In in 1978 , French film-maker Ms Jackie Buet curated the first ever film festival dubbed Créteil International Women’s Film Festival and later it became a trend that after Créteil in Sceaux- France, Laboratorio Immagine Donna another all-female film festival was curated in Florence Italy a year later.
40 years later, Uganda is getting its first female dominated film festival curated by top film-maker and former journalist Ms Sarah Nsigaye Kizza who is also the proprietor of Native production.
The festival dubbed Celebrating Womanhood Festival Film and Awards which will be held early in 2020 will celebrate women in Film, Media and Arts where women have been successful in particular areas will be celebrated and awarded.
Ms Nsigaye revealed that the Celebrating Womanhood Festival is anchored towards unleashed women in Film, media and arts and rallying them to use film, arts and media to tell their stories and empower others.
“Our view is to amplify women’s voices, highlighting women’s achievements and challenges they still face in the struggle for gender equity, profiling success stories, networking, recognizing outstanding contributions to the women” Ms Nsigaye explained
She reveals that the number of females in core areas of Film, media and arts is still abysmally low in Uganda and the festival seeks to empower more into the trade.
Categories include; Film Awards for only women filmmakers covering; Best Film, Best Documentary Film, Best Animated Film, Best Director, Best Independent Producer, Best Original Screen Play, Best Adopted Screen Play, Best Cinematographer, Best Film Editing, Best Sound, Best Visual Effects, Best Foreign Language Film, Best Ugandan Film, Best Make up, Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Score, Best Song, Best TV Series. Phenomenal Women Stories about Women by men will be accepted. Finalists will be announced by 15th.