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Ugandan Films scoop Awards at The African Film Festival

Some of the Ugandan actresses at The African Film Festival in USA. (PHOTO/Courtesy)

TEXAS, USA – Ugandan Films have won three Awards at The African Film Festival (TAFF) 2019 in Dallas Texas USA.

Ugandan winning films include Best Screenplay (The Forbidden), Best Costume (94 Terror) and Best Documentary (Path Breakers).

The judging panel of the Uganda Film Festival has recently reported that Uganda’s film industry is gaining in reputation.

They said that improvements have been experienced in technical aspects like Cinematography, sound, production design, scripting, Content & varied stories.

Early this year, in a bid to boost the film sector in the country, the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) boss, Mr Godfrey Mutabazi met with representatives of the creative industry to explore avenues of collaboration.

The engagements also aimed at establishing a growing film industry and opportunities for support were applicable, according to UCC.

“The next growth in economies will be led by the creative industry,” Mutabazi said.

“We should advocate for the establishment of a robust film industry first; regulations will follow, but I think we are still struggling in many aspects including capacity,” he said adding that “we understand the value of the creative industry and counting on you to boost our local content.”

UCC in partnership with Film Club Uganda also hosted Morocco Omari for the acting and directing workshop.

The training according to UCC was aimed to give a better understanding of the processes of acting and directing for Uganda’s future productions.

UCC says that the American actor, director and producer Morocco Omari was teaching Ugandan filmmakers on how to tell authentic stories and understanding the African stories correctly.

Reps from the creatives expressed concerns challenges faced at film development, capacity building since the film in Uganda employs untrained youths and limited access to advances technology.

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