‘The Forbidden’ Wins Top Accolade As Curtains Draw On Amakula Film Festival

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As this year’s Amakula film festival came to a close on Saturday, the Impala Golden Awards were also handed over at the climax of the 4-day festival, where ‘The Forbidden’ won best feature film award after fending off tight competition.

Indeed this year’s competition for the awards were a bit tighter compared the previous one in 2016 and according to the jury represented by Andrew Kaggwa Myga, there were also tremendous improvements in the quality of entries this year on top of the massive interest shown.

As such they (Jury), decided to request the festival organisers Bayimba Foundation to allow them introduce honorary awards to recognise those who came close but did not win any of the four official categories on offer.

Rwamusagazi Kyakunzi and Claire celebrate winning the best feature film award

The Forbidden a feature film directed by Samuel Kizito and produced by Claire Nampala beat stiff completion from Boda Boda and ‘Rain’ which many expected would emerge top after its star-studded cast gave it more weight and especially after winning awards elsewhere too.

The Forbidden is about a young lady named Dian who is trying to find her identity by looking for her father whom she never knew because her mother would not reveal his identity. As fate would have it, she ends up at her father’s home after leaving her mother’s home and ends up getting raped by her own father.


Just like The Forbidden, most films submitted, showed improvements in quality of production especially in cinematography in areas of directing, editing, lighting and Originality.

“However, much effort is still needed in the department of sound where we realised there are still problems with the productions. Some of the films had sound that was too loud or too low while others lacked in areas of sound-tracks and effects which were not applied appropriately.” Kaggwa noted

According to the jury, other areas that need improvements include theme selection and story-telling on the part of the script-writers and directors which they feel need ‘panel beating’ and refreshing from the usual topics.

Mga speaks at the awards ceremony as he breaks down the qualities they were looking out for as jury


Boda Boda got the honorary mention for best feature film (Africa) like the others will receive a certificate while Amin’s Body won the best students’ film category and Zzina got honorary mention.

For the short film category the award went to Jethro and The Bad Mexican got the honorary mention while best documentary award went Accra Power (from Ghana) as Arther got the mention.

Best Short film award winner proudly displays his trophy

This year’s festival was divided into two parts with first session which also included discussions, master classes and screening of short, student and documentary films that were selected from submission of the Golden Impala Award competition at the Film School in Bbunga.

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The second part ran from 16th-17th at the Uganda Museum where the drive-in 3D cinema experience happened in which audiences watched in the comfort of their cars with the sound avenues being FM-channelled headsets for a silent ambiance. Some of the feature films that competed for the awards were screened.


Polly Kamukama the chief curator giving his opening remarks at the closing of the Amakula film festival

The Swedish Ambassador to Uganda who was chief guest speaks on behalf of partners

Some of the winners of the day revelling in their triumph

Film enthusiastes enjoying the drive-in movie expereince at the Uganda Museum

The guests at the cocktail to close the Amakula Film Festival 2018




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