The curtains closed on the 6th edition of Kalasha International Film, TV Festival & Market in the last week of October. Dr. Hassan Wario, Kenya's Cabinet Secretary Ministry of Sports, Culture & Arts - officially launched the 2015 event.

For the first time, the re-branded showcase introduced a film market and panelist discussion forums for local, regional, international film makers and exhibitors. A cross section of delegates and movie production executives drawn from different parts of the globe were also in attendance.

The film festival, held for two days, at Kenyatta International Convention Centre [KICC] brought together multiple events, under one roof - a Film Festival, local Films & TV Awards besides a Movies & TV Market.

On the festival's opening day, Dr Wario took a tour of the showcase market area, where he met and engaged with exhibitors as well as international delegates, most of whom sought to make co-production pitches with local film makers.

The Cabinet Secretary was accompanied by the Kenya Film Commission Chairman Chris Foot, and the Commission's CEO, Mrs. Lizzie Chongoti.

Among the highlights of the 2-day Films & TV Festival, were the market expo pavilions which hosted Kenyan, East African and Pan African film-making companies with most international TV & Film delegates in attendance as participants.

More significantly, the event offered visiting film, TV and creative professionals a unique platform to discuss, collaborate and develop new business opportunities beneficial in the long term to the fast growing East African region movie sector.

"We are delighted this having been the very 1st regional Kalasha International Festival, we had over 40 both local and regional film makers and production houses booking space to exhibit at the venue. They interacted with over 50 international delegates majority from Europe and the East Africa region," notes Catherine Gitahi, Corporate Affairs Manager, KFC.

The bulk of films shortlisted as finalists for the Kalasha Awards gala event were also screened over a week at various locations such as IMAX Theatres & Afra Lounge - 20th Century Plaza [Nairobi], Anga Sky Cinema - Panari Hotel [Nairobi] and Village Market Cinema - Gigiri [Nairobi].

Other venues included the Aga Khan University [Nairobi], Family Health Options [Mombasa], Alliance Fran├žaise auditoriums [Nairobi & Mombasa], Breeze Point Hotel [Malindi] and People's Park Amphitheatre [Machakos].