This is the official Amakula International Film Festival blog for guest bloggers, sneak previews of the programme, interviews, article reviews from your top arts journalists, critiques and more….

By Edwin Junior The Amakula International Film Festival, Uganda’s oldest independent film festival, opened for its 2018 edition on Wednesday at a cocktail evening hosted at the Kampala film school in Ggaba. Speaking during the opening ceremony, Samuel Sandberg Bremell, the Head of Administration Swedish Embassy underscored the importance of cultural interchange in the growth [...]

By Collins Kakwezi The film masterclass, the opening activity of the 11th edition of the Amakula International Film Festival today, proved a valuable source of technical information for participants, most of whom were filmmakers. The masterclass, which was facilitated by German film maker Tom Schreiber, was conducted in the lecture room of the Kampala Film [...]

By Edwin Junior The Amakula International Film Festival, now in its 11th edition, has continued to grow from strength to strength. The film festival which was founded in 2004 by Dutch film historian Alice Smits and American filmmaker Lee Elickson has however not been without its fair share of challenges. Although it has been heralded [...]

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 [...]

POLLY KAMUKAMA & ANDREW KAGGWA It’s already tipped to be the biggest film out of Uganda since The Last King of Scotland. And last Friday, the anticipation for Queen of Katwe reached fever pitch in Kampala after a 15-minute teaser from the upcoming Hollywood film about Ugandan chess prodigy, Phiona Mutesi, was screened at the [...]

POLLY KAMUKAMA Ugandan filmmaker Gary Mugisha’s debut film Jinxed yesterday took home the award for Best East African Short film as the tenth Amakula International Film Festival wrapped up at the Uganda Museum in Kampala. The 15-minute picture set in Kampala’s nightlife beat stiff competition from six other short films to bag the coveted Golden [...]

POLLY KAMUKAMA Amakula International Film Festival will starting next year run a fund aimed at benefiting Ugandan filmmakers. The announcement was made during a press brief held at the Uganda Museum in Kampala yesterday to mark the end of the festival’s tenth annual edition. “We are in talks with our partners to come up with [...]

ROGERS ATUKUNDA Social inclusion is a central tenet in the World Bank Group’s dual goals of ending extreme poverty by 2030 and promoting shared prosperity. Governments have equally relied on media to sensitize masses against the alienation of individuals based on their social class, race, skin colour, educational status, gender or sexual orientation. The plight [...]

ROGERS ATUKUNDA In a period of 100 days from April 7 to mid July 1994, members of the Hutu majority slaughtered an estimated 500,000–1,000,000 Tutsi and moderate Hutu in Rwanda. Since 1994, the Rwandan genocide has gone down history as one of the most horrifying post slavery stories. Olaf Hamelink in his 8-minute short Agasanduka [...]

 ROGERS ATUKUNDA When Ugandan author and filmmaker Patricia Olwoch Aciro set out to tell a ‘prison story’, she drew inspiration from her personal experiences. Her 7-minute short documentary My Prison Diary tells the story of Ben, her boyfriend who fled Uganda in search of a better life in the United States only to end up [...]

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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.