'Mtaa Challenge’ is an art competition for independent artists telling stories in the slums are invited to participate. The first edition will focus on film, photography, and spoken word.

Stories have the power to inspire people and communities to solve the biggest problems facing them. We hope to curate the most important stories - unique and interesting stories that are visually distinctive, entertaining, informational, and highlighting real stories of real people.

This is an exclusive event that challenges your creativity in art, makes you realize your passion, and gives you a chance to win amazing prizes and have your art exhibited or screened at a premier event.

The challenge is a one-month artistic challenge for you to produce a piece of art - Film, photo story, or spoken word.

• The film should be a maximum of 5 minutes (including closing credits)
• Photo story maximum of 20 images
• Spoken Word piece of a maximum of 3 minutes

The Challenge is a themed competition. The theme for this first edition is Gender-Based Violence. Artists will be required to write, shoot, and edit a film, a photo story, or a poem.

You can explore:-

An empowering woman or man, or an optimistic story about individuals, organizations, or communities who are overcoming Gender-Based Violence.


Women have been the focal point in the fight against GBV. Stories told have mainly featured women as victims and men as perpetrators. Yet, while these stories have been told, the problem persists. What have we been missing in this story? What new perspective or angle do we need on this issue to move the needle towards a more just and peaceful world.

Please email any questions to mtaacompe@gmail.com

The competition will award the winners with cash prizes or equipment of cash equivalent as follows:

Film Category
1. Winner - KES 60,000
2. First run up - KES 40,000
3. Second run-up - KES 25,000

Photography Category

1. Winner - KES 20,000
2. First run up - KES 15,000
3. Second run up - KES 10,000

Spoken Word Category

1. Winner - KES 15,000
2. First run up - KES 10,000
3. Second run up - KES 5,000

The winners also will receive laurels and certificates

Every independent artist hopes to one day emerge from the underground scene and share their talents with the larger community. Hopefully, Mtaa Challenge will help facilitate that dream. We’re excited to display a wide range of works from all genres that will have industry pros, art makers, and enthusiasts buzzing.

1. Eligibility

Artists from the slums or those making stories about or for the slums in Kenya are invited to participate.

To be eligible for the competition, Entries must be original work of the entrant; may not contain any copyrighted elements (other than as owned by the Entrant); must be suitable for publication; and may not infringe the rights of any person.

2. Submissions

Artists will have one month to write, edit, shoot and submit their art pieces. Completed films, recorded poems, or photo stories can be submitted via FilmFreeway or email: asmokenya@gmail.com before the DEADLINE on 30th September 2020.

3. COVID-19
ASMO will comply with the Ministry of Health guidelines on COVID-19 in organizing this event. Artists are also asked to do the same.

4. Selection of Winners

Entries will be judged by a process in which an experienced and qualified panel of judges will evaluate the eligible entries based on the following judging criteria:

• Artistic Merit (e.g., Story, Creativity, Entertainment Value) (45%)
• Information and education merit (25%)
• Technical Merit (30%)

The top three entries in each category will be declared the winners. ASMO has the sole right to decide all matters and disputes arising from this Challenge and that all decisions of ASMO are final and binding.

5. Total Running Time

The finished work should conform to the following: -

• Film should be a maximum of 5 Minutes (including closing credits)
• Photo story maximum of 20 images
• Spoken Word piece of a maximum of 3 minutes

6. No Pre-Screening Distribution

The Entrant should not distribute their entry in any way prior to the end of the challenge in November 2020. This includes uploading the video to any website or social media platform, screening, performance, or exhibition.

7. Production Costs

All costs associated with the production of the Entry are solely the responsibility of the Entrant.

8. Terms of Submission

By submitting an Entry into Mtaa Challenge, each Entrant warrant and represents that the Entrant owns all rights to the Entry he/she is entering in this Project, including, without limitation, the video, audio, photo. Print or digital recording, and the performance contained in each Entry.

Each Entrant further warrants and represents that the Entrant has obtained permission from each person who appears in the Entry to grant the rights to the Project Parties described in these Official Rules, and will submit copies of such permissions to ASMO.

By submitting an Entry, Entrant agrees to the Official Rules, and further agrees to indemnify and hold ASMO, its staff, and its project partners, harmless from any and all claims, damages, expenses, costs (including reasonable attorneys' fees) and liabilities (including settlements), brought or asserted by any third party against due to or arising out of the Entrant's Entry materials in this Project.

9. Designated Team Leader

If any group of individuals elects to collaborate on an Entry, they are required to designate one (1) person as the agent of the group to enter the entry, agree to these Official Rules, sign the Terms of Agreement and accept the prize on behalf of the group. Neither ASMO nor any of the Project Parties are liable for any disputes between collaborators arising out of or related to the Project.

10 Use of Artworks by ASMO

The entrant agrees that, should his or her artwork be shortlisted, ASMO has a right to:

i) Include the artwork in ASMO and its partners’ promotional materials including reports,
media releases, websites, and social media pages.
ii) Show, display, and perform the artwork in its entirety during the Award Ceremony,
and during any other challenge event. Notification of such screenings, exhibitions, and performances will be communicated to the submitter.
b) Submission of the entry form implies the acceptance of all submission regulations

Please email any questions to mtaacompe@gmail.com

Overall Rating
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    Wonderful festival. Honored to have won.

    July 2021
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    Looking forward to be part of future film festivals and programs.

    May 2021