The 2017 Riverwood Academy Awards, arguably the biggest night for the film and TV fraternity in Kenya, was held over the weekend March 11th, and saw Furet Film‘s ‘Kizingo‘ grab the award for Best Film.
On a night that saw Raymond Wafula receive the Riverwood Academy’s Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by the Kenya Film and Classification Board‘s CEO, Ezekiel Mutua, Anubhav Ghard also grabbed Best Actor recognition trouncing Gerald Langiri and Washington Apolo, for his role in ‘Beyond‘.
In the Best Actress category, Keziah Mugure won the Award, as Sally Atieno grabbed the Supporting Actress award for her performance in ‘Zilizala‘.
Critics have faulted the organisers of the Riverwood Academy Awards for falling short on organisation and coordination of the grand night, with some saying it did not meet international standards. However, the film fraternity turned up in their numbers to support the industry that’s fledgling, and hopefully will take off soon.
Here’s the complete list of winners at the 2017 Riverwood Academy Awards:
1. Best Film – Kizingo
2. Lifetime Achievement Award – Raymond Ofula
3. Best TV Series – Mama Duka
4. Best Actor in a Lead Role – Anubhav Ghard
5. Best Actress in a Lead Role – Keziah Mugure
6. Best Supporting Actor – Peter Mweu
7. Best Supporting Actress – Sally Atieno
8. Best Actor In A Tv Series – John Oron
9. Best Director – Voline Ogutu
10. Best Original Score – Spensa
11. Best Sound Mixing – Kunjan Dholokai
12. Best Cinematography – Zilizala
13. Best Editing In A TV Series – Fred Odhiambo (Sumu)
14. Best Script Writer In A Tv Series – Lol Awat (Mama Duka)
15. Best Vernacular Tv Series – Haiyaiya
16. Best Vernacular Movie – Cama Wa Ruo
17. Best Documentary – Structures Of Hope
18. Best Animation – Elimu Tales
19. Best TV Commercial – Bonyeza *699#
20. Best Invisible Cuffs – Invisible Cuffs
21. Best Short Film – Seed