USIU-Africa signs MoU with Kenya Film Commission to boost film studies


Kenya Film Commission CEO, Timothy Owase and USIU-Africa Vice Chancellor, Prof. Paul Zeleza during the ...
Kenya Film Commission CEO, Timothy Owase and USIU-Africa Vice Chancellor, Prof. Paul Zeleza during the signing of the MoU. The MoU initiates a strategic partnership with the institution on promotion of excellence in training in film production and animation. PHOTO| COURTESY

USIU-Africa and the Kenya Film Commission (KFC) have signed a five-year Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) aimed at making Kenya a first-class provider of screen entertainment for local, regional and international markets stemming from quality and relevant training offered by the university.

The MoU will see both institutions jointly work together to build capacity through organizing film classes, workshops, seminars, film boot camps, short courses, projects, and programs.

The two institutions will also market the Kalasha International Film and TV Festivals to increase market penetration and visibility for Kenyan content at international film markets.

While signing the MoU, USIU-Africa Vice Chancellor Prof. Paul Zeleza said the partnership will position both institutions as resource centers for local broadcasters, media, film and communication researchers and scholars as USIU-Africa will be able to offer mentorship programs for students interested in film production and directing.

“We will conduct film industry research and collect data which will enable us to develop short courses tailor-made for industry practitioners for certification”, Prof. Zeleza explained.

Kenya Film Commission Chief Executive Officer Timothy Owase said the Commission will continue to source and negotiate for tax relief incentives on film and animation equipment to boost the industry growth.

“We will offer guidance on standards of excellence and advocate for the use of best practice in film production while working closely with relevant government agencies to create robust and streamlined mid-level film education that will lead to more exportation of locally-made films”, he added.

USIU-Africa is one of the leading universities in East Africa that offers degree programs in Film Production and Directing and Animation in the region. The Film Production and Directing program is one of the most robust and has been on a winning streak since inception.

A student produced film, Unbalanced, won the Best Student Short Film award in the 2019 edition of the Kalasha International Film and TV Awards, held in 2019.

Other films that have won include Mad Love which won the Best Student Short Film Award during 72Hrs Film Series held in 2018, Trauma won the Best Inspiring Short Film, Best Cinematography and Best Student Short Film, while Warped by Michelle Donde won the Judges’ Award during the 7 day festival held in 2019.

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