The Kenya Films and Classification Board (KFCB) has gazetted its notice to redefine the role of film agents in order to help the industry grow and create more opportunities for the youths.
In a statement, acting Chief Executive Officer of KFCB, Chris Wambua, said that the notice is meant to sensitize the industry on the proposed changes and to invite industry stakeholders and members of the public to submit their inputs and comments.
To obtain film licences in Kenya, filmmakers are required to register as a film agent or seek the services of a registered local film agent, a situation the Wambua noted was in contrast with global best practices.
Wambua said, “Although film agents are recognised as important players in the film sector globally, their role is to facilitate foreign film and television producers. Therefore, the obtaining situation contrasts with global best practices.”
According to KFCB, the new film agent guidelines, barring any conflict from stakeholders and the public, would become effective from 1st October 2022. The proposed new role of the film agents in Kenya will be to provide logistical support to foreign film and television producers.
Wambua noted that the ongoing public consultation exercise will end on 13th September 2022.