It was celebration, feasting and networking as filmmakers and other key industry players descended on Divine Resort last weekend for the iKon Awards Brunch.
The event, attended by film and TV industry players including actors, directors, screenwriters as well partners of the iKon Awards, was a kick start of pre-celebration activities that will lead up to the award gala slated for March 25 at the Kampala Serena Hotel. Some of the attendees included Dr Sam Bagenda, Eleanor and Matthew Nabwiso, Nana Kagga, Allan Kutos, Cleopatra Koheirwe, Prince Joel Okuyo Atiku and many others.
While speaking at the celebration, the founder of the iKon Awards, Humphrey Nabimanya, reechoed his confidence in the awards living up to their mission of educating, connecting and celebrating filmmakers in Uganda.
“I firmly believe that this platform is not only educating and nurturing talent but also creating a new standard in film. We have talent in Uganda, and we need to start consuming Ugandan talent and we cannot achieve that if we do not invest in the work,” he stated.
Also in attendance was Joe Kigozi, the chief strategy officer at Next Media Services and the chairman of the board at Reach A Hand Uganda, who reassured the industry players of the Media Hub’s support to the film industry in Uganda.
“At the hub, we will not give up on the film industry; we will continue to support events such as the iKon Awards and will further support the Ugandan story. The film industry needs a brand identity and through initiatives such as these, the hub brings together the ecosystem of film,” he explained.
The nominees at the event were also presented with certificates of their nominations in this year’s edition of the awards.