Uganda Film Festival 2017 Predictions

Posted: September 1, 2017 in CineBuzz Uganda
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Guess what? The Uganda Film Industry updates blog is back, yeah you can say Kizito Samuel Saviour is baaaaack! It’s been a long long long holiday, long time since I last made any articles on this blog regarding the Ugandan Film Industry in general, it’s been considered dead, always looked and wondered when it was to be exumed and boom, here we are, a big applause to UCC for it has awaken me up with the new article regarding my predictions for the Uganda Film Festival 2017 winners.
As you are reading this, many filmmakers are happy, I mean those whose movies got nominated, and ofcourse their friends, quite obvious ins’t it? Anyway sadly on the other side, those who received none and those who expected more nominations but got less are pretty sad, then we also have that group of people who don’t fall anywhere in the above but are more like “…this whole Uganda Film Festival thing is a total mess…” why do they say this? Keep reading we are going to find out.

The Uganda Film Festival happens annually where submissions for various films are usually open from the mid to the end of the second quarter of the year, then the scheduled events take course during late August running for about five days with opening night, film screenings, workshops, exhibitions and the awards gala, this has always been organized by the Uganda Communications Commission due to a fact that Uganda is reportedly having no other certified body to run it for the past four years, we hope the light comes to change this though, gosh what am I even talking about, am here for predictions, lets get moving…
Uhm so the submission list came out weeks ago putting various emojis to people’s faces, I mean feelings hehe some were happy and some not, and others, still not happy… Aah we certainly didn’t know the criteria that the jury followed in coming up with this list until when the kaboom happened at the Opening night where a movie “Breaking With Customs” by T West Wasswa Stephen Ttabu was screened to uhm was it hundreds? Probably close, so this movie received about 9 nominations, and it kind of shocked me when I didn’t find it qualifying for several of those, it probably stood up for two, anyway we are to look at it in details below,
Note: The Uganda Film Festival 2017 Award Gala is happening tonight at Kampala Serena Hote where the winners will not only win accolades but also cash prizes, now let’s look at the nominations;

Best Student Film
Last Breath by Jordan Braise
Wasted by Joan Namirimu
Cash My cart by Edmond Tamale

These three films are not necessarily done by an all student cast and crew but directed by a Film Student from various filmmaking institutions, I didn’t get the chance to watch all of them but was able to watch The Last Breath Film’s trailer, it was quite compelling, probably for the great cast and crew which featured the long time Actor Mutebi Andrew Elvis (I call him long time because maybe I have been seeing him all over social media all the time since I joined the filmmaking world), well this film may take the award home provided its way better than the other two.
Best Short Film
Funeral Scene by Rogers Matelja Mugabirwe
Gambalagala by Joan Namirimu
Rehema by Allan Manzi
Nectar by Doreen Mirembe
This seems quite a tough one, Funeral Scene is quite a touching story of a man battling with cancer and depression with troubles of his wife cheating on him with his brother, I can say it’s a nice short film.
Gambalagala sounds catchy, haven’t watched, but wait, so Joan Namirimu qualifies in the student film and best short film categories? That’s quite interesting, so she proved it on either sides that despite the fact that she’s a film student she still has got productions meant to compete beyond the student categories, quite a fighter
Here comes the battle, Rehema is an original deeply touching story based on love with great production values I should say, it had recently premiered at the Durban International Film Festival, this film indeed stands a chance of winning the accolade if not, (see beloiw)
Nectar, oh wait, was Nectar directed by Doreen Mirembe or Mugume Davidson? This film has been playing me games, at times I find it referred to as a Doreen Mirembe film (meaning she’s the director) and then in credits its phrased as a short film directed by Mugume Davidson, anyway, that’s none of business, this film tackles Domestic Violence in another dimensions, months before it was made, there were a number of cases reportedly saying that there were some women who were beating their husbands, need I say more of what this movie is about? Its quite an awesome one, it stands a chance to win the accolade too.
So there you have it, the two are up against each other, lets see what will happen.

Best Documentary
Cornerstone by Debi Lang
Halleluia by Bosco Opio
Life on the streets by Vicent Kyabayinze
Amaato by Sylvia Bamusimire
Zzina by Joy Kirabo
Please allow me not make any predictions here, I have no idea of all these films, sorry.

Best Animation
Legend of Kintu by Micheal II
Kalabanda Ate my Homework by Raymond Kalinga
Oh yeah we can say the Kintu concept could be a nice one but ohhh yeah, I had a glimpse of the trailer of the Kalabanda Animation, its super classic and well thought, reminds many of the old days during the boarding school days where we had myths of Bu-kalabanda (some boney ghosts) who used to attack students in the night, I wouldn’t think twice but give it the accolade

Best East African Film
What does Around by Kang’ ette Mungai
Subira by Steven Ominde
White Portion by Ashraf Said Mswaki, Oguzhan Cineli
Ashley by Ibra Kwizera Ibrahim

Best TV Drama
Yat Madit by Irene Kulabako Kakembo
Mistakes Girls Do by Richard Mulindwa
Honorables by John Ssegawa
Coffee Shop by Davidson Mugume
Second Chance by Phad Mutumba

This is quite a tight competition of good stuff but with all due respect I’d give my award to Yat Madit, this is based on the post-northern Uganda war and the execution was quite the feel of the lives of these people, great execution in all aspects, I can say this is more authentic compared to rest, so yeah, I’d give the award to it.
Mistakes Girls Do, had a glimpse, it looks pretty I should say with a rich cast, yeah its stands a chance to win the accolade for its productions values, the story, not quite sure, but other aspects, yeah its got it despite the fact that we haven’t gotten a chance to watch it on screen.
Honorables, here comes another great competitor, save for the fact that its almost the same genre compared to Mistakes Girls Do and, (see below)
Coffee Shop, oh guys, yes we know you won the accolade last year, so now you want to come again and grab it this year? Can you take a chil for a moment? Because these guys above are basically much more driving than you are at the moment, I gave you my prediction last year, this year, nope!
Second Chance, hahhahhahahah okay, anyway this is a remake of the El Cuerpo Del Deseo original version, it wasn’t a bad try, I see episodes are getting better execution values as the drama keeps rolling, but nope, I wouldn’t give you the accolade either way.
Best Actor in a TV Drama
Micheal Wawuyo Jr. (Yat Madit)
Rushabiro Raymond (Mistakes Girls Do)
Sam Okello (Honorables)
Fagil Mande (Second Chance)
Oh I have typed way too much already, let me simplify this, honestly Micheal and Raymond, you two are up against each other here, I have watched and both your performances in your respective productions are phenomenal so yeah you two, one of you would take the accolade home
Now, with all due respect, Sam and Fagil, we bow for you guys, we know you’re good, old and stuff, but nope, I wouldn’t give you any accolade here, maybe for recognition like “…Yeah we saw you guys, you got nominated…” and bla bla but otherwise Y’all are good but not for this at the moment.

Best Actress in a TV Drama
Rehema Nanfuka (Yat Madit)
Helen Lukoma (Mistakes Girls Do)
Regina Amoding (Coffee Shop)
Ehh now this is what I call fire, see, all these three ladies ain’t no joking subject, wait, can’t we just make a record and give all these three accolades already? They are all way too good, now who, I love these three’s awesome performances, yeah deep inside me am like Gosh let Helen win her first acting award in Uganda already bambi haha but all the same, may the best win, Rehema Nanfuka abaana baleke balye ku award naawe lol!

Best Screenplay
Rain by Daniel Mugerwa
Devil’s Chest by Hassan Mageye
Breaking With Customs by T. West Ttabu Wasswa
Break In by Aaron Zziwa Alone
The Torture by Richard Mulindwa
Without wasting time and maybe giving details that may awaken my critic side, below is my list in accordance to chances of winning
Rain by Daniel Mugerwa
Break In by Aaron Zziwa Alone
Devil’s Chest by Hassan Mageye
The Torture by Richard Mulindwa
Breaking With Customs by T. West Ttabu Wasswa
Next!
Best Costume/Production Deisgn
Devil’s Chest by Hassan Mageye
Breaking With Customs by T. West Ttabu Wasswa
The Torture by Richard Mulindwa
Battle For Earth by Denis Dhikusooka Jr.
Love Faces by Usama Mukwaya
Kony Order From Above by Ayeny T. Steve
Without wasting time and maybe giving details that may awaken my critic side, below is my list in accordance to chances of winning
Breaking With Customs by T. West Ttabu Wasswa
Love Faces by Usama Mukwaya
Kony Order From Above by Ayeny T. Steve
Battle For Earth by Denis Dhikusooka Jr.
Devil’s Chest by Hassan Mageye
The Torture by Richard Mulindwa

Best Cinematography
Devil’s Chest by Hassan Mageye
Breaking With Customs by T. West Ttabu Wasswa
The Torture by Richard Mulindwa
Kony Order From Above by Ayeny T. Steve
Dawn of Oppression by Joseph S Ken
Without wasting time and maybe giving details that may awaken my critic side, below is my list in accordance to chances of winning
The Torture by Richard Mulindwa
Dawn of Oppression by Joseph S Ken
Kony Order From Above by Ayeny T. Steve
Breaking With Customs by T. West Ttabu Wasswa
Devil’s Chest by Hassan Mageye

Best Sound
Breaking With Customs by T. West Ttabu Wasswa
The Devil’s Chest by Hassan Mageye
The Torture by Richard Mulindwa
Hustle by Denis Dhikusooka Jr.
Rain by Daniel Mugerwa
Without wasting time and maybe giving details that may awaken my critic side, below is my list in accordance to chances of winning
Breaking With Customs by T. West Ttabu Wasswa
Rain by Daniel Mugerwa
The Torture by Richard Mulindwa
Hustle by Denis Dhikusooka Jr.
The Devil’s Chest by Hassan Mageye

Best Editing and Post Producton
Devils Chest by Hassan Mageye
The Torture by Richard Mulindwa
Hustle by Denis Dhikusooka Jr.
Breaking With Customs by T. West Ttabu Wasswa
Kony Order From Above by Ayeny T. Steve
Without wasting time and maybe giving details that may awaken my critic side, below is my list in accordance to chances of winning
Hustle by Denis Dhikusooka Jr.
Kony Order From Above by Ayeny T. Steve
Devils Chest by Hassan Mageye
Breaking With Customs by T. West Ttabu Wasswa
The Torture by Richard Mulindwa

Best Actress
Hasifah N. Nakitende (Devil’s Chest)
Aganza Kisaka (Faithful and Break In)
Eleanor Nabwiso (Rain)
Joan Agata (The Torture)
Lilian Cherimo Nabunjo ( Breaking with Customs)

Seems like these people arranged these names in order, that’s my order too, if the first one doesn’t, the second one won’t miss, then the third, others I don’t know.

Best Actor
Samuel Rogers Masaba (Devil’s Chest)
Steven Ayeny (Order From Above)
Raymond Rushabiro (The Torture)
Stephen Wasswa Ttabu (Breaking With Customs)
Bbaale Felix Bwanika (Faithful)
Rodney Dhikusooka (Damage and Hustle)

Well well well, this is quite hard to predict now but let me give it a try,
Samuel Rogers Masaba (Devil’s Chest)
Rodney Dhikusooka (Damage and Hustle)
Raymond Rushabiro (The Torture)
Bbaale Felix Bwanika (Faithful)
Steven Ayeny (Order From Above)
Stephen Wasswa Ttabu (Breaking With Customs)
Best Feature Film
Devil’s Chest by Hassan Mageye
Kony Order From Above by Ayeny T. Steve
Rain by Daniel Mugerwa
Breaking with Customs by T. West Ttabu Wasswa
The Torture by Richard Mulindwa
Break In by Aaron Zziwa Alone
This is another interesting tight list, lets see the predictions
Kony Order From Above by Ayeny T. Steve
Devil’s Chest by Hassan Mageye
Break In by Aaron Zziwa Alone
Rain by Daniel Mugerwa
The Torture by Richard Mulindwa
Breaking with Customs by T. West Ttabu Wasswa
The Film of the year
The prediction of this category can be found at my Facebook account via http://www.facebook.com/Kizitosamuelsaviour
Thanks for reading, I will be back here tomorrow with the final winners list so we could see how lucky my prediction got.

 

 

 

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