The NBO Film Festival was successfully launched in 2017 in great style and to the delight of the city’s audiences. We presented 17 notable Kenyan films – including shorts, feature films and documentary and each screening event also featured a lively question and answer session with the filmmaker where they were available.
We were also very proud to present the Kenya premier of Mbithi Masya’s award-winning film Kati Kati –which opened in cinemas nationwide thereafter to wide acclaim.
The greatest success of the first edition was to categorically affirm to ourselves that Kenyans have made excellent films over the years – films that truly tell our own stories and that expand our understanding of who we are.
AND WE’RE DOING IT AGAIN!
In the second edition of NBO Film Festival, we to continue to advance our principle objectives:
- To consistently bring the world’s best films to Kenyan audiences
- To provide an event that highlights outstanding Kenyan productions to Kenyan and international audiences
- To create an industry forum for professional and social convening of the sector’s stakeholders.
In this edition we will present notable films from Contemporary African Cinema. It is a very exciting season in film from the African continent. There have been significant bold new contributions of films in Afro-futurism, Animation and Arthouse film production alongside and the rampant growth of the mainstream commercial cinema of Nollywood. The historical dominance of West African and North African cinema is presented with interesting new contenders – but continues to produce some of the strongest films coming out of the continent nonetheless.
We are very excited to expand Nairobi audiences’ access to and appreciation of these rich cultural and cinematic resources from the continent.
As firm believers that film making is a critical way in which modern societies examine who they are and interrogate who they would collectively like to be, we are firmly committed to these films are being 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. The immediate dialogue that occurs in the Q & A sessions and the social spaces thereafter are all a fundamental part of the festival experience.
The festival is also dedicated to the presentation of film in a manner that most loyally honours the creative intentions of the filmmaker – sonically and visually by presenting the films using the best screening facilities in the city.
We are further committed to ensuring that our growing audience have excellent experience by selecting films that are artfully made, speak to some truth – or shed a new light on their subject and demonstrate technical rigor.
WHAT’S NEW THIS YEAR
All the films presented in this edition will be films produced by African directors, with a significant African cast and largely shot on the African continent.
We will be programming films in these categories:
KENYA – We are committed to highlighting the best of Kenyan cinema are thrilled to be presenting the Africa premiere of Supa Modo a One Fine Day film directed by Likarion Wainaina. Supa Modo had its world premiere at the Berlinale in February 2018 and will also be showing at the Toronto International Film Festival’s - Kids International Film Festival in March!
AFRICA – We’re presenting the most outstanding films from the continent in 2017 including Felicite – by Senegalese film maker Alain Gomis which received the top prize at FESPACO in 2017.
We’re very pleased to be partnering with the the DocuBox – The East African Documentary Film Fund to present Philippa Ndisi Herrmann’s new film New Moon- A very beautiful and personal portrait of Lamu. We’re also presenting the Kenya premiere of Silas by Anjali Nayar and Hawa Essuman – a fascinating film about a Liberian activist.
As well as presenting notable short films from Kenya and the rest of Africa alongside feature screenings, we will also introduce a dedicated shorts program presented in conjunction with Docubox.
Kenya has become one of the fastest growing centers of animation in the region. A selection of the best animation to have emerged out of the region will be presented in this sub-section.
VIDEO ART INSTALLATION
This will showcase the work of a single artist or a collective. Drawing attention to experimental, avant-garde work that challenges the traditional medium.
We have included a selection of films particularly aimed at younger audience members and programmed at family –friendly slots.
The Opening and Closing Galas of the festival will feature two highlighted Kenyan films
Prestige Cinema will be the home of the NBO film festival premiers , screenings and social events. We are also erecting a festival marquee on the upper level parking lot as a hang-out space for audience – with food and beverage stands and occasional entertainment.
The workshops program for individuals in the film business during the week and will take place at the Elephant Studio in Lavington.