Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) has initiated a new project dubbed ‘Sinema Mashinani’ that will boost the film industry in the country.
According to Mr Edward Koech, Nyanza Regional Manager KFCB, the project which estimated to cost 20 billion shillings is in a partnership between the government of Kenya and Spain.
Koech said that the plans for the project were initiated started last year but due to logistical delays the exercise is now expected to commence by the end of this year.
The project is expected to promote young local artists across the 47 counties who will produce their contents such as movies, documentaries, and films to promote culture, tourism, trade and commerce in the country.
“While unemployment has become a big challenge in Kenya, the project is aimed at creating job opportunities and wealth among youths who are majorly affected” he said.
Mr Koech said in a bid to achieve the target, KFCB plans to carry out sensitization through forums, radio and Television platforms which is the most mode of information available in our local areas.
The manager encouraged youth to form registered groups so as to enable them to get funds from donors.
“We prefer that once the plan works, talent promoters will be in registered groups to get funding,” he stated.
Kenya Film Classification Board also plans to have Mobile Cinema Units that will exhibit the films in vernacular languages for the purpose of sensitization or educating them concerning the current happening.
He explained that the idea is likely to get support by the international industries if fully embraced.
He called on the County Governments to come on board and support this project by identifying talents as well as financing the artists so that they buy equipment to help nurture talent and create job opportunities.
By Joseph Otieno and Evangeline Mola