Jim Muhwezi graces Uganda film festival


Jim at a function

Today, August 24, 2015, the third edition of the Uganda Film Festival (UFF), organised by Uganda Communications Commission (UCC), kick off in Kampala.

UFF aims to showcase what the local film industry is doing, generate interest in the Ugandan film industry both locally and internationally and to bring all the industry players together in a more focused and structured environment.

UFF2015, whose theme is “Improving quality of Ugandan Films”, will run from Monday August 24-28, 2015.

Opening ceremony

At least 400 guests, including upcoming and established Ugandan film stars, film producers and directors will attend the Opening Ceremony at the Kampala Serena Hotel this evening.

The Minister for Information and National Guidance, Hon. Jim Muhwezi, who will be the Guest of Honour, will reiterate the Government of Uganda’s commitment to developing Uganda’s Film Industry.

National Documentary Day

Isaac Kalembe, head of Media Relations at UCC says today being a National Documentary Day, screenings started from National Theatre (Uganda National Cultural Centre) including all the 132 films that were submitted to UCC for UFF 2015.

Film Exhibition
The National Theatre will also will be the venue for Film Exhibition (August 25-27, 2015) from 9.00am to 5.00pm.

Kalembe says the three-day exhibition will attract Government bodies, Film makers, make-up artistes, film distributors, Television owners, the media, Film equipment operators, Cinema owners, Financial institutions, among other stakeholders.

Free Screenings
The free film shows will continue not only at the National, for four days, but also at the following cinemas from 10:00am-4:00pm: Cinemax Cinema (Acacia Mall, Kamwokya), Cinemagic Cinema (NaalyaMetroplex), Ham Cinema (Ham Towers, Makerere) and New Max (Victoria Hall, Entebbe).

In the evenings, there will be corporate screenings, whose attendance will be by invitation.

Zuku TV (Acacia Mall), DSTV (Ham Towers) are some of the corporate sponsors, which include StarTimes, NBS and Daily Nation Media Group.

Outdoor fete
In addition, there will be open-outdoor screenings and entertainment at Nakivubo Stadium, Cooper Complex, Nateete, Katwe, and Jambula (Bwaise).

It won’t be a carnival atmosphere only, though. UCC has organised a number of training workshops including; producers Master Class, Beginners Foundation Class, Additional Dialogue Recording (ADR) workshop while UCC, in conjunction with theUganda National Cultural Centreat theNational Theatre, will conduct a training on Additional Dialogue Recording.

Awards gala
To cap this five-day film signature event will be the Awards Gala night scheduled for Kampala Serena Hotel on Friday, August 28, 2015,where the crème de la crème of Uganda’s film industry will be recognised.

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