After receiving 12 nominations at this year’s Uganda Film Festival organised by Uganda Communications Commission, Veronica’s Wish was expected to dominate at the awards Gala. However, the movie did not only dominate but had a clean sweep with all the major accolades going it’s way including Best Feature film, Best Screenplay, Best Sound, Best Cinematography, Best Post Production (editing)and Best Costume as well as the individual accolades – Best supporting Actor(Simon Base Karma) Best Director (Rehema Namfuka) and Best Actress (Nisha Kalema).
In total, the film collected 9 of the 12 awards it was competing for which is really a very impressive feat.
Veronica’s Wish is a feature film about a couple’s struggle to love and survive in which Micheal and Veronica are living their soulmate life but their love takes a drastic turn when Veronica gets hit by a mysterious illness days before her wedding and she is given a choice between love and saving lives. features some of the best actors in the game like Nisha Kalema, Simon Base Kalema Moushema Housen and newcomer Malaika Nnyanzi.
Bella the other film with several nominations that was expected to give Veronica’s Wish a run for the money only took home one award -The best supporting actress award (Stella Nantumbwe for her role as a city prostitute)
The newly introduced award; The Viewer’s Choice Award which was decided by the audience predictably went to 94 Terror. The film got the biggest audience during the screenings throughout the festival week in different cinemas. At the corporate screening on Thursday at Century Cinemax, the hall was filled to capacity with an overflow to the extent that, some fans had to watch from the corridors while standing.
While speaking at the award’s gala night, Uganda Communication Commission’s Executive Director Engineer Godfrey Mutabazi said that starting next month, the commission will be mandated to implement a policy to promote local content on our platforms especially televisions which will be required to allocate at least 70% prime time to local content.
“Starting next month, It will be an obligation for local television stations to allocate 70% dedicated prime time to local content or we else we close down those who do not comply. We are starting this process in early January 2019”. Mr Mutabazi reiterated.
State minister for Information and Communications Technology Idah Nantaba, who was the chief guest echoed the same issue and also emphasized about giving more time to local content like Multichoice has done with the introduction of Pearl Magic a channel dedicated to Ugandan content.
“Government is going to reduce taxes on film equipment to help film makers import quality equipment to ease their work. I therefore ask film makers to produce a film about the Ugandan parliament next year” She said.
Other notable winners of major awards on the night included, Raymond Rushabiro who won best Actor in his role in the film 5 Days To Live, Best Short Film won by Kymvu and Abbey Mukiibi who was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award.
The awards were hosted by Roger Mugisha and Flavia Tumusiime while singers Jose Chameleone, Winnie Nwagi, Steve Keys and the Kika Troupe entertained the guests at Kampala Serena Hotel gardens.
FULL LIST OF AWARD WINNERS
Best Student film… Idi Amin’s Boat
Best short film… Kyemvu
Best Animation…. Chebet
Best Documentary….Your Music, Your Voice
Best East African film… World Toufouti
Best African film…..Sometimes In Yesterday
Best Actor in a TV drama…Ejule Paul
Best Actress in a TV drama… Nantambi Juliet
Best TV drama….Mistakes Gals Do
Best costume…Veronica’s Wish
Best Sound… Veronica’s Wish
Best post production/editing…Veronica’s Wish
Best Cinematography….Veronica’s Wish
Best Script (screenplay)…. Veronica’s Wish
Best Supporting Actor (Male)… Simon Base Kalema (Veronica’s Wish)
Best Supporting Actress…Stella Nantumbwe (Bella)
Best Actor… Raymond Rushabiro (5 Days To Live)
Best Actress….Nisha Kalema (Veronica’s Wish)
Viewers Choice Award….94 Terror
Lifetime Achievement Award….Abbey Mukiibi
Best Feature film….Veronica’s Wish
Best Director…. Rehema Namfuka (Veronica’s Wish)