Entertainment / Music
Tuesday, 31 May 2016 11:18 EAT
The 6th edition of the Campus Film Symposium was held at the Technical University of Kenya from 17th to 20th May 2016.
The symposium which incorporates over 10 Kenyan Universities, is a student-focused program with a vision to inspire a new generation of filmmakers through film discussions, debates, screenings and motivational talks from established filmmakers, to enable film and media students in universities build their careers and sharpen their skills.
Film in Kenya has not been widely embraced as compared to international films such as Hollywood and Nollywood productions and has thus posed a challenge for film makers and film students in the country. The symposium seeks to change the mindset of Kenya by raising vibrant film makers who will steer the film industry in the country.
With most people being aware of local television programs such as Papa Shirandula, Mother in Law, Inspekta Mwala, Pendo, Tahidi High among others; very few Kenyans are acquainted with Kenyan made films. Film in Kenya faces a lot of challenges from lack of resources and financing. Strides have been made, but a lot is yet to be accomplished.
CFS is an offshoot of FilmVue East Africa, a publishing firm that through its print and online platforms specializes in publishing film related content. FilmVue East Africa has previously published five editions of Film Kenya Magazine which discusses Kenyan Features to a Global Audience.
The symposium facilitates the collaboration from various film related institutions such as MCSK, PRISK, Kenya film commission, Nick Creations, Mojo Productions as well as the Kenya Film Classification Board. There will also be key personalities in attendance such as activist Boniface Mwangi, George Kimani from Continental Content Distribution (CCD Africa), Kawira Mugambi from Performers Rights Society of Kenya (PRISK).
So far, CFS has worked with USIU, Daystar University, University of Nairobi, Jomo Kenyatta University of Science and Technology and Kenyatta University and now with the Technical university of Kenya.