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Who won what at the Uganda film festival 2023?

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By Hussein Kiganda

Filmmakers rejoiced and shed tears of joy at the 10th edition of the Uganda Film Festival (UFF) held on June 2, 2023, at the Uganda Institute of Communication and Information (UICT) in Nakawa, Kampala.

The festival was a grand celebration of the Ugandan film industry, and it commenced with a captivating red carpet event at 5:00 PM. Attendees arrived amidst the flash of cameras and the excitement of selfies, eager to partake in the festivities.

Numerous filmmakers emerged victorious, basking in the glory of their well-deserved awards, while others couldn’t help but feel a mix of envy and admiration, wishing it were them who had received the honors.

Contrary to expectations, the seasoned veterans of the industry, who had been anticipated to sweep the awards in several categories, were left disheartened as newcomers triumphed, dominating the scene. The only exception was Nana Kagga, who refused to be overshadowed and claimed several victories.

In the short film category, the highly anticipated “Nambi,” which had garnered attention on social media for its exceptional editing, fell short of expectations as Godfrey Aine’s “Agramon” secured the award.

The Best Actor in a TV Drama Series category had two top contenders: the renowned radio personality Gaetano Kaggwa (Junior Drama Club) and the veteran actor Raymond Rushabiro. However, to everyone’s surprise, Amon Nuwamanya from “The Kojja” emerged as the victor.

Agramon took home the first award in the short film category. Photo by Ignatius Kamya

Nathan Magoola’s long-running series “Presige” had been heavily favored to win the Best TV Drama Series Award, especially considering its consistently high-quality production and the fact that this was its final year on the screens. Nonetheless, a new series called “Junior Drama Club,” by Allan Manzi and Nisha Kalema, took home the prestigious prize.

In a delightful twist, Henry Nathan Katangole, starring in the movie “The Passenger,” triumphed over veteran actor Micheal Wawuyo Snr, who had delivered a remarkable performance in “Kafa Coh,” to claim the Best Lead Actor in a Feature Film Award.

Actor Ntare Mwine Guma received an award as the Uganda film ambassador .Photo by Ignatius Kamya

The Best Lead Actress in a Feature Film category showcased a fierce competition among equally talented contenders. To the surprise of many, Tracey Kababiito won for her role in “Mukisa,” surpassing her mentor Nana Kagga, as well as Doreen Mirembe and Tania Shakirah Kankindi, who had previously won the Best Supporting Actress award in 2022.

The 10th edition of the Uganda Film Festival will be remembered as a night of triumph for emerging talents, as they challenged the established order and emerged victorious, showcasing the vibrancy and potential of the Ugandan film industry.

Ashraf Mulima won the best amination film category. Photo by Ignatius Kamya

Well, below is the full list of the winners.

Best Cinematography in feature film

The Passenger by Izaek Ekuka

Best Costume Design in feature film

The Tale of Our Times by Signature TW & Derrick Kissinger

 Best Production Design in feature film 

Nana Kagga (Mukisa)

Best Make-up in feature film

 Nabanja Hikmah & Nakibuka Shadia (The Kitara Chronicles)

Best Sound Design in feature film

Isiko Abubaker (The Passenger)

Best Screenplay in feature film

Musa Luswata & Doreen Mirembe (KAFACOH)

Best Feature Film


Best Actor in feature film

Katongole Henry Nathan (The Passenger)

Best Actress in feature film

Tracy Kababiito (Mukisa)

Best Post-production/editing in feature film

Isiko Abubaker & Daka Waira Emmanuel (The Passenger)

Best Director for a feature film

Geoffrey Kasozi (Mukisa)

Best Supporting Actress in feature film

Naiga Florence (Ganyana)

Best Supporting Actor in feature film

Musa Mwambu (When You Become Me)

Best Film in Indigenous Language

The Passenger

Viewer’s Choice Award

The Kitara Chronicles

Best East African Feature Film

The Taste of our Land (Rwanda)

Best International Feature Film

The Planter’s Plantation (Cameroon)

Best Short Film

Agramon by Godfrey Aine

Best Animation

Lost by Mulima Ashraf 

Best Student Film

Silent Scream by Otim Gerald (Kampala Film School)

Best Documentary

Akampene Punishment Island by Catherine Bishanga

Best TV Drama

JDC by Allan Manzi

Best Actress in TV Drama

 Diana Nabatanzi (JDC)

Best Actor in TV Drama

Amon Nuwamanya (The Kojja)

Life Achievement Award

Ndagire Mariam

Special Jury Award

Building 62

Ugandan Icon/Ambassador Award

Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine

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