The Red carpet set up may not have been up to Hollywood Standard, or oozing with the pomp and glamour at the Cannes, but never the less reading from the smiles on the faces of the nominees for this year’s Uganda Film Festivals, who graced the red carpet opening ceremony, the dreams are the same all over the world.
And indeed all dreams are valid and with Uganda Communications Commission organizing the fourth edition of the Film Festival in week, a few of the local talent will be able to realize their dreams as they will walk away with accolades come awards gala day on Friday.
However, this will not come easy as only the crème de la crème of this year’s films were selected to compete in different categories with 66 submissions received for the feature films were 33 made it onto the nomination list.
The individual accolades are also highly competitive as top talents are up against each other with veterans like Matt Bish facing off with some of the young blood he has inspired and mentored over the years. His feature film Bella is for instance up against Rehema Namfuka’s Veronica’s Wish which has received multiple nominations where the formidable Nisha Kalema in the lead Role, caps it all.
And to spice things up this year, UCC has introduced a twist to the festival by introducing a new category; The Viewer’s Choice Award which will be decided by the public through online voting on social media and other channels.
And the good news is that, most of the nominees are confident of walking away with their respective gongs.” I am 120% sure of winning” said an elated first-timer and new entrant Malaika Nnyanzi, nominee for Best Supporting Role in her part in Veronica’s Wish.
The official opening ceremony kicked off in earnest with a Director’s forum moderated by Fillm Curator Polly Kamukama where some of the top Directors and writers shared their stories.
By 6;30pm Cinema Magic at Acacia Mall was transformed into a classy red-carpet affair as the smartly dressed VIPs, in this case the nominees, were ushered in for a cocktail hosted by UCC Executive Director Engineer Godfrey Mutabazi who assured all the industry players that, theirs is the best industry in the world.
Quoting a research done by Times Magazine, he told the guests that, the film industry is a multi-billion industry that is going to employ many people in the near future especially with a full government support.
“The fact that this industry is built from the heart and developed with passion makes it a powerful one which can only thrive. Look at the Nigerian film industry; it has grown into a big multi-billion industry. Why can’t we emulate that? He queried.
After declaring the festival open, the guests including guest of honour Mr. Wim Vanhelleputte, CEO MTN Uganda,were treated to a sumptuous meal and then ushered into the cinema for the screening of the first feature movie Veronica’s Wish which was introduced by the Director and her team.
The screenings will continue in different partner cinemas like Cinemax Century Acacia, Cinema Magic Naalya, Cinemax Ham Shopping Center and NuMax Cinemas till Thursday November 29th free of charge.