Africa converges on Nairobi for Seventh Africa Movie Academy Awards

BY OGOVA ONDEGO. NAIROBI, KENYA (CINEMA MINIMA) — Nairobi will come alive on 2011 February 25 and 26 when leading film practitioners in Africa and the Diaspora converge on the Kenyan metropolis for the 7th edition of the annual Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) Nomination Night and Music Concert.

According to an AMAA Press Statement issued in Lagos on February 2, 2011, the event–-dubbed Nairobi Rocks with Stars–-the Nomination Night will take place on Friday at the Ole-Sereni Hotel. Stars set to attend it include Nollywood greats like Rita Dominic, Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, Mike Ezuronye, Chinedu Ikeduze, Kate Henshaw-Nuttal, Jim Iyke, and Ini Edo, among others.

Tony Anih, the Administrative Secretary of AMAA, says the two-pronged Nomination Night and Music Concert is aimed at building the brand AMAA and increasing its presence and visibility in the eastern African region to the extent that participation in the award from the region will double in subsequent years.

The Nairobi event is thus planned as an entry point to eastern Africa — Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, eastern DR Congo, Ethiopia, Sudan, Eritrea, Djibouti, Somalia and Southern Sudan.

“Eastern Africa has made very strong showing and presence in AMAA since we started, particularly in the last three editions. Apart from submitting films for the awards filmmakers and allied practitioners from these countries have come to Nigeria to attend the awards,” Anih says.

He explains that it was largely because of the region’s contribution to Africa’s premier film awards that the Secretariat of AMAA “felt it is time to make them have a feel of the award by taking the Nomination Night to them and thereby increasing the AMAA brand’s visibility in that region of Africa. Nairobi is central to East Africa. It is the economic hub of the region. It will be easy for people in East Africa to come to Nairobi. It will be a great night.”

Another feature of this year’s Nomination Night is a concert that is scheduled for Saturday, February 26, at Carnivore Grounds in Nairobi’s Lang’ata area. The main performers will be P-Square, J Martins, Edge, Kwela Tebza and Amani.

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 Children's Screen Represents Kenya at All-Africa Film Awards 2009

BY OGOVA ONDEGO. NAIROBI, KENYA (CINEMA MINIMA) — Crystal Ndungwa Ndolo, Elaine Nesbitt and Adede Hawi Nyodero were barely six, eight and nine years old, respectively, when they each made their first film during the annual Lola Kenya Children’s Screen film production workshop. Though this would have looked like child’s play, their work was taken seriously and is now contesting for top awards around the world.

Samora Michelle Oundo, Nyodero and Crystal Ndolo are among 7 children (out of 17) aged 7-14 years who are representing Kenya at the 5th Africa Movie Academy Awards in Nigeria (March 31-April 6, 2009) where their films are competing for top prizes alongside those of professional adult filmmakers.

The other children in the Kenyan delegation to Yenagoa, the capital of the oil-rich Bayelsa State, include Charmaine Nyambura Ndolo, Charlene Ndinda Ndolo, Norrick Joseph Kangethe, and Joseph Kang’ethe Mwangi.

LITTLE KNOWLEDGE IS DANGEROUS, a film on clever-by-half antics by Nyodero, Oundo and Karama Kilibwa Ogova (2007); MANANI OGRES on the importance of being vigilant by Joseph Hongo, Marcus Joseph, Norrick Joseph and Samuel Musembi(2007); and CHEPRONO on thinking before leaping by Joseph Miriri, Charlene Ndolo, Bree Tonga Manuel, Charmaine Ndolo, Mina Ogova, Triston Kayonga, Othman Bakar, Crystal Ndolo, Steven Miriri and Celestine Mwashagha (2008) are competing for the Best Animation Prize against films from Burkina Faso.

Although all the 17 Lola Kenya Children’s Screen filmmakers were invited to Nigeria, only seven can make it to the event as the majority are in school outside Nairobi or do not have national passports. The delegation, consisting of 20, leaves Nairobi for Lagos on March 31 for the AMAA ceremony that takes place on April 4, 2009. While in Nigeria, the delegation will participate in a weeklong cultural programme that will culminate in the awards ceremony.

Another Lola Kenya Screen production, SANTOS THE SURVIVOR, a documentary made by Rupinder Jagdev during the Lola Kenya Screen children and docs workshop in 2008, is competing for the Best Documentary (Short Subject) award.

Whereas LITTLE KNOWLEDGE IS DANGEROUS and MANANI OGRES were made under the guidance of Finnish tutor Maiki Kantola with the support of the Danish Film Institute of Copenhagen, CHEPRONO was made under the facilitation of Egyptian Dr Eid Abdel Latif with the support of Africalia of Brussels, Belgium.

SANTOS THE SURVIVOR, a film on how an orphaned child survives in Nairobi made under the guidance of Dutch documentary filmmaker Duco Tellegen with the support of the Jan Vrijman Fund/IDFA of Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Meanwhile, the Centre of Films for Children and Youth (CIFEJ) and Kids for Kids Festival (KFKF) in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, have just communicated that LITTLE KNOWLEDGE IS DANGEROUS has just made it to the list of finalists in the international KIDS FOR KIDS FESTIVAL. It is competing in the Animation 13-16-year-old category against Poor Joshua Verde (Australia), Mancipia (Belgium), Carta Animada pela Paz: Os Dois Lados da Favela/The Animated Charter for Peace: The Two Sides of a Shanty Town (Brazil), Peace of Mind (Canada), Sul Filo dei Diritti/Let’s Knit on Human rights (Italy), Corn in the USA (USA) and Perspective: The Chicago Trains (USA).

This film has done very well, having won the Most Creative Production award at Lola Kenya Screen (August 2007), the Grand Prize at 2nd Kids For Kids Africa (August 2008), Special Jury Award at the Jugend Medien Festival Berlin, Germany (May 2008).

LITTLE KNOWLEDGE IS DANGEROUS — like all other Lola Kenya Screen productions — has been screened on virtually all continents where it has won accolades and collected awards along the way.

More information about the Lola Kenya Screen audiovisual media initiative for children and youth in eastern Africa — including high-quality pictures for media use — can be downloaded from the media gallery at <>.