“We create impactful and magical film experiences in Nairobi to spark collective reflection ”

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The NBO Film Festival wants to revitalise cinema-going culture in Nairobi as a critical means of contributing to the growth of a healthy film industry in Kenya.

We began to do that in the last three years by presenting exceptional films from around the world that are rarely presented in Nairobi’s mainstream cinema and showing the best made Kenyan films in a lively festival format.


We believe that cinema  is one of the most critical ways that modern societies examine who they are and interrogate who they would collectively like to be.


We are firmly committed to the notion that films are best experienced with an audience - where you experience your own emotions as you watch the films but are also conscious of the reactions of those around you.

We are also dedicated to the presentation of film in a manner that loyally honours the creative intentions of the filmmaker – sonically and visually by presenting the films using the best screening facilities in the city.

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We brought NBO audiences the best of Contemporary African Cinema alongside an excellent selection of Kenyan-made films. This selection reset the expectations of Kenyan film-goers and raised the bar on film curation in Kenya by bringing together a diligently selected collection of films worthy of any global lm festival.

We experienced a 5-fold growth in audience numbers between the 2017 and 2018 festival - a true indicator that there is a well established appetite for films that go well beyond what mainstream distribution currently has to o er.

We put a spotlight on Kenyan Cinema with 3 outstanding Premiere events for Likarion Wainaina’s Supa Modo, Philippa Ndisi Hermann’s New Moon and Tosh Gitongas’ Disconnect - all of which were sold out well in advance.


Our events and screenings are a strong debunking of the myth that Kenyan audience are not interested in consuming Kenyan content. They are simply starved of good examples of it.

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