The Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) Executive Director, Eng Irene Kaggwa Ssewankambo has expressed the openness of the Commission to supporting all the initiatives in Uganda’s creative industry.
Eng Kaggwa made the remarks at the grand finale of the Uganda Film Festival in Kampala on Friday, which saw at least 24 films, Actors, Actresses, Directors among others walk away with awards and cash prizes.
The Uganda Film Festival Awards also known as UFF Awards, are presented annually to recognize excellence in the film Industry in Uganda.
The awards started in 2013 under a Uganda Communications Commission initiative to recognize and develop the Ugandan film industry.
Nominated films are screened at a five-day festival that also runs training, workshops, exhibitions and outreaches. The awarding night marks the helm of the film festival that runs for three days.
Kaggwa observed that film breaks the barriers among people by bringing together the feelings shared by human beings.
“Film does speak a universal language. It has meaning and relevance for everyone. It breaks the barriers of people underscoring the values, feelings that are shared by human beings,” she observed.
“It also accords a great opportunity to highlight a custom history, culture, tourism and social development; what better way therefore to connect people through the art, through film.”
Recognizing the significance of film industry in Uganda that is being strengthened by a surge in digitisation to foster closer ties between stakeholders of the creative Industry, Kaggwa said, “UCC is proud to support the film industry,” adding that the “Commission is open to supporting all initiatives in this direction (creative Industry).”
“In this vein, the Commission has developed the content support progemme to further support the development of local content in Uganda,” she added.
Each year, the film festival has been growing in size and audience.
Kaggwa announced that this year, they received 213 films in total, 169 of which were Ugandan, 13 from the international community and 22 from the East African region.
“The Commission applauds all those who submitted films.”
Another achievement for this year, the UCC has organized online training facilitated by international trainers for 41 film makers, and will receive certification on completion of their courses.
The training will cover audio production, cinematography, advanced lighting, editing and marketing and distribution.
The theme of the Uganda Film festival 2021 was, “rebuilding a resilient creative industry through the pandemic.”
Kaggwa said the experience of the past year which was characterised by despair across the world due to the COVID-19 pandemic and uncertainty of the economy also introduced new way of life and new opportunities.
She said, the pandemic has brought resilience and strength in human beings, innovativeness and conviction that creative expression is a powerful resource.