There’s excitement building among film enthusiast in Uganda as the long awaited 10th edition of the AMAKULA International film festival of the arts opens today at the Uganda Museum today. The festival presented by Bayimba cultural foundation in partnership with Kampala film school, Uganda Museum and Goethe Zentrum Kampala Kicks off in earnest this evening and runs for 5 days from 16th-20th March 2016.
The starting today, all roads lead to the Museum in Kitante where Amakula will have a daily drive in cinema experience involving screening of both in-competition and out of competition students and independent films, documentaries, short stories, animations, workshops for children and discussions with filmmakers and actors from Uganda, Africa and the rest of the World.
The Amakula International Film Festival which is Uganda’s oldest independent film festival aims to contribute to a vibrant local film industry, by broadening access to and developing audiences for quality African film production; inspiring local film makers to produce quality local films based on own stories; facilitating, presenting and promoting local film productions and distribution; and offering a professional networking platform for the film making community in East Africa and beyond.
The festival also comes with an Awards ceremony where some of Africa’s top works will be rewarded with three Golden Impala Awards which will be handed out to honour the Best International Feature Film, Best East Africa Short Film and the Best International Documentary Film. The Golden Impala Award aims to uplift and inspire film standards for local, regional and international filmmakers.
The 2016 Amakula International Film Festival awards winners will be selected by a Jury of three experienced members appointed by the festival committee. The tenth edition will comprise 3 jury members – Moses Serugo (UG), Ian Masters (UK/UG) and Henk Jonker (Netherlands).