Lola Kenya Screen marks 5 years with critical writing and creative documentary workshops

BY OGOVA ONDEGO. NAIROBI, KENYA (CINEMA MINIMA) — The Lola Kenya Screen audiovisual media movement for children and youth in eastern Africa held cutting-edge workshops in creative documentary film and critical writing at the Kenya National Theatre in Nairobi between November 29 and December 4, 2010.

Presented in the framework of the pan African Cinetoile African mobile cinema network, these workshops — that brought together 30 children and youth from Nairobi and its environs — also marked five years since the founding of Lola Kenya Screen as an audiovisual media festival, skill-development mentorship programme and market for children and youth in eastern Africa in October 2005.

The Learn-As-You-Do method

In the spotlight once more are the hugely popular learn-as-you-do skill-development method that has seen 142 children and youth from Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Zimbabwe gain skills in creative and cultural entrepreneurship since August 2006; 61 have been trained in filmmaking, and 24 in creative journalism training, 11 in event planning and presentation, and 20 in critical appreciation (judging) of film. Additionally, 26 youth have been equipped with the skills to make television drama and documentaries for children and youth.

So far, 20 short animated films, 12 documentaries, and five dramatic films have been made by children and youth through the annual Lola Kenya Screen film production workshops while many talents from the writing workshops have joined the mainstream mass media organizations in the region.

The November/December training strengthened the creative and cultural sector of eastern Africa further by training many more practitioners and actors for the present and the future.

Outreach

Besides empowering children and youth, Lola Kenya Screen also equips adults working with youngsters with pertinent skills. The movement also promotes the screen culture through the monthly Lola Kenya Screen Film Forum, school/community outreach mobile cinema and the annual Lola Kenya Screen film festival through which more than 1,750 best possible films from 98 countries drawn from all the six continents had been shown by August 15, 2010.

Sharon Mazviha Fortunate of Zimbabwe went through the experience of judging and awarding prizes to films at Lola Kenya Screen as a member of the Children’s jury.

I want to take this opportunity to thank the whole team for making it possible for a person like me to be part of the Lola Kenya Screen audiovisual media initiative for children and youth. I never thought I would one day fly, but I flew. I never thought I would sleep in a hotel, but I slept in one.

I spent an inspiring week at the festival meeting great and highly motivated people; tchildren’s films gave me the opportunity to express and share myself both on a personal level and a cultural level, reaching across borders and continents.

Tracy Muringa, a student at State House Girls’ School in Nairobi, Kenya, who has trained at Lola Kenya Screen in 2009 and 2010, says,

Reading about Lola Kenya Screen is not nearly as satisfying as the real experience. The various areas it trains children in are both educative and fun. The youth may look for fun in bad places but Lola Kenya Screen provides fun in a safe haven.

Bree Tonga Manuel of Zimbabwe says she learnt how to be serious and responsible in life from her experience at the third Lola Kenya Screen in 2008.

I learnt that if you want to get something done, especially in film animation and production, you have to be serious and responsible. I also learnt how to interact with other children from different cultures and backgrounds and I made many new friends, not only from Kenya but from Uganda and Tanzania.

Adede Hawi Nyodero, a student at The Kenya High School, Nairobi, is a regular participant at Lola Kenya Screen. She says,

Through Lola Kenya Screen, I have had the privilege to speak about children’s welfare and filmmaking on international radio and television networks that broadcast around the world; such networks include M-Net (Multi Choice) of South Africa, and Kenya’s Kenya Broadcasting Corporation and Africa Radio Service. I have also been featured in newspapers, magazines and several online (Internet) publications.

I feel that filmmaking can make a great impact in children’s lives and should be introduced in all Kenyan schools.

Craig Kimu of Zimbabwe went through the Lola Kenya Screen creative journalism training in 2008:

It was on a Sunday morning, the 11th of August 2008 when we departed the Harare International Airport in Zimbabwe for Nairobi in Kenya.

At first, I was shocked at the thought that it was really me who was going to Kenya for the Lola Kenya Screen film festival. It was a nice time meeting with other children, youth and adults from other countries. I learnt many things from them and so did they.

As children, we could speak openly about what life holds in filmmaking.

I’d never been in a plane before and that was my first time. I hope it’s not the last time.

I also want to thank them for raising the standard for my life.

As an empowering force for children and youth, Lola Kenya Screen gives exposure to children to interact with the world through international audiovisual media networks such as festivals, markets and awards.

Simon Onyango, a student at Jamhuri High school who participated in the Lola Kenya Screen film jury and DISCOP Africa Market, says of his experience:

I had never understood how filmmakers get back their huge investments. Thanks to Lola Kenya screen, I finally got to learn this after attending the fourth edition of the annual Distribution and co-production (DISCOP Africa) markets at Hilton Hotel in Nairobi.

I highly regard the existence of Lola Kenya Screen for the exposure that they have given me. If I had been shown I might have forgotten; if I had been told, I might not have remembered the exact words; but because I received the first-hand information and made some sense from it — I can never forget.

Partners

This training is offered by Lola Kenya Screen in conjunction with Africalia, Belgian Development Cooperation, European Union, ComMattersKenya, and ArtMatters.Info.

To achieve its goals over the past five years, Lola Kenya Screen has worked with visionary organisations and individuals across the world. They include –

  • Prince Claus Fund For culture and Development (The Netherlands)
  • Jan Vrijman Fund/IDFA (The Netherlands)
  • Africalia Belgium (Belgium)
  • Communications and UNESCO (France)
  • ComMattersKenya (Kenya)
  • Goethe-Institut (Kenya)
  • Danish Film Institute (Denmark)
  • Artmatters.info (Kenya)
  • DW-Akademie/Berlin International Film Festival (Germany)
  • Prix Jeunesse International (Germany)
  • Finnish Film Foundation (Finland)
  • Alliance Francaise (Kenya)
  • Embassy of France (Kenya)
  • Southern Africa International Film & Television Market
  • Sithengi/Cape Town World Cinema Festival (South Africa)
  • Michael Auret
  • The Cradle Children’s Foundation (Kenya)
  • and Kenya film Commission (Kenya)

Mentors

The following professionals have helped mentor children and youth in the various skill development programmes over the years –

  • Antonia Ringbom (Finland/Sweden)
  • Maikki Kantola (Finland)
  • Meikke Statema (The Netherlands)
  • Florence Sipalla (Kenya)
  • Signe Zeilich-Jensen (The Netherlands)
  • Eid Abdel Latiff (Egypt)
  • Duco Tellegen (The Netherlands)
  • Fina Sensada-Boixader (Spain)
  • Rut Gomez Sobrino (Spain)
  • Anette Tony Hansen (Denmark)
  • Emily Wanja (Kenya)
  • Wanjiru Kairu (Kenya)
  • Vincho Nchogu (Kenya)
  • and Ogova Ondego (Kenya)

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Lola Kenya Screen appeals for support from other well wishers in helping shape the destiny of Kenya, Africa and the world through mentoring children and youth. Any organisation or individual in any part of the world interested in sharing our vision and responsibilities to the present and future generations of young people in any way may contact the Directorate of Lola Kenya Screen through —

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Nigeria, Malawi win top prizes at Lola Kenya Screen 2010

BY OGOVA ONDEGO. NAIROBI, KENYA (CINEMA MINIMA) — The fifth edition of the annual Lola Kenya Screen — audiovisual media festival, production workshop, and market for children and youth in Eastern Africa — ended in NairobiKenya on August 14, 2010, with top prizes going to films from Nigeria and Malawi. This marks a departure from previous Lola Kenya Screens, when most top prizes had gone to films from the Northern Hemisphere.

Golden Mboni Award

Beating a field of 22 to the prestigious Golden Mboni Award for the best children’s film was CHAMPIONS OF OUR TIME by Nigerian Mak’ Kusare. The three-member jury — Vanessa Alice Wanjiku, Alexander Thungu Kinyanjui, and Simon Odhiambo Onyango — was enthusiastic: “This film is based on a universal theme. The cast is well-chosen. We find the film educational, informative, and captivating.”

The 2010 production, which runs 120 minutes, tells the story of two whiz kids. They’re trying to enter an international quiz competition. One is denied registration because she is physically challenged; the other is accepted with open arms because she is from a well-to-do family, is able-bodied, and therefore, an excellent representative of the country abroad.

14-Plus Award

SEASONS OF A LIFE, a 2009 production by Charles Shemu Joyah of Malawi, won the 14-Plus Award for the best youth film on the account of its “creative beginning, good casting, good technical quality” and its “proclamation of the divinity of the motherhood in word and deed.”

Children’s and Youth films winners

The Christian Ditter-directed VORSTAADTKROKODILE|THE CROCODILES of Germany, and LOST AND FOUND by Philip Hunt of the UK, were declared second- and third-best children’s films.

WE WERE YOUNG by Namibia-based Philippe Talavera, and Vincent Chabrillant’s EN MODE AILLEURS of France, emerged second- and third-best youth films in the awards ceremony, which was held at the Kenya National Theatre in the heart of Nairobi on Saturday night.

The Lola Kenya Screen 2010 award winners

Golden Mboni for the best children’s film:
CHAMPIONS OF OUR TIME by Mak’ Kusare of Nigeria.
Silver Mboni for the second best children’s film:
VORSTAADTKROKODILE by Christian Ditter of Germany.
Bronze Mboni for the third best children’s film:
LOST AND FOUND by Philip Hunt of the UK.
14-Plus Award for the best youth film:
SEASONS OF A LIFE by Charles Shemu Joyah of Malawi.
14-Plus Award for the second best youth film:
WE WERE YOUNG by Philippe Talavera of Namibia.
14-Plus Award for the third best youth film:
EN MODE AILLEURS by Vincent Chabrillant of France.
Best Documentary:
BIG SISTER PUNAM by Lucian Muntean and Natasa Muntean of Serbia.
Best Animation:
LOST AND FOUND by Philip Hunt of the United Kingdom.
Best TV series:
KOZUCHA KLAMZUCHA by Andrezj Kukula of Poland.
Best Student film:
GREAT EXPECTATIONS by Alexei Gubenco of Romania.
Best Children’s right film:
JANAKI by M.G. Sasi of India.
Audience’s Choice Award:
LOST AND FOUND by Philip Hunt of the UK.
Special Talent Prize:
Talent Empire by Simon Peter Otieno of Kenya.
Special Youth Prize:
Communicating for Change, Nigeria.

Worldwide participation

For its 5th edition which was presented from August 9-14, 2010 in Nairobi, Lola Kenya Screen received 302 films from 39 countries on five continents, in 34 languages.

39 countries

  • Argentina
  • Brazil
  • Croatia
  • Denmark
  • Egypt
  • Ethiopia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • India
  • Iran
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Kenya
  • Kosovo
  • Latvia
  • Malawi
  • Moldova
  • Namibia
  • Nepal
  • The Netherlands
  • Nigeria
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Romania
  • Russia
  • Serbia
  • Singapore
  • Slovenia
  • South Africa
  • Spain
  • Tanzania
  • Tunisia
  • Turkey
  • Uganda
  • Uganda
  • UK
  • Ukraine
  • USA

34 languages

  • Albanian
  • Amharic
  • Arabic
  • Chichewa
  • Danish
  • Dutch
  • English
  • Farsi
  • Finnish
  • French
  • Gambay
  • German
  • Hokkein
  • Italian
  • Kannada
  • Karamojong
  • Kinyarwanda
  • Kiswahili
  • Luganda
  • Malayalam
  • Nepali
  • (No dialogue)
  • Norwegian
  • Polish
  • Portuguese
  • Russian
  • Setswana
  • Sheng
  • Singala
  • Slovene
  • Somali
  • Spanish
  • Tamang
  • Tamil
  • Turkish

Five continents

  • North America
  • South America
  • Africa
  • Asia
  • Europe

The festival screened one-third of the films submitted for consideration in 10 sections:

  • The Golden Mboni Award Competition for the best children’s film
  • The 14-Plus Award Competition for the best youth film
  • Films by Students
  • Films by Children
  • Films for Youth
  • Eastern Africa Prism
  • Television Series
  • World Panorama
  • Special Focus
  • 4th Kids for Kids Africa.

The highest number of entries came from Spain, followed by Kenya and Nigeria.

First-time participants in the five-year festival were Kosovo, Tunisia, Malawi, Moldova, and Singapore.

Animation carried the most entries from almost every country and continent and a good number of experimental films were also registered.

Lola Kenya Screen 2010 witnessed an upsurge in the number of films made by children and youth (under age 18).

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Lola Kenya Screen 2010 Announces Film Line Up

BY OGOVA ONDEGO. NAIROBI, KENYA (CINEMA MINIMA) — The Nairobi-based Lola Kenya Screen audiovisual media festival, production workshop, and market for children and youth in Eastern Africa has released the film lineup for the 5th edition of the annual event that runs 2010 August 9-14.

The films submitted to the annual festival — whose theme in 2010 is Passion, Innovation, and Adaptability — came from 37 countries spread across five continents, and in 33 languages.

The highest number of entries came from Spain, followed by Kenya and Nigeria, with new interest in the festival coming from Kosovo, Tunisia, Malawi, Moldova, and Singapore.

Animation carried the most entries from almost every country and continent. Also received were experimental films. A large number of quality films made by children and youth — those under the age of 18 years — was registered.

Besides introducing media literacy in 2010, Lola Kenya Screen — which usually caters to children ages 6 years and over — is also programming films for pre-schoolers in the age bracket 3–6 years.

The films selected shall run under these categories:

  • The Golden Mboni Award Competition for the Best Children’s Film
  • The 14-Plus Award Competition for the Best Youth Film
  • Films by Students
  • Films by Children and Youth
  • Films for Youth
  • Eastern Africa Prism
  • World Panorama
  • Television Series
  • Special Focus
  • The 4th Kids For Kids Africa Festival/Competition

The countries represented at Lola Kenya Screen 2010 are …

  • Argentina
  • Brazil
  • Croatia
  • Denmark
  • Ethiopia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • India
  • Iran
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Kenya
  • Kosovo
  • Latvia
  • Malawi
  • Moldova
  • Namibia
  • Nepal
  • The Netherlands
  • Nigeria
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Romania
  • Serbia
  • Singapore
  • Slovenia
  • South Africa
  • Spain
  • Tanzania
  • Tunisia
  • Turkey
  • Uganda
  • Uganda
  • UK
  • Ukraine
  • USA

… While the films came from …

  • Africa
  • Asia
  • Europe
  • North America
  • South America

… they are made in these languages …

  • Albanian
  • Amharic
  • Arab
  • Chichewa
  • Danish
  • Dutch
  • English
  • Farsi
  • Finnish
  • French
  • Gambay
  • German
  • Hokkein
  • Italian
  • Kannada
  • Karamojong
  • Kinyarwanda
  • Kiswahili
  • Luganda
  • Malayalam
  • Nepali
  • Norwegian
  • Polish
  • Portuguese
  • Setswana
  • Sheng
  • Singala
  • Slovene
  • Somali
  • Spanish
  • Tamang
  • Tamil
  • Turkish

… and no dialogue.

The 5th Lola Kenya Screen has selected the following films:

  1. 5th Lola Kenya Screen Golden Mboni Award Competition for the Best Children’s Film
    1. VORSTAADTKROKODILE|THE CROCODILES, Christian Ditter, 98′00″, 2009, Germany
    2. CHAMPIONS OF OUR TIME, Mak’ Kusare, 120′00″, 2010, Nigeria
    3. MYRSKY|STORM HEART, Kaisa Rastimo, 2008, 100′00″, Finland
    4. JANAKI| DAUGHTER OF THE EARTH, MG Sasi, 92′00″, 2010, India
    5. MAGICZNE DRZEWO|THE MAGIC TREE, Andrzej Maleszka, 90′00″, 2009, Poland
    6. KIKKERDRIL|FROGS AND TOADS, Simone Van Dusseldorp, 75′00″, 2009, The Netherlands
    7. BIG SISTER PUNAM, Lucian Muntean and Natasa Muntean, 51′00″, 2009, Serbia
    8. ALBERT’S WINTER, Andreas Koefoed, 29′00″, 2009, Denmark
    9. HELP PEOPLE IN NEED, Catherine Nyambura, 24′00″, 2010, Kenya
    10. LOST AND FOUND, Philip Hunt, 24′00″, 2008, UK
    11. THE MISINVENTIONS OF MILO WEATHERBY, William Whirity, 22′00″, 2008, USA
    12. KAD ABOLI RIPO| WHEN APPLES ROLL, Reinis Kalnaellis, 6′46″, 2009, Latvia
    13. MASALA MAMA, Michael Kam, 8′30″, 2010, Singapore
    14. ISFISKE|FISHING WITH SAM, Atle S. Blakseth, 6′00″, 2009, Norway
    15. A TREE AND A FLOWER, Tomoko Oguchi, 5′23″, 2010, USA
    16. ADVENTURES OF ALAYO, Olanrewaju Oluwafemi, 1′30″, 2009, Nigeria
    17. JESUISITO DE MI VIDA|DEAR CHILD JESUS, Jesus Perez-Miranda, 9′00″, 2009, Spain
    18. PACI|THE HUNGRY, JD Imaya Varman, 2009, India
    19. KATAKOMBO, Michael Zamjatnins, 7′17″, 2008, Germany
    20. A VARINHA MAGICA|THE MAGIC WAND, Kurt Shaw, 4′14″, 2009, USA
    21. MOMOM EST UNE EIKOILE|MUM IS A STAR, Trabelsi Marwen, 10′00″, 2008, Tunisia
    22. THE YELLOW HOUSE: KEVIN THE SUPERHERO, Catherine Kunze, Jacob Wellendorf, 9′00″, 2009, Denmark
  2. 5th Lola Kenya Screen 14-Plus Award Competition for the Best Youth Film
    1. MONNA WA MMINO: THE MIKE MASOTE STORY, Norman Maake, 126′03″, 2009, South Africa
    2. SEASONS OF A LIFE, C Shemu Joyah, 102′00″, 2009, Malawi
    3. WE WERE YOUNG, Philippe Talavera, 54′00″, 2009, Namibia
    4. PODER|ABLE, Emilio Santin, 15′00″, 2008, Spain
    5. BABCIA WYJEZDZA|GRANDMA HAS GONE, Tomasz Jurkiewz, 18′00″, 2009, Poland
    6. EN MODE AILLEURS|AIRHEAD, Vincent Chabrillat, 13′00″, 2009, France
    7. KNOCK OFF, Rosanne Flynn, 11′27″, 2009, UK
    8. CARTA DE FRANCIA|LETTER FROM FRANCE, Diego Lopez Cotillo, 17′00″, 2009, Spain
    9. TOGETHERNESS SUPREME, Nathan Collet, 94′00″, 2010, USA/Kenya
  3. Films by Students
    1. DE KLEINE KRAAI MET BLOTE BILLEN|THE LITTLE CROW WITH THE NAKED BOTTOM, Raimke Groothuizen, 5′00″, 2008, The Netherlands
    2. GREAT EXPECTATIONS, Alexei Gubenco, 3′00″, 2009, Romania
    3. ORKESTERI|THE ORCHESTRA,Joonas Rutanen and Veera Lehtola,7′40″,2010, Finland
    4. KATISKA|THE TRAP,  Jonni Mannisto, Janne Kukkonen, JP Saari, Mikko Korhone, 4′33″, 2008, Finland
    5. KIBERA HAMLETS, Josphat Keya, 6′10″, 2010, Kenya
    6. HAPPY RE-UNION, Evans Kamau, 5′10″, 2010, Kenya
    7. RISE TO THE OCCASION, John Ngaruiya, 10′46″, 2010, Kenya7′11″
    8. KIBERA MPIRA MTAANI, John Ngaruiya, 4′42″, 2010, Kenya
    9. À OUTRANCE, Martha Kisaka, 5′41″, 2010, Kenya
    10. SILENT BATTLE, Josphat Keya, 13′26″, Kenya
    11. THEY ARE MY BROTHERS TOO, Victor Oluoch, 8′00″, 2010, Kenya
  4. Films for Youth
    1. CATCH THEM YOUNG, Awoba Bob Manuel, 19′00″, 2009, Nigeria
    2. I AM PREPARED, Awoba Bob Manuel, 19′00″, 2009, Nigeria
    3. MY BROTHER’S KEEPER, Mellamby Ileogben, 17′30″, 2009, Nigeria
    4. THE JUJU DOCTOR, Mellamby Ileogben, 18′40″, 2009, Nigeria
    5. ONLY ONCE, Tunde Kelani, 17′40″, 2009, Nigeria
    6. THE VISIT, Tunde Kelani, 19′35″, 2009, Nigeria
    7. YOU NO BE MAN, Tunde Kelani, 20′20″ 2009, Nigeria
  5. Eastern Africa Prism
    1. MOTHER OR…, Aster Bedane, 7′46″, 2010, Ethiopia
    2. MSETO WAHAPAHAPA, Jordan Riber, Tanzania
    3. EKITABO KYO’BULAMU|THE BOOK OF LIFE, Patrick Sekyaya, 85′00″, Uganda
    4. THE CARTER, David Omurunga, 50′00″, 2010, Kenya
    5. MUSIC FOR CHANGE, Wilson Muiruri, 3′41″, 2010, Kenya
    6. BREAKING BARRIERS, Yamrot Ritgussde, Ethiopia, 2009
    7. BUUFIS: A QUEST FOR RESETTLEMENT, Solomon Mwendwa, 3′30″, 2009, Kenya
  6. World Panorama
    1. YATAKA|NIGHT JAR, Keu kaizu,10′00″, 2009, Japan
    2. ARAROMIRE|THE FIGURINE, Kunle Afolayan, 2009, 120′00″, Nigeria
    3. BIG FAMILY, Anand and Madhura Katti, 50′00″, 2009, India
    4. ERKCAR MIR LIEBE|TALES OF LOVE, Florian Aigner, 70′00″, 2010 Germany
    5. SOOT ZADAN ZIRE AB|WHISTLING UNDER WATER, Hooshmand Varaei 15′00″, 2009, Iran
    6. NO WAY THROUGH, Alexandra Monro, Sheila Menon, 7′11″, 2009, UK
    7. QUIERO SER UNA GACELA|I AM A GAZELLE, Ana Rodriguez Rosell, 29′00″, 2009, Spain/Senegal
    8. DARKA|THE DINNER, Blerta Zeqiri, 17′00″, 2009, Kosovo
    9. PINOCCHIO AL CIRCO|PINOCCHIO AT THE CIRCUS, Jacob Barua, 13′00″, 2009, Italy
    10. ARENA|SAND, Jota Aronak, 19′00″, 2009, Spain
    11. EL RAYO Y LA SIRENA| THUNDERBOLT AND THE MERMAID, Diego Sanchidrian, 11′00″, 2009, Spain
    12. LEVEDAD|LIGHTNESS, Lucid Del Rio, 15′00″, 2010, Spain
    13. ADIÓS, MUÑECA|GOOD BYE DOLL, Hugo Sanz, 15′00″, 2010, Spain
    14. A INCRIVEL HISTCIRIA VOVOZINHA E O LOBO MAU|THE INCREDIBLE STORY OF GRANNY AND THE BIG BAD WOLF, Kurt Shaw, 3′48″, 2009, USA/Brazil
    15. CUANDO LLEGÓ LA MUERTE|WHEN THE DEATH CAME, Antonio de la Llera, 29′00″, 2009, Spain
    16. BLACK DOGS BARKING, Mehmet Bahadir Er and Maryna Gorbach, 88′00″, 2009, Turkey
    17. DI ME QUE YO|SAY ME, Mateo Gil, 15′00″, 2008, Spain
    18. DOPPELGANGER, Oscar de Julian, 20′00″, 2010, Spain
    19. VIVE LA CRISE, Alexei Gubenco, 3′00″, 2009, Romania/Moldova
    20. TU(A)MOR, Fernando Franco, 13′00″, 2009, Spain
    21. QUIERO SER UNA GACELA, Ana Rodriguez Rosell, 29′00″, 2009, Spain
    22. A BICYCLE MADE OF SALT, Trinidad Lemos, 15′00″, 2008, Argentina
    23. MOJ PUT|MY WAY, Veljko Popovic, 6′40″, 2010, Croatia
    24. KOZUCHA KLAMCZUCHA|YAZMIN THE COCKROACH, Kurt Shaw, 4′05″, 2009, USA/Brazil
    25. UNEARTHING THE PEN, Carol Salter, 12′00″, 2009, UK/Uganda
    26. THE IMP IN THE CITY, Dawn Westlake, 2′18″, 2010, USA
    27. ASTHAMANAM|SUNSET, J Ramesh, 5′00″, 2008, India
  7. Television Series
    1. KORALE CZAROWNICY|THE WITCH’S BEADS, Aniela Lubieniecka, 13′00″, 2008, Poland
    2. KOZUCHA KLAMCZUCHA|THE LYING GOAT, Andrzej Kukuła, 13′00″, 2008, Poland
    3. KRÓL KRUKÓW|THE RAVEN KING, Jacek Adamczak, 13′00″, 2008, Poland
  8. Special Focus
    1. Experimental films spanning painting, photography and video by Trabelsi Marwen of Tunisia.
  9. Films by Children and Youth
    1. BINN BUNNY GOES GREEN, 30 young people aged 9 and 10,  6′30″, 2009, UK
    2. PRE HISTORIC PET SHOP, young people aged 13 and 18, 4′20″, 2009, UK
    3. ONE GOAL, ONE HOPE, Jeff Mohammed, 13′00″, 2010, Kenya
    4. MY BEAUTIFUL DRESS, 1′50″, 2009, Kenya
    5. HAPPY CLOUD, 61 young people aged 7 and 18, 5′24″, 2009, UK
  10. 4th Kids For Kids Africa Festival/Competition
    1. The films for this category shall be announced on July 4, 2010 as the deadline for submission is June 30, 2010.

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Lola Kenya Screen 2010 Call for Film Entries

BY OGOVA ONDEGO. NAIROBI, KENYA (CINEMA MINIMA) — The Lola Kenya Screen film festival for children and youth calls upon children, youth, amateurs, students, and professionals to submit quality films that focus on children, ages 13 and under; youth, ages 14 to 25; or families, including adults ages 25 and over. The fifth edition of the annual event will take place in August 2010. The deadline for film submissions is 2010 April 15. There is no entry fee.

Experimental films, television series, and video games will be accepted. Even creatively packaged music videos, tackling issues related to children, youth, and family — and which provide strong role models to children and youth while speaking positively to children of diverse backgrounds — are welcome.

Showcases and Awards

Selected films will be showcased under various categories, with those starring children between ages of 6-13 competing for the prestigious Lola Kenya Screen Golden Mboni award for the best children’s film; those featuring children above 14 years competing for the Lola Kenya Screen 14-Plus Prize for the best youth film.

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Workshops

The festival not only showcases films; it also places audiovisual media production tools into the hands of children and youth. It has equipped 92 children with basic skills — 47 in filmmaking, 19 in creative journalism, nine in events organization and presentation, and 17 in the critical appreciation of films. Its annual film production workshops have realised 20 short animations and eight documentaries.

Lola Kenya Screen Film Festival entry rules and submission form are online in PDF format. Details about the festival, and other Lola Kenya Screen activities are available at the Lola Kenya Screen Web site.

Films must be received between 2009 December 1, and 2010 April 15. Entries must reach the Lola Kenya Screen no later than 2010 April 15.

The festival — which recognizes that adults must be sensitised into creating for and with children and youth — has been held annually since 2006. By its fourth edition in August 2009, Lola Kenya Screen had showcased 1,450 films from six continents. The 2009 edition had attracted 315 films in 33 languages, out of which more than 250 were shown to over three thousand people.

The 2009 Golden Mboni prize went to IO PARLO by Marco Gianfreda of Italy, the Silver Mboni to THE HAPPY DUCKLING by Gili Dolev of Scotland/Israel, and the Bronze Mboni to PAMELA by James Kanja of Kenya. The Golden Mboni has been awarded since 2006.

The 14-Plus award was inaugurated in 2009, and was won by South Africa’s UGUGU NO ANDILE, a timeless love story set against the backdrop of a political war, directed by Minky Schlessinger. The 14-Plus award for the second and third best youth films went to Norway’s A BEAUTIFUL TRAGEDY by David Kinsella, and to Kenya’s FROM A WHISPER by Wanuri Kahiu, respectively.

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Lola Kenya Screen trains 86 children as filmmakers; shows 1,200 Films

BY OGOVA ONDEGO. NAIROBI, KENYA (CINEMA MINIMA) — Since 2006, Lola Kenya Screen — East Africa’s premier audiovisual media platform for children and youth — has showcased more than 1,200 films from 71 nations, representing all six continents in various genres, formats and lengths.

Lola Kenya Screen has added to eastern Africa’s creative and cultural spectrum — 31 child filmmakers, 14 journalists, 13 film judges, 7 MCs, 15 producers of television drama for children and youth, and 6 producers of documentary films for children and youth.

The Third Lola Kenya Screen (August 11-16, 2008), attracted participation from Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Egypt, Germany, Belgium and Holland. All participants came in to watch the wide variety of films from 56 nations and to be equipped with skills for making films, appreciating and judging audiovisual media production, presenting programmes and filing daily reports on the festival.

Established in October 2005 as a movement that uses appropriate and available technologies to deliver audiovisual media content that complements, enhances, entertains and promotes learning among the generation of today and tomorrow — children and youth — in the promotion of literacy, gender equity, independent thought, human rights, environmental responsibility and global health.

Through her programmes, Lola Kenya Screen explores, identifies and nurtures creative talent among children and youth in areas such as journalism, filmmaking, arts appraisal and appreciation, and organisation and presentation of cultural and creative events. This is aimed at equipping children and youth with the skills to understand, appreciate, and create quality audiovisual productions in particular and arts in general.

Lola Kenya Screen places production tools in the hands of children and youth for the advancement of literacy, gender equity, self expression, and democracy in their world through her production workshop, film exhibition, and audiovisual media platform for marketing, promoting and distributing films.

While the Festival Press is aimed at uplifting the standards of creative and cultural journalism in eastern Africa, the Production Workshop empowers children and youth to make at least five quality, low-budget, moving images per year. In 2008, this programme was made possible with the support of Africalia of Belgium.

Out of the recognition that unless adults are sensitised into creating for and with children, the aim of putting children and youth on the public agenda could become a cropper, Lola Kenya Screen 2008 also worked with practising filmmakers in the production of documentaries for children and youth. This was made possible with the support of the Jan Vrijman Fund/IDFA of The Netherlands.

Programme Presentation, as the title suggest, 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.

At the end of the six-day festival, HOPPET | LEAPS AND BOUNDS by Peter Naess — an 86-minute feature about two brothers who flee US-occupied Iraq of Sweden — beat a strong field of 24 well crafted, award-winning international films that competed in seven categories, to the coveted Lola Kenya Screen Golden Mboni Award.

Saying that HOPPET had spoken to their heart, the official jury, comprising four children from Kenya and Zimbabwe, described HOPPET as “hopeful. Despite their many struggles, the two boys finally achieve their goals and get to their final destination where they are re-united with their parents.”

SIRI RAJA SIRI | KING SIRI by Somaratne Dissanayake of Sri Lanka took the Silver Mboni.

RAJA SIRI RAJA, the jury noted, “is a funny, uncomplicated film about a village boy who overcomes the discouragement of poverty.” The star of the 88-minute film, 11-year-old Sirimal excels in his national examinations to join a star college in he city that other materially well off children can only dream about. Despite encountering lots of social and economic challenges, he succeeds.

SUBIRA by Kenya-based Ravneet Sippy Chadha stars a strong-willed 11-year-old girl who rebels against tradition to be as free as her brother who plays freely. It made away with the Bronze Mboni. The jury was impressed by the 12-minute film “about a Muslim girl fighting for her rights despite the tyranny of the conservative community she lives in.”

Giving the Best Documentary Award to JOURNEY OF A RED FRIDGE by Lucian Muntean and Natasa Stankovic of Serbia, the jury noted that it “shows us the life of many children in Nepal. It is about a 17-year-old boy who earns a living as a porter.”

MAX’S WORDS, a film by Galen Fott and Jerry Hunt got the Best Animation Film Award for what the jury described as “an inspirational and original film, with beautiful images. It is a truly surprising film!”

For “a film we found well-made in every aspect — story, sound and image,” the jury gave the Best Short Film Award to PORQUE HAY CASA QUE NUNCA SE OLVIDIAN | THERE ARE THINGS YOU NEVER FORGET by Lucas Figueroa. “The plot was humouristic and the end had a surprising twist that made us laugh.” This 13-minute film is set in Naples, Italy, in 1950. It shows boys exacting their revenge on for an unforgivable crime: The destruction of their football by a vengeful old woman.

HELLO SPRING, a lyrical and philosophical 7-minute film directed by Masoone Jafari of Iran grabbed the Most Experimental Film Award at a two-hour ceremony held at the Kenya National Theatre in the Nairobi central business district. “This film is a musical adventure with the message that we should not be obsessed with the way we look. We are perfect!”, the jury intoned.

The Child Rights Award went to QUAMAR | WORKING TO LIVE, a 24-minute film by Preeya Nair of India.

The jury said the film “shows the struggles of a girl being exploited by a shopkeeper where she works because she can’t count. She would like to go to school but her mother doesn’t think this is necessary for girls.”

For the second time since 2007 — when Films by Children for Children won the Grand Prize at the 5th World Summit on Media and Children/Kids for Kids Africa in Johannesburg, South Africa — a Lola Kenya Screen production took the Kids for Kids Africa prize at the 2nd Kids for Kids Africa held in the framework of the 3rd Lola Kenya Screen. The jury called it “a funny and educational film with a clear message that makes you just want to learn. It is a film for and by children.”

The film, LITTLE KNOWLEDGE IS DANGEROUS, was written, animated, shot, and directed by Samora Michelle, Adede Hawi NyOdero and Karama K Ogova during the 2nd Lola Kenya Screen film production workshop conducted by Maikki Kantola of Finland for Project Anima of Denmark in 2007.

Some eight films from Kenya, South Africa and Zimbabwe were in the 2nd Kids for Kids Africa Competition. They were UNCOVERING SECRETS OF THE WORLD by Mia Dupper of South Africa (2008); INGWAZI JIVE by Abigal Mlotshwa; FIGHT AGAINST POVERTY by Tinashe Maravanyika; NDAIFARA by Mercy Mafudze and Craig Kimu; OH MAMA by Thelma Maduma of Zimbabwe (made under the Postcards from Zimbabwe compilation [2006]); LITTLE KNOWLEDGE IS DANGEROUS by Adede NyOdero, Samora Michelle, and Karama Ogova; MANANI OGRES by Joseph Hongo, Marcus Joseph, Norrick Joseph, and Samuel Musembi; and THE WISE BRIDE by Alexandria Ngini, Aysha Satchu and Layla Satchu (2007).

Some of the resource people at Lola Kenya Screen 2008 were Signe Zeilich-Jensen, Duco Tellegen, and Meike Statema (Holland), Eid Abdel Latif (Egypt), and Florence Sipalla (Kenya).

Lola Kenya Screen 2008, held on the theme of “Peace-Building for a Sustainable Future”, attracted some of the best possible films for children and youth in the world from 56 nations.

Lola Kenya Screen accepts and showcases a film only if its content is creative and demonstrates artistic and technical mastery, speaks positively to children of diverse backgrounds and cultures and provides strong role models for both boys and girls.

Additionally, such a film is expected to be child-driven and the stories culturally authentic, timely, and of universal appeal.

Films and videos submitted to Lola Kenya Screen are made by, with and for children and youth rather than about children and youth.

The theme of Lola Kenya Screen 2008 was Peace-Building for a Just and Sustainable Future out of the realisation that tension and conflict are inevitable in healthy human relationships but that they need not result in the wanton destruction of life, property and livelihood.

Presented by ComMattersKenya in collaboration with Goethe-Institut in Kenya, Lola Kenya Screen 2008 was supported by Africalia of Belgium, and the Jan Vrijman Fund/IDFA of The Netherlands.

The next edition of Lola Kenya Screen, the fourth one, will run in Nairobi, Kenya, 2009 August 10-15. [ArtMatters.info]

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Lola Kenya Screen 2007 Films Show in Finland

By OGOVA ONDEGO. NAIROBI, KENYA (CINEMA MINIMA) — AFRICAN FOLK TALES ANIMATED, a compilation of three films and three songs made at 2nd Lola Kenya Screen in Nairobi in August 2007 has been selected for screening in Finland in March 2008.

The 5th annual Children’s and youth’s Videotivoli festival (2008 March 4-9) in Tampere, Finland,selected Lola Kenya Screen’s MANANI OGRES, LITTLE KNOWLEDGE IS DANGEROUS and THE WISE BRIDE from among 500 submissions they received from 35 nations around the world.

MANANI OGRES, a fascinating animation on the imporatance of vigilance, was created by Joseph Hongo, Marcus Joseph,Norick Joseph,and Samuel Musembi to show that drumming, music and dance must be employed where vigilance fails. Music, the short shows,has power on every living thing, including man-eating ogres.

Made by Samora Michelle, Adede Hawi NyOdero and Karama K Ogova, LITTLE KNOWLEDGE IS DANGEROUS, on the other hand, shows that one who tries to shock others by one’s clever-by-half antics, usually ends up frying oneself in one’s own oil. The message is passed through Mjinga, Juha, and Mwehu with the playful use on Kiswahili carrying the message across. This film won the Most Creative Project at Lola kenya Screen in 2007.

The message passed through THE WISE BRIDE is that when more than one suitor compete for a beautiful girl, only the girl’s ingenuity carries the day.This film with a twist in the tale was conceived and executed by Alexandria Ngini, Aysha Satchu, Layla Satchu and Flora Wanjiru.

First shown at the closing ceremony of Lola Kenya Screen on 2007 August 11 and also at KIFF in October 1, 2007, AFRICAN FOLK TALES were shown in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, in October 2007. The compilation is scheduled for screening in Denmark, Germany, Sweden, Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania, among other places.

FILMS BY CHILDREN FOR CHILDREN, made by participants aged 9-15 years at the inaugural Lola Kenya Screen film production workshop in 2006, not only won the Grand Prize at the 5th World Summit on Media for Chilren and Kids for Kids Africa film festival, but was screened to great acclaim in Kenya, Uganda, South Africa, Poland, Senegal, Tanzania, Germany, and Holland, among other places globally.

Meanwhile, preparation for the 3rd Lola Kenya Screen (2008 August 4-9),an annual international audiovisual media production workshop, festival and market that seeks to equip children and youth with skills to understand, appreciate, and create quality films and creative works to advance literacy, gender-equity, self-expression and global health, are undeway.

To this end, the presenters of Lola Kenya Screen are looking for children and youth who are knowledgeable, opinionated and interested in film, journalism, and cultural events’ presentation to apply for positions on her four programmes during the 3rd Lola Kenya Screen (2008 August 4-9).

Interested applicants may visist www.lolakenyascreen.or.ke and www.artmatters.info for details on how to be involved.

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