Belinda NabwireAddikah [email protected]
The East Africa Student Film Festival gala night saw Riara University take home about seven awards outdoing all the other participants. This was followed very closely by Daystar, that garnered 6 awards all under the NMK Films group. The event which marked the end of the festival was held on Saturday 12th Novemeber at Daystar Valley Road campus.
Wanjiru Kinyanjui from Riara University won the Contribution award .Other awards won by Riara University include; best Screen writer, best smart phone production, best production design, best motion graphics and best fiction director. The outstanding personality from Riara University was Bobby Owuor, who took home both the best director and best screenwriter awards .
“The whole experience was amazing especially shooting with the phone. I had a few challenges as my phone also got stolen,” narrated Bobby Owour.
On the other hand, Gatehi Mwaniki from Daystar University, managed to scoop more than two awards: best editor, best sound designer and best cinematographer. the male and female actors of the film festival; Zonda Kenneth and Aika Mwachia who are also students from Daystar won in the best male /female actors category respectively. The NMK team also won the best short film award titled The Reality film.
St. Pauls University were crowned for having the best film –Lanrionare, in addition to the best supporting male and female actor, Louis Bundi and Christine Wanjiru respectively.
University of Iringa, Tanzania, got the Fan favorite production – Giza as well as the best documentary which was still Giza.There was great joy from the Ugandan community (Uganda Christian University) as they scooped the director’s award – documentary and best feature film.
“I didn’t know what to expect but as we come to the close of the event you have earned my respect. I’m proud to announce that from now on the French embassy will be on board for the future film activities”, remarked Mr. Dennis René, from the French Embassy.
A set up of an incubation center worth billions at Daystar Athi River Campus was among promises that Dr. Ezekiel Mutua, CEO Kenya Films and Classifications Board, who was the chief guest, vowed to give the students. He affirmed the students of his support as well as encouraging them to work hard and continue producing such great works.