Hakim Bigaruka was on Friday announced winner of the Mariam Ndagire Film and Performing Arts Centre (MNFPA) movie furnace (tanuulu) awards after his Bloody Sunset movie impressed judges. He walked away $1,000 (Shs 2.5m) richer.
Last Friday’s awards at Bat Valley Theatre marked the end of the 2012 film class that had 45 students. Bloody Sunset beat My Wedding Day by Julian Nabunya and The Cell by Saddam Ssejjemba; Shock written by Ivan Ssewava and directed by Margaret Nantumbwe; and Smart Attempt, written by Abel Mwesigwa and Julian Nabunya and directed by Usama Mukwaya.
Handing over a dummy cheque to the winner, the school’s principle, Mariam Ndagire, said her centre aims at improving and elevating Uganda’s entertainment industry through nurturing committed, honest and disciplined artistes.
MNFPA has introduced a kids film class that will take place every school holiday. This holiday the centre registered 20 kids and their maiden movie will be screened on August 24.
“We now have a family of 107 filmmakers who have gone through our centre and they are doing quite well,” says Ndagire.
“We are looking at overtaking Nigerian and Ghanaian movies and to do that we must produce quality products.” She said the short movies will be developed into bigger projects and marketed to TV stations that have already shown interest.