Ugandan Film Festival: UCC signs an agreement with CineArts Academy and Century Cinema

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KAMPALA – May 2022 – The 9and The Uganda Film Festival (UFF 2022) officially kicked off on Wednesday evening with the unveiling of the nominees in various categories.

The red carpet event, held at UCC House in Bugolobi, attracted Ugandan film industry personalities and was graced with entertainment from Myko Ouma and Friends.

Welcoming the approximately 200 guests to UCC, Ag. Executive Director, Irene Kaggwa Sewankambo, said she was delighted that Uganda’s film industry was experiencing exponential growth in terms of quality, quantity and human capital development.

“We are happy to see and proudly announce that independent local productions are competing favorably and winning awards at various international festivals, and that our local talents are gaining international recognition,” she said.

The general manager added that it was a testament to the hard work of film industry stakeholders beginning to pay off.

Outlining initiatives taken by UCC to boost the film industry including UFF, content development support scheme, local content quotas, capacity building and training, Ms Sewankambo thanked all parties stakeholders for their support.

“Through these initiatives, the Commission has been able to strategically drive growth, enhance creativity, innovation, productivity, competitiveness and attract investment to the local audiovisual industry,” he said. she declared.

This year, the Executive Director revealed, the Commission has teamed up with various strategic partners to make the Uganda Film Festival “bigger, better and bigger”, especially as the creative sector recovers from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Partners supporting UFF 2022 include; Multichoice, Lyca Mobile, MTN, Airtel, Star Times, UBC, NBS, BBS, See TV, Uganda Tourism Board and Century Cinema.

This year, the festival received 282 applications:

  1. 104 local feature films
  2. 71 short films
  1. 22 student movies
  2. 21 Drama TV series
  3. 16 documentaries
  • 15 International movies and
  • ten East African movies

These applications will be reviewed by a jury of experts who will select the winners who will be announced at a gala on June 3, 2022.

The jury is made up of the following experts:

  1. Njoki Muhoho – Chief Jury (Kenya)
  2. Ana Belen Asfura Fuentes (Canada)
  • Oluwagbemiga Ben-Daniel (USA)
  1. Dr Dorothy Atuhura (Uganda)
  2. Dr Cindy Magara (Uganda)
  3. Matthew Bishanga (Uganda)
  • Philippe Luswata (Uganda)
  • James Okoit Owaraga (Uganda)

As part of the UFF 2022 capacity building initiatives, UCC has partnered with the CineArts Academy in the United States to offer certification courses to 726 Ugandans in 15 different subject areas.

The Commission has also partnered with Century Cinema to screen all the nominated films and those recommended by the Jury from Friday May 20 to June 02, 2022.

In her address, the Executive Director urged moviegoers to come in large numbers, along with their friends and relatives, to watch Uganda’s own productions during this time.

She thanked all the filmmakers who submitted films to the festival and congratulated those whose films had been nominated to compete in the various categories.



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