After a year’s break, the Amakula Film festival makes an exciting return under new management. The festival which has been running for the past 11 years did not take place last year but returns under Bayimba Cultural Centre this month with a strong line-up of quality productions on offer.
This time round, the festival which runs for four days this month will be split into two, with different activities running in two separate venues. The first part will be hosted at the Kampala Film School between 14th and 15th March while the second part will run from 16th-17th at the Uganda Museum.
According to Mr Polly Kamukama who was speaking at a press briefing this morning on behalf of Bayimba, the main organisers, the first session at Kampala Film School will present a programme specially curated with the idea to address the student’s film culture.
This session will also include discussions, masterclasses and screening of short, student and documentary films that were selected from submission of the golden Impala Award competition which will be free screened for free to the public.
However, top on what to look out for is the return of the drive-in 3D cinema experience that will happen between March 16th and 17th at the Uganda Museum where audiences will watch in the comfort of their cars with the sound avenues being FM channelled headsets for a silent ambience.
This will also act as the home to screening of feature films at 10,000/- per head. There will also be seminars, and conferences on topics affecting the film industry today especially issues to do with film regulatory and distribution.
“The films that have been selected for this edition of the festival are from diverse backgrounds across the globe, representing different cultures and topics with varied artistic qualities and styles”. Kamukama said
Mr Cristiano Civilitto the Director of the Kampala Film School who also doubles as a member of the jury while speaking at the press conference said, whereas the industry in Uganda is still young and trying to find its feet, the potential is immense and needs linkages and groups to fully exploit those potentials.
The First Secretary and Head of Administration at the Embassy of Sweden in Kampala could not agree more. He emphasised that as new partners of the festival their main objective is to support the interchange of cultures and particularly promote the Swedish culture in Uganda through film.
The Golden Impala Awards will also be handed in the category of Best International Feature Film, Best East Africa Short Film, Best International Documentary Film and the newly added Best East African Students Film