Jomo Kenyatta meets Alfred Mutua as he pledges 1 million to Machakosfest

President Uhuru’s eldest son, Jomo Kenyatta, yesterday paid Governor Alfred Mutua a courtesy call and together they launched 2016 Machakosfest.

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Machakos Governor Dr. Alfred Mutua has always been on the forefront to support local film industry; he was the brainchild of the phenomenal ‘Cobra Squad’.

The Machakos governor yesterday announced a grand prize of 1 million shillings as he launched the 2016 Machakosfest alongside President Uhuru’s son, Jomo Kenyatta.

Mutua took Jomo for a tour of his county before making announce about the mouthwatering reward for film makers.

“Accompanied by Jomo Kenyatta after he had paid me a courtesy call, I have this afternoon launched the 2016 Machakosfest, a short film festival at the Machakos People’s Park. This will be the second edition of the festival that seeks to provide a platform for new talents in the film industry to showcase their work and interact with experienced film makers and related professionals in the industry. This will help nurture and promote the film industry and ultimately raise the production value in Kenya and beyond.

The grand prize is Ksh.1M. I will top that up with a personal contribution of Ksh.200,000 to the overall winner. This year’s edition is better with additional categories such as Documentary films, Schools category and Tertiary institutions. The first prize for these categories is Ksh.250,000.” Alfred Mutua announced.

He further urged stakeholders in the film industry to utilize the opportunity presented by his government to shoot quality film in Machakos.

“My Government acknowledges the potential in the film industry. Let me reiterate that no film maker should be charged any fees to make a movie in Machakos. I urge film makers and stakeholders in the industry to take advantage of digital broadcasting and create quality content for an ever growing market for local content.”

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