Uganda: mobile projections at the Kampala International Film Festival
There’s been filmic pleasure to be had by all in Uganda from 6-14 November when the Amakula Kampala International Film Festival (amakula.com) took place. The festival went some way to counter the poor distribution of African film-making talent, the audience has been enjoying free screenings and a mobile cinema.
The Amakula Mobile Cinema offered film screenings to schools and communities in and outside Kampala. The 6th Amakula Kampala International Film Festival included:
1.9 days of over 200 films from around the world
2.6th Congress on Eastern African Cinema
3.Live music dance and story telling performances
4.Workshops, discussions, Master Class
5.The Golden Impala Award
With the challenging theme of "Visionary Histories", the festival theme stressed the importance of looking back into history in order to understand and create a meaningful future.
The first Amakula Kampala International Film Festival was inaugurated on May 21, 2004. The success of the first festival has secured it a place as an annual event in Kampala. The festival will continue to showcase world cinema both classic and contemporary, with a special focus on African cinema, while bringing international and regional filmmakers together to help create an inspiring and conducive environment for cinema culture. Focused every year on a specific theme the festival will screen films, invite filmmakers to introduce their work, organize workshops and seminars on the practice and theory of film in general and new approaches and developments in Africa in particular, and commission special multi-disciplinary projects in order to inspire an energetic independent culture.