Amakula Awards 2019: 35 films nominated for screening

By Allen Kisakye

If we talk about the Amakula International Film Festival, it’s definitely the best Uganda’s flagship cinema that does not only showcase Uganda’s films but goes globally. The 12th edition of this event is happening on March 15 – 17, 2019, at the Uganda Museum in Kampala.

Unlike other local film Festivals, Amakula has moved an extra mile to show/screen some of the strongest films like Sew the winter to my skin, a South African film that represented its country at the 2019 Oscar’s awards (The world’s biggest film awards) and it will be showing for the first time in East Africa.

According to Polly Kamukama, the Amakula 2019 Curator, this 12th edition of Amakula has seen thousands of film submission across the world, but the curatorial team managed to select a total of 35 films, with 19 shorts, seven documentaries and nine features, representing over 17 nationalities.

And in Ugandan, 14 films like Kony- order from above, Veronica’s Wise, 47 Guns, Her broken shadow, Black and white among others were selected, these will be screened alongside, and ultimately compete for glory with some of the best films in the continent.

This event will feature a lot of fun activities like networking sessions, talk back session, day film screening and a panel of movie discussion.

Not forgetting the favorite signature experience of Amakula called the Drive-in-cinema; this is when the audiences watch movies from the comfort of their cars or outside of their cars with headsets and this will be happening every evening during the Festival.

The Amakula international Film Festival is Uganda’s oldest independent film festival, founded in 2004 with aims of contributing a vibrant local film industry, by broadening access to and developing audiences for quality African film production.

However, the festival received a major setback in 2012, but later it resumed on March 16 2016 under the new management of Bayimba Cultural Foundation.

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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.