The Rwanda Film Federation has expressed interest in collaborating with the Kenya Film Classification Board in building content regulation capacity.
This was revealed at a meeting between KFCB and officials of the Rwanda Film Federation during the ongoing Mashariki Film Festival in Kigali, Rwanda.
Present at the meeting were the KFCB team, led by the Corporate Communications Manager Nelly Muluka and Kenyan filmmakers, whose film, Subira, was nominated to screen at the festival.
The team was received by RFF Vice Chairman Mr. Mazimpaka Jones Kennedy, who expressed admiration for the Kenyan film industry.
He said there is a lot that Rwanda can learn from Kenya, particularly in content classification as well as creating a facilitative environment for the creative industry.
“We will be happy to work closely with the KFCB in exchange programmes to build capacity in content classification”, said Mr. Mazimpaka, a veteran film actor and director, who doubles up as the chairman of the Media and Entertainment Arts Council.
Ms. Muluka welcomed the collaboration, saying KFCB is already working with various countries in the continent such as South Africa to create frameworks to grow the film industry in the region.
She noted that KFCB is keen to increase the volume of local content by encouraging Kenyan film makers to make films promoting national values and culture.
“As part of our efforts to boost the industry, we are now in the process of reviewing the Film and Stage Plays Act Cap222 to facilitate growth in the creative sector”, she said.
Mr. Mazimpaka expressed concern about the piracy menace in Rwanda, observing that the problem was responsible for slowing down the growth in the film industry.
He said that this was an important area in which Rwanda would learn from Kenya on how this challenge is being contained.
“We are collaborating with the Kenya Copyright Board and other stakeholders to fight the piracy challenge in Kenya”, said Ms. Muluka, adding that KFCB is ready to collaborate with Rwanda in an exchange programme in the spirit of promoting the film industry regionally.