Kalasha Film & TV Awards is an annual accolade presented by Kenya Film Commission with a goal to recognize and celebrate achievers in Kenya's TV and film industry.[1] Entries into the award ceremony are films and TV series that have been aired on Kenyan television stations. The inaugural awards were held in 2010 at the Crowne Plaza in Upper Hill, Nairobi and subsequent awards are held yearly at the last quarter of the year at the same venue. The awards represent the five original branches of film making: directors, actors, writers, producers and technicians. However, the Academy organizers will advise on whether or not to include more categories as long as they sufficiently represent the entire film industry.[2]

Kalasha Film & TV Awards
Current: 2020 Kalasha Awards
Awarded forExcellence in Television and Film
Presented byKenya Film Commission
First awardedJune 2009

Nominations and voting process


An academy, consisting of a jury of experts drawn from the industry oversees the nomination and final judging process. 30 per cent of the vote in Kalasha Awards is decided through a public vote while the jury decides on 70 per cent of the categories including the technical ones.[3]

The Academy members are also tasked with advising the awards organisers on how to put out calls for entries and come up with a shortlist of nominees from the submissions received each year.





Television categories

  • Best TV Drama
  • Best TV Comedy
  • Best Lead Actor in TV drama
  • Best Lead Actress in a TV drama
  • Best Supporting Actor in TV drama
  • Best Supporting Actress in TV drama
  • Best Performance in TV Comedy
  • Best Host in TV Show
  • Best TV Documentary

Film categories

  • Best Lead Actor in a film
  • Best Lead Actress in a film
  • Best Supporting Actor in a film
  • Best Supporting Actress in a film
  • Best Documentary
  • Best Feature
  • Best Short Film
  • Best Director
  • Best Sound Designer
  • Best Original Score
  • Best Editor
  • Best Lighting Technician
  • Best Special Effects
  • Best Original Screen Play
  • Best Director of Photography
  • Best Production Designer
  • Best Local Language Film

Special accolades

  • Beast Feature by a student
  • Best Documentary by a student
  • Best Diaspora Production
  • Best Animation Production
  • Best Feature East

Kalasha Award for Best Lead Actress in Drama

Kalasha Award for Best Lead Actress
Awarded forBest performance by an actress in a leading role
First awarded2009
Jackline Nyamide
Papa Shirandula
Currently held by2020
Yasmin Said

The Kalasha Awards for best lead actress in drama is an accolade dedicated to the best performing actress in the previous year.

Year Actress TV series Ref(s)
2009 Jackline Nyamide Papa Shirandula [4]
2010 Elizabeth Wanjiru Mother-in-Law [5]
2011 Nice Githinji Changing Times [6]
2012 Lucy Nyagah Lies that Bind [7]
2014 Mkamzee Mwatela Mali [8]
2015 Ambrose Riziki Pendo [9]
2016 -
2017 Catherine Kamau Sue na Jonnie
2018 Diana Mulwa My Two Wives
2019 Nyce Wanjeri Ithaga Riene
2020 Yasmin Said Maria


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