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Ugandan Film-Makers Reign Supreme In US Film Awards

Leilah Nakabira

Kampala.  A couple of Ugandan film-makers have been nominated in the prestigious The African Film Festival (TAFF) awards in United States of America due to take place in Dallas, Texas on June 30, 2019. Among the nominees include actress Leilah Nakabira, Dianah Tanzi alias Dianah Nabatanzi, Director Zziwa Aaron, Mathew Nabwiso, Samuel Saviour Kizito and actress Nodryn Avanci. Ugandan Film ‘The Forbidden’ scooped three (3) nominations for the Best Actress (Leilah Nakabira), Best Screenplay (Samuel Saviour Kizito and actress Nodryn Avanci) and film Director Zziwa Aaron was nominated for best film director for his film ‘Twisted Minds’ where also actress Dianah Nabatanzi was for best actress.

Nampala Claire the Producer of The Forbidden the film that has got more nominations

The nominees will be competing with film makers from all over Africa and the United States. TAFF awards that celebrate African motion pictures will serve as a Dallas or U.S. premiere opportunity for several filmmakers across the globe, whose films are selected to the festival. Actress Leilah Nakabira who will be attending the award night in Dallas told Daily Monitor that this is a great opportunity for the budding Ugandan film industry to shine. She went on to explain that the TAFF awards will give Ugandan filmmakers a platform to compete in the global market with established filmmakers. “It is a greatest opportunity for the Ugandan Film Industry and the nominations have opened doors Ugandans to expand the market for Ugandan films” Nakabira. Below is the full list of nominees.

BEST ACTRESS NOMINEES

Between (Stella Damasus)  – USA

My Image (Syriette Che) – Cameroon

Twisted Minds (Diana Nabatanzi) – Uganda

Leading Lady  (Phoenix Ifeoma Ezendu) – Nigeria

The Forbidden (Leilah Nakabira) – Uganda

 

 

BEST ACTOR NOMINEES

Tenacity (Tsi Conrad) – Cameroon

Sema (Hassan Daffur) – Tanzania

’94 Terror (Mateega Smith Shadic) – UGANDA

Bed of Thorns (Nsu George) – Cameroon

Last Night (Prince Osei) – Ghana

 

BEST YOUNG TALENT NOMINEES

Rising Star (Eric Appiah) – Ghana

Oga Baloji (Jasmin Fakunde) – Nigeria

Bed of Thorns (Nchini Sylvia-Bright Bih) – Cameroon

Made In His Image (Anah Ambuchi) Kenya)

Losing My Religion (Ihiechineke Anthony) – Nigeria

 

BEST DIRECTOR

Twisted Minds (Zziwa Aaron Alone) – Uganda

Sema (Timoth Conrad) – TANZANIA

My Image (Nkanya Nkwai) – CAMEROON

Nogochi (Toumani Sangare)  MALI

Bad Luck Joe (Ramesh Jai) – GHANA

 

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT NOMINEES

Pathbreakers (Uganda)

Jumer (Egypt)

The Vision (USA)

Putting Safety on the Front Burner (Nigeria)

Rwanda, an African Metamorphosis (Rwanda)

 

BEST NARRATIVE SHORT NOMINEES

Oriki (Nigeria)

Rising Star (Ghana)

Closed   (Nigeria)

Bibi Mtoto (Uganda)

Losing My Religion (Nigeria)

 

BEST COSTUME

Bigger than Africa (Nigeria)

Tenacity (Cameroon)

Disguise (Nigeria)

Nogochi (Mali)

’94 Terror (Uganda)

 

BEST INDIGENOUS

Tenacity (Cameroon)

Salamu (Tanzania)

Assang (Gabon)

Butterfly (Cameroon)

Bigger than Africa (Nigeria)

 

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Nomfundo (South Africa)

Closed (Nigeria)

A leaf (Egypt)

Nogochi (Mali)

Tenacity (Cameroon)

 

 

BEST SOUNDTRACK NOMINEES

Sema (Tanzania)

Rain (Uganda)

Vain Glory (Cameroon)

Lucky (Ghana)

Oga Baloji (Nigeria)

 

BEST EMERGING FILMMAKER

Panafricus – Casted Souls (Senegal)

Uyoyou Adia – The Fourth Side (Nigeria)

Joseph Boateng – Rising Star (Ghana)

Galina Kolchina – Africa Tells (Russia)

Claire Jeantet – Restoring Dignity (France)

 

BEST SCREENPLAY

Bedroom Points (Nigeria)

Captive – Ko NKanga (South Africa)

State of Mind (Zimbabwe)

Parental Responsibility (Australia)

The Forbidden (Uganda)

 

ROOTFLIX VIEWERS CHOICE

Assang (Gabon)

Sema (Tanzania)

Casted Souls (Senegal)

Tenacity (Cameroon)

Oriki (Nigeria)

Salamu (Tanzania)

Golden Fish, African Fish (Senegal)

Vain Glory (Cameroon)

The Forbidden (Uganda)

Halimat (Nigeria)

Sens Dessus Dessous (Gabon)

Leading Lady (Nigeria)

Good Luck to all the nominees!

editorial@ug.nationmedia.com

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