Kenya Film Commission undertakes capacity building programmes to address industry skill gaps and advance development of skills that meet current industry needs. With this comes the inaugural edition of the Kalasha Writers Hub Film Residency Programme that seeks to strengthen the storytelling capabilities of our filmmakers.
After a rigorous selection of Film and TV Scriptwriters across the country, the Commission narrowed down to 20 Scriptwriters from various Counties across the Regional Economic Blocs. The 20 are currently undergoing an intense 4-week training based in Eldoret, Uasin Gishu County, by two notable Scriptwriters: Ms. Mona Ombogo and Mr. Paul Ekuru.
Ms. Ombogo is a seasoned Scriptwriter whose credits include Borderline (Showmax TV Series), Kona (Mnet TV Series), Changes (Mnet TV Series), Mali TV Series, Dream Child (Feature Film), among others. Notably, Dream Child won the Ksh 1 Million cash reward in the Kisima Music and Film Awards 2020 for its effort to create child-friendly content. On the other hand, Mr. Ekuru is an Emmy Award-winning media executive, a Communications Strategist, a Media Trainer and an Obama Leadership Fellow with a 15 year portfolio of leading high impact multimedia and film production, screenwriting and directing, and media training. His screen credits include Agenda Kenya talk show, Be The Judge Drama Series (KTN), Uongozi reality TV Series (NTV Kenya), among others.
The training, which will culminate in 20 individual scripts (10 for Film and 10 for TV) as well as 2 group scripts (1 for Film and 1 for TV), wraps up on Saturday 5th June 2021.