With the quality of films exhibited by the nominees of the just-concluded Uganda Film festival (UFF), it is probably the right time to acknowledge that Uga-Wood may finally be here.
Even Femi Odugbemi, an award-winning film maker and most recently the head judge at the 2013 and 2014 Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice awards and the UFF, was pleasantly shocked by the stack of quality Ugandans showcased in cinematography, picture and solid story.
After impressing Femi, Ugandans now have a chance to go on and make even a bigger impact on the continent as the Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice awards (AMVCA) come back for the third edition. For their diverse categories that even embrace TV and online content, the AMVCAs are highly esteemed as the African Golden Globes, where the continental stars, producers and technicians from all walks of life shine.
Promising to be bigger and better, the award show has started calling for submissions for 2015. In an email, Wangi Mba -Uzoukwu, the regional director for M-Net (West) noted that African movie and television industry is brimming with exciting talent and it’s a right thing to encourage them to keep honing their craft.
During the first edition in 2013, Uganda started off on a high with Mathew Nabwiso winning the Best Supporting actor for his role in Matt Bish’s The Good Catholic Girl. Then this year, Dilman Dila’s Felista’s Fable was nominated in the Best Makeup design category.
Two years after his triumph, Nabwiso says his career has changed for the better.
“I have been called for roles in South Africa, Kenya and Nigeria,” he said during the launch of the UFF at Serena hotel.
Judging by the quality of films such as Reform, Plan B, Superstition and The Counsellor, local filmmakers have a right to be optimistic they have many chances of getting nominated or even winning.
“Our cry for Ugandan producers is to be confident and submit their work,” Tina Wamala, MultiChoice Uganda public relations officer said.
Last year alone, Africa Magic is said to have telecast at least 50 Ugandan productions. Interested filmmakers can pick submission forms from the MultiChoice offices, fill and return them before October 31.
Only films released between May 2013 and July 2014 are eligible for the 2015 edition.
Source : The Observer