The Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) has awarded four schools that presented the winning films in the 60th Edition of the Kenya National Drama and Film Festival (KNDFF) held at the Kibabii University in Bungoma County earlier this year.
The schools presented the winning items under the Board’s Clean Content category that encourages the creation of clean content that promotes moral valued and national aspirations.
MCK Kianjai Boarding Primary School was awarded for their film ‘When the Cat is Away’; Kayole 1 Primary School from Nairobi was awarded for the play ‘The Return’. The film depicts children who get hooked to drug abuse due to idleness but through instilling of the right moral and value system, they reform through exploitation of their talents.
Larmudiac High School from Nakuru got the award for their film titled ‘The Net Web’ while Marsabit Girls High School was awarded for their play titled ’The Desert of Death’. The play depicts a politician and his handlers who lack moral values. While the constituents are dying of cancer, they make empty promises in order for the politician to remain popular.
KFCB in partnership with the Ministry of Education (MoE) was the Title sponsor of the Kenya National Drama and Festival 2019 Edition themed: ‘Promoting Moral Responsibility among the youth through Theatre and Film.
While presiding over the awarding ceremony on Saturday, KFCB Senior Manager Mr. Paskal Opiyo said that the Board is committed to support initiatives that seek to identify and nurture youth talents.
He said the partnership with KNDFF is geared towards encouraging the creation of clean content that would result in the exhibition and distribution of clean content on diverse media platforms.
“As a Board, we are working on a framework to turn the winning
items into commercially viable films. Once the modalities are in place we shall
announce to the concerned parties the way forward and the terms of
engagement,” Mr. Opiyo said in a statement he read on behalf of the Board
CEO Dr. Ezekiel Mutua, MBS.
He said the Board remains committed to the process of identifying and nurturing talent while promoting moral responsibility among the youth through initiatives such as the Drama and Film Festival.
He revealed that the Board has committed to be the main partner in this year’s event adding that they have sold the concept of the Kenya National Drama and Film Festivals to Nollywood and Hollywood and discussions are underway to see how International partners can support Creative Arts in schools.
KNDFF Executive Secretary General Mr. James Indimuli was present at the awarding ceremony and stated that next year Festival to be held in Mombasa County will be bigger and better.