Film & Theatre

Ugandans Selected On Committee To Vet ‘Oscars’ Submissions

The Ugandan film industry has received a lot of criticism. Many people still don’t fancy going to the theatres or cinemas to watch Ugandan films because of the stereotype thinking that our movies are way below standard compared to other industries like Hollywood, Nollywood and Bollywood.

However, credit should be given where it is due because in the last three years, Ugandans movie  and producers actors have put in a lot of effort. We now have female producers, our movies are getting and international nominations as well as winning awards

With this progress, the industry got another boost at the start of this week when the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences made the country eligible for participating in the annual ‘The Academy Awards’, commonly known as ‘Oscars’.

This means that Ugandan filmmakers can now submit their films to participate in the world’s most prestigious film awards starting with the 92nd edition next year.

This will be done through an ‘Oscars Selection Committee’, a body approved by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences that is tasked with selecting the country’s film submission for the Oscars. They were vetted and approved this week and it comprises of 10 members.

Among those include Andrew Kaggwa who is a seasoned journalist with Daily Monitor.

Judith Lucy Adong. She is a playwright and filmmaker who previously lectured at Makerere University Department of Performing Arts and Film. She is the only African writer who was selected to attend the 2011 Royal Court Theatre Playwright’s Residency, where she developed her play ‘Just Me, You And The Silence’ and the only Ugandan screenwriter employed on M-Net’s ‘The Agency’.

Kemiyondo Coutinho. She is a playwright, screenwriter, actress, film director and producer. She is also the founder of ‘Akadope’ which is a music platform that gives audience to new singers and CEO of Kemistry Klass, a production company that produces film and TV content that changes the narrative of stories about Africa.

Evelyn Cindy Magara. Cindy is a Screen writer, Film director and producer. She is also a lecturer of Literature in English and Film studies at Makerere University and owns a film production company called Nyati Motion Pictures. Cindy made history in the Ugandan film industry, after she became the first woman to direct a film titled Fate’ while still a student at Makerere University and premiered in 2006.

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