The local film industry has adopted a proposal by the Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) to redefine the role of Film Agents in Kenya.
Addressing the Press at the Board’s Offices in Nairobi, KFCB Ag Chief Executive, Christopher Wambua, said that the adoption of the proposal means that effective 1st December 2022, the Board will start implementing the administrative decision.
“In line with the requirements of the Constitution of Kenya (2010), KFCB subjected the proposal on redefining the role of film agents to public participation through various media platforms. Upon completion of the public participation and validation processes, stakeholders, including industry players, endorsed the Board’s proposal to confine the scope of the film agent licence to provision of international standard services to foreign film and television producers,” Wambua told journalists.
The KFCB CEO said that the redefinition of the role of film agents is meant to make it easier for young aspiring filmmakers to obtain licences directly from the Board instead of going through a film agent as is the practice currently.
He noted that this change would in effect, restrict the licence scope of the film agent to the provision of logistical support services to foreign film and television producers.
Wambua indicated that the Board will on Friday 25th November, 2022 publish a Public Notice in the press to sensitize the industry on the validated administrative decision on redefining the role of Film Agents in Kenya and the Board’s intention to implement it.
He observed that the administrative decision is also aligned with the Kenya Kwanza Manifesto on the Creative Economy under the Commitment of working with stakeholders to identify the incentives, capacity building and other support required from the state to scale up cultural production and the creative economy.
“The removal of the requirement for local filmmakers to obtain filming licenses through a film agent has eliminated one of the key barriers to entry in the sector and thus incentivized young aspiring film makers to participate in the local creative economy through job creation and wealth generation,” the Ag CEO said.
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