The NBO Film Fest (Nairobi Film Festival) is back for its 3rd year. The festival will be happening from 6th June 2019 to 16th June 2019 at Prestige Plaza, Ngong Road, Nairobi, Kenya. The Festival will feature films from Kenyan, African, Afro-Latin and Afro-Caribbean cinema.

Co-founded by film director Mbithi Masya and producer Sheba Hirst, The NBO Film Fest wants to revitalise cinema-going culture in Nairobi as a critical means of contributing to the growth of a healthy film industry in Kenya.  The festival began to do that in the last three years by presenting exceptional films from around the world that are rarely presented in Nairobi’s mainstream cinema and showing the best made Kenyan films in a lively festival format.

Lusala, a film directed by Mugambi Nthiga, produced by One Fine Day Films and Ginger Ink Films will make its world premiere at the festival. This will be continuing a tradition that started in the 2017 premiere of Kati Kati by Mbithi Masya and was followed by the 2018 premiere of Supa Modo by Likarion Wainaina.

This year, the schedule will include:


  1. Lusala, directed by Mugambi Nthiga

  2. Adama, directed by Simon Rouby

  3. Cook Off, directed by Tomas Brickhill

  4. Subira, directed by Sippy Chadha

  5. City Of God, directed by Fernando Meirelles and Katia Lund

  6. Keteke, directed by Peter Sedufia

  7. Miriam Miente, directed by Natalia Cabral and Oriol Estrada

  8. Talking About Trees, directed by Suhaib Gasmelbari

  9. Yuli, directed by Icíar Bollaín

  10. The Tokoloshe, directed by Jerome Pikwane

  11. Sew The Winter To My Skin, directed by Dom Pedro

  12. Liyana, directed by Aaron Kopp and Amanda Kopp

  13. Akasha, directed by Hajooj Kuka

  14. Mercy of the Jungle, director Joël Karekezi

  15. The Extraordinary Journey of Celeste Garcia, directed by Arturo Infante

  16. Five Fingers for Marseilles, directed by Michael Matthews

  17. The Burial of Kojo, directed by Blitz “The Ambassador” Bazawule


The festival will also include:


  1. A Selection Of Short Films curated by NBO Film Fest

  2. Shorts, Shorts and Shots, a selection of short films curated by Docubox

What are you waiting for? Grab your tickets on NBO Film Fest.

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