It was a week of several activities as Kampala was abuzz with the maiden Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) film festival.
First, during the opening ceremony at the Kampala Serena hotel, the guest of honour, Rose Namayanja, the minister for Information and National Guidance reminded guests of the importance of the film industry to the development of Uganda's economy.
There was also a film exhibition at the National theatre from Tuesday to Thursday, where several Ugandan films were showcased. Other activities included open-air film screenings in several cinema halls across the city - with special screenings at Cineplex Garden City and Oasis Mall, where State Research Bureau was screened on Wednesday.
This was on top of film trainings, workshops and discussion forums at both Cineplex Garden City and Oasis Mall. The climax of all this was the awards ceremony on Friday. At least eight awards were up for grabs in the following categories:
Best Feature Film, Best Short Film, Best Animated Film, Best Student Film, Best Cinematography (Photography), Best Screen Play (Script), Best Sound, and Film of the Year.
The commission received 129 entries. Of these, 34 were nominated for the above awards by a panel of eminent judges and film experts drawn from Africa and elsewhere in the world.
The festival, whose theme was "The Uganda's film industry: Emerging opportunities", is scheduled to become an annual event aimed at building the capacity of Uganda's film industry.
The event comes after the merger between UCC and the Uganda Broadcasting Corporation under the Uganda Communications Act, 2013. As a result, a framework to regulate the film industry has been developed. Its implementation is expected to assist in the protection of film producers for their creative works and will also protect the public from unsuitable content showing in public places.
List of winners:
Best Feature Film - State Research Bureau
Best Short Film - Is this Love (Guno Mukwano?)
Best Animated Film - Imitate
Best Student Film - Bloody Sunset
Best Cinematography (no winner).
Best Screen Play (Script) - State Research Bureau
Best Sound - (no winner)
Film of the Year - State Research Bureau