The first-ever Film Festival Kenya was inaugurated in a grand ceremony in Nairobi coinciding with Indian Independence Day by the Indian High Commissioner Rahul Chhabra.
Awardees included popular actor Arjun Rampal and top filmmakers Raju Chadha, Rahul Mittra & Umesh Shukla and Dharmindra Mehra and Ajay Arora.
Minister for Information, Communication & Technology Joe Mucheru pledged to review the decade's old Films and Stage Plays Act to make it friendlier to movie makers and said that the government would line up tax holiday and rebates to lure Indian movie makers to invest in Kenya.
According to Raju Chadha, “I see a lot of opportunities in Kenya and was elated at the warm reception. I look forward to shooting a film here soon.”
Filmmaker Rahul Mittra’s address at the round table got a standing ovation where he spelt out the way forward for the Kenyan Government in order to attract filmmakers from India and rest of the world, which was noted by the minister.
The five day Indian Film Festival Kenya 2019 was curated by Captain Rahul Sudesh Bali and organised by The Indian Film Festival Worldwide (IFFW) under the aegis of the High Commission of India in Kenya and supported by Kenya Film Commission & Sarova Hotels & Resorts.
Bollywood celebrities were also taken to spectacular locations including the breathtaking Masai Mara and Mobassa, apart from hosting a round table conference along with top Kenyan filmmakers & government functionaries. Also present were Cricketing legend Aasif Karim, CFO Safaricom Sateesh Kamath, Chairman of Kenya Tourism Jimmi Kariuki, CEO Kenya Film Commission Timothy Owase & Rajay Singh of Safari Trails.
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