The reaffirmation of the genius of Director Mbithi Masya and Writer Mugambi Nthiga was sealed as the already globally successful ‘Kati Kati’ walked away with the title ‘Best Feature’ at this year’s Kalasha Film & TV Awards which took place at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Nairobi last week.
Anita Ng’ang’a scooped the ‘Best Lead Actress’ Kalasha trophy for her role as ‘Chebet’ in the film by the same name, while Frank Maina was also rewarded in the corresponding male category for his lead role in ‘Uyu ni Mwariguo‘.
At the Kenya Film Industry’s annual premiere red carpet event, actors, actresses, celebrities, dignitaries and top government officials graced the night that recognises the creme of the local and regional silver screen.
The cast of the TV hit show ‘Sue na Jonnie’ grabbed both Best Lead Actress and Best Lead Actor in a TV Drama, which went to Catherine Kamau and Martin Githinji respectively. In addition to the Kalasha trophy, they each got a voucher for one night for 2 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel.
The Kalasha Lifetime Achievement Award went to Joseph Kioni who has been in the film industry for over 30 years wearing many hats – as a producer, art director and head of construction. The Best Watershed Compliant Station Award, sponsored by the Kenya Film Classification Board went to Miracle TV.
K24 won the the Kituo Halisi award which is supported by the Communications Authority of Kenya – this award recognizes TV stations that demonstrated the highest level of overall compliance with the principles set out in the programming Code and Broadcasting Regulations of Kenya Information, Communications Act 2013.
Kalasha International 2017 also included screenings across the country, with venue sponsors including IMAX Kenya, Kabianga University, Department of Film Services, Moi University, Machakos University, Kirinyaga University, Kibabii University, Maasai Mara University, St. Paul’s University, Bomet University College and United States International University- Africa (USIU-A).
This year’s public online voting for Kalasha nominees managed to attract what organisers Kenya Film Commision described as an all-time high with each category receiving over 7,500 votes. Kalasha International is an annual East African-facing film market merging a Film Festival, a Film & TV Awards and a Film & TV Market for film makers, investors and content buyers, hosted by the Kenya Film Commission.
Here’s the complete list of winners in each category for the 2017 Kalasha Film & TV Awards:
Best Performance in a Comedy – BILALI WANJAU in Jela 5 Star
Best TV Documentary – MATWANA MATATU CULTURE
Best Television Commercial – FAIBA Mbugua
Best Host in a TV Show – TEDDY MUTHUSI- Lion’s Den
Best TV Comedy – HULLABALLO ESTATE
Best TV Drama – SUE na JONNIE
Best Lead Actress in a TV Drama – CATHERINE KAMAU – Sue na Jonnie
Best Lead Actor in a TV Drama – MARTIN GITHINJI – Sue na Jonnie
Best Documentary by a Student – GIFTED SOUL
Best Feature by a Student – DETOX
Kituo Halisi – K24 – Supported by Communications Authority Of Kenya
Best Watershed Compliant Station – MIRACLE TV – Supported by Kenya Film Classification Board
Lifetime Achievement Award – JOSEPH KIONI
Best Diaspora – BORN THIS WAY
Best Animation – the XYZ SHOW
Best Supporting Actor – ANTHONY NDUNG’U – Maria
Best Supporting Actress – WANJIKU NJOROGE – Uyu Ni Mwariguo
Best Documentary – SOUND MAN
Best Sound Designer / Original Score – FLORIAN HOLZNER – Kati Kati
Best Production Designer – EMMANUEL MRABU – Aisha
Best Special Effects – KATI KATI
Best Editor – LOUIZA WANJIKU – Kati Kati
Best Short Film – UYU NI MWARIGUO
Best Director of Photography – ANDREW MUNGAI – Kati Kati
Best Local Language Film – PENDO
Best Original Screenplay – KIDNAPPED – John Kararahe
Best Director – MBITHI MASYA – Kati Kati
Best Lighting Technician – GREGORY MAOLE – Aisha
Best Lead Actress in a Film – ANITA NTHENYA KAVUU NG’ANG’A – Chebet
Best Lead Actor in a Film – FRANK KIMANI – Uyu ni Mwariguo
Best Feature – KATI KATI
Best East African Film – BREAKING WITH CUSTOMS