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Abel Mutua makes Ksh.4M in less than a week

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Remember the guy who was holding a billboard for Kenyans to support his film? All that sowed the best seeds.

For a long time, it has been said that Kenyans don’t support local filmmakers and that they are not willing to pay for content.

However, an emerging technology in the content creation industry is changing how Kenyans consume content in a way that is both beneficial to them and the creators.

Abel Mutua and Phillip Karanja recently launched a local film; Grand Little Lie but instead of uploading it on the known content distribution platforms decided to use their own website.

Kenyans across the world were able to watch the film by just paying a one-off fee of Sh200 without any subscriptions.

Five days after the movie was released on October 8, Abel Mutua said that over 20,000 Kenyans had bought the watch links to catch a glimpse of the action.

This is arguably the best reception a local film has achieved in recent years. If we were to assume each of the 20,000 plus people paid the minimum fee, this translated to more than Sh4 million.

I don’t think kuna sinema imekuwa na sales kama hizo,”

Abel said in a recent live interaction with his fans on Instagram.

The team had initially set a target of 50,000 people and it might not take long to hit it, going by the reception.

In one of his episodes on YouTube, the filmmaker who recently won the Pulse Influencer Awards said that the money would be used in catering for the cost of production including paying the actors.

In the past, Kenyan filmmakers have been heavily dependent on using mainstream media, and physical screenings to make money from their craft but the new technology is going to be a game-changer.

The technology also protects the rights of filmmakers by curbing illegal downloads or distribution of content which Kenyans are notorious for.

This revenue model also removes the dependency on advertising quotas (although you can certainly still use them).

Ads provide income but require a lot of clicks to generate decent money. Running random ads also tends to steal viewers’ attention – just think about how often you ignore them on YouTube.