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Uganda lures filmmakers at Cannes

The Ugandan team at Cannes

The Ugandan team at Cannes

A favourable climate, beautiful scenery and a rich cultural heritage all connive to make Uganda the perfect set for shooting internationally acclaimed films and documentaries.

With a growing film industry that is quickly gaining international recognition, Uganda is positioning herself as a multifaceted filming destination and hub at the Cannes Film Festival that is currently going on in France.

The Ugandan delegation hosted the 'Uganda Day' where they pitched Uganda as the ultimate film destination to regional and international filmmakers.

Sandra Natukunda, the senior public relations Officer at Uganda Tourism Board (UTB) believes that with such exposure to a global audience of renowned film makers, the Uganda film industry is destined for greater times.

“The Uganda Day was a great opportunity for us to showcase what Uganda can offer to filmmakers. We showcased our unique selling points such as weather, which enables filmmakers to shoot all year round. The Africa Pavilion at Cannes has been a very good learning point for our filmmakers and we believe that the lessons we take away from here will be of invaluable importance to this budding industry,” she noted.

In its first year at Cannes, Pavillon Afriques is one of the busiest, unique, networking and business hub at the festival this year. Uganda joined a line-up of participating countries including Nigeria, Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, Jamaica, USA, and Brazil among others.

Eng Godfrey Mutabaazi the executive director of Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) notes that this is a unique opportunity for Uganda to position local film trade and promotion that outlines the diversity and plurality of Uganda at an international level to drive television content.

Mutabaazi a dded that Uganda has the potential of becoming a center for filming in Africa. The Pavillion Afrique is an exclusive business platform where film industry stakeholders are meeting to discuss potential trade in cinematography taking advantage of the unique atmosphere of the Festival de Cannes.

The festival is situated within the heart of the Marché du Film, which is the world’s biggest gathering of film industry professionals seeking to expand professional networks, develop partnerships and sell films.



0 #1 Albuntu 2019-05-23 06:40
As an African filmmaker, I can tell you that this is a huge waste of money and obvious that UTB does not understand the film industry.

If Uganda wants to attract films they will need a full fledged film bureau with tax incentives, local production services and other concessions for shipping, etc.
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