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NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Rene Denis, audiovisual attache for East Africa from Embassy of France in Kenya, speaks during the convention of an international film forum in Nairobi, Nov. 15, 2017. Kenya is seeking to develop a raft of incentives that will boost the film sector, officials said on Wednesday.  XINHUA PHOTO: LYU SHUAI

Kenya plans further incentives to encourage film industry  

NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Kenya is seeking to develop a raft of incentives that will boost the film sector, officials said on Wednesday.

International Film Convention | Coastweek


State-owned Kenya Film Commission (KFC) Chairman Chris Foot told an international film forum in Nairobi that one of the key challenges facing the film sector is lack of finance.

“We are considering offering financial incentives such as tax credits and rebates in order to spur the development of the film industry,” Foot said during the opening of the International Film Convention-Kenya which runs until Friday.

The three-day event themed “Taking the Audio-Visual and Film industry in Kenya and Eastern Africa to the Next Level” aims to establish exchange programs between local film producers and distributors both locally and internationally for economic gain.

KFC has hired consultants to develop draft incentives which will validated by stakeholders.

Foot said commercial banks are reluctant to finance film projects because the industry’s revenue streams are unpredictable.

“In order to unlock finance for the film sector we shall implement a guarantee system that will provide mechanisms to repay loan for the industry in case they default on loans,” he added.

Foot said that in order to create more job opportunities for the film sector, the level of local content by broadcasters needs to be increased to 60 percent. In Kenya, it has been projected that the revenue output of the media and entertainment sector will hit 3.3 billion U.S. dollars in the next five years, according to a 2017 PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) report.


NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Joseph Mucheru, Kenyan Cabinet Secretary Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) addresses participants during the International Film Convention in Nairobi. This event brings together participants from various film related institutions including film producers, broadcasters and distributors across the world for important discussions on the way of promoting growth in the creative industry in Kenya and Eastern African region. XINHUA photo: CHARLES ONYANGO


The chairman noted that the film sector is a lucrative industry, which can become a significant service export.

The Nov. 15-17 meeting is a collaborative effort between the Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB), the European Union (EU), the United Nations Education Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the French Embassy in Kenya.



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