By Hussein Kiganda
The Minister in Charge of Information, Communication, Technology, and National Guidance has urged the film industry to organise itself in order to benefit from upcoming government projects.
Chris Baryomunsi made the remarks during the Uganda Film Festival Awards gala that was organised by the Uganda Communications Commission at the Uganda Institute of Information and Communications Technology in Nakawa, Kampala on June 3.
“As the Government, we shall support the industry and put up mechanisms to foster its growth. We are planning to meet you and discuss how we can support you. Stakeholders in your industry should organise themselves better in leadership, and meet with us to exhaust everything in the industry and see what we can do for you,” he said.
The filmmakers reminded him that there was a ban on the importation of used equipment, saying this is what they can afford since their income is not stable.
Baryomunsi suggested that the Government could partner with the filmmakers to purchase better equipment that meets international standards.
“We are not sure of the quality of equipment. Maybe you could partner with the Government to help you purchase the equipment to develop the industry,” he suggested.
The plan by the Government to set up a Hollywood-like place in Bwebajja comes amid a Ugandan film industry that has developed over the years. The picture quality of movies like Tembele, Bedroom Chains, Foot Wine, and many more that scooped awards at the festival, is good enough to compete at a continental level.
The Government support for the film industry will push it from the continental barriers to the global space.