Jury 2018

Njoki Muhoho

Njoki has a dual career in Management Consultancy and TV/Film Production. She is the Executive Producer with Zebra Productions Ltd, the production company behind the MNET high end drama series ‘Changes’. She is a five times Film/TV Award Winning Producer and Writer. She has also Chaired the Kalasha Awards Judge Panel and served as Chief Judge and Juror for the Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards (AMVCA) for 4 Years. Njoki was the Executive Judge for the ‘Local Hero’ Deutche Welle Media competition. She is the East Africa Academy Director of the recently launched MultiChoice Talent Factory.

Likarion Wainaina

The gift of storytelling is what turned Likarion Wainaina into a cinematographer and film/television director. With no formal film training, it is passion, practice and presence in the industry over the last seven years that has enabled Likarion to master the art of filmmaking. His first film, Between The Lines, made history by becoming Kenya’s first movie to be projected in Imax. His short film, Bait, was selected as one of the top shorts to screened at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival. He is the founding director of Kibanda Pictures that aim to tell African stories in the African way. His most recent film, Supa Modo, received the Children’s Jury Special Mention at the 2018 Berlin International Film Festival and continues to be acclaimed at various film festivals around the continent and internationally.

Faith Musembi

Faith is a Kenyan-born, South Africa-raised, US educated writer, director and editor. She graduated from Emerson College, Boston, with a Masters in Visual Media Arts. She is the founder of Faimus Films, a motion picture production company specializing in documentaries, TV shows, corporate videos and short & feature-length film and a Producer with WildEarth.TV, a live wildlife broadcaster. Her short film, Pendo, was the 2017 Best Local Language Film winner at the Kalasha International Film Festival and scooped both the Best Short Film & Best Screenplay awards under the Swahili Films Awards at the 2018 Zanzibar Film Festival.

Mugambi Nthiga

Mugambi is an actor, writer, director and film blogger. His career began in the Nairobi theatre scene in the early 2000's, working with Phoenix Players and Sterling Quality on stage plays and musicals. When he found himself jobless in America in the middle of the 2008 recession, he joined Philadelphia’s acting scene, appearing in independent stage plays and short films. On returning to Kenya, he landed principle roles in M-Net’s Pan-African TV drama ‘Changes’ and in the celebrated Kenyan films ‘Nairobi Half Life’ (2012) and ‘Stories of our Lives’ (2015). He then went on to co-write the award-winning feature films Kati Kati (2016) and well as Supa Modo (2018). He is currently in post-production of his directorial feature film debut, 'Lusala', which will premiere in early 2019.

Delphine Wairimu

Delphine is the in-house Director of Photography at Film Studios in Nairobi and Producer for the Cape Town based creative strategy and production agency, Afrique de Shoot. She is a trained Director of Photography with a Masters in Cinematography from MetFilm School, London. She is the 1st African woman to attain an MA in Cinematography from MetFilm, and she is now amongst a very small elite group of female African Directors of Photography.

René Denis

René Denis is the Regional Audiovisual Attaché at the French Embassy in Kenya since 2016, responsible for film, broadcast and audiovisual media cooperation in Kenya and the East African region. His primary functions include development of markets and opportunities for both French and local productions, strengthening of local capacities for production and distribution as well as promoting cooperation between operators, professionals and regulators for the advancement of the film and audiovisual industry. René has over 30 years’ experience as Executive Producer/Head of Production having worked with several independent Film and TV production houses in France. He also served as Deputy Director for Programmes and Production for Canal + in the 1990s and was responsible for the production of iconic series from that era including ‘Nulle Part Ailleurs’, ‘La Grande Famille’, ‘Télés Dimanche’, ‘L’œil du cyclone’...