A Birmingham (UK) student who founded a film school
in Nairobi is celebrating after a group of his protégés was
recognised at one of the world’s most-respected awards
ceremonies – The Oscars.
39-year-old Wilfred Kiumi currently
studies Film Distribution and Marketing at Birmingham City
University in the UK, and recently set up a film school in his
hometown of Nairobi after working in the film industry for
almost 20 years.
Eight of Wilfred’s students worked
with a small group of scholars from Hamburg Media School in
Germany to produce the film ‘Watu Wote’ (or ‘All of Us)’, which
tells the story of a terror attack on a bus in Kenya by militant
The movie was nominated in the
category of best short live action film at the 90th
Academy Awards, otherwise known as The Oscars, hosted in
Hollywood earlier this month.
“I’m extremely proud of the students
who worked on this film as it’s the dream of every filmmaker
to work on an Oscar-nominated film,” said Wilfred.
Setting up the Africa Digital Media
Institute (ADMI) has allowed Wilfred to bring to reality his
ambitions of teaching students how to produce, shoot and deliver
visual content by themselves without having to rely on others.
“They have managed this so early in
their careers so only greatness awaits them.”