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Richard Mulindwa once again racks up Uganda Film Festival awards

Mulindwa Richard, the director of Lailah movie said it is based on a true story and it is not just entertaining but educative. COURTESY PHOTOS


He was one of the front runners even before the award show had started.

His new film, Leilah is yet to be released but it is highly anticipated, in fact, he only released the trailer only hours after the film had picked up nominations at this year’s seventh edition of the Uganda Film Festival (UFF).

But after the film screening during the film festival in the course of the week, the film became a favourite and last Friday, Richard Mulindwa, the film director once again proved that he was never here for games.

The director has in the past won Best Director, Best Feature Film and Best Screenplay for films such as Freedom and Hanged for Love.

With Leilah, he was cementing his position on an industry where he has always been underrated, taking home Best Director, Feature Film, as well as Audience’s Choice, the film also took home individual awards for Best Actor.

The festival that kicked off on Monday has for the past week has been showcasing local short films, documentary films and feature films in different cinemas.

The award gala that took place at the Uganda Institute of Information and Communication Technology in Nakawa is always a glamour event that ends the Uganda Communication Commission organised the festival.


Mulindwa Richard

This year though, even when the categories did not change, the awarding changed, for instance, some awards were handed out at the event and others will be handed out on December 6.

Plus, besides handing out stacks of cash/cheques that usually divided filmmakers of a particular project, this year the gift cash was slightly reduced but with compensation of film training in South Africa.

Through partnerships between the festival and MultiChoice and Stanbic Bank, various winners this year have a chance of getting their skills polished in training worth millions in South Africa, while others will have their film premieres sponsored and films booked in cinemas for at least three days.

This, of course, is a big move from the laptops UCC used to hand out earlier in the years to cash gifts that many usually used to start non-film-related enterprises.

This year, for instance, the Best Cinematography winner received a camera worth shs20m.

Other winners of the night included NTV drama, Family by the Nabwisos, Malaika Nyanzi took home the Best Actress award for her role in Bed of Thorns, while Amin inspired documentary film, Bwana Joogo took home the Best Documentary Film Award.


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