By Hussein Kiganda
Following the recently concluded New Vision Film Awards, Vision Group is planning to have a roundtable discussion with filmmakers in the country, to acquire films that will be run on their platforms.
This comes in response to the plea from the filmmakers who asked that their content be shown on Vision Group platforms on the Awards night last. One of the Winners, Richard Mulindwa, whose films “What If”, “Contention”, and “Lailah” dominated the awards, cried out to Vision Group to avail space for Ugandan Films.
“I request that since Vision Group is the biggest media house in Uganda, it should put up a show where our Ugandan films are shown,” Mulindwa said.
Daron Bartlett, the Programs Controller at Urban TV, assured filmmakers that a show about film is in the pipeline but filmmakers will first be engaged, to find out how each of the parties benefits.
“We are looking at starting a movie show that will focus on only Ugandan movies but also avail time for local movies. We shall engage producers on this,” Bartlett said.
Filmmakers Richard Mulindwa and Kevin Johns Nabukenya (whose movie “Lala” won Best Feature Film in the New Vision Awards) told The New Vision that they are ready for the talks and promised to avail content to the media conglomerate at favourable terms.
“Having a show dedicated to our content is a very beautiful thing because it will help to; publicize the film industry, brand our actors, and win more audiences for our films. We are ready to avail content to Vision Group. However, we need to first agree on some terms,” Nabukenya said.
The New Vision Film Awards were put up to give coverage to the film industry which seems to be neglected by the media in Uganda. For the last one month, The New Vision Newspaper has provided over ten pages of space to the film industry. Two articles about film are also run on the New Vision and Kampala Sun websites daily.