New Kony Story Wins Film Of the Year Award At The Uganda Film Festival

A film on the life of the notorious leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), Joseph Kony, played by Samuel Rogers Masaba, has won the 2017 Film of the Year award at the 5th edition of the Uganda Film Festival (UFF) that ended on September 1.

The UCC executive director, Godfrey Mutabazi

The film, Devil’s Chest by Hassan Mageye, tells the story Kony’s personal life in the bush, sex slavery, the suffering of civilians and the general atrocities of war as committed by the LRA rebels in northern Uganda.

Over 150 films ranging from comedy, drama, horror and national history were entered in this year’s edition which the international jury praised for the improved production quality and compelling art of storytelling by the screen writers.

“The jury, in their assessment, found the short film category particularly reflective of this progress,” said Sister Dr Dominic Dipio (Uganda) the head of the jury.

The other jurors were Prof. Abraham Linus (Ghana); Leonce Ngabo (Burundi); George Sengendo (Uganda) and Fibby Kioria (Uganda).

“Filmmakers in this category have applied well the art of elliptical storytelling. This is a remarkable improvement from entries of previous years. The jury is also glad to affirm the continued presence of strong actors and actresses, who enchantingly interpret and act out their roles,” Sister Dipio added at the awards gala night held at the Kampala Serena Hotel on September 1.

According to the jury, the remarkable improvement in the technical quality of many of the films is an indication of how the artists are continually pushing themselves and perfecting their art, through the training opportunities and workshops provided by the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC), who are the festival organisers.

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This year’s edition was held across several cinemas halls in Kampala and Entebbe from August 28 to September 1.


• Judges Choice Award:

Michael Wawuyo Senior

• Best Student Film:

Last Breath by Jordan Braise

• Best Short Film:

Rehema, by Allan Manzi

• Best Documentary:

Zzina, by Joy Kirabo

• Best Screenplay:

Rain, by Daniel Mugerwa

• Best TV Drama:

Yat Madit, by Media Focus on Africa

• Best Actor in a TV Drama:

Michael Wawuyo Junior – Yat Madit

• Best Actress in a TV Drama:

Rehema Nanfuka – Yat Madit

• Best Costume and Production Design:

Devil’s Chest, by Hassan Mageye

• Best Cinematography:

Devil’s Chest, by Hassan Mageye

• Best Sound:

Devil’s Chest, by Hassan Mageye

• Best Editing and Post-Production:

Devil’s Chest, by Hassan Mageye

• Best Feature Film:

Devil’s Chest, by Hassan Mageye

• Best East African Film:

What Goes Around by Kang’ethe Mungai (Kenya)

• Best Actor (Film):

Raymond Rushabiro – The Torture

• Best Actress (Film):

Joan Agaba – The Torture

• Film of the Year (awarded to the director):


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