SFF 2013

An Update on our 3rd Edition

The Workshops
This year’s workshops, hosted in Kibera by the Hot Sun Foundation, and in Mathare by Slum-TV, was focused on ‘Business in Film’. Over 5 days, we prepared a stage-by-stage training for young and aspiring filmmakers into the nuts and bolts of the film making business, with a special focus on how to make films in the slums, including technical complications with film making in areas of urban poverty, and advice how to both sell yourself and your film to suitable funding bodies in Nairobi.

The workshops attracted 20 participants, each of whom was awarded a special Certificate of Completion during the Closing Ceremony.

The Festival
We received nearly 30 submissions this year, from as far a field as India, Nigeria, Kenya, and Ireland. Each evening, between the 2nd and the 7th of September, we screened a series of short films, followed a special feature film, in the informal settlements of Mathare and Kibera, Nairobi. The screenings attracted hundreds of viewers, who watched some of East Africa’s newest hits, including Ni Sisi, Nairobi Half-Life, and Something Necessary.

Within the competitive categories, we had several interesting submissions, all demonstrating keen talent and promise. The judges had a very difficult time arriving at a decision, but eventually, three films emerged as the most successful, insightful, and technically accomplished of this year’s submissions.

Winning Films, 2013
At the conclusion of the festival, three independent judges awarded films in three categories: Best Narrative Film, Best Documentary Film, and a Special Mention for Best Slum Story.


  • Winner of Best Narrative Film 2013:
    ‘The Young Smoker’, by Tope Oshin Ogun.
    “A simple yet beautifully shot film that achieves in a short run-time great narrative clarity, held together by a powerful soundtrack.”
  • Winner of Best Documentary Film 2013:
    ‘A Story of the Urban Poor’, by TheAPHRC.
    “An emphatic portrayal of Korogocho slums, this is an insightful film, rich in interrogating perspectives and technical finesse.”
  • Winner of Best Slum Story 2013:
    ‘Dream Catcher’, by The Mwelu Foundation.
    “An interesting and compelling story, which uses innovative techniques to offer a unique vision of slum realities.”


Our Making-of Documentary
Currently in post-production, the we are putting together a short Making-of documentary about this year’s edition. As soon as it is available, we will be uploading it to our website, and sending out an email informing you that it is ready. We will also soon be uploading a gallery of photographs from the event. Please keep an eye on our website for any other updates.

Our next step is to bring together a full report on this year’s edition, for our donors and supporters, programme accounts and budget, summary of the acknowledgementshanks and transparencyents. As soon as our full report is ready, we will be in touch to everybody with a copy. In line with our ethical stance on transpacency, the report will also be made available online.

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