Patricia Mbatia- Macharia
A record 153 film and television features have been entered in this year's Kalasha Film and Television Awards. The entries comprise local productions. Winners will be announced during a gala dinner planned for September 25, 2010.
The second Kalasha Film & TV Awards have been designed to allow Kenyans to celebrate their cultural diversity through film and to recognize the role of film in economic sustainability. Specifically, the Award seek to motivate local producers towards quality film and TV productions.
The newly appointed CEO of Kenya Film Commission, Peter Mutie unveiled the 2nd edition of Film and Television Awards Nomination Academy members who will select from the 153 entries productions that will feature in the nominees list.
The academy members comprise experts in the industry. They include Prof. Kimani Njogu, Dr. Levi Obonyo and Mr. Muhammad Suleiman. Others are Dr. Wambui Kiai, Wangeci Murage, Rosemary K'owuor, Patricia Mbatia-Macharia and Samira Mathews.
The Nomination Academy team has a daunting task in moving the 2nd kalasha awards to the third and ultimate phase. Mr. Mutie says this marks the ultimate stretch towards the main gala event which is scheduled for the 25th September, 2010. He adds that, for the sake of posterity and the need for preserving our cultures, the Commission will strive to make its contribution towards telling the Kenyan story.
Kalasha celebrates the vast creativity in the industry by acknowledging the works done by Kenya Production Houses, Independent Producers, Television Stations and Film Students.
This year the Kalasha Awards boast of 29 categories which include three new classes: the Student Productions, Animation and the most promising categories.