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New and old faces in Kalasha Film Awards 2022 nominees list

Sanaipei Tande, Jimmy Gathu, Melissa Kiplagat, Ivy Wanjiku, Nini Wacera are among the actors nominated in different categories in the Kalasha International Film and TV Awards 2022.

Kenya Film Commission (KFC) unveiled the list of nominees on Thursday with the awards gala scheduled for December 3.

The total number of films submitted this year went up, with 217 films submitted compared to last year’s 149 films.

“The selection process of the 217 films submitted was carried out by a jury of experts consisting of stakeholders drawn from film industry associations, corporate, government and industry professionals. The jury also noted the constant themes being those on mental health awareness, Domestic violence, Elections, Substance and Drug abuse and Violence,” said Valentine Kamau, Kenya Actors Guild and Chairperson of the 2022 Nomination Academy.

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“There is a notable improvement in scriptwriting with some films doing very well in structure and great storytelling. Use of good storytelling tools like flashbacks, a story in a story, comedy, poetic irony, use of music and monologues,” Ms Kamau said.

According to Timothy Owase, KFC’s Chief Executive Officer, this year Awards have 39 categories with an additional nine new categories. The new categories include best regional film, best documentary (short), best documentary (feature), best makeup and hair stylist, best costume designer, best supporting actor in a TV arama, best supporting actress in a TV drama, best viewer’s choice (feature) and best viewer’s choice (TV drama).

“The submissions received were very competitive and showed a huge potential in the Kenyan film industry; however, there is still a lack of authentic Kenyan stories from filmmakers and Tv industry players while the international Award Category for East African Countries was well embraced by Tanzania film industry, low uptake was noted from the other countries,” Owase said.

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Kyallo Kulture a reality TV show featuring media personality Betty Kyallo and her sisters has been nominated under the Best TV Show category.

Other selected for the same category include This Love a reality show capturing the lives of singer Nameless and Wahu, Foods of Kenya and Date my Family.

Country Queen, the first Kenyan series to be streamed on Netflix, has been nominated in the Best TV Drama category alongside Kina, County 49, Pete and Crime and Justice Season 2.

Country Queen explores the fast-paced and perilous world of the city and slower rural life highlighted by the Tsilanga community. There is deception, rural-urban conflicts, inter-family relationships, love, betrayal and the intersection of tradition, leadership, culture and capitalism.

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Check out the full list here