By Shadrine Taremwa
Amakula International Film Festival which is in its 11 th edition being run by Bayimba Cultural Foundation in partnership with The DOEN Foundation, Africalia, Kampala Film School and the Uganda Museum, Embassy Of Sweden.
The film festival is an annual event that takes place in Uganda but has not fallen short of setbacks one being financially related, it resumed on 16 March 2016 with under a new management Bayimba Cultural Foundation.
The festival which was planned to take place in two venues Kampala Film School and the Uganda Museum. At Kampala Film School located in Kampala University started off with training sessions like masterclasses in film production, cocktail break, speeches and screening of short, student and documentaries and it will be going on till tomorrow Thursday March 15, 2018.
Although the festival kicked off at 2:00 pm with training sessions like the masterclass facilitated by German film maker Tom Schreiber who made notable quotes to filmmakers, conducted his session in the lecture room provided by Kampala Film School and later on discussions on how the masterclass lecture could push or help with the growth of the film industry in Uganda
“People underestimate the gap between screenplay and the storyboard, which includes the actual shooting and organisation of scenes”.
He told filmmakers should not be afraid to try different techniques and filming methods just because their audience (movie fans) are not accustomed to some shots that come as a result of trying different filming styles.
After the masterclass lecture – filmmakers, fanatics, lovers and critics were treated to a cocktail session were they met, exchanged ideas on how to grow the film industry as a whole. We managed to get involved in a conversation with a few film makers who were for the ideas of having more film festivals happening in the country so that they are able to have checks and balances from their already produced movies and those they are planning on producing in the near future.
Shortly after the cocktail break, the festival was official opened as the attendees received short but highly quotable speeches from Polly Kamukama the co-curator Amakula, Faisal Kiwewa Director of Bayimba Cultural Foundation, Cristiano Civitillo Director of Kampala Film School and Samuel Sandberg Bremell Head of Administration Swedish Embassy who all thanked filmmakers for taking time to come and see the Kampala film school since many didnot know where it was located but it has been standing since its inception in 2009.
On Friday, March 16, 2018 and Saturday March,17,2018, Amakula Film Festival will set camp at the Uganda Museum as its second home where seminars about the Uganda Film industry and problems it is facing such as film regulatory and distribution as well as screening feature films in a drive-in-cinema-setting where audiences will be watching from the comfort of their cars with silent headphones.