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Mutabazi meets with UFF 2013 judges

Friday, 30th August 2013

On Monday, August 26, 2013, the judges for the Uganda Film Festival (UFF 2013), paid a courtesy call to UCC and met with Mr Godfrey Mutabazi, the Executive Director of UCC, among other officials. 

In a face-to-face interaction held in the UCC Board Room at UCC House, Bugolobi, Mr Mutabazi expressed his appreciation for the judges¡¯ acceptance of UCC¡¯s invitation for the task at hand. "Through this Film Festival, UCC aims to stimulate the film industry in Uganda. The major objective is to build capacity for our local film industry through interaction and training with experts both Ugandan and external,¡± Mr Mutazazi said. 

Sister Dominic Dipio, the lead judge, thanked UCC for having entrusted them with the task. "We will try our level best to accomplish the task at hand in a professional and efficient way,¡± Sr Dipio, who is an Associate Professor of Literature and Film at Makerere University, Kampala, said.

South African celebrity Rosie Motene is one of these eminent judges who are currently burning the midnight candle to select winners in the various categories. Rosie is an accomplished actress in theatre, television and film, a TV soapy star and well known presenter, director and producer and a global emcee and has compeered a number of top events both locally and abroad.  

Rosie Motene (full name Rosie Tebogo Motene), the 2008 Shoprite/Checkers Woman of the Year Award nominee is an award winning actor and TV and radio presenter, best known for her role as journalist Tsego Motene on the hit soap opera Generations (2000-2004).  After her exit from Generations, she was cast in the international film Hotel Rwanda. 

Rosie became a household name after landing a principal role on the SABC1 soap Generations, which she carried for five years. Rosie focus has moved from the small screen to the big screen. Rosie landed a role in the Academy Award nominated film Hotel Rwanda, starring Don Cheadle and Nick Nolte. Her second film, The Other Woman, was directed by Cindy Lee and lensed by Lance Gewer who also shot the award winning film Tsotsi. 

Madu Chikwenda (one of the pioneer Nigeria¡¯s Nollywood eggheads), Suzanne Nilsson (a seasoned documentary producer from Sweden),  Obiora Chukwumba (a seasoned Nigerian journalist and expert on policy communication strategies), Femi Odugbemi (an award-winning filmmaker, writer and photographer and a respected voice in Nigeria¡¯s art and culture), Neil Schell (a Canadian-born film trainer and producer based in Kenya) and Cecila Ajom from the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development, Uganda), are the other judges.

Since August 27, 2013, the judges have pitched camp at UCC House, Bugolobi, to select the best nominees for UFF 2013. At least eight (8) awards – Best Feature Film, Best Short Film, Best Animated Film, Best Student Film, Best Cinematography (Photography), Best Screen Play (Script), Best Sound, and Film of the Year - are up for grabs come August 30, 2013.

The Uganda Film Festival (UFF 2013), whose theme is: "The Uganda¡¯s Film Industry: Emerging Opportunities¡±, will help showcase what the industry is doing and at the same time focusing attention to all the other facets of the industry. The festival, scheduled for August 26-30, 2013, aims to generate interest in the Ugandan film industry both locally and internationally, but also to bring all the industry players together in a more focused and promising environment.