The Festival – 2015 edition was a myriad of knowledge sharing, skills enhancing, creativity development , cultural and artistic exchange. The festival boasted of forums , skills development and artistic seminars ,outreach screenings , films contests , strong music , spoken word art , funny and pomp, visits to the rural Mukuni Chiefdom , the closing night was a star studded night graced by the Prime minister of Mukuni Chiefdom , Academics , government officials , the media notable MuVi TV , Arts council of Zambia , Artists , film makers and Directors.
Festival Forums– Patrick Vergeynst ran a quite a thought provoking skills development workshop on films that left a lot of practitioners with home works on how to develop and run their film productions , the forum was both entertaining , thought provoking and educative. It was a well researched and a well prepared subject matter , touching on Film Development in Africa.
Mbizo Chirasha brought a new dimension on the subject matter of freedom of Expression and Artistic rights. The major highlight in the seminar was the need for artistic freedom and the freedom after expression question, the participants later created an artistic piece that they presented during the Closing Night of the Festival.
Outreach – The festival organizers topped the whole calendar with the Out of Town film screenings and these were highly received by the people in high-density suburbs , mostly young people become part of our integral audience- the films that included the most popular SUVI , played a big role in educating young person’s during screenings, the trip to the villages of Chief Mukuni were mesmerizing , meeting young people who danced to music and kept glued to films of various thematic subjects was quite heartening.
Film in Competition – the jury panel had quite a difficult time to choose the best films , for almost all films were of matching standard though among all sent films from Zambia , Malawi , Zimbabwe , Uganda , Europe , South Africa and America, TWO VILLAGES APART from Zimbabwe was judged the best feature film and was awarded at the closing ceremony of the 29th of August 2015.
Participation- Every aspect of the festival received a strong response from both forums , opening night , the Kabwe film festival , the Outreach and the Closing night , It was a festival to remember for the inhabitants of Livingstone , the tourists and visitors.
The Advisory Committee– the Board and the Festival Director ushered in the new advisory committee members who will be part of the festival advisory committee up to 2017. It was a joyous moment on the 28th of August 2015, hope the team will deliver for the best of the festival.
Closing Night – the closing night saw the issuing of certificates to workshop participants , Awards to wining films and actors , the music by the music legend John Chiti , the roaring voice of the Black poet Mbizo Chirasha , the African Cuisine and the vibrating night of men and women of film. The heart knocking speech by the Founder and the Executive Director Musola Kaseketi that nearly brought down the roof of the venue.
The Festival Team– it is a vibrant team led by Musola Catherene Kaseketi as the Founder/Executive Director,Mwape Mumbi as the Kabwe Festival Manager ,Mulenga Kasongo as the Shungu 2015 festival manager , Mr Mwanza as the festival and Activities Coordinator, not forgetting the supporting team of students and community youth .
The Future – The Festival is growing in lips and bounds , we hope to see it surpassing the 2015 edition in the coming years
by Mbizo Chirasha-advisory committee member/2015 edition Guest Artist.