The Nairobi-based Lola Kenya Screen, an international audiovisual media festival, production workshop and market exclusively designed for children and youth held every August, will now host Kids for Kids Africa. This initiative of CIFEJ (International Centre of Cinema for Children & Youth) identifies awards and showcases films made by children for children across the world.
Among other things, Lola Kenya Screen will look for films made by children throughout Africa, have them judged by children and then submit them to CIFEJ to be presented and judged at the Kids for Kids International festival.
This conclusion was reached at the CIFEJ General Assembly held in Amsterdam recently. Lola Kenya Screen won the inaugural grand prize at the 5th World Summit on Media for Children/ Kids for Kids Africa in Johannesburg, South Africa, in March this year.
Having been held for the first time in 2006, Lola Kenya Screen is already growing into a much respected brand for children and youth, says Lola Kenya Screen’s director Ogova Ondego.
The second Lola Kenya Screen festival, held in August this year, experienced a 7.5% growth in attendance (from 4,000 in 2006 to 4,300 in 2007); a 29.1% growth in film screenings (from 216 in 2006 to 279); a 24.3% growth in the number of participating countries (from 37 to 46); a 60% expansion in participation in the four official programmes (children’s press, children’s jury, children’s programme presentation, children’s production workshop); and a 100% growth in production workshops.
The children’s production workshop made a three-film and three-song compilation titled African Folk Tales Animated comprising the following films: The Wise Bride; Little Knowledge is Dangerous; and Manani Ogres.
The third Lola Kenya Screen is scheduled for 4 to 9 August, 2008 in Nairobi, Kenya.