The Executive Director- Uganda Communications Commission Mr Godfrey Mutabazi has today met with representatives of the creative industry – The Uganda Film Council, to explore a way of collaboration and engagement to establish and strengthen the growing film industry in Uganda.
The discussion considers possible opportunities for support were applicable. Mr Godfrey Mutabazi said that the creative industry would lead the next growth in economies and that is a reason to prioritise this nascent sector.
“We should advocate for the establishment of a robust film industry first; regulations will follow, but I think we are still struggling as a country in many aspects of the creative industry including capacity building. We understand the value of the creative industry and are counting on you to boost the country’s local content.”
Representatives from the Uganda Film Council and the creatives expressed concerns and challenges faced at film development, capacity building especially because the film sector in Uganda employs untrained youths and with limited access to advanced technology.
The team also expressed concerns that the local content quota set up by the regulator to have broadcasters carry 70% of local content at prime time is not yet supportive of the local creative industry
Richard Mulindwa, a renowned film producer and director, shared a testimony of how the initiatives by the Uganda Communications Commission have impacted his film career including earning him local and regional nominations as Best director and winning several awards including at the Uganda Film Festival over the last five years.