Ahead of the 2019 Uganda Film Festival (UFF) that will run from 25th to 29th November 2019, the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) has organised a free movie screening for the general public at several cinema halls.
The official nominations list came out weeks back and several local films like Bed of Thorns, My kingdom, Country of Men, Between the lines, Grade 7 Girl Lailah, Test of Faith, Red rats, August among others received nominations at the excitement of their producers and makers.
The full list was published in national newspapers and can also be accessed on the UCC website (ucc.co.ug) as well as the Commission’s social media platforms (Facebook and Twitter).
The nominated movies will be showing in cinemas like Country Cinema Mbarara, Numax Cinema Entebbe and Ham Cinema at Makerere starting Friday 22nd November.
The climax is the awards gala on 29th November 2019.
Speaking about the nominations, one nominee Edy Kasawuli couldn’t hide his excitement and commented;
“I Can’t express how happy I am to be nominated in the Uganda Film Festival Awards for Best Cinematography for the movie ‘Country of Men’.” he tweeted.
Other actors nominated in his category are; Okurut ‘Nego’ Paul for the movie Lailah, Donald Mugisha for N.S.I.W.E and Kenneth Mugerwa for August.
The annual Uganda Film Festival was established by the Commission in 2013 to stimulate the domestic film industry to enable it achieve its full potential as a source of employment, revenue, and to preserve culture through local content. It has since grown into one of the most significant events on the Ugandan social calendar.
Leading up to the gala, the UFF has organised training workshops to empower film industry actors.
The workshops, which are to be held from 25th – 27th November, include one on audience building and crowdfunding to be facilitated by Berlin-based film and new media expert Paul Rieth.
Paul has organised film festivals, worked as a film journalist, founded a film production company and produced several short films.