As part of the plan tog row Africa’s creative economy, Kenya is planning to host a Sh2.5 billion hub for movie and video production, music recording and broadcast services to be financed by multi lateral lenders.
If the plan gets executed, Kenya will have one of the five hubs planned for Africa, all of which are expected to take about 125 million (Sh12.6 billion), according to Pan African Federation of Filmmakers (FEPACI), promoters of filmmaking in Africa. The five hubs will be located in East, West, North and South Africa and will have a wide range of modern equipment for the use of filmmakers in Africa at low rates.
The federation’s principal adviser, Ndiritu Muriithi explained that the move for the hubs was a long overdue one saying, “We want African producers and their cast to tell African stories as it is through films, documentaries and other audiovisual platforms. We have for long relied on Western creatives to do that for us, often misrepresenting the reality on the ground.”
FEPACI’s aim is to ease the problems that most African filmmakers have- insufficient resources, less avenues for talent recognition and development, weak distribution structures and lack of access to international markets, and put African movies in the international spotlight. This in turn will help to reduce unemployment and increase revenue.