PWFF 2024

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PWFF 2024

Welcome to the 3rd edition of Pridelands Wildlife Film Festival (PWFF) 2024! Taking place against the backdrop of Africa month on May 29th to May 31st 2024 at Nairobi Street Kitchen.

PWFF 2024 promises to be an enriching experience, featuring groundbreaking panel sessions and masterclasses led by leading creators from across the creative industry. Delving into topics such as Sound in Film, VR and AI as new filmmaking tools for emerging filmmakers in wildlife, conservation, nature, and environmental filmmaking, our sessions will explore forward-thinking themes including monetizing content, distribution, ownership, writing for nature, and the business of filmmaking and much MORE!!

Immerse yourself in a world of thought-provoking sessions, where we’ll examine the future of filmmaking through innovative lenses. Witness the screening of out-of-the-box nature and conservation films, as told by African storytellers and independent filmmakers from around the globe.

Culminating in the prestigious Nkaang’ awards, PWFF 2024 will celebrate the best of the best filmmakers who submitted to this year’s call for submissions. Join us for an unforgettable journey celebrating the power of film to inspire, educate, and ignite change.

Highlight Reel

Leading the charge in enhancing tourism potential and conservation efforts in Narok County. With a decade of experience in public relations, media, and communication, I specialize in promoting tourism products and fostering stakeholder engagement. 

Passionate about empowering rural women and children, I founded Naretoi Ang’ to provide wildlife and environmental education, along with eco-friendly solutions like solar lighting. Recognized among Kenya’s top 40 under 40 women for social enterprise and leadership. 

MA in International Relations and Affairs from USIU-Africa, and a BA in Communication and Media Studies from Daystar University.

Speakers & PANELISTS

Sarudzayi Marufu is a BAFTA Connect film producer and creative entrepreneur, deeply committed to revolutionising global cinema with the ethos of inclusivity, innovation, and community uplift. She's the driving force behind Euras Films.
Maïmouna Jallow is a multidisciplinary artist and writer. She is the author of several children’s books, including I’m the Colour of Honey and Story Story, Story Come, an anthology of re-imagined African folktales. Her debut film, Tales of the Accidental City, is an experimental feature-length in which all the action takes place on Zoom.
Marie Mbullu is a 23-year-old Tanzanian American. Who creates bite sized videos on her channel Habari Njema. Her channel discusses all things Africa regarding pop culture, politics, innovation, history, and current events. Some of her most popular series are Good News Sunday, and Cool African Tings.
Thihangwi is a recent MA Film graduate whose research centers around wildlife documentary and nature conservation in Southern Africa at the University of Cape Town. She is the head tutor for the 2024 Film in Africa course and Impact Facilitator course.
Hamid is an Artist who focuses on creative leadership and innovation. He is the co-Founder and Creative Director at Kugali Media, a visual entertainment company that focuses on African storytelling.
Walid Kilonzi is a pioneering Extended Reality Producer at Fallohide with a proven and experienced background in all things Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, and Mixed Reality for multinational companies, SMEs, African governments, and NGOs based all around Africa.
WANGECI MURAGE is a media professional with 23 years’ experience in content production, distribution, marketing and channel development. She has extensive knowledge on the media landscape in Africa and provides skillful and tactical leadership in content strategy development and broadcast management.
Elizabeth Unger is a National Geographic Explorer who has worked and traveled across all seven continents. She’s a two-time Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program Grantee and was selected in 2022 for DOC NYC’s 40 Under 40 list.
Andrew has meticulously cultivated a diverse skill set and amassed a wealth of experience within the audio service industry. His credentials, including certifications from Dolby® Technologies and Film Skills, underscore his unwavering commitment to mastering the intricacies of his craft.
I am an Audio Engineer with an experience of over 10yrs in the Entertainment Industry. I am well-known for providing high-quality Audio Production and Audio Post Production services focusing on Dialogue Editing, Foley Production and Sound Design, Voiceover Production, Audio Mixing and Mastering services in the Ugandan Entertainment Industry.
Christopher Paetkau is cofounder of BUILD - a Canadian multi-platform media company on a mission to inspire with “The Art of Nature” specializing in wildlife, natural history, and commercial productions.
Monicah is currently the COO at Nation Media Group, she also oversees the Broadcasting division. She is a Chevening Scholar, a holder of an MA degree in Communication Policy from The University of Westminster (UK) and Bachelor of Arts in Communication (Electronic Media) from Daystar University.
William Ouma is a licensed drone operator, with experience in filming, conservation, photogrammetrical data capture, agronomical drone support, and training. He studied at the Shang Tao College for 3D animation and Media Production, working in filming, and coaching and mentorship industry for half a decade before pivoting towards the drones sector.
Dibblex is the visionary force behind the captivating Podcast, Boots on the Ground, he is the creative lead, embracing the power of one-on-one conversations to amplify the voices for conservation. . Presently, Dibblex is the Communications Officer for the Mara Elephant Project, stationed at the Lemek conservancy in Maasai Mara.
Akosua Hanson is an artist and activist based in Ghana who believes deeply in the power of Art and artistic expression in changing the world. Her work spans theatre, film, sex education, community organizing to comics and graphic novels.
Erica Francis Rugabandana is an award winning filmmaker from Tanzania, has a background in wildlife management and community development, with specialization in communication for environment and wildlife conservation education.
Lucy turned her passion for TV & Media into a career in Content Acquisition, Distribution, and Production. She has created award-winning channels for PayTV and now helps content creators showcase their work in front of investors, broadcasters, and fellow industry players worldwide through her expertise in content distribution.
David Tosh Gitonga is a highly acclaimed Kenyan filmmaker with a career spanning over two decades. He has been a prominent figure in the African film industry since 2002, known for directing award-winning films like "Nairobi Half-Life," which was Kenya's submission for the 85th Academy Awards.
Kimani wa Munene, with a 23-year tenure in broadcast marketing, advertising, and content distribution in the East Africa region. His passion has contributed in industry formulation of policies and actively participating in the creation of the Film Federation of Kenya.
Omotayo is an ingenious film lawyer with about 8 years experience in entertainment and intellectual property law. Currently, she’s the head of legal at the EbonyLife Group. A position which exposes her to working with international and local media/film companies like Netflix, BBC Studios, Sony Pictures etc.
Usama Mukwaya is a Ugandan screenwriter, film director, and producer based in Kampala. With nearly a decade of experience, he specializes in crafting compelling screenplays and shaping narratives for impactful films.
Monica Juma is a Journalist by profession working for Kenya’s public broadcaster Kenya Broadcasting corporation, KBC in television Programmes Department as Controller Television programming CPTV.
Austin Nyambok has a storied background mainly in: Strategic Communications, Media, Arts, Entertainment and Education. He's the Communications & Outreach Manager at DocA – Documentary Africa.
Mercy Mutisya is a passionate storyteller and creative thinker with a love for both the arts and technology. She has written for TV shows such as County 49, Njoro Wa Uba, and Untying Kantai, all of which stream on Showmax.
Debra Aroko is a Kenyan filmmaker and producer with a deep passion for telling stories that capture the nuanced realities of the various communities that exist within her continent. She is also the Co-director and Impact Producer of the feature-length documentary “Searching For Amani”.
MOHAMED Saïd Ouma is a renowned filmmaker, cultural operator and executive director of DocA- Documentary Africa. Mohamed is also engaged in "The African Heritage Project", a program which aims to restore fifty African films of historical, cultural and artistic significance.
As a seasoned multimedia journalist with over a decade of experience, I've had the privilege to work with esteemed outlets such as BBC, Reuters, and currently, Mongabay. Additionally, my commitment to environmental investigative journalism has led me to become a fellow for the Rainforest Investigation Network of the Pulitzer Center.
Mwara Kung’u is an unreasonable artist, teacher & entrepreneur living in Nairobi. Born in 1974, she grew up in Uthiru & did her first degree at Kenyatta University, a B Ed in Fine Art. She did her Masters at the University of Westminster in London, and came home with an MSc in Computer Animation.
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programme

DATE/TIMEMAY 29TH
(DAY 1)
MAY 30TH
(DAY 2)
MAY 31ST
(DAY 3)
08:00 – 09:00AccreditationAccreditationAccreditation
09:00 – 10:30Enhancing Visual Storytelling with Drone Cinematography TechniquesSound: From Practical to Digital Approaches in Film ProductionImmersive Storytelling: Exploring Narrative Techniques in Virtual Reality
10:30 – 11:00Tea BreakTea BreakTea Break
11:00 – 1200AI in Filmmaking: A New Horizon in StorytellingWriting for NatureAnimating Africa: Shattering Stereotypes in Wildlife and Conservation Narratives
12:000 – 13:00Film ScreeningFilm ScreeningFilm Screening
13:00 – 14:00Lunch BreakLunch BreakLunch Break
14:00 – 15:00Film Funding, Distribution and OwnershipImpact Campaign Production in FilmmakingFilm Screening
15:30 – 17:00Film ScreeningFilm ScreeningTHE NKAANG’ AWARDS

Receipients of the inaugural Naphtali S. Tande Lifetime Achievement Award

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