Lola Kenya Children’s Screen Marks 10 Years of Inspiration, Innovation and Transformation

Lola Kenya Screen's skill-development mentorship programme comes of ageThe 10th annual edition of Lola Kenya Screen movie festival, skills-development and marketing platform for children and youth in eastern Africa shall be held in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, December 7-12, 2015.

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Making the announcement during a special 10th Anniversary Launch screening programme at Goethe-Institut in Nairobi on May 26, 2015, Ogova Ondego, the Director of Lola Kenya Screen, said, “Our Anniversary festival, to be held on the theme, ‘Inspiration, Innovation and Transformation’, shall be held December 7-12, 2015.This theme summarises the adventure that has been Lola Kenya Screen since its inception in 2005.”

Lola Kenya Screen's youth: Daisy Okoti, Adima Mesa, Adede Hawi seated and Karama Ogova, centre, standingLola Kenya Screen was founded under the ArtMatters.Info cultural journalism project of ComMattersKenya in 2005.

Present in the house during the launch were several beneficiaries of Lola Kenya Screen, including university students Adede Hawi, Adima Mesa and Karama Ogova who were some of the pioneer children in the initiative’s film production mentorship. A film they made, LITTLE KNOWLEDGE IS DANGEROUS—was screened all over the world where it collected accolades, nominations and awards such as Best Short Animation (Africa Movie Academy Awards), Special Jury Prize (17th Jugend Medien Festival Berlin), Best Film (Kids for Kids Africa Festival) and Most Creative Project (Lola Kenya Screen).

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Cultural Journalism Mentorship with Rut Gomez Sobrinoat Lola Kenya Screen 2009Two Photographic and video documentaries tracing the journey of Africa’s only festival that is specifically and exclusively designed for the generation of today and tomorrow were screened to the delight of the gathering, especially the youngsters who were captured in the images as lower primary school pupils but who are now in their senior years in university. There was nostalgia throughout the auditorium.

An ArtMatters.Info article.