The Head of Legal at the Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB), Loice Shalakha, has told Nairobi News that the board is developing a plan to lower license fees by 30% for local and international filmmakers.
This move is aimed at attracting more high-profile film projects to Kenya, as the country has been losing out on such opportunities to other nations, because of the high taxes and license fees required of filmmakers.
Ms Loice was speaking to Nairobi News in Naivasha during a film workshop.
We are going to reduce our license fee, that is something we have been working on. Our intention is to reduce the current fees by 30%.
We’ve also started working with counties to harmonize their licenses,”Loice Shalakha – Head of Legal (KFCB)
Ms Shalakha noted –
We know places like Narok where a filmmaker or production company will have to pay close to Sh500,000 just to film.
It’s been difficult working with the country to harmonize their rates, but we are putting in as much effort as we possibly can.”
Lowering the license fees for both local and international filmmakers by 30%, as proposed by the Kenya Film Classification Board, is expected to have a positive impact on the growth of the film industry in Kenya.
This move is also expected to generate more employment opportunities for the local population.