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Kenya wants increased foreign film production

Kenyatter Center Nairobi The Kenya Film Commission has recently announced plans for a new national film policy to encourage more foreign film production in the nation.

During last week’s Broadcast, Film and Music Africa Conference, the film commission’s chairman Chris Foot reportedly told delegates that filmmakers need to tell stories that are most likely to generate income.

The legislation is aimed at easing the path for foreign filmmakers, in terms of both licensing fees and infrastructure. With Kenya’s emergence as an important regional hub for technology, the time seems right for such a policy.

At the time of going to press, the film policy was with the Ministry. It had yet to be submitted to the cabinet so is not yet operational.

It certainly appears to be a period of change for the Kenyan film industry. Around a month ago Lizzie Chongoti took over as chief executive officer of the commission, having previously served as head of programmes and acting CEO.

The film commission also announced plans for the establishment of a national film school, which will serve to further support and augment the local film industry.

For more on filming in Kenya, go to our production guide.