We are now accepting film submissions, especially from African filmmakers, incl. African diaspora, in all categories (feature films, documentaries, short films, animation). Only films completed after 2017 will be accepted. Films from African filmmakers will automatically enter the Golden Impala Award competition. Films by other filmmakers are submitted out of competition.

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13th Edition
19th – 21st March 2020

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 Collins Kakwezi The Forbidden, an extraordinary story of endless pain, shattered dreams and unfortunate coincidences, carried the day at the Amakula International Film Festival’s Golden Impala Awards, after winning the prize for Best Feature Film. The film, produced by Samuel Saviour Kizito, tells the story of a young smart girl, whose education is interrupted [...]

By Collins Kakwezi Hassan Mageye’s Devil’s Chest, contender for this year’s Amakula International Film Festival Golden Impala Award for Best International Feature Film, was a brave attempt, but certainly fell short of expectations. Mageye made a brave attempt by venturing out of his comfort zone- dramas, and attempting to do an action drama about a [...]

By Shadrine Taremwa Amakula Film International Festival was blessed with top panelists Joshua Ssali Sentongo – Film Tourism Expert, Moses Serugo – Journalist/Film Critic/Film Publicist and Satish Guna – Century Cinemax MD/Film Exhibitor who provided their expertise on how Ugandan film can be marketed hence film makers benefiting from their work in a panel discussion presided [...]

By Shadrine Taremwa Yesterday, Amakula International Film Festival’s drive-in cinema night was opened at 7:00 pm by Ugandan award winning feature film Rain. It has won an award at the London Eye International and Ugandan film festival. Rain is a drama film about one girl who holds on to her idea of HOPE irrespective of her overwhelming tragedies, [...]

By Shadrine Taremwa Who of you has not been a bad boy/ girl at work, because saints at office are not allowed to watch this short film that is in competition for the Golden Impala Award. Office Vacation evolves around two workmates, Bwanika (Felix Bwanika) and Kanyomozi (Patriq Nkakalukanyi) whom while at office spend most [...]

By Musa Seguya Uganda Communications Commission acknowledged Amakula International Film Festival’s role in developing the local film industry. Speaking during the festival’s panel discussion on Film regulation in Uganda at the Uganda Museum on Friday, Ruth Kibuuka thanked Amakula for its role in improving the film industry in Uganda. “I would like to thank Amakula [...]

By Edwin Junior The Ugandan film industry is slowly, but steadily growing. Testament to this, 19 local productions will be showcased at this year’s Amakula International Film Festival, a significant rise from past editions. Cristiano Civitillo, a Uganda based Italian Film Director and jury head for the Golden Impala Awards at the Amakula International Film [...]

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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.