11th November 2020
African music and film artists urged to submit entries to the Pan African Kisima Music & Film Awards
Nairobi 11th November : African music and film artists have been asked to submit entries to the ongoing continental Kisima Music & Film awards 2020.
Since the launch of the Awards on 3rd November,2020, organizers say there has been quite some traffic in submissions and entries by producers, studios, musicians, actors and actresses which is a positive indicator that the awards will be highly competitive.
“Within the first few hours of our launch we already had tens of submissions and the numbers have been steadily rising in the last few days”, said the Kisima Music & Film Awards Chairman Dr. Fred Simiyu.
With only ten days remaining to the close of the submission date, the organizers are keen to have all of African creatives and artists in the film and music industry participate to make the process truly Pan African.
“It is important that we have at least all the five sub-regions in Africa represented. We have so far seen submissions from countries in East, West and Central Africa. It will be good to have representation from far and wide and so we urge artists to submit within the remaining short time”. Said Dr. Simiyu.
The submission period closes on November 20th 2020, paving way for the nomination process by the Kisima Awards Jury between 23rd of November to the 25th. Thereafter, the process will be opened to a public voting process ahead of the Awards Ceremony on December 13th, 2020.
This time around, the Kisima Music & Film Awards has a total 36 categories for entries split between film and music. Kenya as the host country has her share of 18 awards also split between music and film.
Ms. Cathy Gitahi an Advisor to the Kisima Music & Film awards and a film marketing expert says this blend of artistry is progressive in amplifying Africa’s talent in the creative platform.
“There is so much that is produced here in Africa that barely gets recognition. Film has especially been over-looked in many ways. This award offers a critical window for our creative industry to grow and expand beyond their borders. The potential in this is quiet huge”, Ms Gitahi added.
With the slogan; bigger, bolder and bravely Pan African, this years’ Kisima Music Awards is keen to unite Africa through music & film even despite the presiding COVID 19 pandemic. The organizers are determined that the process will be a landmark indicator for Africa’s creative industry to work together progressively in show-casing Africa’s might in film and music.
“This is the time that Africa powerfully and deliberately gets together to show the world what her creative industry is about. Our African narrative will be built and articulated by us in our music & film. Kisima is a defining point of creativity for Africa”, said Andrew Teyie the Team Lead organizer of the 2020 Pan-African Music & Film awards.