Film Stakeholders Resolve to Form Umbrella Association

Stakeholders in the Uganda film industry on Wednesday resolved to form an umbrella association after a long discussion at the Uganda Film Industry Stakeholders’ Forum organized by the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) at Imperial Royale Hotel, information pills Kampala.

The forum kicked off at 9:00 AM with remarks from the UCC Director of Corporate Affairs, price Mr. Fred Otunnu, who encouraged the stakeholders to form one umbrella body in order to achieve results faster.

“This Umbrella Body isn’t meant to dismantle the interests of different stakeholders. I want to urge you to discuss candidly, openly, transparently without fear or favour,” Otunnu said before declaring the forum open.

Joshua Ssali Sentongo, a film tourism consultant noted that film is a game changer that can affect policy, influence tourism and transform Uganda, arguing that the progress is hindered by lack of an Umbrella body with a committee to represent stakeholders.

“We need this unified force to come out and engage government. I thank UCC for this platform and I believe by the end of this, we shall have significant progress,” said Sentongo.

Officials from UCC
Officials from UCC

Notable figures in the film industry including legendary actor Abbey Mukiibi, reknown Video Jockey, (V.J) Junior and Film Maker Christopher Luwage ‘Kibukutu’ among others also gave their remarks on way forward of the Umbrella body.

Speaking at the forum, Mr. Abudu Sallam Waiswa, Head Legal Affairs, Uganda Communications Commission assured the players in the film industry that UCC will neither demand for any fees from the interim committee nor interfere with its activities.

“All that is needed is an Umbrella to represent all the regional groups at a national level. UCC will only guide the committee,” Mr. Waiswa said.


A consensus was later reached that the Film Industry need to form an Umbrella Body after all the stakeholders present voted for its formation apart from 19 people.

Interim Committee representatives to represent stakeholders in the categories of Actors, Producers, Directors, Scriptwriters, Exhibitors, Distributors, Cinematographers and CMOs were then voted to join the team headed by the President of the Federation of Performing Artists of Uganda (FPAU), Andrew Benon Kibuuka.

VJ Junior speaking at the Uganda Film Industry Stakeholders' Forum
VJ Junior speaking at the Uganda Film Industry Stakeholders’ Forum

Some of the members that were elected to join the interim committee include Mutebi Farooq and ‘Deception’ TV series actress Sarah Kisawuzi to represent actors and actresses respectively; Matovu Osman to represent Scriptwriters and VJ Junior, who was elected to represent the Exhibitors category among others.

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