BY ELIZABETH NAKIRU
Uganda Christian University (UCU) students on Saturday, November 11, won two awards at the inaugural East African Student Film Festival (EASFF) in Nairobi, Kenya.
John Cliff Wamala won the award for Best Director (Non-fiction)while the team of 15 Mass Communication students who represented the university won Best Feature Film award.
The students’ production portrayed the life of the Batwa of south-western Uganda; ironsmith work in Katwe, a Kampala suburb; and Akampene, a punishment island on Lake Bunyonyi.
Joel Kwizera was nominated for Best Male Actor; Tracy Kirabo was nominated for Best Female Lead Actress; Henry Matovu for Best Graphics Designer; and Timothy Hashasha for Best Screenplay Writer.
The other students who participated in the festival are Jisleay Jordan Thembo, Chris Warren Bulime, Yonah Ahabwe, Catherine Namungoma, Mercy Agenerwot, Joshua Mitala, Brenda Yvonne Bageire, Diana Akurut, Joan Kansiime and Shaphira Nahabwe.
The students submitted 11 documentaries and two films during the week-long film festival that started on November 5. It attracted students from universities in Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania.
One of the winners, Wamala, commented that the Mass Communication department needs to attain more equipment to boost the students’ opportunity to compete favourably at other fora.
“Basing on the tight competition we had at the festival, I think the university ought to invest in more cameras and technical skills to enable Mass Communication compete better,” Wamala said.
The EASFF is an annual competition that brings together students from film schools across East Africa to showcase, learn and compete. The competitions were held at Daystar University, Kenya.