KFCB has no role licensing video content: Kenya Film Commission Chair
NAIROBI, Kenya, May 25 – Confusion is lingering around the film Industry on who has the mandate to issue licenses.
In an interview with Capital Business, Kenya Film Commission Chairperson, Chris Foot, says it is the work of the Director of Film Services at the Ministry of Information Communication and Technology to issue licenses.
This comes after the Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) gave a notice that they would be implementing film regulations that would require anyone shooting a film for public consumption in Kenya to acquire a license.
The board had initially stated anyone intending to publish any videos online will require to Pay an Annual Registration Fee of Sh12,000, Sh5,000 for every video produced – as long as it is under 40 minutes, Sh1,000 for every day you take shooting the video.
After production is complete, one was supposed to send the video to KFCB for approval hitting publish. Failure to do this the Board has warned would attract a fine not exceeding Sh100,000 or imprisonment of a term not exceeding five years or both.
Following public outcry, the Board changed its stance and claimed it was quoted out of context.
“We need to sit down and discuss this issue; we are also concerned about the ongoing bans of films, due to ‘morality’. So how about those movies that showcase terrorism? theft? Aren’t these moral issues? I am having a hard time selling Kenya as a film destination with these kind of issues, “Foot told Capital Business.
The Board’s Chief Executive Officer Ezekiel Mutua said the film should not be distributed; exhibited or broadcast anywhere in the country since it will be a breach of the law because it contains homosexual scenes.
“We will continue to support the film; it did not have any pornographic scenes, It’s the first Kenyan film to be screened at Cannes film festival this year,” Foot noted.
Foot revealed there is a tense relationship with the classification board, but open to dialogue to resolve the underlying issues in the sector.
He says the sector is also losing a lot to South Africa due to lack of tax rebate with South Africa at 35 percent citing that the film industry should inject 3 percent of GDP to the economy.