Award winning Nigerian Filmmaker, Femi Odugbemi has just returned from Kampala, Uganda where he served as the Chairman of Jury in the just concluded Uganda Film Festival which held from 24th to 28th August, 2015.
The respected filmmaker headed the 2015 Jury which was composed of distinguished international jury members including Dr. Sister Dominic Dipio, Professor of Literature at Makerere University Kampala; Ms.Barbel Mauch, international film curator from Germany; Mr. Leonce Ngabo of Burundi, President of the East Africa Film Network and Faustin Misanvu, Pioneer Ugandan TV Producer .
Femi Odugbemi revealed that the jury began work 3 months earlier with over 130 entries. The pre-selection process for the competitive categories was electronically conducted over the course of 60 days and 5 nominees per category were identified and announced by the organizers in the first week of August.
He noted that the jury then reconvened in Kampala from the 24th-27th August to select the winners. While congratulating the winners, Odugbemi expressed delight at the remarkable progress in the talent and technical quality of the nominated works especially in the areas of storytelling, casting, performance, visual aesthetics, cinematic values, sound and music.
The 2015 Uganda Film Festival is the third of its kind and it is important to mention the fact that the experienced Femi Odugbemi was also the head of jury last year. The aim of the Uganda Film Festival is to generate interest in the Ugandan film industry both locally and internationally, and also to bring all the industry players together in a more focused and promising environment.
This year, the festival not only showcased films of Uganda filmmakers but also films from East African countries including Kenya, Burundi, Tanzania and Rwanda. Other activities at the festival included exhibitions, a film market, training workshops and masterclasses. The final day of the festival featured an elaborate gala evening of glamorous red-carpet and awards in various categories.
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By Abisola Ojo