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Kenya Film Classification Board Redefines The Role Of Film Agents

Kenya Film Classification Board Redefines The Role Of Film Agents
KFCB will create an enabling environment for youths to harness opportunities in the creative economy and allow film agents provide logistical support to foreign film and television producers

The Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) has initiated the process of redefining the role of Film Agents in Kenya, in efforts geared towards creating a facilitative regulatory environment for the continued growth of the local film industry.

The redefinition will see the role of Film Agents restricted to the provision of international standard services to foreign film and television producers and also allow filmmakers obtain licenses from KFCB without having to go through a film agent;  subject to meeting certain requirements, including registration or incorporation of their businesses.

The proposal will be effective from 1st October 2022 and is meant to create an enabling environment for the youth to harness the opportunities in the local creative economy and allow film agents concentrate solely on providing logistical support to foreign film and television producers.

“It is our expectation that the reconfiguration of the license scope for Film Agents will remove barriers to entry for aspiring local filmmakers and thus create a facilitative environment for the sector to thrive in the aftermath of the debilitating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Chris Wambua the acting KFCB Chief Executive Officer through a gazette notice.

The Board’s Ag CEO explained that redefining the role of Film Agents had been informed by numerous representations of recommendations from local filmmakers suggesting the abolition of the prerequisite for local filmmakers to register as Film Agents or be facilitated by Film Agents when obtaining filming licenses to enable them to comply with the filming requirements.

He further noted that the proposal was informed by best practices in other film markets, especially in Africa, and the provisions of the draft Kenya Film Policy 2020, which provides a policy for restricting the role of Film Agents to the facilitation of foreign filmmakers.

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On the same note, Mr. Wambua, reaffirmed KFCB’s commitment to improving the regulatory environment in the film sector to spur the continued growth of the local creative economy, noting that the Board is in the final stages of developing a Co-Regulation Framework for broadcast and online video streaming services.

The current practice of obtaining licenses through Film Agents inhibits market entry for aspiring and upcoming creatives which ultimately stifles the growth of the local creative sector. The board therefor calls upon stakeholders and members of the public to submit their inputs and comments that can help spur and sensitize the industry to march the international standards. The ongoing public consultation exercise will end on 13th September 2022.

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