In its 5th year, Udada is a festival of reflection, looking to past successes and challenges to evolve a grander future. Udada’s concentration is to develop an ecosystem of quality, accessibility and sustainability for participating filmmakers and audiences.

The theme for 2018 is:

“If We Ran The World…Then, We Need To Tell The Stories We Have Been Silent About”

Udada aims to have women from around the world, particularly Kenyan and African women to participate in this year’s theme by submitting a short video answering the question “IF WE RAN THE WORLD…”. The theme of the festival merges a variety of ideas about leadership, with courageous storytelling at the core of them.


Having grown the participating filmmakers and audience numbers, Udada’s next evolutionary step is to link their work on the ground with a dedicated online presence, making use of various digital platforms to invigorate and support our filmmaking communities and audiences. This is going to be carried out through live streaming on their various social media channels.



In partnership with the counties and our supporters, Udada will pitch up in different towns to screen a curated selection of participating films, run mobile filmmaking workshops, and screen films from the counties’ filmmakers.

With the support of partners, Udada will be in Nairobi, Kisumu, Eldoret, and Mombasa. FilmAid is working with Udada to curate programming in their communities.





Screenings & Workshops

Thursday, 11th October, The International Day of the Girl

City Lodge Hotel

Private Opening Ceremony


Friday, 12th October

Huipalas Association

Public Opening Day – Premiere of “But What Was She Wearing?” (dir. Vaishnavi Sundar, Lime Soda Films India)

Afternoon & Evening screenings


Saturday, 13th October

Huipalas Association

Virtual Reality Screenings at Huipalas (in partnership with Black Rhino & Cape Town Film Market and Festival)


 Sunday, 14th, October

Huipalas Association

Screenings with Round Table discussion about Sound, Cinematography, Screenwriting, Directing, and Production Design


Monday, 15th, October

Creatives Garage

Evening Screening Programme

Evening Master Class: Trials & Tribulations of Art Direction and Production Design (TBC)


Tuesday, 16th October

Creatives Garage

Evening Screening Programme

Evening Master Class: A Writers’ Forum (TBC)


Wednesday, 17th October

August 7th Memorial Park

Afternoon & Evening screenings

An Evening with Women in Music

Karen Village

Art Directors Garage Boot Camp


Thursday, 18th October

August 7th Memorial Park

Afternoon Screenings

Virtual Reality Station

An Evening of Women in VR Storytelling & Innovation


Friday, 19th October

August 7th Memorial Park

In Partnership with Ladima Foundation

Open Day for Cultural Producers and Filmmakers

Udada Pitch Fest (Winners will participate in the HER LENS Residency, March 2019)


Saturday, 20th October

August 7th Memorial Park

Afternoon & Evening Screenings

City Lodge

Awards Ceremony (Public Ticket Event)


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