Film lovers are in for a treat with three days to the annual Amakula International Film Festival which will be hosted at the Uganda Museum.
The festival, now in its 12th year, will run from March 15 to 17 with a fully packed program involving film screenings, panel discussions, networking forums before the award gala to mark the climax of the entire event.
Kasule Douglas Benda, the Media and Publicity Coordinator for Amakula Film Festival said this year’s festival boasts a diverse pool of films that is indeed reflective of the Amakula brand as the foremost platform through which most audiences in Uganda get to experience the best independent cinema from across the world.
In the pool of films are 35 films, 19 short films seven documentaries and nine feature films from across 17 countries. Key to note is that most of the films remains to be proudly produced and filmed in Africa.
According to the team behind the event, there has been an increasing number of films and participation. At least 19 local films will be screened side by side with some of the best independent films from across the world at the moment.
The awarding panel will pass their verdict and give awards in four main categorie – Best Short, Best Documentary, Best Student Film and Best Feature with the ultimate winners to be unveiled by an independent three-member panel of film experts.
Amakula film festival comes in with a unique touch allowing a drive-in moment for moviegoers to watch films on gigantic screens from within the comfort of their cars with the help of wireless headsets.
This year’s edition marks four years since Bayimba Foundation, a leading local arts charity, took over charge of the festival with the goal of repositioning the annual cinema showcase as a major platform for film and cultural development in Uganda.