must be both knowledgeable and interested in audiovisual media. The applicant must have the ability to understand, speak, and write in English; and must be able to compose, type, and submit articles of 500–1,200 words daily. The candidate must be ready to work under strict deadlines; and should be supported by parents or guardians.
Deadline for Applications 2010 October 30
The application material is to be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. The DEADLINE for application is 2010 October 30 at 5:00 PM East African Standard Time | 14:00 GMT.
Admission to the workshops is on the first-come, first-served basis.
This training, part of the Pan African Cinetoile mobile cinema, will be offered by Lola Kenya Screen in conjunction with Africalia of Belgium, the Belgian Development Cooperation, the European Union, ComMattersKenya, and ArtMatters.Info.
Support Lola Kenya Screen
Lola Kenya Screen appeals for support from other well wishers interested in helping shape the destiny of Kenya, Africa, and the world through mentoring children and youth. Any one interested in sharing this vision in any way may contact the Directorate of Lola Kenya Screen through:
- Mobile telephone: 254 733 703374
- Mobile telephone: 254 722 486531
- Mobile telephone: 254 752 745423
- Telephone: 254 20 315258
- Telephone: 254 20 2213318
More about Lola Kenya Screen
Incorporated under the laws of the Republic of Kenya as a charity, Lola Kenya Screen is an international audiovisual media festival, skill-development mentorshop programme and market for children and youth in eastern Africa.
Lola Kenya Screen operates in eastern and southern Africa, helping train children and youth in countries such as Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania mainland, Zanzibar island, and Zimbabwe.
The annual Lola Kenya Screen film festival is held every second week of August to showcase the best possible international productions for children, youth and family alongside learn-as-you-do skill-development metorship programmes in film production, film appreciation, creative journalism, event planning and presentation, and media literacy.
Lola Kenya Screen also gives awards to the best children’s film (Golden Mboni Award), the best youth film (14-Plus Award) and the Kids For Kids Africa Festival Award.
Lola Kenya Screen conducts a mobile cinema programme to schools in and around Nairobi throughout the year and mentor pupils and youth in filmmaking, film appreciation, media literacy, event organisation & presentation.
Lola Kenya Screen runs a monthly Lola Kenya Screen Film Forum (LKSFF), a discussion platform aimed at critiquing, encouraging and exploring ways of how to integrate film production in Kenya and eastern Africa with other socio-cultural and economic sectors in order to come up with a vibrant film industry.
Held in conjunction with Goethe-Institut in Kenya, LKSFF enables audiovisual media practitioners to watch and discuss short films from eastern Africa, to exchange ideas, and to network every last Monday of the month throughout the year. This forum is often one of the first places where new films can be seen and young talent spotted.
Since December 2005 when the first LKSFF was held, more than 100 films have been shown: films from Willie Owusu to Just A Band, from Wanuri Kahiu to Judy Kibinge.
LKSFF is part of the annual Lola Kenya Screen audiovisual media event.
Follow the Lola Kenya Screen progress: