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UGANDA SET TO HOST FIRST INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL IN DECEMBER

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Posted June 16, 2012 by Ugandan Diaspora News Team in Artists ~ 4,733 views

     

The 1st Nile’s Diaspora International Film Festival (NDIFF) will take place in December this year from the 8th to the 15th in Kampala. The event, to be held at Speke Resort Munyonyo, is set to attract film makers, producers, directors, actors and actresses from across the film industry in Uganda, Africa and the world.

Speaking  from the Uganda Media Centre while launching the festival, NDIFF Patron Prof. Maggie Kigozi said, “This is a wonderful initiative by Ugandans living in the Diaspora who have come together to share their expertise and experience in the filming industry. The government has identified the Creative Industry as a priority sector for promotion as it contributes to GDP, creates many jobs for the youth and attracts numerous tourists to the country. The workshops put together have been specially designed to enhance shared experiences with the Diaspora, Ugandans, East Africans and global participants.”

NDIFF is founded by Canadian based Ugandan film producing couple Xena Bantarizah and Phad Mutumba of Simpli Phaz Entertainment. They’ve assembled an impressive team for the non-profit organisation, including Hollywood based Canadian actress Tonya Lee Williams, and best known for her role as Dr. Olivia Barber Winters on the American soap opera The Young and the Restless. Williams is the NDIFF Industry Advisor and Relations Director. The NDIFF Director of Development is Professor Martin Mhando, Media Studies at Murdoch University in Perth, Australia. During the festival, Prof. Mhando will conduct free master class workshops in contemporary film and documentary production techniques for the benefit of Ugandan film makers, an opportunity that should not be missed.

During her presentation to the media, NDIFF Finance and Sponsorships Director, Xena Bantarizah said, “As a film maker myself, I know firsthand the challenges we face when trying to produce good films. Challenges like funding, quality and casting are worldwide issues when it comes to film production and through this festival, we hope that we can share and learn from each other. Preparations are in high gear to ensure a successful event and since we’ll be having visitors from all over Africa and the world, this is the perfect opportunity to make sure we showcase Uganda’s best light. The earning potential from the global film industry is in the billions of dollars and Uganda is in position to tap into this. In Nigeria, the government earns over USD.500m annually in taxes alone from the industry and that’s not to mention the earnings from supplementary activities. We’re grateful to the Uganda Investment Authority, the Gender and Culture Ministry as well as the Ministry of ICT who have been instrumental and key supporters of NDIFF and we’d like to thank them for the support”.

John Musajjakawa, Senior Investment Promotions Executive at UIA was also present at the Media Centre and spoke of the increasing contribution in revenue from the Diaspora. “Government is in the process of establishing a policy that will incentivise and facilitate Ugandans in the Diaspora to encourage them channel more funds back home and invest here. This is being spearheaded by the Diaspora Desk at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.”

The week – long festival will include other creative artistic expressions such as music and fashion showcasing their application in the production and making of films designed to include tertiary institutional faculties of Music, Dance and Drama. Electronic media will have a special focus particularly TV’s and the Ministry of ICT will be on hand to facilitate some of these workshops. Bantarizah added, “We expect the media to play an important role in promoting the activities and outcomes of the festival since they’re key stakeholders in the film industry.”

The festival is expected to attract celebrated international film makers and producers as well. “The NDIFF team is in talks with Tyler Perry Studios to have the American actor, writer, producer and director, Tyler Perry attend and open the festival in December together with Sean Combs (aka P. Diddy) the American rapper, singer, record producer, actor, and entrepreneur. These are internationally renowned film makers and producers who have the expertise and skills that Ugandans and Africans can learn from.” Bantarizah concluded.

The Nile’s Diaspora International Film Festival is organised by the NDIFF team and the Uganda Investment Authority (UIA) and supported by the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development, the Ministry of ICT and the Diaspora Desk at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The event is sponsored by Mnet Africa, Prime Time Tanzania and Vision Group.

About the Nile’s Diaspora International Film Festival (NDIFF)
Nile’s Diaspora International Film Festival (NDIFF) is a not–?for–?profit film festival, created in dedication to the development and presentation of contemporary art and media art by the African Diaspora and Africans from within the continent. NDIFF will showcase and disseminate the work of emerging and established African artists and the Diaspora through an annual festival screening independent films of all genres along with new media installations, African fashion exhibitions, video performance and video art. Every year NDIFF will feature some unique programming reflecting a broad range of issues; identities and currents from Africa and its Diaspora. For more information, please visit our website www.ndiffest.org, our Facebook Fan Page and follow us on Twitter @NdifFest.


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