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2021 Kalasha Awards nominees announced

Vetting committee said the process was as thorough as ever this year

In Summary

• The awards ceremony will take place on 10th December 2021

KFC finance manager Edna Oyori, CEO Timothy Owase and comms manager Letitia Ouko
KFC finance manager Edna Oyori, CEO Timothy Owase and comms manager Letitia Ouko
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The Kenya Film Commission yesterday unveiled the nominees in various categories for the 11th edition of the Kalasha International Film and TV awards.

Speaking at the unveiling ceremony at the Sarova Stanley Hotel, the chairperson of the Kalasha Awards nomination committee, Valentine Zikki, noted that this year, 706 entries were received.

After vetting by the committee, a shortlist of five nominees per category was done.

"The vetting process this year was as thorough as in the other previous years," Zikki said.

"With the help of our 7-member jury academy, all drawn from the film industry, we were able to narrow down to a total of 145 nominees."

Kenya Film Commission CEO Timothy Owase said the commission is committed to ensuring the Kalasha International Film and TV Awards continues to recognise and award local talent.

"With the 11th edition, we are reaffirming our commitment to drive this agenda through the next decade, and in collaboration with industry players ensure that our local talent is showcased at home and beyond," he said.

The awards were launched 10 years ago and are held annually to recognise filmmakers in Kenya.

The unveiling of the nominees sets the stage for the public voting, which is scheduled to open on November 3 and close on December 3.

The awards ceremony will take place on December 10.

Public voting usually constitutes 30 per cent, whereas the Jury vote constitutes 70 per cent of the vote.