Malindi is set to hold its first International Film Festival which will be used as a platform to showcase international films, art and culture. The festival dubbed Malindi International Film Festival is set to be held in December 2018. This was after the Kenya Film Classification Board, KFCB approved a proposal by the county to host this prestigious festival.
A delegation led by KFCB CEO Ezekiel Mutua, board members and Mining CS, Dan Kazungu toured the historical town on Friday, 8th December 2017. They paid a visit to the targeted location for the event and sampled a few of the resorts in the area before Mutua concluded that Malindi was best suited to host the film festival.
“In 2018 we plan to host the Malindi International Film Festival which will bring together the Film industry players,” said Mutua.
According to the KFCB CEO, the planning process has begun and a committee to oversee the realisation of this idea has already been put into place. The idea is to organize and hold a film festival that stands in the same rank as the Oscars and Cannes Film Festival.
Mutua added that a turnover of more than Sh. 329 Billion is expected by 2021 in the Kenyan Film industry. The industry thus is in a better place to create employment opprotunities, grow the country’s economy and promote tourism and culture.
Mining CS, Dan Kazungu who was accompanying the KFCB CEO and his team also quipped that the success of the Malindi International Festival will be of great benefit for Kenya and Africa at large.
“Kenya can become a host for the Biggest International Film Festival in Africa, this will mean job creation, celebration of culture, eradication of drugs and help fight radicalization of school drop outs and poverty,” he said.
The festival will bring together filmmakers from Kenya and around the world in 2018.