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Ugandan Film Makers To Learn More From Their International Counterparts At 12th Amakula Film Festival  

When Chano8 talked to Mr Kasule Douglas Benda of Bayimba Foundation the organisers of Amakula International Film Festival about what to expect in terms of screenings at this year’s festival, he confidently revealed to us that there is going to be a massive mix of top local and international films that surely will keep enthusiasts glued throughout the 3-day festival.

The 12th edition of Amakula International Film Festival which opens this Friday March 15th at Uganda Museum, surely will serve as a big avenue and platform for the top Ugandan film makers as well as the up and coming to showcase their work while gauging themselves against International directors some of whose work is Oscar material.

 “For the filmmakers, we get to have them learn how the international films contain in order to reach just a submission to the Oscars level. Also, other international filmmakers will get to know about the local films that have been nominated alongside these big films, hence publicity”.

Fil lovers enjyonig the Drive-in experience at last year’s edition. This year they have a chance to watch some of the Oscar selections.

When asked what our Ugandan film makers can learn from their big brothers from the content, Benda said there is a lot to share between them. Other than, networking and exposure, the two sides can share on technical aspects as well.

“This is a win win for the audience and filmmakers. Amakula gives the local producers the opportunity to rate themselves as filmmakers and see if we can actually influence the film playground internationally. For the filmmakers whose films are nominated alongside the foreign films, this means we expect amazing films from them even next year. For the audience, we probably have poor quality films because we lack local support”. Benda explained.

“The films we admire beat us because of this; their locals embrace them and pay for premieres/DVDs to keep filmmakers financially and morally motivated to get the best. Let the Ugandans give us all the support they plan to give foreign films and they will be amazed by how much the local film industry will become”. Benda concluded

Amakula 2019 is proudly powered by Africalia, Stichting Doen, Bayimba Foundation, Kampala Film School, USA Mission in Uganda and the American Film Society. Check the full list of movies to be screened at the festival below;

2019 AMAKULA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL PROGRAMME
Friday 15th March 2019– Uganda Museum, Kampala
ACTIVITY/FILM SCREENING CATEGORY SPACE TIME
Festival opening Opening speech(s) Uganda Museum – Exhibition Hall 2:00pm
Play for peace – Uganda Documentary Uganda Museum – Exhibition Hall 2:20pm
The fire, the fowl, and an (un) forgotten past – Germany, France Short Film/Documentary Uganda Museum – Exhibition Hall 3:05pm
Souf-isme – Tunisia Short Film Uganda Museum – Exhibition Hall 3:18pm
Blue Mirror – Cameroon Short Film Uganda Museum – Exhibition Hall 3:30pm
Citizens Offline – Switzerland Documentary Uganda Museum – Exhibition Hall 3:45pm
Chilli on the lips – Cameroon Documentary Uganda Museum – Exhibition Hall 3:55pm
Kony Order From Above – Uganda Feature Film Uganda Museum – Exhibition Hall 4:50pm
Veronica’s Wish – Uganda Feature Film Uganda Museum Gardens (Drive-in) 7:00pm
Five fingers for Merseilles–South Africa Feature Film Uganda Museum Gardens (Drive-in) 8:45pm
Saturday 16th March 2019– Uganda Museum, Kampala
ACTIVITY/FILM SCREENING CATEGORY         SPACE TIME
The role of a Film Market to the East African Film Industry Panel Discussion Uganda Museum – Exhibition Hall 12:20pm
Facing North (Bukiikakkono) – Uganda Short Film Uganda Museum – Exhibition Hall 2:19pm
Beast – USA Short Film Uganda Museum – Exhibition Hall 2:34pm
Black and White – Uganda Short Film Uganda Museum – Exhibition Hall 2:53pm
One in 50 Million – Qatar Short Film Uganda Museum – Exhibition Hall 3:13pm
Timmy –Bulgaria, Germany,Belgium Short Film Uganda Museum – Exhibition Hall 3:33pm
The Big Flip: Stories from the Modern Home Front – USA Documentary Uganda Museum – Exhibition Hall         3:49pm
Her broken shadow – Uganda Feature Film Uganda Museum – Exhibition Hall         4:54pm
Mabata Bata – Mozambique Feature Film Uganda Museum – Exhibition Hall 6:14pm
Subira – Kenya Feature Film Uganda Museum Gardens (Drive-in)         7:35pm
27 Guns – Uganda Feature Film Uganda Museum Gardens (Drive-in) 9:15pm
Sunday 17th March 2019 – Uganda Museum, Kampala
ACTIVITY/FILM SCREENING CATEGORY         SPACE TIME
Kampala Minutes – Uganda Student Films Uganda Museum – Exhibition Hall         12:00pm
3 Beats – Egypt Short Film Uganda Museum – Exhibition Hall         12:25pm
Coin Bank – Uganda Student Film Uganda Museum – Exhibition Hall 12:38pm
Sunday – Uganda Short Film Uganda Museum – Exhibition Hall 12:53pm
Aya – Tunisia Short Film Uganda Museum – Exhibition Hall  1:23pm
80 Plus – Uganda Short Film Uganda Museum – Exhibition Hall          1:48pm
Long Way To Go – Uganda Short Film Uganda Museum – Exhibition Hall          2:03pm
Doubout (Stand Up) – France Short Film Uganda Museum – Exhibition Hall          2:18pm
100° C – Uganda Short Film Uganda Museum – Exhibition Hall          2:38pm
Lalo’s House – USA,Haiti,Benin Short Film Uganda Museum – Exhibition Hall          2:50pm
Mawe – Uganda Short Film Uganda Museum – Exhibition Hall         3:17pm
Vossie Vergas Homself (Vossie Kills Himself) – South Africa Short Film Uganda Museum – Exhibition Hall         3:43pm
Hidden abilities – South Sudan Documentary Uganda Museum – Exhibition Hall         4:08pm
Mele Murals – USA Documentary Uganda Museum – Exhibition Hall 5:03pm
Golden Impala Award Ceremony & Cocktail Best Student Film

Best Short Film

Best Documentary

Best Feature Film

Uganda Museum Foyer         6:15pm
T-Junction – Tanzania Feature Film Uganda Museum Gardens (Drive-in) 7:00pm
Sew the winter to my skin – South Africa

 

Feature Film Uganda Museum Gardens (Drive-in)        8:47pm

 

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