On 4th March 2020, Kenya Film Commission signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Dedan Kimathi University of Technology forging a strategic partnership aimed at growing the film industry in Nyeri County.
The signing ceremony was presided over by H.E. Mutahi Kahiga – Governor, County Government of Nyeri, Hon. Dr Caroline Karugu – Deputy Governor, County Government of Nyeri, Vice Chancellor, Dedan Kimathi University – Professor Ndirangu Kioni, Mr Timothy Owase – CEO, Kenya Film Commission, representatives from Kenya Broadcasting Corporation, representatives from KONZA Technopolis, among other top government officials.
This collaboration will see the two organizations cooperate in areas of: research, capacity building, streamlining of mid-level film education, establishing of best practices in film production and hosting festivals, conferences and workshops among other items.
Speaking at the forum, Mr Timothy Owase noted that; “As a Commission, we have put in place robust initiatives to empower the Kenyan youth with requisite skills set and knowledge to ensure that they are able to compete on a global arena and improve their quality of life through sustainable wealth and job creation.”
This collaboration aims at building capacity in the local film industry through trainings organized by the Commission in partnership with the university. It will also assist in streamlining of higher education through incorporation of best practices in film education.
To spur growth in the film industry in Nyeri, this collaboration will also strengthen the film festivals thus ensuring promotion of local content and empowering the youth in Nyeri to tell authentic stories that can traverse the country.
The film industry continues to play a key role in spurring economic growth and realization of Vision 2030, through infrastructural development, tourist attraction, investment and employment creation. Kenya Film Commission is fully in touch with the needs and aspirations of its key target audience and it achieves this through such initiatives