Lola Kenya Screen

Lola Kenya Screen (also known as Lola Kenya Children’s Screen) is an audiovisual media festival, skill-development programme and marketing platform for children and youth in eastern Africa. It has been presented by ComMattersKenya, a Kenyan company specialising in communication, mass media, arts, culture and development, since 2006.

Lola Kenya Screen is incorporated, registered and licensed as a CHARITY under Section 21 (1) of the Laws of Kenya.

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Operating on the principle that the audiovisual media platform must create opportunities for children and youth to define their development holistically, Lola Kenya Screen uses appropriate and readily available technologies to deliver audiovisual media content that complements, enhances, entertains and promotes learning among children and youth in the promotion of literacy, gender equity, independent thought, human rights, environmental responsibility and global health.

The festival–whose name is derived from the widely spoken African Bantu language meaning ‘watch’ or ‘see’ film in Kenya–seeks to cultivate sustainable audiences for cinema, inculcating in people the habit of producing quality films, and watching and marketing audiovisual productions. It focuses on films of all genres and formats.

Festival Dates
The seventh edition of Lola Kenya Screen will run August 06-11, 2012, in Nairobi, Kenya. The maiden Lola Kenya Screen took place August 07-12, 2006. An annual event, Lola Kenya Screen holds every second week of August.

To build an audience for films by encouraging audience-sensitive films
To develop a film resource centre to benefit seekers of information on cinema
To train young talents to further their expertise in film art
To produce quality, low-budget, short films annually from training workshops
To hold monthly film fora for players in the filmmaking sector for networking

The main prizes of Lola Kenya Screen are the Golden Mboni Award for the best children’s film and the 14-Plus Award for the best youth film.

2013 Call for Film Submission
Lola Kenya Screen, eastern Africa’s first and only audiovisual media event exclusively designed for children and youth, is calling for film entries in all genres and from all over the world for the 6th Lola Kenya Screen that runs in Nairobi, Kenya (August 12-17, 2013).

The deadline for entries is April 15, 2013.

Eligible films are those made by children and youth, made with children and youth, and those made for children and youth. In other words, Lola Kenya Screen accepts films made by professionals and amateurs that focus on children and youth. Lola Kenya Screen also accepts family films.

The motto of the festival is “Keeping Films for Children and Youth in Focus”

Target Audience
Lola Kenya Screen caters to children (6-13 years), youth (14-25 years), and family (25+ years).

Lola Kenya Screen receives films by students, films by children and youth, films with children and youth, experimental films, television series, video games and even creatively packaged music videos. Lola Kenya Screen serves films of all lengths, formats and in all conceivable genres.

Being a charitable organisation, Lola Kenya Screen welcomes enquiries that would lead to mutual cooperation on her audiovisual media initiative for children and youth from individuals and organisations from all over the world.

Contact Details
Lola Kenya Screen
Ngong Road, Ngong Hills
Cell 254 733 703 374, 254 722 486531
P O Box 20775-00100 GPO, Nairobi, Kenya (EA).

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