The short list for the movies that will participate in this year’s Kalasha International Film & TV Market, has been released.
The pitching sessions are set to be the headline event during the three day market from 27thto 29th March 2018. The sessions will feature three categories, TV, Film and Animation. Each of the categories will feature 6 entries.
A total of 72 entries were received for this competition and six of the best selected after rigorous selection by seasoned judges in the industry. The TV category got 21 entries while animation got 23 entries. Film on the other hand managed to get 28 entries.
The shortlisted companies include:
1. Amitations Ltd
2. Just Imagine Productions
3. Divine Elements
4. Reel Pix Media Ltd
5. Spearhead Media Entertainment
6. Oracle Productions Ltd
1. Quest Concepts Ltd
2. Furet Films
3. Ideas Unplugged Ltd
4. Duotrix Media Ltd.
5. Hadithi Media
6. Blacklight Productions
1. Tsunami Studio
2. Divine Elements
3. JR Animation Studio
4. Diversity Entertainment/ Story Moja
5. Bluegrass Animation
6. John Wachira-Individual
The categories will put the 18 established and aspiring producers under the spotlight to pitch their original ideas to a panel of industry key players and potential investors, other producers, programming and commissioning executives and advertisers.
Each participant will be given 20 minutes to pitch their concept. The first 10 minutes will be for the presentation while the other 10 minutes will be for feedback session.
The winners from the TV and Film categories will walk away with KES. 500,000 each with the winner from the animation category winning a fully funded trip to the Annecy International Animation Film Festival and Market (MIFA) in France courtesy of the French Embassy.
Speaking on the preparations of the event, Kenya Film Commission Chairman Mr. Chris Foot said that they are ready to host players in the film industry for three days of discovering, connecting and trading.
“The Kenya Film Commission is ready to host local and international players in the film industry for three days of discovering, connecting and trading around the sector. We have received great support from our sponsors and are looking forward to delivering a memorable and impactful event.”
“There is a lot of excitement around the event with 500 plus registrations already confirmed attendance and an 80 per cent booth uptake for the exhibition area. More are expected to sign up before the gates open on Tuesday 27th of March, 2018.” He added.
Apart from the pitching sessions, there will also be other events such as conferences and workshops.
This year’s event has attracted seasoned international experts from Europe and United States of America as well as Argentina who will participate as speakers and panelists. They will be offering valuable information and knowledge on how to create value for content that is produced as well as share on the value chain for TV programs and film from production to distribution.
International film producers will also be in attendance scouting for local talent at the market as well as looking for opportunities for international collaborations on films. This is a great opportunity for local film makers in the country and the region who have set their eyes on major projects for the international market.
The Kalasha International TV & Film Market is an initiative of the Kenya Film Commission, whose key mandate is to develop, promote and market the film industry locally and internationally and identify and facilitate growth of the film industry.
Registration to the event as an exhibitor or delegate is open on www.kalashainternational.com.