Kenya: Members Of The Film Industry Meet To Discuss National Film Policy
Kenya Film Commission, the government agency that is in charge of promoting Kenya’s film industry and local content held a meeting with stakeholders of the film industry to have discussions around the National Film Policy.
The Permanent Secretary Broadcasting Ministry of ICT, Fatuma Hirisi attended the meeting alongside the Honorable Cabinet Secretary Ministry of ICT Joe Mucheru, among other officials from the Kenya Tourism Board, Kenya Film Classification Board and the Communications Authority of Kenya.
The meeting was held in collaboration with Creative Economy Kenya; a movement that brings together more than 21 stakeholders in the Kenyan film sector with the aim of creating a better space for creators of content in the country.
The importance of a good film policy was stressed as this would be crucial to bringing together all three agencies - Kenya Film Classification Board, Kenyan Film Commission and the Department of Film Services mandated to classify, promote and license content respectively.
Among its other goals, the film policy aims at quantifying the potential and current contribution of the film industry to Kenya’s economy.
It was mentioned in the discussions that the policy would boost funding of the relevant State agencies within the Film Industry while simultaneously overseeing the development of a fair regulatory environment for the country’s film industry.
The stakeholders said that the policy would promote affordable rates, fees and permits in order to put Kenya on the map as a filming location of choice.
The Honorable Joe Mucheru noted that the lack of incentives was crippling the film industry.
He said that producing films with a strategy opposed to profit as the end goal would help in the acquisition of funding from various institutions.
He added that the ministry was also planning the creation of 47 theatres across Kenya in partnership with the creative and private sectors as another way to encourage local content production.
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