PHOTOS: Glamour as UCC Honours Uganda’s Shinning Movie Stars

Ugandan government is set to take a firm action against television station which won’t show the patriotic move of supporting Ugandan movies and content.

During the prestigious Uganda Film Festival Awards held at the Kampala Serena Hotel Friday night, pharm the Executive Director of the Uganda Communications Commission Godfrey Mutabazi said Uganda televisions are the reasons why the industry is growing and will be the same reason why the industry will fail but however warned them not to try and fail the film business.

“Televisions should always show our local content, advice and if you don’t play Ugandan movies we shall close you down, ” he warned as the movie star-studded audience cheered him.

He also urged the government to consider and allocate money in the next budget to boost the film industry.

Best shot film award was scooped by ' Jinx'
Best shot film award was scooped by ‘ Jinx’

The event saw dozens of shining movie stars heap praises on UCC for nurturing and promoting talent.

Mutabazi said the industry players “are the people going to transform this country…these are the people who shape our tradition. There are so many stories that have to be told.”

Dominic Dipio, one of the judges of the Uganda Film Festival 2016, said the Uganda film industry has come a long way, considering the submissions that increase every year.

stunning Pamella Keryeko (R) was crowned best actress in TV drama
stunning Pamella Keryeko (R) was crowned best actress in TV drama

“We would like to underline that the festival is not about winning awards but enabling creativity. Every festival is unique. The jury has selected the best for those who have excelled and the winners shouldn’t think they have arrived,” she cautioned.


Presided over by Vice President Edward Ssekandi, the glamorous event attracted film industry players from all walks of life.

The show was punctuated by a thrilling music presentation from singer Jose Chameleone.

Dipio praised UCC for spearheading the recognition of the film industry which has empowered players to improve their content.

“UCC has made admirable efforts over the years. Uganda film makers have also become aware that sound is an important aspect of filmmaking and graphic designs have greatly improved over the years,” she noted.

“A vibrant industry requires an audience to survive.”

Hassan Mageye attending the function
Hassan Mageye attending the function


The ‘Freedom’ film scooped most of the awards with team leader Richard Mulindwa expressing satisfaction that the industry is set for a great leap forward.

Notable award winners included Arnold Muhereza who emerged the best actor in TV drama.

He went home with a cash prize of Shs 3m.

‘Invisible Cuffs’ won the ‘best screenplay award while stunning Pamella Keryeko was crowned best actress in TV drama.

'Freedom' Actors celebrate their achievements in the movie industry
‘Freedom’ Actors celebrate their achievements in the movie industry

Hassan Mageye of ‘Invisible Cuffs’ scooped the much coveted award for Best Actor – Film in the 2016 while Nisha Kalema went home with the Best Actress – Film Award

The best Feature Film and Film of the Year Awards were handed to ‘Freedom’ leader Mulindwa.

Ssekandi promised support from the government to the film makers and industry at large.

Ssekandi giving a speech at the function
Ssekandi giving a speech at the function

“The efforts made by the film industry to minimize the foreign movies that don’t match our culture is good,” said Ssekandi.

“The government is committed to ensure a good film industry and to transform Uganda from poverty,” he added

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