Ugugu & Andile (Gugu & Andile) of South Africa beat 10 other contenders to the inaugural Best Youth Film award at the 4th Lola Kenya Children�s Screen in Nairobi, Kenya. This accolade is yet another for the movie, which also won 3 awards at the Africa Movie Academy Awards in Nigeria in April this year.

More than 200 films from 50 nations and 33 languages were shown during Lola Kenya Screen 2009.

Io Parlo (I'll Tell on You!) of Italy fought off the challenge of 21 other contenders in winning the Best Children�s Award.In a colourful ceremony, held at Goethe-Institut on 15 August, Wangari Mumbi Kiarie - the President of the Jury - not only declared the 20-minute Io Parlo of Marco Gianfreda the best children�s film, but also gave it the much coveted 4th Lola Kenya Screen Golden Mboni Award.

This was followed by the articulate but soft-spoken Kiarie, a student at Kianda School in Nairobi, awarding South African Minky Schlesinger�s Gugu & Andile the inaugural 14-Plus Prize for the best youth film.

Io Parlo, a 2009 production, revolves around a 12-year-old boy who longs for friendship with the 25-year-old boyfriend of his sister, who, unfortunately, doesn�t even seem to see him. However the former�s big break comes when he catches the latter with another girl.

The jury - consisting of Kiarie, Gertrude Awino, Vanessa Wanjiku and Samantha Wangui - praised Io Parlo for using �the art of suspense to call the attention of the audience. The plot flows well and the message is carried home creatively. It also shows the ability of a child to influence circumstances in life.�

The best Youth film, Gugu & Andile, was praised for having �a great cast�, and being �in the league of other great productions such as Tsotsi and Sarafina.�

The Audience�s Choice Prize went to Kiriku et La Sorciere (Kirikou and the Sorceress), a 74-minute animated feature made in 1998 but dubbed into Kiswahili in 2009. This is a West African fairy tale directed by Michel Ocelot of France.

Presented by ComMattersKenya, in conjunction with Goethe-Institut, Lola Kenya Screen 2009 was supported by UNESCO, ArtMatters.Info, Africalia, Cinetoile, Jan Vrijman Fund, Cinematic Solutions and Prix Jeunesse.

In Focus featured an interview with director Minky Schlesinger after Gugu & Andile won 3 awards at the Africa Movie Academy Awards in Nigeria in April this year. To read this interview, click here