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Nairobi abuzz with local film festivals

Kenya filmmakers at Udada and Mama Afrika Film Awards. PHOTO | MARGARETTA WA GACHERU
Kenya filmmakers at Udada and Mama Afrika Film Awards. PHOTO | MARGARETTA WA GACHERU 

Kenya’s equivalents of the American Oscars and Emmys will be awarded on December 9th to an outstanding array of local cinematographers, actors, films, TV shows, commercials and others who have contributed to making local film and TV industries thrive over the last few years.

The Kalasha International Film and TV Awards Night is set to be the best Gala event organised by the Kenya Film Commission (KFC) since Kalasha first came into being seven years ago.

One reason the Gala is likely to be the best is partly because the number of entries submitted for consideration this year is the highest ever seen by the Commission.

With the deadline for submissions having recently lapsed, the KFC just announced that no less than 1,677 entries have been made. Out of those, 237 are films. So the jury of eight has a serious task of vetting.