The Uganda communications commission (UCC) has today launched the prestigious Uganda film festival.
Held at UCC house in Bugolobi, the launch was graced by government officials, actors, actresses, and other film stakeholders.
The festival, majorly, aims at awarding outstanding Film creations in the country.
Speaking at the event, the Executive Director UCC Godfrey Mutabazi noted that the industry is key in promoting culture and social values in the motherland.
“There’s potential to promote our local values,” he said, adding that “The Film industry is prestigious more than oil.”
Mutabazi also advised the film makers to stay united to be able to identify opportunities.
“There are people willing to help this country, we have to be organized and talk with confidence, and move forward,” he said.
Mutabazi also tackled the issue of language saying, “a good film is not made with good English.”
Also in attendance was the Uganda Tourism Board boss Stephen Asiimwe who promised incentives to film makers to be able to shoot movies from tourist attraction areas.
Gen Elly Tumwiine, a Ugandan Military officer and professional artist said, “Africa’s heritage is so rich that Film makers should exploit it.”
The General also entertained guests at the breakfast meeting with some of his songs.
The Uganda film festival started in 2013 and has since registered progress not only in the quantity but quality of films produced.