Winners KITFM 2018The winners of the pitching sessions held during the 2018 Kalasha International TV & Film festival were announced at the end of the three day event.

The pitching sessions which were the headline events during the three day market, marked the first time  the government through the Kenya Film Commission offered cash prizes to film makers.

The sessions were divided into three categories, TV, Film and Animation, with each category featuring 6  entries. ‘The System’ by Duotrix media were the winners in the Film category, walking away with KES.  500,000. ‘Kioo’ by Divine elements won in the TV category and also won KES. 500,000.

‘Underneath’ by UnderneathJohn Wachira won in the animation category and    with that came a fully funded trip to the Annecy International  Animation Film Festival and Market (MIFA) in France courtesy of the French Embassy in Kenya.

Speaking after they were announced winners, Sabina from Divine elements expressed her joy and thanked the  Kenya Film Commission for the support.

“I still can’t believe we actually won, we can finally shoot a whole season, lock in good locations and actually present to a TV station. I want to thank the Kenya Film commission for supporting film makers, I urge them to do more of the same.”

On his part John Wachira who won in the animation category expressed his joy at winning in the category and planned to make the most from the trip to MIFA.

“It is still unreal, this was a passion project for us we never thought it would come this far, it feels great to be finally acknowledged. We have to start preparing to make the most out of our trip and give it our best shot at showcasing animation from Kenya.” Sabina Divine KITFM

The commission received a total of 71 submissions, 21 in the TV category, 28 in the Film and 23 in the Animation category.

Some of the other projects that were shortlisted include; Otoyo Manganga by Reel Pix Media in the TV category; Madam  President (Kweya Gerry) and Room with a view (Veronica Njoroge) in the Film Category; Waka waka moto (Sabina Stadler)  and Maotero (Tsunami Studio) in the Animation category.

Speaking on the awards, the Kenya Film Commission director of Marketing Alex Mulwa explained that the money will be  disbursed in phases, as the winners will be tasked with showing progress at every stage.

“The money will be disbursed in phases, with the first amount going into script writing, treatment and so on. Once we establish that the winners have made progress then we shall release the second phase, then the third until the 500,000 Shillings is exhausted.”Duotrix

“We received a total of 71 submissions from which we shortlisted 18 entries that pitched over the past three days. I am  happy that it has been a success and as a commission are encouraged to keep supporting and motivating our local film  makers.” He added.

The Kalasha International Film & TV Market is an initiative of the Kenya Film Commission, supported by the French  Embassy. The commission’s key mandate is to develop, promote and market the film industry locally and internationally  and identify and facilitate growth of the film industry.