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The Kenya Universities Performing Arts And Film Festival (KUPAA) seeks to shape the future of theatre globally with the objective of setting the national theatre agenda.
The Objective is to harness and nurture university student talent by allowing them to experiment with all theatre initiatives. The First KUPAA Fest Edition was held at the Presbyterian University of Eastern Africa in April 2018.
The Second KUPAA Fest Edition introduced new categories such as legislative theatre, historical play, musical theatre, mash-up, one performer play, puppetry, radio theatre, smartphone film and television drama. Egerton University was among the 15 Universities participating in the Festival at Pwani University, Kilifi County from 17th to 24th March 2019.
This year’s theme was, “Celebrating our Heritage and Transformative Milestones Through Performing Arts.” CoELIB Media participated with an objective to serve as a gauge to the quality of production at the firm and also serve to expose us to other Kenyan filmmakers and stakeholders.
a) NAILAINTEI SHORT FILM
This is a short film that tends to voice the right of the Girl Child.
SYNOPSIS: Nailantei leads her three sisters flee her village with a view to escaping from the dangerous cultural practice of female circumcision. Her father, a fierce man, notices their absence just before they can get far. The thought of losing societal respect hits him and he swears to catch up with them if it kills him. Will he be able to get to them before they elope?
- Best Film on Governance and Human Rights
- Best Film on Gender Policies
- Best Scripted Short Film
- Best Docu-Drama
c) THE CRAFT- TV COMMERCIAL
This is a TV Commercial that was meant to inspire students both undergraduate to join The Faculty of Environment and Resource Development at Egerton University; a place that critically examines environmental problems so as to craft solutions that are tenable and sustainable.
AWARDS: 2nd Runners Up for Best Advert
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3. RECOMMENDATION/ WAY- FORWARD
It has been quite an experience at KUPAA FEST 2019 for the awards we won. This has really motivated us to produce content fit for Hollywood.
Our publicity during the event caught the attention of the chairing committee KUPAA. Discussions are underway for collaboration with them in their projects.
The Patron, Drama Club Egerton University has offered support to produce more and better content.
We are now working on producing films, documentaries, radio genres that will fall under the following themes:
- Cultural Diversity
- African Indigenous Traditions
- Retrogressive Cultural Practices
- Youth and Responsible behavior
- Promoting Uses of Technology
We seek more support from the office in the upcoming productions.