Amakula Film Festival: Strong Contingent Of Ugandan Films Competing With Top Oscar Submissions

The Amakula International Film Festival returns this Friday March 15th and runs till Sunday March 17th at the Uganda Musuem. This year’s edition is the 12th and marks four years since Bayimba Foundation, a leading local arts charity, took over charge of the festival with the goal of re-positioning the annual cinema showcase as a major platform for film and cultural development in Uganda.

As we gear up for several exciting activities lined up for revelers and film makers, the organizer Bayimba Foundation recently updated the public on some of the key items on the programme especially the Drive-in experience that will happen every evening at the museum gardens.

Some of the Judges and Film Makers at last year’s edition of Amakula Film Festival pose for photos at Uganda Museum.

It should also be noted that this year’s selection of films for screening and the Impala Awards carries a diverse demographic area across the globe with internationally acclaimed films tussling it out with some of the best Uganda can offer.

Feature Films like ‘Sew The Winter To My Skin’ a South African Oscar Submission in 2018 and ‘Five Fingers Of Marseilles’ also another South African Oscar submission 2017, ‘Mabata Bata’ from Mozambique and ‘Subira’ from Kenya are up against our very own films from Uganda like ‘Kony Order From Above’, ‘Her Broken Shadow’, ‘Veronica’s Wish’ and the controversial ‘27 Guns’ by Natasha Museveni Karugire.

’27 Guns’ is among the feature films selected at this year’s edition of Amakula International Film Festival

According to the organisers, this mix of international and local selection will go a long way in benefitting our local film makers who can learn a lot from their counterparts from other countries especially those with Oscar submissions in areas of story narration and how they impact on their audiences.

“These films are about social issues but when you watch them you not only see the time invested in writing and development of the script, you also see how they invested in the production. The actors look prepared; the editing is on point, the cinematography etc. The local films need to take their film work seriously like commercial business” Said Bayimba’s Douglas Benda

The organisers also add that, that they have continued to witness the number of films participating at Amakula increase over the years with this year’s section boasting a total of 19 local films which shall be screening – and ultimately competing – alongside some of the best independent films from across the world at the moment.

The  prestigious awards, the Impalas, will therefore pit some of the best films on show in four categories – Best Short, Best Documentary, Best Student Film and Best Feature – with the ultimate winners to be unveiled by an independent three-member panel of film experts.


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