By Hussein Kiganda
Ugandan filmmaker Samuel Saviour Kizito has been chosen to be part of the Jury at the upcoming Accra Indie Film Festival (AIF) which is tipped to happen from August 2, 2022 to August 6,2020 at Alliance Francaise, in Accra, Ghana.
The AIF is an international award that is held annually in Ghana to recognize and award the best short films from all over the world. It receives films from different countries and judges analyze them.
Kizito told The Kampala Sun that it’s not the first time he has been selected to be part of the jury at the AIF.
“I have been a judge since 2020 and I could be a one for the next five years,” he said.
Ugandans have been submitting their movies to the festival despite not winning. In 2021, movies from Uganda were “Crazy In Quarantine” by Akram Kamya in the category of Best Animation and “To Survive” by Ruth Nazzinda in the category of Best Documentary. This year, Uganda is represented by “Out Of The Dark” by Ruth Nazzinda.
Kizito said that even if he is a judge at the festival, Ugandans should not think that he would give them a smooth pass because he is a professional and critical judge.
“The process is very serious. A film would only win if it deserves to win because I am a very critical man and other judges too. Our jury is also made up of a rotten tomatoes critic, so it’s not easy,” he said.
According to the festival’s jury poster, other judges are from Ghana, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Iran, South Africa, and Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Kizito is one of the best film directors in Uganda. He is a producer, screenwriter, film trainer and critic. A movie he directed “Catch Out” won three awards at the South American film gala dubbed Amazonia Cinema Awards on July 5, 2022. Airlines company Emirates Airlines also hired his two movies, “Catch Out” and “Kemi” to show aboard all their flights.