Films ‘Just in Time ’ and ‘Kutu’ lead the pack in Kalasha nominations

By Boniface Mithika | 6 months ago

The Kenya Film Commission has unveiled the nominees who made the cut in various categories for the 11th edition of the Kalasha International Film and TV awards.

This year’s nominees reflect the brilliance of filmmakers across the country which attracted hundreds of entries.

While announcing the nominees for the 29 categories, the chairperson of the Kalasha Awards nomination committee, Valentine Zikki, said that 706 entries were received.

After rigorous vetting, ‘Just in Time’ and ‘Kutu’ led the pack with 10 nods each in the film category.  'Mwanga’, and ‘Mission to Rescue’ follow with eight and seven nominations respectively.

'Just in Time', a family comedy-drama film written, scored all the four major film nominations - Best Feature, Best Lead Actor for Mawuli Gavor, Best Lead Actress for Sarah Hassan and Best Director for Lowladee.

The film is directed, and co-produced by acclaimed Nigerian filmmaker Dolapo Adeleke and was shot in Nairobi in 2019.

It is produced by award-winning Kenyan actress and producer Sarah Hassan who also stars in a lead role in the movie. It also stars top Ghanaian actor Mawuli Gavor, Kenyan actress and presenter Stycie Waweru and Kenyan actress and DJ, Pierra Makena.

On the other hand, 'Kutu' bagged nominations for Best Supporting Actor for John Ndegwa, Best Sound Designer for Simon Njoroge, Best Local Language Film for Peter Wangugi Gitau and Best Short Film for Peter Wangugi Gitau among others.

Other films that made it to the category for Best Feature Film include; 'Mission to Rescue', 'Bangarang', 'Lame' and 'Nafsi'. They are going against 'Just in Time for the same award.

‘Mission to Rescue’ has made news over the last year. One of the main characters in the film, Melvin Alusa also got a nomination for AMAA 2021 in the Best Actor category for his role in the film. The film is produced by Loise Wambui.

'Bangarang' is one of the 12 beneficiary projects of the first cycle of the Kenya Film Commission’s Film Empowerment Programme.

The film is inspired by true events of Kenya’s post-election violence that took place between 2007-2008 and follows the story of Otile, an Engineering graduate who is driven to bitterness by joblessness and decides to express the same to the Government.

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