It was a night of glitz and glamour at the 2018 Kalasha Awards at the Safari Park Hotel on Saturday, with the who’s who in the film industry, dignitaries and top government officials gracing the red-carpet event.
The event, hosted by the Kenya Film Commission (KFC), awarded the 32 categories of nominees unveiled last month.
Subira beat Supa Modo to win the Best Feature Film. But it was a tight competition, with the two films having 12 and 14 nominations respectively.
Some of the big individual winners of the night were Eddy Peter (Best Lead Actor in a TV drama) and Best Lead Actress in a TV drama, Diana Mulwa, both from the TV series My Two Wives.
Other winners were Selina (Best TV Drama), World Tofauti (Best Original Score), Churchill Raw (Best TV Show) and Poacher (Best Short Film).
Before the nominations, more than 1,000 submissions were selected by a jury of nine stakeholders from the film industry, academia and industry professionals.
The submissions included 178 entries in the Film category, 107 in the TV category and 45 in the Special Awards category, all produced within the last one year.
ICT Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru, who was the chief guest, said that the government is looking forward to promoting the local film industry, as long as it works with the KFC.
“We are committed to seeing growth and transformation in the film industry, but in partnership with the Kenya Film Commission,” he said.
Kenya Film Commission CEO Timothy Owase had earlier said the awards seek to advance the art and business of film-making, especially through capacity building.
“We organise workshops and master classes across the country, where upcoming film-makers are trained in various aspects of film-making. The workshops have been a success through the transfer of skills from key industry stakeholders to community-based film-makers,” he said.
Kalasha Film and TV Awards is an initiative of the Kenya Film Commission that recognises talent in the different areas of the film and TV industry.