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Kenyan film ‘Shoto’ nominated for top awards in Hollywood

A Kenyan short film Shoto has been nominated for the prestigious Best of NFML (New Filmmakers Los Angeles) awards for Best New Media.

The nomination was announced in Hollywood on Sunday.

Shoto is the nickname of a matatu driver whose route runs from Umoja to town and back.

The film follows a day in Shoto’s life and in the process, it showcases many aspects of matatu culture.

The initial idea which led to the making of Shoto is attributed to Firul Maithya and Arnold Mvoi.

 

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Tonight I want to take this opportunity to first thank God,thank the stories found Team : James Martin ,Bud Simpson and Evie Maina in conjunction with the US Embassy Nairobi,not forgetting the AMAZING AMAZING students who took a 3week online course and 1 week Crush Ground/practical course, to make this a success project together with our main cast SHOTO. We have been privileged to get nominated to the BNFMLA(Best New Film Makers Awards) which are arguably one of the Top new film makers award festivals in LA.Not forgetting,to say a BIG BIG thank you to the organizers who had sleepless nights to make this a success.Look Out for Stories Found II coming up in July and hope it brings out stories from young film makers ???.Was an Amazing Experience in Hollywood. Dressed by : @_dappermanke #Godspeed #Godsfavour #Sonoftheuniverse

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Azali Ishmael, who was among the film makers of Shoto, could not hide his joy when news of the film’s nomination broke.

“Tonight I want to take this opportunity to first thank God, thank the stories found Team: James Martin, Bud Simpson and Evie Maina in conjunction with the US Embassy Nairobi, not forgetting the AMAZING AMAZING students who took a 3 week online course and 1 week Crush Ground/practical course, to make this a success project together with our main cast SHOTO,” he posted.

The film was funded by the US Embassy in Kenya, which also assisted the Stories Found project.

The winner of the New Filmmakers Los Angeles Awards is usually picked by a 14-member jury made up of professionals who work in the Los Angeles and larger Hollywood film industry.