Four promising local film projects that might otherwise have remained on paper now stand a good chance of coming to life, thanks to Government financial support to the tune of Shs 503 million.

The filmmakers were all smiles as they received cheques from the Acting Executive Director of Uganda Communications Commission, Irene Kaggwa Sewankambo, at the UCC head office in Bugolobi on Wednesday.

Under the theme, “Promoting Culture and Tourism”, the funding is the first tranche to be given out to local filmmakers through the Content Development Support Programme, an initiative of the Commission that aims to uplift the audio-visual industry in Uganda.

Selected from 61 applicants, the inaugural beneficiaries are Rachael’s Old King (Mark Byarugaba), Karamojong (Eleanor Nabwiso), Unheard (Polly Kamukama and Joseph Ssebagala), and Borders (Ampire Daphne Rubaramira).

The winners were selected by an independent jury of eminent persons led by Sr Dominic Dipio, a literature and film professor from Makerere University.

Other judges were Ms Adong Judith, a film expert working with Silent Voices Uganda; Ms Claire Mugabi, Marketing Manager Uganda Tourism Board (UTB); Mr Philip Luswata, film expert and lecturer in the Department of Performing Arts and Film, Makerere University; and Mr Collin Asiimwe, Head of Marketing MultiChoice Uganda.

At the award ceremony, the Acting Executive Director congratulated the winners, thanked all participants and reiterated the Commission’s commitment to enable, facilitate and promote the development of the audio-visual industry in Uganda.

Outlining some of the Commission’s interventions in the sector, Ms Kaggwa Sewankambo said UCC had introduced local content quotas for television stations in Uganda, having realised that foreign content was dominant.

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