Heritage, Home & Away

The Kitale Film Week intends to create extraordinary cinematic experiences, curate diverse aspects of cosmopolitan heritage, and build a forum for the holistic development of Eastern African filmmakers, their communities and their audiences.

We want to:

  1. Provide a venue for local filmmakers to exhibit their latest work, meet other filmmakers, and learn from industry professionals.

  2. Promote a screen culture in Western Kenya and the North Rift by inspiring local audiences and raising awareness about film heritage and other related art forms

  3. Collaborate with film distributors, buyers, sales agents and like-minded organizations to show and celebrate films which reflect the modern societies in eastern Africa and across the globe.

  4. Open new markets for products and films from Eastern Africa and to open the Eastern African region to films and products from the rest of the world.

“We are not just about screening films. This festival will have lots of storytelling from local people, food and trips to some of the most amazing but relatively unknown places in Trans Nzoia. We are also running workshops for screenwriters, film editors and directors and, if all goes well, a short film fund to support our storytellers to make a leap into filmmaking,”

- Peter Pages Bwire, Founder & Festival Director 2023

“It is a pleasure for us to be able to open the window for the competition.
The growth of our film industry and our towns will not happen without the effective participation of filmmakers.
Our hope is to get as many Kenyan and Ugandan films submitted,”

- Wangui Ngunjiri-Brown, Competition Manager 2023

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