Smartphone Film Competition
The impact of internet access via mobile devices on the African continent is a game changer and continues to pave way for huge opportunities. Kenya leads Africa’s internet access and connectivity. Kenya’s mobile phone penetration level hit almost 90% (that is 38 million mobile phone users out of a population of about 45 million). The number of internet users in Kenya is estimated at 32 million and a large majority of them access the internet via their mobile devices. This growth is largely attributed to the low cost of services due to increased competition between different operators.
In Kenya, the mobile phone is omnipresent in everyday life, addressing all needs from work to pure entertainment, to socializing, to business and shopping, … With an increasing number of affordable smartphones that make it possible to record and produce high quality videos, the Smartphone Film Competition aims to encourage the creation of content for and by smartphones.
The Alliance Française de Nairobi remains a popular cultural venue with the Kenyan youth for its promotion of cultural and linguistic diversity through its dynamic Arts programming and its French language classes, and as a space for dialogue and debate on topical societal issues. Through this competition, we aim to expose and promote young directors of short films and contribute to popularizing the art of cinema thanks to the ubiquitous smartphone.