About Kalasha International

The Kenya Film Commission (KFC) in partnership with the French embassy in Kenya is launching of a brand new East African event - The Kalasha International Film & TV Festival & Market. 

This unique Film & TV Festival & Market kicks off on October 26, 2015 for one week, in the heart of Kenya’s capital city, Nairobi. Dedicated to promoting culture, stories, creativity and skills within the East African region, The Kalasha International Film & TV Festival & Market brings under one roof 3 main events: 

  • The Kalasha Eastern Africa Film & TV Market
  • The Kalasha International Film Festival
  • The Kalasha Film & TV Awards

The event, a creative hub, intends to bring together, for the first time, all the players from the Eastern Africa Film & TV industry, in one place and at the same time; offering a platform for all the players and festival goers from the Film & TV industry to gather, discuss, exchange, collaborate, share stories and develop new business opportunities. 

The Kalasha International Film & TV Festival & Market will bring together among many others; filmmakers, artistes, producers, post-producers, distributors, broadcasters, advertisers, technology suppliers, film commissions, government bodies, media authorities, partners and VIPs in one place. 

Collective spaces for the players from the whole audiovisual industry, will supplement venues for the majority of the event’s special activities that include but are not limited to market studies, country overviews, technical innovation demos, conferences, round tables, master classes, pitching sessions, film talks, awards night, and parties. 

The event offers an ideal opportunity to showcase and promote the quality, skills and know-how of East Africa Film & TV companies while attracting more international productions to East Africa countries.Look out for more information & pre-register as events unfold as we create a space where film and media players’ community could interact and explore ideas, while celebrating storytellers, artists and their work. Feel free to contact us for any queries or partnership opportunities.

Kalasha International Film & TV Market

The Kalasha Eastern African Film & TV Market intends to bring together, for the first time, all the players from the Eastern Africa Film & TV industry, in one place under national pavilions. The market offers a unique opportunity to showcase and promote the quality, skills and know-how of the Eastern Africa Film & TV companies, while developing businesses within the region and worldwide. Besides the trade show, special activities are organized:

Discovery Conferences

The conferences offer international participants the opportunity to discover more about East African countries and better understand the impact of their economical, social, cultural and political environment on the development of their national Film & TV industries.


A series of workshops where international & regional professionals can come and share their experience with professionals, focusing on topics that are of particular interest in the region.

Policy Makers Roundtable

The round tables offer top policy and decision makers from the East African countries the opportunity to discuss regional issues, share their experience and ideas and create synergies.


An opportunity for companies to showcase their products, services & expertise, company presentations, product presentations, showreel presentations, private negotiations, etc.

Pitching Sessions

A dedicated room where independent East African filmmakers can pitch to potential investors.

Kalasha International Film & TV Festival

A week celebrating features films from the East-African region, the continent and worldwide. Screenings will be organized in various theaters and venues. A full list will be made available soon.


Kalasha International Film & TV Awards

A week celebrating features films from the East-African region, the continent and worldwide. Screenings will be organized in various theaters and venues. A full list will be made available soon.


Connect With Us
t:      +254 20 271 4073 | +254 729 407 497
e:      connect@kalashainternational.com
a:      Jumuia Place 11, Lenana Road, Kilimani
          Box 76417 - 00508, Nairobi, Kenya

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  • The KALASHA INTERNATIONAL TV & FILM MARKET takes place at KICC in Nairobi, Kenya, from 27 to 29th March 2018, which includes Kalasha Trade Fair and conferences, workshops, pitching sessions, technical & service showcasing.
  • The closing date to register online as a participant is 23 March 2018. Any requests to participate after this date can be made via email to connect@filmingkenya.com
  • The closing date to register online as an Exhibitor is 20 March 2018. Any requests to participate after this date can be made via email to connect@filmingkenya.com
  • The deadline for submission of your company profile and contact details, to be included in the Official Kalasha International Directory & Magazine, to be distributed to all attendees, is 16th March 2018. The organizer can therefore not guarantee that company information submitted after this date will be included in the directory.
  • Once the Participants registration has been approved, Participants will receive an email of confirmation along with their personal password and ID.
  • The personal Participant’s password gives access to the Contacts database on kalashainternational.com to assist them in pre-arranging professional meetings during the event.
  • The Kalasha International accreditation is 100 USD and valid for the entire exhibition area, the conferences, showcasing room and the screening sessions, excluding industry specific workshops, round table and pitching session, that require a separate registration.





BBC, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC, The Ministry of Agriculture, NATIONAL DOCUMENTARIES, COCA COLA, know him to well for having offered them his decade experience in TV, Film and Documentary production.  An Alumni of Daystar University with a degree in Electronic Media, he is a creative dedicated Cinematographer who is not only able to maintain cordial and professional relationships with actors crew directors and financial backers (clients) but also adept at handling high volumes of simultaneous tasks with ease and accuracy, exciting right?




Sarah’s first movie was a lead role in Dangerous Affair in 2002.She is not only an actress but also a passionate filmmaker with an insatiable appetite for telling stories.  Her amazing goal being to win an Oscar and tell Kenyan stories through film, Television and the web to the world. She worked on sense 8,created and was a writer on Changes, an original drama series on Mnet E and recently wrote and produced the film kidnapped not forgetting her past experience working on the renowned foreign film, The Constant Gardener.

As the second lady in the big 8 panel, she is  working on building a thriving Production house by creating local content with her repertoire of work which has grown to include being one third of the Writers of Kenya’s entry to the Oscars and multi award winning film Nairobi Half Life.




Kalasha Awards also celebrates the efforts of post-production producers in Kenya. The only better way to do that is by having the expertise of a super talented visual artist specializing in color grading, animation, and visual effects.

Meet Jim Karuti,he has an expansive  14 years’ experience working  in various production departments before finally settling in specialized post production finishing in the last 7 years. He has long believed in having a good time while doing what he loves, with his current home being KEYFRAME collective of top post production artists across Africa and parts of Asia, he certainly loves what he does.




Words can’t describe the impact Tim has on the music industry and entertainment industry at large. He is generally thought of as one of the leading creative professionals in Kenya with a career span of over 17 years. As the CEO of Ennovator Music a boutique Audio-Visual production company he has worked with major Kenyan acts such as ;Sauti Sol, Khaligraph Jones,Eric Wainana among others who have sworn by his production prowess.

This husband, father of two and also one of the brainchildren behind the Music streaming and download service, Waabeh has had his hands work on projects by: Warner Bros, Universal Music Group, BBC, MTV, Endemol Shine Africa, and Coke Studio Africa the list is endless. He is expected to lay down his knowledge in the big 8.





With his 20 years efficient knowledge in the Film Industry, Mutua has received this vastly from the best Universities around Kenya. He holds a Diploma in Film Production and Directing from the Kenya Institute of Mass Communication, a Post Graduate Diploma in Education from Kenyatta University, Training for Trainers Certificate (TOT) in Training Methodology from the Kenya Institute of Administration, a Bachelor of Arts (BA Hons.) in Literature in English and Linguistics (Kiswahili) from Kenyatta University, a Masters of Arts degree in Communications from Daystar University, and is currently a PhD in communication candidate at Daystar University.

He promises to bring out the best out of the Kenya Film Industry by sharing his knowledge with young upcoming film enthusiasts. He has already started doing this by a communication and Journalism Lecturer at the United States International University-Africa. The big 8 are excited to have him.






This bubbly production expert promises to bring his trusted experience in floor management, scripting, producing and partner liaison that dates back to more than a decade ago. Martin’s contagious energy and relentless zeal has seen him handle Africa’s most demanding live action sports and made-for-TV experiences like never before.

He is known by his industry friends as a gentleman and a stickler for time and professionalism. He fits perfectly in the big 8 because his desires to see the Kenyan film industry standards constantly elevated and increasingly celebrated across global platforms.