The Uganda film festival’s climaxing award show was held at the Serena Hotel gardens on Friday evening.
For an award show that has in the past been embroiled in drama thanks to misplaced nominations or questionable wins, it was surprising that filmmakers turned up in big numbers.
Many though noted that they showed up because unlike the previous years, they had taken an effort to watch the most nominated films and were aware the competition was tight.
In fact, with the exception of the easily dismissible Breaking With Customs, other highly nominated films were all possible winners, especially because of the topics they were talking about and their quality of production.
Almost every year, the role of the Uganda Film Festival in promoting or developing local film is one of the most discussed things in filmakers’ circles with many not seeing the its importance, yet, the same filmmakers still submit their films for selection and possible nominations.
This year, two films Kony; Order From Above and Devil’s Chest, both about the northern Uganda war lord by Steven Anyen, and Hassan Mageye respectively were some of the critically looked at films since besides sharing a topic, they were original stories that were beautifully delivered.
But it was, Kony; Order From Above that was the biggest film to look out for having won Best East African film at the annual Zanzibar International Film Festival earlier this year.
Things turned out different though when Devil’s Chest beat the former to all the accolades they were nominated together, in fact, Kony; Order From Above walked out of the Serena grounds empty handed.
Staring Roger Masaba and Hasifa Nakitende, Devil’s Chest tells a story of the northern war and it’s effects on the people in the region, listed as one of the films for the corporate screenings, by Thursday night, it was highly tipped to win a number of accolades.
Devil’s Chest walked away with Best Cinematography, Editing and Post Production, Sound, Costume and Production Designs, Feature and Film of the Year.
NTV’s Yat Madit took home all the TV drama accolades including Best Actor and Actress in a TV Drama for Michael Wawuyo Jnr and Rehema Nanfuka.
Sister Dipio, the head of the jury noted that the quality of film has greatly improved in the past years though noted that the film needs to streamline the importance of other people’s roles in the industry.
In her submission, she pleaded with the festival to start programming foreign films to give inspiration to local film makers on the quality they should aspire to achieve.