USIU-Africa to reinforce relationship with film commission

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From left: Mr. Gerald Owino (Kenya Film Commission Board Member), Ms. Swabra Soud (Partnerships and External Linkages Officer), Prof. Paul Zeleza (Vice Chancellor), Mr. Timothy Owase (CEO, Kenya Film Commission) and Dr. Racheal Diang’a (Chair, Department of Cinematic Arts) pose for a photo on Wednesday, March 20. PHOTO: DIANA MESO

By Diana Meso

On Wednesday, March 20, Kenya Film Commission (KFC) Chief Executive Officer Mr. Timothy Owase paid a courtesy call on the Vice Chancellor Prof. Paul Zeleza to discuss the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Comission and USIU-Africa signed three years ago.

The Kenya Film Commission is a State Corporation under the Ministry of Sports, Culture and Arts, charged with the development, marketing and promotion of the film industry in Kenya.

It is mandated to engage in the promotion and development of the film industry in Kenya which covers capacity building through workshops, trainings and conferences, talent sourcing and promotion of local content in the film industry.

Since signing the MoU, USIU-Africa students and faculty have been able to actively take part in the Kalasha International TV and Film Market - the largest annual film market in East Africa that showcases Kenya as a major regional hub for film and TV production.

This renewal of terms between the two organizations will see USIU-Africa and the Commission work together to penetrate international film markets, create a Cinematic Archival and Research Center at USIU-Africa, organize inter-university film festivals/competitions at USIU-Africa and work to explore the space of film in the big four agenda in Kenya.

The agreement also eases the process of obtaining internships for USIU-Africa students.

Also present at the meeting was Mr. Gerald Owino (KFC Board Member), Dr. Racheal Diang’a (Chair, Department of Cinematic Arts) and Ms. Swabra Soud (Partnerships and External Linkages Officer).

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