Kenya Film Commission (KFC) has announced the winners of My Kenya My Story mobile phone film competition.
For the second year in a row, David Waronja scooped the top prize of Ksh 200,000 courtesy of his film “Automedic”. The film “2024″ by Mandela Midamba emerged second winning a cash prize of Ksh 150,000 while “Mmoja” by Omar Hamza Hassan was third and got a cash prize of Ksh 100,000.
“Muzzled” by Sammy Mwaura and “Covid 19″ by Paul Gaturu scooped Ksh 25,000 each as Jury Special Mentions; “Muzzled” highlighted a present struggle of People Living With Disability whereas “Covid 19″ (by Paul Gaturu) made a commendable attempt at an action film.
Besides these 5 films, the remaining 15 shortlisted films will each get a token of Ksh 5,000 from the Commission.
ICT Innovation and Youth Affairs cabinet secretary Joe Mucheru who, graced the event as Chief Guest, pledged his continuous support and that the President in assisting filmmakers in telling the Kenyan story. He urged filmmakers to embrace the mobile phone in telling transformational Kenyan stories.
In this third edition of My Kenya My Story competition, KFC partnered with various organizations through which the winners will receive complimentary giveaways in addition to the cash prizes.
This year’s theme of the competition – Covid 19: Staying at Home and Social Distancing – highlighted a wide spectrum of perspectives as expressed by over 250 filmmakers from various Counties who submitted their films.
Nice Githinji , a renowned film and TV actor, who was the Jury Chairperson for this edition, said additionally, many films made good use of accessories to ensure stable shots, good lighting and audio.