The Uganda Communications Commission will hold the 7th edition of Uganda Film Festival from 25th to 29th November 2019. The festival will entail various activities, which include; film exhibition market, film screenings, workshops and forums, organised within the festival week.

“The Uganda Film Festival” initiative was established in 2013 to promote the local film industry both locally and internationally, and to bring all the industry stakeholders together in a more focused and structured environment. This is aimed at creating a lucrative industry economically and socially to preserve our national values through film just like many countries, Nigeria and USA.


  1. To stimulate, popularise and give a spotlight to the young Uganda Film & Video industry
  2. To build capacity in the Film & Video industry through training
  3. To give an opportunity for Ugandan Film & Videomakers to showcase their work to local and international audiences
  4. To promote business linkages and development of the film industry through the festival
  5. To create a forum to encourage linkages between local and international film producers, distributors and exhibitors through creating a Uganda film & Video market within the festival.
  6. To promote in general, the Uganda creative industry by giving an opportunity to local creators of the film and video works as well as music in the creative industry in Uganda to support the film industry through performances during the festival.


This festival is an annual event that runs for five (5) days. This year’s theme is “Film and Tourism in the Pearl of Africa.”


The film festival will feature the following activities:

Screening of film, movies, and TV series, Dramas etc.

The Commission, through its partners, i.e. cinema halls and TV stations, intends to set aside time to show films made in Uganda. The idea is to have substantial visibility of Ugandan films/movies during the festival period.

Training /Workshops and Forums;

Experts with broad knowledge and experience of the film industry will be invited to do carry out training and make keynote addresses on identified topics. The plan is to source for training partners. This will be for registered members on a first-come, first-serve basis. The registration forms can be accessed on the UFF website.

Film Exhibition Market;

During the festival, space will be organised for industry players to set up stalls to either sell their film-related products or to buy. These may include; content developers, Video/Film equipment & accessories sellers, distributors, TV Stations, Cinemas, Film Training institutions, Banks and other independent financiers from within and internationally.

Uganda Film Festival Awards

The festival will climax with an Awards Gala night where prizes shall be given out to Best categories for the different awards.

Regional outreaches

The festival is a national initiative, and all regions of Uganda should be interested in participating in the different activities organised during the festival including screenings, training, workshops, film Market and the Exhibition.


All films will be classified into the following genres;

Feature Films; Films work with a length of 60 minutes and above based on imagination and not necessarily fact.

Short Films; The film works with a running time of 59 minutes or less, including the credits and based on imagination and not necessarily fact.

Documentary; Film works that are based on factual events or facts about a person(s) or place(s).

Animation; This genre will house all film works consisting of a series of Drawing, puppets; both computer and non-computer generated, to give the illusion of movement when projected in rapid sequence.

Television Drama/Series; A television drama/series is a show presented dramatically and explores a range of genres from comedy, soap opera, science-fiction to costume drama and usually engages with issues of the day in an accessible fashion that an audience can connect.


There will be two main categories that films can be submitted under;

Competition; This category will be for films that will be competing for various awards.

Non–Competition; This category will house all films that are submitted for purposes of screening and not competition.

All submitted films will undergo a selection process that will determine which films can be screened during the film festival.


The following are the awards to be competed for this year:

Best Cinematography; This includes techniques as the general composition of a scene;      the lighting of the set or location; the choice of cameras, lenses, filters, and film stock; the camera angle and movements; and the integration of any special effects.

 Best Costume Design; This includes creating an organised flair and appearance for characters in the productions that contributes to the fullness of the artistic, visual world which is unique to a particular film or cinematic production.

 Best Production Design; This includes the visual style of the story that is the design of sets, location choices, costumes, makeup, graphics, props, lighting, camera angles and special effects.

Best Sound Design; This includes the manipulation of previously composed or recorded audio, such as sound effects and dialogue. It may also involve the composition or manipulation of audio or sound to create a desired effect or mood.

Best Screenplay; This includes original works or adaptations from existing pieces of writing, including the movement, actions, expression, and dialogues of the characters, are also narrated.

Best Student Film; This includes works in the categories of short, feature, documentaries, animation, and TV series done by undergraduate students as part of their coursework or projects.

Best Animation; This includes the technique of photographing successive drawings, paintings, or illustrations photographed frame by frame (stop-frame cinematography) or in positions of puppets or models to create an illusion of movement when the film is shown as a sequence.

Best Short Film; This includes fiction or nonfiction motion pictures not long enough to be considered a full-length feature film. Short films should have a running time of up to 59min or less.

Best Feature Film; This includes fiction or nonfiction motion pictures with a running time long enough to be considered the principal or sole film to fill a program. The film should have a running time of more than 60+ or more.

People’s Choice Award; This award will be that which the audience participates in selecting. The film with the highest points overall selected through a focus group of about 10 people or more representative of the public will be identified to watch 3 to 5 films recommended by the expert jury for consideration in this category. The popular appeal is an essential criterion in selecting the winning film in this category.

Best Actor; This award will be given to the outstanding male (s) actor (s) in the Feature Film category.

Best Actress; This award will be given to the outstanding female (s) actor (s) in the Feature Film category.

Best Documentary; This includes a non-fictional (factual) treatment or analytical film (motion pictures) to document some aspect of reality, primarily for instruction, education or maintaining a historical record.

Best East African Feature Film; This award category focuses strictly on Feature films produced in East Africa including Rwanda, Kenya, S.Sudan, Burundi and Tanzania.

Best Post-production/Editing; This category includes the complete film editing, colour correction and the addition of music and sound into the film.

Best TV Drama/Series; This category includes a group of program episodes intended for television broadcast or transmission with a common series title, with or without a predetermined number of episodes, and shall include a miniseries and a pilot episode produced for an intended television series.

Best Actor in a TV Drama; This award will be given to the outstanding male (s) character (s) in the TV Drama category.

 Best Actress in a TV Drama; This award will be given to the outstanding male (s) character (s) in the TV Drama category.

Special Award/Life Achievement Award; This award will be given to an outstanding person or group in the promotion of the film industry in Uganda and Diaspora.

Best Director; This award will be given to an individual who controls the film’s artistic and dramatic aspects and visualises the screenplay/script while guiding the technical crew and actors in the fulfilment of that vision.

Best Supporting Actress; This award will be given to an actress who has delivered an outstanding performance in a supporting role below that of the leading actor(s).

Best Supporting Actor; This award will be given to an actor who has delivered an outstanding performance in a supporting role below that of the leading actor(s).

Best Local Indigenous Language; This award will be given to feature films that deliver a dialogue of up to 60% of the entire film in local indigenous language with subtitles to strengthen the heritage and cultural identity of our communities.

Best International Feature Film; This award will be given to the outstanding international Feature Film produced from other countries apart Uganda and East Africa.


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