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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