Ugand Film Festiva  
 
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Background  
   
Uganda Communications Commission has taken on the lead role in streamlining and developing the film industry in Uganda which is in line with UCC mandate to regulate the film industry. One of UCC immediate goals is to stimulate the film industry so that it can achieve its full potential as a source of employment for Ugandans and actively contribute revenue to the country’s economy.
In line with the above, the Commission has decided to hold “The Uganda Film Festival”. This festival is intended to help showcase what the industry is doing and at the same time focusing attention to all the other facets of the industry. The aim is to generate interest in the Ugandan film industry both locally and internationally, but also to bring all the industry players together in a more focused and promising environment.
 
 
 
Objectives  
   
To stimulate and give a spot light to the young Uganda Film & Video industry both locally and internationally.
To help build capacity in the budding film & Video industry through training.
To sensitize the industry on best practices through seminars and keynote addresses.
To give opportunity for Ugandan Film & Video makers to showcase their work to local and international audiences.
To create a forum to encourage linkages between local and international film producer, distributors and exhibitor through creating a Uganda film & Video market within the festival.
To create a forum for industry players to interact with each other and give peer reviews.
Enable Uganda film industry players get opportunities to gain exposure by facilitating visits to other international festivals and scholarships to international and local short courses on film.
Financially supporting film initiatives of high potential film/Video industry players through provision of film grants.
To promote in general the Uganda creative industry by giving opportunity to local musicians and other member in the creative industry in Uganda to support the film industry through performances during festival.
 
 
 
The Uganda Film Ferstival Structure  
   
Annual Event:
This festival will be an annual event that runs for on the maiden one for a period of five (5) days and each year will have a different theme on which the participants will be following. This year’s theme is “The Uganda’s films Industry; Emerging Opportunities”.
The Uganda Film Festival Activities: The film festival will feature the following activities:
 
- Exhibiting of Film, movies, TV series, Dramas etc:
The suggestion is to negotiate with all cinema halls, TV stations to set aside an hour a day to air films made in Uganda either free of charge or at a heavily subsidized rate. The idea is to have heavy visibility of Ugandan films/Movies during this period. The TV stations may also be persuaded to come up with news features or short documentary films about the Uganda film industry.
- Seminars/Keynote Addresses:
Individuals with broad knowledge and experience of the film industry will be invited to do keynote addresses on various industry related topics.
- Establish Sellers and Buyers Market:
During the festival, We will organize a space for industry players to set up stalls to either sell their film related products or to buy.
Interested parties could include; Video/Film equipment &accessories sellers, Films producers ,distributors, TV Stations, Cinemas, Film Training institutions, Banks and other independent financers from within and internationally.
- Uganda Film Festival Awards:
As a climax to the Uganda Film Festival, There is going to be an awards ceremony were winners who entered the completion part of the festival will be awarded prizes. These may include (but not limited to);
• Fully paid trip to an international film festival, e.g. Cannes film Festival;
• Scholarship to attend a short course on film;
• A set cash prize to help Finance the producer’s next film project
Film Classification (Genres):
All films will be classified into the following genres;
 
- Fiction: This genre as the name suggests will house all films works based on imagination and not necessarily fact.
- Documentary: This Genre will house all films that are based on factual events or facts about a person(S) or place(S).
- Animation: This genre will house all film works consisting of a series of Drawing, puppets; both computer and non computer generated, to give the illusion of movement when projected in rapid sequence.
Film Categories:
There will be two main categories that films can be submitting under;
 
- Competition: This category will be for films that will be competing for the various awards on offer. These could be either feature films or short films.
- Non–Competition: This category will house all films that submitted for purposes of exhibition and not competition. They could be either feature films or short films. These submitted films will undergo a selection process that will determine which films will be screened during the film festival.
Awards:
The following are the awards to be competed for at the festival:
 
- Best Cinematography: This award will be given to the film that receives highest points for cinematography awarded by the judging panel as per the set judging criteria.
- Best Costumes: This award will be given to the film whose Costumes will attract the highest points awarded by the judging panel in line with the set judging criteria.
- Best Music Sound: This award will be given to the film whose sound (Music & Sound effects) receives the highest points awarded by the judging panel in line with the set judging criteria.
- Best Screenplay: This award will be given to the film whose screen play receives the highest point awarded by the judging panel in line with the set judging criteria.
- Best Student Film: This award will be given to the film that collects the highest points awarded by the judging panel for student films competing in this category in line with the set judging criteria.
- Best Short Film: This award will be given to the film that collects the highest points awarded by the judging panel for short films competing in this category in line with the set judging criteria.
- Best Feature Film (Full length film): This award will be given to the film that collects the highest points awarded by the judging panel for feature films competing in this category in line with the set judging criteria.
- Film of the Year: This award will be given to the film that collects the highest points overall. The judging panel score will constitute 60% of the overall score and the general public vote will constitute 40% of the overall score.
Judging Criteria For films participating in the Competition:
Each competing film will be awarded points by the judging panel for quality, creativity and originality. The points will be scored on a scale of 1-10 (1 being the lowest and 10 being the highest). The following will be considered when awarding points to a film.
 
- Script:
• Story line
• Flow/pace
• Setups and payoff (how does it resolve)
• Form and structure
- Cinematography(Photography):
• Lighting
• Composition
• Color scheme
• Costumes,
• Setting(s )
- Sound:
• Score
• Sound Effects
- Acting / Cast:
• Technique
• Consistency
• Team work
• Characterization
- Directing:
• Originality of story
• Creativeness
• Relevance (target audience)
- Post Production:
• Editing (technique)
• Graphics & Visual Effects
• Smoothness/pace
- Production design (overall look)
Films submitted for exhibition:
All films submitted should comply with the following:
 
- Technical Quality:
Picture and sound quality must be good. Audio and visual must be in sync.
All features (including extra/bonus features) in the video disc/tape(s) must play from start to end without glitches and/or drop in audio-visual playback quality.
All video selectable options (Special Features) must play without glitches from start to end when selected.
Submitted discs must be able to play in a DVD player
Submissions are accepted on DVD-R, DVD+R (single or dual layer)
DVD must be Labeled with the following:
- Title
- Name & Address of Production Company
- Telephone Number & e-mail
- Director's Name
- Length in minutes
- Submission form number
NOTE:
- Test your DVDs throughly before sending.
- Rough cuts or work-in progress is not accepted
- There is no programming value for DND submission arriving in unusual or unorthodox containers. Please avoid excessive packaging and the inclusion of materials other than what specified.
- When you send in your DVD, we will make a digital copy for archiving and adjudication purposes.
- All submissions, documentation materials and DVD's must be sent-fully prepaid by the sender.
- Any submitted material will not be returned but will be stored in the UFF archive.
- The festival does not accept the following:
  1- Content burned to Re-writable(RW) discs.
  2- Discs recorded as Data DVD's.
To ensure videos are easy to examine, functions must not be "user disabled". A disc may be rejected if it contains any significant portions which will not allow the user to pause, fast forward and rewind or chapter search. This can make the work extremely difficult to examine, should any possibly contentious material need to be checked.
- Submission Titles :
The title declared for submission must be the original title as found in the video content
The AKA (Also Known As) title is to be used if the original title is in a foreign script and cannot be Romanized.
- Cover Inlay:
The title of the film should be clearly printed on the inlay and must correspond to that in the submission form. It should also have clearly printed the words either “For Competition” or “Not For Competition”