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Mulindwa tops Uganda Film festival nominees

The Uganda Film festival is coming back this month and, as always, most of the attention goes to the closing night than the films being showcased.

This year may go down as one of those that the film industry has tried to break the glass so as to be noticed by those out of their circles; the premiere of The Only Son even got the uninterested press talk about film and socialites showing up.

To avoid sitting with their films on laptops after a premiere, organisers have since introduced a film screening night dedicated to films that have been made in Uganda.

Thus, even when there have been just a small portion of Ugandan films that have been premiered, the big wave they are causing or the new fan base they are creating can’t be ignored.

And much of the credit can be given to the guys mostly referred to as downtown, low-budget or, aptly, local; the ones that do simple stories of witchcraft, tragedies and a bunch of edutainment. These films are easily related to and it could explain why they are emerging to dominate 2016’s Uganda Film festival awards.

Director Richard Mulindwa leads the nomination park with nine nods for his upcoming film Freedom, which may have made a record of being featured in all categories of Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Costume, and Best Screenplay, among others. Set in the pre-NRA war times, the film details the despicable abuse suffered by one unlucky girl at the hands of her adoptive father.

Mulindwa later still shows up on the list with his bankable film The Only Son, premiered in a plush event at Serena hotel last month. The film is about a young man whose father puts him to test to get him ready to inherit his fortune.

In many of the categories, these two Mulindwa films will be competing against each other, though many pundits believe that it will be Freedom that will carry the day.

Last year’s Best Actress Nisha Kalema is poised to retain the gong thanks to her strong performance in Freedom, while Bobby Tamale may become the first actor to leave with two awards if he wins the Best Actor in Film and Best Actor in a TV drama.

A scene from Only Son featuring Raymond Rushabiro (R)

NTV’s Deception leads the TV category after scooping nominations for Best Actor, Best Actress and Best TV drama. In fact, Pretty Katende will be giving the beloved Sarah Kisauzi a run for her money as they are both nominees in the Best Actress category.

The Uganda Film Festival award gala will be held on August 26 after a week of activities that characterize the festival.

SOME NOMINEES

BEST DOCUMENTARY
Heritage (Omweso): Sylvia Bamusiime
Powering Namuwongo: Joel Ongwech
Hooked: Esther Sammy
Leader: Esther Sammy

BEST ANIMATION
Asaf The Painter: Allan Musoke
The Runaway Rolex: Alex Musisi
Respect The Road: Joel Kiggundu
The First Man: Michael Bongomin

BEST SCREENPLAY
Freedom: Richard Mulindwa
Invisible Cuffs: Hassan Mageye
New Intentions: Kennedy Kihire
The Only Son: Richard Mulindwa

BEST TV DRAMA

The Coffee Shop: Mukeera Dennis Joshia
Deception: George Kihumba
It Can't Be: Richard Mulindwa
Taste Of Time: Paul Mugisha

BEST ACTOR IN A TV DRAMA
Charles Kabogoza (Deception)
Arnold Muhereza (The Coffee Shop)
Bobby Tamale (It Can't Be)
Denis D Jr. (Invasion)

BEST ACTRESS IN A TV DRAMA

Regina Amoding (The Coffee Shop)
Sarah Kisauzi (Deception)
Pretty Katende (Deception)
Pamella Keryeko (The Coffee Shop)

BEST EDITING/POST-PRODUCTION

The Only Son: Richard Mulindwa
Freedom: Richard Mulindwa Invicible
Cuffs: Hassan Mageye
The Athlete: Matt Bish
Dream America: Paresh Gondaliya & Hussien Omar

BEST FEATURE FILM
Freedom: Richard Mulindwa
Invisible Cuffs: Hassan Mageye
Wako: Aaron Zziwa
New Intentions: Kennedy Kihire
The Only Son: Richard Mulindwa

BEST ACTOR (FILM)
Mutebi Farooq (Ugandan Pollock)
Bobby Tamale (The Only Son)
Raymond Rushabiro (Freedom)
Robert Ernest Bbumba (American Dream)
Hassan Mageye (Invisible Cuffs)

BEST ACTRESS (FILM)
Nisha Kalema (Freedom)
Tani Shakira Kakindi (Invisible Cuffs)
Regina Amoding (The Ring)
Ife Pianchi (New Intentions)

FILM OF THE YEAR/BEST DIRECTOR
Freedom: Richard Mulindwa
New Intentions : Kennedy Kihire
Invisible Cuffs: Hassan Mageye
The Only Son: Richard Mulindwa
Wako: Aaron Zziwa

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