WIFI Shorts Program 2011

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The WOMEN IN FILM INTERNATIONAL (WIFI) COMMITTEE WITH UnIVERSAL STUDIOS PRESENT:

“OUT OF AFRICA:  A NIGHT TO CELEBRATE SHORT FILMS BY KENYAN FILMMAKERS”

THE WIFI SHORTS PROGRAM

The WIFI Shorts Program is a celebration of filmmakers from all corners of the world, produced by the members of the Women In Film International Committee (WIFI).  This year, for the 5th Annual Film Shorts Program, WIFI has partnered with the Universal Studios to showcase and celebrate the dynamic works of emerging and established Kenyan and Kenyan-American filmmakers.

On Saturday, March 5, 2011, come join us and partake in film, art, music, cuisine, and culture! From 6:00PM-10:00PM on Stage 27 at Universal Studios located at 100 Universal City Plaza (at Lankershim) Universal City, CA 91608.

Online ticket sales will end at 2pm Pacific Time on Friday, March 4, 2011.
TICKETS WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR.

WIFI welcomes and thanks all sponsors, supporters, and participants of this event.

FILMS BY KENYAN FILMMAKERS

Through a diverse program of short films, this year’s series will celebrate and support the creative talents of Kenyan filmmakers.  Every filmmaker has a unique perspective on their culture and their world.  The films selected both narrative and documentary, will provide views into the psyche of these communities and deepen our understanding of Kenyan life, land, and cultures.

EXPERIENCE FILM, MUSIC, ART, CUISINE AND CULTURE

Come and experience the traditions and culture of Kenya!  The short films shown at this special event are the apexes of an entire evening of artistic expression.

While tasting the culinary delights of Kenya, make certain you also enjoy the display of amazing art.  Experience the rich traditions and history of Kenya as you stroll through the exhibition.

The reception will be catered by Kache Mwaro, Lucy Kamau and Getrude Gonzo; and there will be a hosted bar.

The books Wizard Of The Crow and Dreams In A Time Of War:  A Childhood Memoir will be available for purchase and will be signed by the author, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o, on the day of event.

Sit back and enjoy the performances by Kenyan artists or, if you feel up to a challenge, join in.

CLICK HERE FOR THE FILMS LINE-UP

CLICK HERE FOR THE FILMMAKER BIOS

CLICK HERE FOR THE ARTIST LINE-UP

SUBMISSION INFORMATION

The film can be about any topic, but at least one above the line member of the production team (writer, director, actor, producer, cinematographer, etc.) must be of Kenyan descent. This includes Kenyan-Americans.

Film length: Minimum 1 minute / Maximum 30 minutes
Language: All entries must be either in English or contain English subtitles.

For more information contact Emily Butali and for sponsorship opportunities contact Wanjiru Mary Njendu, both at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Publicity/Press contact:
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Office: 310.295.4791
Direct: 310.590.5045
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2010 / 2011 Timeline
Call for applications November 16, 2010 - December 15, 2010
Judging December 15, 2010 - January 9, 2011
Winners Announced January 25, 2011
Tickets Available February 9, 2011 - March 4, 2011
Screening March 5, 2011

CALL FOR ARTISTS

If you are in the Southern California area and are a painter, sculptor, photographer, dancer, composer, singer or musician of Kenyan descent interested in exhibiting or performing during this event, please contact us This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

This program has been made possible with the generous support of Universal Studios.
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Additional Support has been provided by the Kenyan Consulate in Los Angeles.
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 Addtional support has been provided by the Kenya Film Commission.

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Additional support has been provided by the Kenya Tourist Board.

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Additional support has been provided by MAC Cosmetics.

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Additonal support has been provided by USA for Africa.

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Additonal support has been provided by Havens Limo.

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Additonal support has been provided by The Africa Channel.

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Additional support has been provided by Baked FX.

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Additional support has been provided by Bada Bing!

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Additional support has been provided by Show Biz Cafe.

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Additional support has been provide by the US Department of State and their Kenyan Embassy Staff.

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Addtional support has been provided by the Ladybrille Media Group.

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Addtional support has been provided by Muse Productions.

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This Event is produced by the Women In Film International Committee.
Producer:  Wanjiru Mary Njendu
Associate Producers:  Emily Butali, Aba Ngissah, Florence Regina, Clora Ferguson, Gloria Huwiler and Shirley Moirin

The Women In Film International Committee is committed to fostering an interactive and cultural bond with other countries by discovering, promoting and supporting the ideas and efforts of entertainment professionals (especially women) throughout the world.

Committee Co-Chairs:  Ruby Lopez & Arati Misro

Advisory Chair:  Tobie Loomis

Original Artwork by:  Wangechi Mutu
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HOTEL

Visiting guests can take advantage of a special group rate at the:

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333 Universal Hollywood Drive
Universal City, California 91608

Call 888-627-7186 and mention "Women In Film International" for the discounted rate.

 

The offer of $169/night* is good from Thursday, March 3, 2011 to Sunday, March 6, 2011.

To ensure availability, all reservations should be made before Friday, February 25, 2011 at 5:00pm.

*Additional local taxes and fees will also apply.  Call 888-627-7186 for an exact quote.

 
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