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UDADA FESTIVAL 2015

Schedule

The second edition of UDADA Film Festival took place from the 15th-20th October 2015. UDADA Film Festival received over 150 feature, short and documentary film entries through various platforms from over 50 countries This was a 30% increase from the 2014 submissions. About 1000 people attended the festival. The Udada Film Festival ran educational forums at the Multimedia University of Kenya and at PAWA 254. The forums targeted both professionals and students featured some of our partners and expert subject matters such as :

• Animation films by Ngendo Mukii. Ms. Mukii is an award-winning Kenyan independent animator. She made a very inspiring presentation of her work to Film and Animation students at the Multimedia University. She held a Q&A session with the students about her two projects.

• Production by Karen Mukwatsi. Ms. Mukwatsi is the festival director of IIFF (International Images Film Festival for Women) The Zimbabwean partners presented their activities to enhance film production in Zimbabwe. They run a screenplay competition and then go on to source for the production funds. These films are then shown at their festival. Afterwards, the films are improved accordingly.

• Film Classification by the Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) After the KFCB had presented their work of classifying films, students engaged them about the banning of a certain Kenyan film and there was a very lively debate about classification versus censorship.

• IIFF Mini-Festival is a result of a partnership between UDADA Film Festival and IIFF (Zimbabwe).

• The Spanish Mini-Festival: Thanks to a special night sponsored by the Spanish Embassy, UDADA showcased Spanish films made by women and brought together female photographers and artists.

• The Spanish Embassy also flew in a Spanish actress who presented a very interesting theatrical/filmic installation show.

• UDADA honoured the renowned and popular actress, the Kenyan ‘Mama Kayai’ (Mary Khavere) and awarded the winning films.