The First Ever Nile Diaspora International Film Festival – NDIFFEST Is Held In Uganda.

Posted December 18, 2012 by Ugandan Diaspora News Team in Film ~ 11,799 views


The first ever Nile’s Diaspora International Film Festival was held from December 6th to 15th 2012, at the Kampala Sheraton Hotel, Uganda. This festival brought the African Diaspora community together with National, Regional and International Film makers to celebrate the art and business of film making for 7 fun-filled days.

On top of engaging in making a difference with its supported charitable causes, NDIFF offered workshops, seminars, master classes with critically acclaimed directors, writers and actors over the 7 days.

On screens were cutting edge feature length and short films, documentaries, music videos, animations with a Grand Finale celebration on December 15th 2012 when saw two leading Nolly wood stars Jim Iyke and Nadia Bauri recognized for their work in the Film business.

The festival presented Independent along with established African Diaspora film makers, directors, producers and actors and offered unique opportunities for interactions with one another. The  movie screenings were held at The HUB Cinema in Nakumatt Oasis Mall in Kampala while  opening and closing ceremonies were held at the Sheraton Kampala Hotel.

“We as an organization are very passionate about exposing the creative work of art in films and documentaries that people make in Africa and its Diaspora. We should be proud of our filmmakers and inspire them by providing a platform to screen their work at the Nile’s Diaspora International Film Festival” said festival CEO – Phad Mutumba.

The NDIFF Festival was organized by Phad and Xena Mutumba Ugandans who live and work  in Montreal, Canada with assistance from their Patron Prof. Maggie Kigozi and host of other partners that included Ethiopian Airlines, The Hub Cinema, The Vision Group, Pepsi, Uganda’s Communication Commission – UCC. Ugandan Diaspora News Now presents some of the highlights from the closing Ceremony that  featured performances by Exodus, Desire Luzinda and a UK based Ugandan Fashion designer Doreen Faith.

NDIFF 2012 Winners

Jury introduction:

Lizelle Bisschoff: A South African researcher in African cinema and founder of the Africa in Motion film festival in Scotland, which has been running for 7 years.
Neil Schell: Canadian Producer/Director based in Nairobi currently developing a film project based on the life story of Kenya’s most wanted man.
Farida Nyamachumbe: An independent filmmaker from Tanzania and a participatory communication specialist, also a member of the international Free Expression Associates initiative that protects and supports freedom of expression within the context of international development
Nyambura Waruingi: Producer/director/writer from Kenya currently working on a Kenyan feature film.

Ugandan Shorts:
– We want to give a Ugandan short film a special mention goes to: Omugeto by Semulema Daniel.

Second special mention of a Ugandan short goes to: Vision 2012 by Molly Nakamya.

– Our award for best Ugandan short film goes: Karamoja by Sabine Meyer.

International Shorts:
– Special mention in the international short film category goes to Chusa by Msafiri Mbilinyi from Tanzania.

– Best international short film to Paper Boat by Helmy Nouh from Egypt.

– Special mention in the documentary category to My Country by Lalita Krishna from Canada.

– Second special mention to Body and Soul by Matthieu Bron from Mozambique.

– The award for best documentary goes to Promised Land by Heather Millard from South Africa

Ugandan feature:
– The award for best Ugandan feature film goes to Windows of Hope by Evelyn Cindy Magara.

International feature:

– The award for best international feature film goes to Last Flight to Abuja by Obi Emelonye from Nigeria.
– NDIFF Director’s Award goes to – Bukwa The forgotten District by Katja Lenart
– Audience choice Award goes to – Me My Wife And Her Guru

Honoree Awards Recipients
Mira Nair
Award Of Excellence
For her exemplary work uplifting the film Industry in East Africa at Maisha Film Lab.

Prof Badru Kateregga – Award Of Merit
For his outstanding efforts educating filmm akers at Kampala Film School

Nadia Buari
In Recognition Of Her Women Empowerment Efforts
Jim Iyke
For His Outstanding Celebrity Humanitarian Work

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    Maggie Kigozi

    Thank you Phad and Xena for bringing NDIFF home. Stars like Tonya Williams, Jim Ike, Nadia Buari, experts and famous directors shared experiences with Uganda’s young film industry.
    Thank you too Ronnie and Diaspora News for sharing the event with our freinds.


    I was truly honoured and humbled to have been part of such a positive movement, Thank you NDIFFEST AND Ugandan Diaspora for me giving a platform to showcase my work. Next time it will be even bigger and better and I look forward to collaborating with you again in the future.

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