Nominees for Women in Film Awards announced

Joan Kabugu interview on June 28, 2021, at her office. [Faith Chemtai, Standard]

Singer and actress Sanaipei Tande and Jackie Matubia are among those nominated for Best Actress (TV Drama) in the Women in Film Awards. Others in this category are Ann Stella Karimi, Mercy Mueni and Michelle Chebet.

The nominees for the third edition of the awards were announced this week, with the voting open from February 2 to 15th.

The nominations see some notable names, with Ngwatilo Mawiyoo, Joan Kabugu (pictured) and Jennifer Gatero nominated for the Best Director (Film) category. Catherine Kamau in among the nominees for the Best Actress (Film), while Joy Kendi goes up against Celestine Ndinda, Aunties Jemima, Lynn Ngugi and Ivy Mugo for Best Digital Content Creator.

The categories include; Best set designer, Best Director (TV Drama), Best Newcomer Producer, Best Sound Designer, Best Director (Film), Best Produce (Film), Best Actress (Film), Best Costume designer, Best Location sound Recordist, Best Actress (TV Drama), Best Animator, Best Script writer (Film), Best Actress Kids Category, Best Scriptwriter (TV Drama), Best Editor, Best Assistant Director, Best Make-up Artist, Best Digital content creator and Best producer Documentary.

According to the WIFA website, the entity “aims at bringing women filmmakers in Kenya together and provide a space where diversity of women voices, stories and creativity is equally recognized and celebrated.”

For the 2022 awards, WIFA intends to “celebrate women of character courage and commitment with the theme ‘Nevertheless she persisted’.”

“Your girl has been nominated for the @women_infilmawards category “Best Actress TV Drama (Zora). Kindly vote let’s bring this one home,” wrote Jackie Matubia online after her nomination. She was nominated for her role in Zora.

Before Jackie’s debut on the popular Zora series, the social media influencer starred in the famous Tahidi High show as Jolene, but quit when she could no longer hide her pregnancy.