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13th Amakula International Film Festival
Call for submissions

The Amakula International Film Festival is Uganda’s oldest independent Film festival that aims to contribute to a vibrant local Film Industry, by broadening access to and developing audiences for quality African Film production; inspiring local Filmmakers to produce quality Films based on own stories; facilitating, presenting and promoting local Film productions and offering a professional networking platform for the Filmmaking community within East Africa and beyond.

With the festival having concluded its 12th Edition (March 15th to 17th 2019) at the Uganda Museum in Kampala, it’s now moving to a private island in Mukono District – Lunkulu Island 0°10’34.9″N 32°53’09.2″E with more focus on working with national, regional and international Writers, Directors, and Producers who are currently working on Film projects with an aim of turning their ideas and dreams into reality while working with various key and paramount stakeholders within the various Film sectors to enhance the development of Film in Uganda and the East African region as a whole. The festival is now accepting Film script proposals and Film submissions from November 11th 2019 in all categories (Feature Film, Documentaries, Short Films and Student Films).  Only films completed after 2017 will be accepted. Please note that the Festival reserves the right to which Films compete for the Golden Impala Awards. One must indicate if they want their Film in or out of competition.

As for those submitting scripts, those will be handled with maximum confidentiality.

The festival aims to provide a networking and learning space. It is a must for Directors or lead Actors to attend the festival, screening(s) and the Talk Back Sessions once their Film is selected. Directors from outside Uganda must be present. Whereas the festival organizers may extend invitations to all Filmmakers and Directors to attend, they are encouraged to find travel, visa, accommodation, insurance support and inform the festival organizers ahead of time.

Deadline for submissions, including delivery of screeners, is January 10th 2020. Submissions need to be accompanied by the following materials:

  • A duly completed and signed entry form (download or fill out online)
  • A synopsis of the Film in English, a biography of the director together with publicity materials
  • English subtitles for Films in other languages
  • Trailer for the submitted Film

For Films in competition for the Golden Impala Award, hard copy submission is required. Please send 2 DVDs or 2 Blue Ray or a flash disk. For Films out of competition, hard copy (2 DVDs or 2 Blue Ray) or online submission (through a password protected Vimeo video; avoid ftp links and do not send your account login information) are accepted; YouTube links are not accepted.

Hard copy submissions, together with the above-mentioned materials, should be sent to the following address:

Amakula International Film Festival
c/o Bayimba Cultural Foundation
P.O. Box 34806
Kampala, Uganda

Freight costs must be paid by the sender. The festival organizers will not be responsible for DVDs lost or damaged in the mail neither are they responsible for initial poor condition of DVDs. Return of Films will be at the request and cost of the sender.

Upon receipt of your submission you will receive a confirmation. The selection committee will decide on which Films will be programmed for screening. If your Film has been selected, you will be notified. Films are confirmed at different stages and we will only be able to respond to successful Film submissions. Films qualifying for an award are judged by an independent jury (different from the selection committee).

For more information about the Amakula International Film Festival check out our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter. Inquiries can also be sent to [email protected].

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.

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