By Ivan Naijuka
Two Uganda Christian University mass communication students have won awards at the East African Student Film festival (EASFF) that took at Daystar University in Nairobi.
John Cliff Wamala and Arite Yasmine won the Best Director Non- Fiction Film and Best feature film respectively. Their production depicted the life of Batwa people of south western Uganda, iron smith work in Katwe, a Kampala suburb and Akampene, a punishment island on Lake Bunyonyi.
Four other UCU students were nominated for the medals which further attests to the quality of their productions. They are; Joel Kwizera, Tracy Kirabo, Henry Matovu and Timothy Hashasha who were nominated for the best lead actor male, best lead actress female, best writer screenplay and best graphics designer respectively.
Other UCU students who participated in the festival are; Thembo Jisleay Jordan, Chris Buliime Warren, Yonah Ahabwe, Catherine Namungoma, Mercy Agenerwot, Joshua Mitala, Bageire Brenda Yvonne, Diana Akurut, Joan Kansiime and Shaphira Nahabwe. They presented 13 projects which included 11 documentaries and two films in the film festival that ran between November 5th – 11th, 2017.
Invest in more equipment
Mr. Geoffrey Ssenoga, a lecturer at UCU’s Mass Communication department says that the festival is an opportunity for students inclined to film and Television production to network and share experiences.
He asks the University to invest in high-end cameras because all the universities that won were using such cameras. “The university should invest greatly acquiring more equipment to enable students do much better than what they have been able to do. The universities that won more a wards had better cameras,” he said.
Thembo Jisleay a second year student of Mass communication says that the competition was educative, “I learnt a lot during the festival; how to make a good script, manage sound and colour grading. In the same way, the festival enabled me to network with a various students a cross east Africa”.
The EASFF is an annual competition that brings students of film from across the continent. However, this is the first time that the event has actually involved students from other countries. It was previously limited to universities in Kenya.