The Amakula Film Festival Jury

The committee organizing the Amakula International Film Festival appoints Jury members of whom one is the President of the jury.

Duties of the Festival Jury are:

To review all the films (both features/shorts and Documentaries) that entered the competition and to declare winners presented with an expert commentary and a written decision signed by all members of the Jury. The Festival jury decision shall be unanimous, or if otherwise, shall be brought by the majority and cannot be appealed upon by the participants of the Festival.

The AMAKULA 2018 Jury Members

Amakula International Film Festival Jury members

1 – Andrew Kaggwa

Andrew is an Arts and Culture reporter with Daily Monitor.

A trained theatre, music and film critic, Kaggwa has covered and offered his service as a journalist and critic to festivals in Uganda like Bayimba International Festival, Kampala Amakula International Film Festival, Ngalabi Short Film Festival and Kampala Short Film Festival.

He’s also covered a number of art events like the Africa’s grandest Jazz festival, the Cape Town International Jazz Festival, the Durban International Film Festival, Sauti Za Busara in Zanzibar and Kigali Up among others. In the past, he has served as a jury member for the 2017 Pearl International Film Festival.

A trained critic with the Durban International Film Festival as one of the Talent Press, Kaggwa is one of the co-founders of the Kampala African Movie Night and founder of the annual Nteredde Documentary Showcase.

2 – Cristiano Civitillo

Cristiano Civitillo is a film director, specialized in digital media. Born and raised in Rome, he first graduated as a graphic designer and later completed a master degree in film, at the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne.

His feature documentary ‘The Area’ was screened at many international film festivals and was awarded ‘Best Documentary’ at the prestigious Babelsberger Medienpreis as well as the “Prize against Apartheid” at the Sehsüchte Film Festival in Berlin. His short, ‘Natura Morta’, was awarded for “Best Performance” at the Arcipelago Film Festival in Rome.

Later he founded Picturefields in Amsterdam, a creative production company. Soon it attracted the attention of Nike and within 4 years it has produced over 150 digital content pieces for them including parts of the award-winning Nike football campaigns ‘Perfect Kick’ and ‘Put it where you want it tour’. These campaigns have won dozens of awards globally, including accolades at the Cannes Lions, EPICA and Big Awards. Other clients include Heineken, IKEA, Mercedes-Benz, Rowa, Underarmour, Adidas & Volvo. Since 2016 he is Head of Kampala Film School.

3 – Lucky Lora Atwiine

Lucky Lora Atwiine, is a full time filmmaker with 10 years of experience and still counting

She works mostly as a writer, director, assistant director, producer and occasionally actor’s trainer. To mention a few of the projects done, 27 Guns, A spoon a fork and the knight, the Original Hostel Series.

She also worked extensively in advertising and produced a number of television and radio commercials for telecoms, beverage companies, paytv and banks.

The Amakula International Film Festival is presented by Bayimba Cultural Foundation in partnership with The DOEN Foundation, Africalia, Kampala Film School and the Uganda Museum.