Kenya said on Wednesday it’s exploring film production partnerships with China as part of efforts to boost bilateral ties.
Timothy Owase, CEO of Kenya Film Commission (KFC) told Xinhua in Nairobi that collaboration with countries with highly developed creative sectors will help Kenya improve the quality of its local film productions.
“The moment a Kenya filmmaker will identify a foreign partner in a country such as China and there is a formal arrangement, Kenya will be in a position to access certain aspects such as funding, highly experienced crews and ideal locations,” Owase said when KFC and Chinese pay-TV StarTimes Kenya launched their partnership ahead of the ninth edition of the Kalasha International Film and TV awards.
Owase said that Kenya is also pursuing film co-production opportunities with countries such as South Africa and France in order to provide the country’s filmmakers with a market.
The film agency is also considering rolling out a series of tax incentives in order to boost the local film sector.
“We are looking at our laws that govern the creative industry to create room for filmmakers to expand so that we provide employment opportunities especially for our youth,” Owase said.
KFC added that Kenya is also keen to become a destination for big-budget foreign films in order to enhance the country’s profile. Enditem