The eighth version of the Uganda Movie Pageant was scheduled to happen on the finish of 2020.
Nonetheless, due to Covid-19-related restrictions, this didn’t occur. It was believed the occasion can be scrapped altogether since throughout lockdown there have been no productions going down thus there have been no movies to showcase or nominate.
This was not the case although. It seems the lockdown was a blessing in disguise for some filmmakers, as an illustration, producer Nathan Magoola says he wrote the pilot of his Pearl Magic Prime drama — Status.
Different filmmakers too used the time to place collectively or finalise scripts that by the top of the lockdown, many have been able to make the curtain name.
Both means although, the eighth version of the Uganda Movie Pageant couldn’t happen in 2020, it needed to be rescheduled within the remaining week of March 2021.
Set on a theme of Rebuilding a Resilient Inventive Business via the Pandemic, the version was aimed toward rebooting a tradition which will have taken the most important hits with Covid-19, cinema.
Like many different nations, in March 2020, Uganda went into whole lockdown limiting motion and gatherings resembling live shows, congregations, theatre and cinema.
In September although, in Uganda, cinemas have been allowed to function however with the virus nonetheless spreading at a better charge in different regional nations resembling Kenya and Tanzania, buying new film titles for Ugandan cinemas turned a hurdle.
“We work in collaboration with a movie distributor in Nairobi, when they’re down, we’re down too. Since there have been few new movies being premiered on the cinema, the viewers’s journey again to the cinemas turned a sluggish one,” says Akram Juuko, spokesperson Century Cinemax in Kampala.
This made the 2021 version much more vital, like up to now, the pageant was going to showcase native movies in several cinemas throughout the nation — because the lockdown on March 16, 2020, this was the primary time many Ugandans have been coming collectively to observe a neighborhood and even an African movie.
However it was imagined to be socially distant, for each three seats, one needed to be skipped to create the space, auditoria might solely admit half of their capability and all movies have been anticipated to finish earlier than 9pm.
Initially, it had been introduced as a digital movie pageant, first of the sort for Uganda, but, on the finish of it, it was solely a socially distanced pageant, throughout cocktails.
The closing gala was digital with no company.
Throughout the screenings, the cinema halls have been crammed to capability, some individuals even sat by the steps.
Like most African nations, movies simply make a splash throughout a pageant, win awards however ultimately fail to maintain a seven-day screening at cinemas due to the funds concerned in preserving a movie there. Thus, a pageant is the one likelihood for movie buffs to see a non-Hollywood narrative on the massive display screen.
This 12 months, the pageant unfold its wings welcoming entries from the area.
This necessitated the formation of a Greatest East African Movie class that attracted movies, Nyara ‘The Kidnapping’ from Tanzania, Uradi, Misplaced in Time, Lame, Nambwa FM and the eventual winner Dream Baby.
Starring Bryan Kabugi, Ebby Weyime, Eddy Kimani, Irene Ayimba and Ruth Apondi, Dream Baby is the story about an adolescent, Kevin who discovers a horrid and disconcerting secret he grapples to return to phrases with.
Stain and Kemi shared Greatest Characteristic Movie and Greatest Director between them. Stain is the story of Mina, a feminine breadwinner of her household that places her life in danger to mine salt, solely to go house to an abusive relationship.
Kemi follows a girl that seeks to show a leaf within the village after she loses all of it after the dying of her husband.
Matt Bish, a filmmaker and jury member mentioned Ugandan entries had little to write down house about and that the very good entries from Kenya and Tanzania made them look amateurish.
“We have to get previous this mediocrity in filmmaking. Allow us to not suppose in amount of movies made however relatively the standard to win over audiences and take a shot on the Oscars, in any other case it’s ineffective to have UFF within the first place.”
1. Greatest Characteristic Movie – Stain by Morris Mugisha
2. Greatest Indigenous Movie – Damali The African Woman Baby
3. Greatest Director for a Characteristic Movie – Kizito Samuel Saviour for Kemi – The Ultimate Tragedy
4. Greatest Documentary Movie – I Will not Kneel
5. Greatest TV Drama – Status by Nathan Magoola
6. Greatest Actress in Characteristic Movie – Jojo Nitah for Stain
7. Greatest Actor in Characteristic Movie – Rushabiro Raymo for Stain
8. Greatest Actor in TV Drama – Rushabiro Raymo for What If
9. Greatest Actress in TV Drama – Nana Kagga for Status
10. Greatest Viewer’s Alternative Award – Tecora
11. Greatest Brief Movie – The Blind Date by Loukman Ali
12. Greatest Pupil Movie – Until Loss of life Do Us Aside
13. Greatest Animation Movie – A Thousand Destiny
14. Lifetime Achievement Award – Sarah Kisauzi
15. Greatest Publish Manufacturing (Modifying) – Kizito Samuel Saviour for Catch Out
16. Greatest Manufacturing Design – Josephine Kabahuma for Catch Out
17. Greatest Cinematography – Izaek Ekuka for Stain
18. Greatest Sound Design – Ssali Shafik for Tecora
19. Greatest Costume – Ninsiima Ronah for Stain
20. Greatest Screenplay – Kizito Samuel Saviour and Josephine Kabahuma for Kemi
21. Greatest Supporting Actress in Characteristic Movie – Keloy Loy Kemigisha for Kemi
22. Greatest Supporting Actor in Characteristic Movie – Walusimbi Jefferson for Catch Out
23. Greatest East African Movie – Dream Baby