Kenya and Tanzania signed a co-production framework on May 19th, 2019 to tap opportunities in the film industry for sustainable job creation among the youth and growth of the film industry in the East Africa region.
The MOU was signed by the Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) Chief Executive (CEO) Dr. Ezekiel Mutua, MBS and Busy Bees Production Managing Director Mr. Ernest Napoleon at the Pavillon Afriques at the Cannes Festival, France.
The MoU seeks to identify sustainable strategies that will support filmmakers in creating, distributing and exhibiting their content in the two countries and abroad.
In the partnership, the Board will work with Busy Bees Production to identify, nurture and promote talent, particularly among the youth in the two countries and the region through production of high quality film content for local and international market.
The collaboration will also enhance the two countries shared cultural diversity and values while leveraging on Kiswahili as the lingua franca of the region.
In the MoU, KFCB and Busy Bees Production will jointly pilot a co-production titled ‘Peponi’ under the Board’s Sinema Mashinani Project.
The MoU signing was witnessed by the Uganda Communications Commission Executive Director, Godfrey Mutabazi, Nigeria’s National Film and Video Censors Board Executive Director, Alhaji Adedayo Thomas as well as film industry players from all over the world.
Dr Mutua who is also the Vice Chairman of the African Film Content Standard Setting Steering Committee, led Kenya’s delegation at the annual Cannes Festival that brings together filmmakers, producers, delegates and investors from across the globe.