The Amakula International Film Festival is a joint initiative and co-produced by Bayimba Cultural Foundation, Kampala Film School that have joined hands to keep the Amakula spirit alive and burning.
As co-producing partners these organisations make up the festival Production Committee and are in charge of planning and execution of the film festival and related activities. Overall strategic direction and guidance is provided by an advisory committee that is made up Amakula’s original founders, the leadership of the co-producing partners and other relevant local partner organisations or individuals.
Bayimba Cultural Foundation is a multi-arts organisation focuses on inspiring culture and the arts within a national and local context. It organises a range of activities to this end, including festivals and events, among other the renown Bayimba International Festival of the Arts, various festivals upcountry, DOADOA | East African Performing Arts Market, Kampala International Theatre Festival (co-produced with Sundance Institute East Africa) as well as local arts trainings/workshops and debates/discussions. Within the East African region Bayimba has been instrumental in promoting collaboration between artists and providing space for cultural translation between artists and audience. Its festivals and events are used as a market space for artistic networking and opening up the artist’s work to a more global audience. In doing so, Bayimba has developed into a house hold name among artists and professionals, not only within Uganda but also within the region and other corners around the world.
Kampala Film School is the first and only film school in Uganda, preparing a new generation of home-based film makers and video journalists. It offers students a complete learning experience, combining theory and practice, in both documentary and fiction filmmaking (film, TV, video), using professional standard equipment and delivered by local and international teaching staff.
The Goethe-Zentrum Kampala/ Ugandan German Cultural Society (UGCS) is a Ugandan non-profit organisation and a cooperation partner of the Goethe-Institut, Germany’s cultural institute that aims to promote international cultural understanding and exchange worldwide. The Goethe-Zentrum/UGCS aims to promote the intercultural dialogue in Uganda by, amongst others, supporting the local arts scene and cultural events. Goethe has a long-standing reputation of supporting the establishment and expansion of local film and media landscapes, by activities such as seminars, workshops and training for filmmakers, and by participating in and supporting film festivals across the world.