The 4th edition of the annual Lola Kenya Screen audiovisual media festival for children and youth in eastern Africa will be held at Goethe-Institut, Nairobi, Kenya, August 10-15, 2009.
The only festival in Africa EXCLUSIVELY designed for children and youth to explore, identify and nurture creative talents among children and youth in areas of filmmaking, cultural journalism, events planning and presentation and critical appreciation of creativity, is in 2009 exhibiting films from about 50 countries and train children and youth in the production, appreciation, promotion, distribution and consumption of high quality audiovisual media content.
The films represented at Lola Kenya screen 2009 are in the following languages: Aimara, Arabic, Chinese, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, isiZulu, Italian, Kinyarwanda, Kiswahili, Korean, Kurdish, Latvian, Lingala, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Quechua, Romanian, Russian, Shona, Spanish, Swedish, Xhosa.
The 2009 film exhibition programme is in three sections: 09.00-12.30 hrs (for children aged 6-13 years); 14.00-16.30 hrs (for 14-17 years); and 17.00-20.00 hrs (for 18+ years).
The skill-development workshops and seminars will run 09.00-16.00 hrs daily, Monday-Saturday.
A few chances for participation in the skill-development workshops are still open with the application deadline being June 30, 2009.
Parents and guardians are urged to assist their children in applying for these opportunities without any further delay. Offer is on ‘first-come-first-served’ basis.
More information is on the lolakenyascreen.org festival website and artmatters.info official media partner.
Meanwhile, films made by children during the annual Lola Kenya Screen film production workshops are being translated into German and French, beginning with the well-loved Kiswahili and English hit, LITTLE KNOWLEDGE IS DANGEROUS, made by Adede Hawi Nyodero, Samora Michelle Oundo and Karama Kilibwa Ogova in August 2007.
The translation is being undertaken by children in France and Germany through the partnership between Lola Kenya Screen and the Brussels-based Studio Malembe Maa of Congo-Kinshasa.
Catherine Lion-Berl, a France-based teacher and member of Studio Malembe Maa, is coordinating the activity.
LITTLE KNOWLEDGE IS DANGEROUS, the African representative in the Global Kids For Kids Festival Competition in 2008, is also winner of the Lola Kenya Screen Most Creative Project in 2007, 2nd Kids For Kids Africa Festival Competition Grand Prize in 2008, Special Jury Prize at 17th Jugend Medien Festival Berlin 2008, and nominee for Best Animation at the continental Africa Movie Academy Awards 2009, among other awards and accolades.
THE CIRCLE, a documentary that captures the spirit and soul of the Lola Kenya Screen audiovisual media initiative for children and youth in eastern Africa, has been made and is online; it can be accessed through lolakenyascreen.org, artmatters.info, speakafrica.org, youtube.com and several other websites.
Also available for fund-raising purposes are a compilation of THE BEST OF LOLA KENYA CHILDREN’S SCREEN PRODUCTIONS (2009), FILMS BY CHILDREN FOR CHILDREN (2006), AFRICAN FOLK TALES ANIMATED (2007), AFRICA.I.MOTION (2008), DOCS FOR TODAY & TOMORROW (2008) and several other experimental productions whose clips are also online.
Lola Kenya screen is presented by ComMattersKenya in conjunction with Goethe-Institut in Kenya.
A Lola Kenya Screen (www.lolakenyascreen.org) Press Article