The Kenya Film Commission participated at the 5th edition of the National Universities Drama, Beauty Pageant, Visual Arts and Film Festival under the Kenya Universities Performing Arts and Film Association (KUPAA). The much-anticipated Gala Ceremony, is a celebration of culture, creativity, and the flourishing arts scene in the region.
The festival which was held at Dedan Kimathi University of Technology in Nyeri County, brought together at least 40 universities with an aim of showcasing their talent in the creative industry. Stories that portray emotions and show reality and experiences have often helped shape the society through preservation of values and cultures of our nation.
The Commission is working towards the growth of the film industry and is working closely with other stakeholders to support the creative industry while encouraging youths to take advantage of existing platforms especially film to tell their authentic stories
The host university Vice Chancellor Prof. Eng. Peter N. Muchiri, lauded KUPAA for spearheading the festival, which he said, provides learners with opportunities to not only showcase their talents, but also inspire them to exploit their talents for job opportunities and wealth creation. Arts play a vital role in promoting Kenya’s culture, diversity and cohesion specifically through the screening culture.
As a key participant, the KFC played a pivotal role in highlighting the rich storytelling heritage of Kenya hence fostering a deeper appreciation for the diverse narratives that emanate from its various regions. The Commission supported the Gala ceremony through provision of trophies to the winners of best feature, short,animation,documentary and Smartphone films.
The Kenya Universities Performing Arts and Film Association (KUPAA) is recognized by the State Department of University Education and Research with an organizational mandate for performing arts and film activities in both public and private universities. KUPAA seeks to improve the standing of Kenya’s performing and visual arts, music, and film through a commitment to developing work of the highest quality and promote visual arts through the Film Festivals. The theme for this year’s edition was ‘Supporting Economic Transformation through Performing Arts #Wajibika’.
The Commission’s presence underscores its commitment to nurturing homegrown talent and fostering an environment where filmmakers can thrive both locally and globally.