Below is the list of the LIPFF 2017 NOMINEES.

The nominated films are FINALISTS in the 2nd Lake International PanAfrican Film Festival (LIPFF). This means that they could be possible winners of an award in the specified category.

The LIPFF Festival will be taking place in Kisumu and environs from the 9th – 11th of November 2017. All Nominees will receive a Certificate and the Winner will receive a trophy Award in a glamorous Gala Ceremony attended by many filmmakers, stakeholders and private sector influencers in Kenya and beyond.

Activities will include film screenings, a workshop and panel discussions during the Festival. (Programme will be availed by Friday 20th October 2017).

Congratulations to all the Nominees. We are looking forward to meeting you.

LIPFF 2017 LIST OF NOMINEES (in no particular order)

  1. Best Feature Film

Trail of Misery                   (Kenya)

Hakkunde                           (Nigeria)

Breaking with the Customs          (Uganda)

Kizingo                                  (Kenya)

Gringo                                  (Zimbabwe)


  1. Best Short Film

Pendo                   (Kenya)

Virgin Vegan      (South African)

In my father’s village      (Zimbabwe)

H2O                       (Cameroon)

Zilizala                   (Kenya)


  1. Best Kenyan Film

Trail of Misery






  1. Best Documentary

Being Someone                                (Mozambique)

The battle of Arnold Farm            (Zimbabwe)

Macoconi  (The Roots of our Children)   (Mozambique)

Another Sunny Day                         (Namibia)

Cash my Cart                                      (Uganda)


  1. Best Animation Film

Group Foto         (Nigeria)

Crush                    (Nigeria)

Tejumade           (Nigeria)

Dawn of Thunder             (Nigeria)

Both Saved                         (Nigeria)


  1. Best Director

Simiyu Barasa – Kizingo  (Kenya)

Daudi Anguka – Zilizala     (Kenya)

T.West Ttabu Wasswa S. – Breaking with the Customs (Uganda)

Reabetswe Moeti – The Virgin Vegan  (South Africa)


  1. Best Cinematography

Zilizala                   (Kenya)

Macoconi            (Mozambique)

The Virgin Vegan              (South Africa)


  1. Best Scriptwriter (Kenyan Award)

Simiyu Barasa – Kizingo  (Kenya)

Gitonga Mwangi – Trail of Misery              (Kenya)

Mwongeli Mutiso – Pendo          (Kenya)


  1. Best Score and Sound Design

H2O                                                       (Cameroon)

In my Father’s Village                     (Zimbabwe)

Adama from Tengrela                    (Burkina Fasso)


  1. Best Editing

Pendo                   (Kenya)

Macoconi            (Kenya)

Breaking with Customs  (Uganda)



  1. Best Production Design

Zilizala                                       (Kenyan)

Breaking with Customs  (Uganda)

In my Father’s Village        (Zimbabwe)



  1. Best Actor (Kenyan Award)

Julian Mwanzele Tindo as Mwakazi in Kizingo (Kenya)

George Kituto as Samba in Zilizala (Kenya)

Gilbert Lukalia as Fred in Kidnapped        (Kenya)

Lazarus Boora as Gringo in Gringo Troublemaker (Zimbabwe)

T.West Ttabu Wasswa Stephen as Mpaka in Breaking with Customs (Uganda)


  1. Best Actress (Kenyan Award)

Pretty Mutave as Mama Jonnie in Kizingo (Kenya)

Azmina Wanjiru Peninah as Fatima Sultan in Trail of Misery          (Kenya)

Queen Motlatle as Aunty in The Virgin Vegan (South Africa)

Jacky Kaboi as Nimo in Hatika Ini (Kenya)

Nalukwago Mariam as Nattu in Breaking with the Customs (Uganda)


  1. Best Film in Dholuo Language

Seredo                 (Kenya)

Abednego           (Kenya)


  1. Best Film on Theme of Social Change

Ruvimbo’s Wedding (Zimbabwe)

Through her Eyes    (Nigeria)

Being Someone        (Mozambique)


  1. Jury’s Award

Grouf Poto         (Nigeria)


  1. Heroes Award



  1. Best Short Film
  2. Best Director
  3. Best Cinematography
  4. Best Scriptwriter
  5. Best Sound Design
  6. Best Film on Theme of Social Change
  7. Best Production Design
  8. Best Editor
  9. Best Actor
  10. Best Actress


  1. Best Performer Overall
  2. Best Female Performer
  3. Best Poet
  4. Best Spoken Word Artist
  5. Best Storyteller/Narrator
  6. Best Performance in Local Language
  7. Best Performance in Swahili
  8. Best item on Creating Dialogues
  9. Best item on Social Democracy
  10. Best item on Digital Identities



  1. Lifetime Achievement Award
  2. Jury’s Festival Award




We are excited to announce the Inaugural of the Annual Lake International Poetry and Film Festival to be held in Kisumu on 23rd and 24th September 2016.

Lake International Poetry and Film Festival is an Annual poetry performance and short film festival which opens up for youth and experts from all over the world to submit 5-10 minute poetry performances and below 15 minute films. It is aimed at empowering the youth on the power of poetry and film for social change, to sensitize young performers and film makers on film and entrepreneurship.  It also aims at bringing youth from Western Kenya together and opening up the region for tourism, intellectual and cultural exchange.

The festival will have 5 main activities workshops/public lecture forums, exhibitions, Poetry performances, film screenings, and the Gala Award Ceremony.


Arts and Film for Social Change.


1. Creating Dialogues

2. Social Democracy

3. Digital Identities


The deadline for submissions of films and registration of the poetry performances will be 2nd September 2016.


Any films that do not meet the following requirements will be automatically disqualified. The entry requirements have been revised to increase eligibility. kindly adhere.

  1. All films should not be less than 2 (two) minutes and not more than 15 minutes.
  2. Only short drama films are eligible for entry. Documentaries or docudramas will not be accepted.
  3. All films MUST be in any African Native Languages including Swahili.
  4. All films MUST therefore have English translation subtitles.
  5. Every producer/director/group/company is only allowed a maximum of two film entries.
  6. All films to be submitted in HD Quality in both Mp4 and movie file on a flash disk on quality not less than (720pp x 1080pp). All films should be submitted with a trailer of 15seconds together with the short film.
  7. All films must be submitted before the deadlines of 2nd September 2016.
  8. All entries should be original works of the persons submitting. The LIPFF Festival Committee and Organizers will not be accountable for any copyright infringements.
  9. The producers should ensure they have copyright agreement for any songs/music/sounds used in the film with the owners/producers/creaters of the songs/music/sounds. All entries to be submitted with a duly signed submission form which you can download from our website. Click the link  LIPFF FILM SUBMISSION FORM to download. If you cannot download the form kindly send us an email to



  1. Poetry will be allowed in any of these 3 categories of (a) Poetry verse    (b) Spoken Word  (c) Storytelling
  2. All performances will be by SOLO performers of not less than 16yrs of age.
  3. Poetic performances will be performed live on 23rd and 24th before adjudicators in Kisumu as part of the Festival Activities.
  4. Musical accompaniment by not more than two persons may be allowed, however the instrumentalists or DJs will not join the performer on stage.
  5. All performers must register before the deadline of 2nd September 2016.
  6. All poems must be in English or Swahili.
  7. No décor or heavy props will be used in the poetic performances. We will however allow light props/accessories/costuming.  We are interested in the performer than the production design.
  8. All entries to be submitted with a duly signed submission form which you can download from our website. Click the link LIPFF POETRY ENTRY FORM to download. If you cannot download the form kindly send us an email to


(Included in the submission forms)