Kenyan Film Nominated for Top Awards in Hollywood-Los Angeles

A Kenyan short film, ‘Shoto‘, has been nominated for Best New Filmmakers Awards (BNFMLA) in Los Angeles. This is a prestigious award festival based in the United States. The short film was created and directed by young emerging Kenyan filmmakers.

Ishmael Azeli was one of the instructors of the Stories Found documentary film production workshop in Nairobi. During the course of this 5-day intensive session, twelve emerging Kenyan filmmakers produced two short documentary films under the guidance of professional Kenyan (Evie Maina) and US-based (Bud Simpson and James Martin) filmmakers.

Both films have received international exposure at film festivals across the United States, including NewFilmmakers Los Angeles, where the film ‘Shoto‘ was nominated for Best New Media.  Ishmael took to Instagram and said, “A big big thank you to the organizers who had sleepless nights to make this a success…”

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Tonight I want to take this opportunity to first thank God,thank the stories found Team : @iamjamesmartin @accidentallybudsimpson Simpson and @eviemaina in conjunction with the US Embassy Nairobi,not forgetting the AMAZING AMAZING students who took a 3week online course and 1 week Crush Ground/practical course, to make this a success project together with our main cast SHOTO-As written by @firulmaithya @mwarstep We have been privileged to get nominated to the BNFMLA(Best New Film Makers Awards) which are arguably one of the Top new film makers award festivals in LA.Not forgetting,to say a BIG BIG thank you to the organizers who had sleepless nights to make this a success.Look Out for Stories Found II coming up in July and hope it brings out stories from young film makers ???.Was an Amazing Experience in Hollywood. Dressed by : @_dappermanke #Godspeed #Godsfavour #Sonoftheuniverse

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Stories Found is a program sponsored by the US Embassy in Nairobi whose primary goal is to teach young filmmakers how to find and share compelling stories from their own communities. If you are an aspiring filmmaker, you can participate in the program for free. Check out their website for the next roll out.

It’s great news seeing Kenyans flourishing in the film industry. Ishmael joins the likes of Wanuri Kahiu and Ghettuba who are making us proud.

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