- The red carpet event went down on Sunday at the Kenyatta University Amphitheatre.
- The event is meant to raise the profile of institutions that produce films.
- It also introduces students to a professional red carpet award in which their efforts are recognised.
It was all pomp and colour at the 2017 edition of the Kenya Schools Colleges and University Film Festival Awards.
The red carpet event went down on Sunday at the Kenyatta University Amphitheatre.
Actors, producers, film makers, film lecturers and who-is-who in the industry made an appearance at the awards’ ceremony.
The event was attended by, among other, Mr Ezekiel Mutua the CEO of the Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) who awarded prizes to over 200 winners.
The event is meant to raise the profile of institutions that produce films while at the same time introducing the students to a professional red carpet award in which their efforts are recognised.
The event was organised by Kenyatta University through its Department of Film and Theatre Arts is collaborating with the Ministry of Education through its Kenya National Drama and Film Committee, and the University of Nairobi.
In 2012, The Kenya National Drama Committee organised and launched the first ever Kenya Schools, Colleges and Universities Film Festival.
This was conceived as a platform to tap into the talent and showcase films produced by educational institutions in Kenya.
At that time, about 60 screen items in various genres were screened.
The film festival for educational institutions has grown in leaps and bounds to form a formidable festival that was witnessed in Kisumu in April.
This year’s edition of the festival had over 300 submissions of screen items that were screened and judged in a record eight days and attracted an audience of over 2,000 people.
This was a powerful statement by the Association of the Film Producing Institutions in Kenya (AFPEIK).
The students who are the key stakeholders in the festival and who invest in the planning and the general execution of film production are rarely recognised.
“As a film regulator I am particularly passionate about efforts geared towards promoting creative arts in the country.
“This is an area full of opportunities for young people to create jobs and establish lucrative careers,” Mr Mutua said.
He thanked AFPEIK and Kenyatta University for organising the event whose aim is to celebrate talented youth.