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How The 10th Kalasha Awards Went Down!

The 10th Edition Kalasha International Film and TV Awards

by Muthoni Kimani December 14, 2020

The 10th edition of the annual Kalasha International Film and TV Awards went down on Saturday night at the Sarit Centre. Things were different this year as the winners accepted the awards virtually.

Kenya Film Commission CEO Timothy Owase, ICT, Innovation and Youth Affairs Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru and Israeli Ambassador Obed Joseph are among those who attended the event.

The best TV drama went to Citizen TV's Maria, best host in a TV show went to Nick Ndeda, lead actress in a TV drama went to Maria's Yasmeen Said while best actor in a TV drama went to Len Ongaya of Pete.

Best director went to Victor Gatonye of 40 Sticks. Best TV comedy went to Varshita; the show's Mrs Wang'ombe took home the best performance in a TV comedy award.

Netflix-streamed Kenyan film 40 Sticks carried the day at the Kalasha Awards gala with nine wins.

The drama action film, by top actress Sarah Hassan, won the Best Lead Actress in a Film category in the same awards on numerous occasions. – Sincerely Daisy, Midlife Crisis, Family Meeting and Uradi, posed a significant challenge during the celebrations. Out of the dominant slots, Best Lead Actor in a Film went to Gitaru Kamau of Family Meeting, and Jim Bishop of Nambwa FM took the best Director of Photography.

Speaking during a conference on Friday, Owase said they had introduced a new category;

"From our research, there has been a growing need for content for children on our screens and as a result, the commission introduced the best children production category to acknowledge those who have developed concepts to accommodate our young ones as screen audiences."

He said a film-friendly production environment would involve a shared, optimistic view of the industry across a range of different government departments, agencies and other entities.

"The Labour Statistics for Film and Related activities data from the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics 2020 economic survey indicated that about 123,290 jobs existed directly in the film industry in 2018 with a 5.3 percent increase recorded last year."

ICT Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru also spoke at the ceremony; he challenged local filmmakers to take advantage of the new measures his ministry was putting in place to improve the sector.

"As a ministry, we have a mission to facilitate universal access to ICT infrastructure and services all over the country. We formulate policies and laws that regulate standards and services in the ICT sector, telecommunications and the media industry. My ministry is also charged with the responsibility of developing and administering ICT standards, building the capacity of mass media and ICT, and the disseminating public information."

The CS added, through the recent re-introduction of the Drive-In Cinema, the Kenya Film Commission was now offering content producers an innovative way of content consumption and alternative distribution system that the film industry should take advantage of.

Congratulations To All Winners!

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