President Uhuru Kenyatta has urged film makers present at the 72nd edition of the Cannes International Film Festival in France to invest in Kenya.
The president, in a video played on several projectors, urged filmmakers and producers present to tap into the Kenyan market that is overflowing with opportunities.
Uhuru said that Kenya is blessed with flora, fauna and breathtaking landscape that are easily alluring to any film producer and director.
“As the president of this great nation, I welcome film producers, to come and enjoy the hospitality of our nation as they make their films.” said the president in the clip shared by Walter Mongare, the deputy director in youth programs presidency and cabinet affairs office in the government of Kenya.
Kenya Film Classification (KFCB) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dr Ezekiel Mutua who is leading Kenya’s delegation also promised the investors that Kenya has made filming easier and now takes only takes 15 minutes to get a license for filming.
Mutua and his team closed a deal with Tanzanians which will see the two countries co-produce films.
“Kenya and Tanzania this morning signed a framework for co-productions between Kenyan and Tanzanian film producers leveraging on Kiswahili as the lingua franca of the region.” said Mutua on Facebook.
The Cannes festival started on May 14 and runs all the to May 26.