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UCC promises more for the film industry

This year’s edition of the Uganda Film Festival (UFF) organised by the Uganda Communication Commission (UCC) was largely praised for the good work of the jury and the prize packages.

Unlike last year where awards simply came with cash, this year saw trainings, cinema bookings and promotion that came with the whole package.

After a successful festival at the end of November, UCC on Friday invited different stakeholders such as filmmakers, sponsors, broadcasters as well as government agencies for a breakfast meet at their premises to talk industry issues as well as give out awards they had not given out during the award night.

 

These were awards for Best Supporting Actor, Actress and Best Actor and Actress in a TV drama, the accolades went to Michael Wawuyo Jnr, Aganza Kisaka both for the film N.S.I.W.E, Felix Bwanika for TV drama Game of Lies and Eleanor Nabwiso for Family.

Godfrey Mutabazi, Executive Director UCC

During the meeting, Godfrey Mutabazi, Executive Director UCC noted that much has changed since they started the festival back in 2013.

He said that over time, filmmakers have improved that they have started competing on a continental level.

Citing the likes of Richard Mulindwa, this year’s best director, he said that he’s still a young man but he’s creating employment with his films.

“Art is a sector that can employ everyone regardless of age,” he said.

While thanking this year’s sponsors, Mutabazi said that for the first time, the festival was majorly facilitated by sponsors.

For instance, he said Stanbic Bank sponsored the festival at the tune of shs350m, while Roke Telecom gave them advertising worth shs180m.

He reassured filmmakers that they are planning to make the festival bigger both with prizes and training some of which have been realised thanks to MultiChoice and Stanbic Bank.

MultiChoice will be facilitating a training for a director in South Africa at their M-net Studios while Stanbic will be putting various winners into a training hub in addition to sponsoring their movie premieres.

Mutabazi said that this was majorly the beginning though they are looking at what the future holds with these sponsors; “we are looking at helping the industry distribute, for instance, what does it take for Uganda to have an own version of Netflix?”

 

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