Kenya focusses on film tourism; enters into film deals with India and China
Kenya is aiming to focus on the film industry by tapping into advanced international markets informed the Information, Communications and Technology (ICT) Cabinet Secretary, Joe Mucheru. He also stated that film is an integral part of the country which can be used to preserve our culture and ensure that we create jobs for the youth that we need by taking advantage of film tourism.
While inaugurating the new board of directors of the Kenya Film Commission, Mucheru informed that the ministry had negotiated a deal with Chinese filmmakers for a joint production to run alongside the co-production already underway with India.
The new board includes Dorothy Ghettuba, Chairperson; Timothy Owase, CEO; Ernest Kerich; Sarah Migwi; Eunice Wangeci Macharia; Asif Karim and Gideon Ole Moses Sarun.
“We have brought the Chinese film week after the India film week which happened earlier this year, these two markets alone are close to three billion people that want to watch our films,” said Mucheru.
In the coming year, the government expects to have over five films shot in Kenya. The Cabinet Secretary also added that incentives will be added to attract big-time movie producers by tapping the expertise of the new board comprising representatives from government, media sector and the film sector.
“We will soon be seeing the ‘Elephant Queen’ a film which was shot over eight years ago here in Kenya in the Tsavo that covered the elephants; we hope that every Kenyan will be able to see the film and the Kenya Film Commission will ensure that we provide the facilities to enable everyone to watch the film by early next year,” added Mucheru.