(Xinhua) -- Over 100 delegates are expected to attend
an International Film Conference in Kenya next week to seek ways
of promoting and accelerating development of film industry.
The Cabinet Secretary for Sports,
Culture and Arts Hassan Wario said the conference will help
create a platform for actors in the region to exchange ideas and
network with others from different parts of the globe.
“The conference will help harness the
potential of the creative arts in East Africa region,” Wario
said in a statement on Thursday.
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.
Wario noted that the convention will
lead to better understanding of the opportunities available in
the industry by promoting co-productions to further shared
“The wide range of participants will
provide a rare opportunity for Kenyan film makers to
exchange ideas with some of the best actors from the global
arena,” Wario added.
The theme of the convention is “Taking
the audio visual and film industry in Eastern Africa to the next
Franch Ambassador to Kenya Antoine
Sivan revealed that there is growing international interest in
the potential of the cultural and creative industries to drive
“The industry contributes to economic
growth with estimated revenue of 250 billion U.S. dollars a
year besides creating 29.5 million jobs globally,” he added.
Sivan observed that the industry is a
potential and important contributor to social cohesion and
nation building through the promotion of intercultural dialogue,
understanding and collaboration.
Delegates are expected to come from
France, United States of America, India, Nigeria, Rwanda,
Uganda, Tanzania and Burundi. Established film makers from
Hollywood, Bollywood and Nollywood are also expected to attend.
Delegates from France will present the
various government measures, laws and regulations that govern
and oversee the audio-visual and film sector in France.