The jury, which comprises of a panel of four competent judges, which will bring a unique perspective and range of experience to analyse and evaluate the film entries submitted. They will shortlist the nominees in each category to be unveiled during the opening ceremony. The jury will determine the winners of the awards to be unveiled/announced during the festival closing ceremony.
Daisy Okoti is passionate about good stories. This affair started when, as a 17 year-old, she trained in critical writing and film judging. She believes that stories have a very powerful ability of reshaping and influencing reality and this is why she is a champion for well told stories.
Daisy has been trained in various aspects of film such as storytelling, acting, scripting, pre and post production as well as film directing. She describes herself as a film journalist who has worked in East and West Africa and closely interacted with the filming infrastructure in these regions. She regularly moderates the Lola Kenya Screen Film Forums where she engages filmmakers from across East Africa on a critical level about the state of filmmaking in the country (and the region). Daisy studied for a degree in Literature and Sociology with a minor in Communication at the University of Nairobi.
Gerald Langiri is an award winning Kenyan actor and casting director. He is well known for movies House of Lungula and Fundimentals and Series like Mali, Papa Shirandula, Santalal, and Stay among many others. Gerald is prolific and has been severally nominated at the Kalasha Awards in 2014, the Africa Magic Viewers choice awards (AMVCA) in 2015 and Nigeria Entertainment Awards (NEA) in 2015. His role in popular TV shows has positioned him as one of the most sought after talent in Kenya.
He is founder manager of www.actors.co.ke, a website that centers on giving news and information about the acting industry and Kenyan actors. He is a member of the Kenya Actors Guild, a member of the Performers Right Society of Kenya (PRISK) and the Kenya Film and Television Professional Association as well as, the secretary of the Kenya Oscars Committee. His hobbies include but are not limited to travelling, music, watching movies, and being a very social bunny.
Matrid Nyaga is a young talented and passionate film director, writer, and choreographer. She is a founder Director of Udada festival that aims at celebrating African Women’s Achievements in the Arts. Matrid holds a Bachelor of Arts, Theatre Arts, and Film Technology from Kenyatta University.
Matrid has been involved in number of productions in Kenya as a director and producer, including “Twists of Fate” screened at the Kenya National Film Festival, M-Net series “Parasites” , “Love or Die”, “Flowers and “Bricks” and Ebru TV’s Africa short films; Unseen, In-laws, The Needy and Our Desire. Matrid is a choreographer both traditional and contemporary Dance who has trained, directed and facilitated National Drama and Music Festival Workshops for Schools and Colleges.
Victor Ombonya, an avid film maker, is the Executive Director of Community Media Trust, an organization that produces media affecting communities’ quality of life in Kenya. Victor an accomplished visual artist is a graduate of University of Nairobi BSc. degree in Chemistry and Botany. Victor’s passion for art, and especially artistic expression, has taken him to organizations and endeavors that seek to place people at the center of their focus. He previously served as the Programme Manager/Director of FilmAid International.