|Lola Kenya Screen Press Release
Published November 5, 2007Nairobi-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, an initiative of the International Centre of Film for Children and Youth (CIFEJ), that 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 across Africa, have them judged by the Lola Kenya Screen children’s jury in August and then submit the award-winners to the Kids for Kids International festival competition. This will be done alongside the regular programme of the festival whose selection represents the best possible international audiovisual media production for children and youth.
Films by Children for Children, a compilation of nine short animation films made during the inaugural Lola Kenya Screen in 2006, won the first grand prize at the 5th World Summit on Media for Children/ Kids for Kids Africa festival in Johannesburg, South Africa, in March 2007.
Having been held for the first time in August 2006, Lola Kenya Screen is already growing into a much respected brand for children and youth, Ondego says.
The second Lola Kenya Screen festival, for instance, experienced a 7.5% (from 4000 in 2006 to 4300 in 2007) growth in attendance, 29.1% in film screening (from 216 in 2006 to 279), 24.3% in number of participating countries (from 37 to 46), 60% (from 25 to 40) expansion of participation in the four official programmes (children’s press, children’s jury, children’s programme presentation, children’s production workshop), and 100% (from one children’s production workshops in 2006 to two in 2007; one for children and another for youth) growth in production workshops.
The Lola Kenya Screen children’s production workshop in 2007 made a three-film and three-song compilation titled AFRICAN FOLK TALES ANIMATED with the following films:
1. The Wise Bride
2. Little Knowledge is Dangerous
3. Manani Ogres
Held August 6-11, 2007, Lola Kenya Screen 2007 was presented by ComMattersKenya in conjunction with Goethe-Institut in Kenya with additional support from Danish Film Institute, Prince Claus Fund for Culture and Development, and ArtMatters.Info, The CRADLE Children’s Foundation and Kenya Film Commission.