Saturday, October 13, 2012

ZUKA Winners 2012

It is with great pleasure that Zuka Foundation would like to announce that the Audience's Favourite Film for 3rd Annual Zuka Students Film Festival, is,

The Boxer, by Michael Ilako, of Mohammed Amin Foundation, Kenya.

The Filmmaker also won himself a Scroll from Zuka and a cash prize of One Million Uganda Shillings. The prize is a contribution towards his next film project. This means they will get the money upon submitting a script and budget for their next project. This contribution was made possible through the generous support of VeFJO e.V in Germany, in Partnership with Zuka Foundation.

In second place was Christmas Turkey by Washiwala Reagan (Youth and Film Uganda - A project under Maisha Film Lab)

In third place was Wololo by Catherine Muema of Mohammed Amin Foundation, Kenya.

The Most Thematic Film award went to "Choices" - Directed by Berry Muga of Kibera Film School in Kenya.

NON STUDENT FILMS
We also had awards for non Student Films. And the winners were:

1. Best Picture - "The City blade Runner" - Director: Hillary Musinguzi (Uganda)

2. Best up and Coming Film - "
The Source" - Director: Ali Musoke (Uganda)

*For the Student filmmakers, the purpose of these awards is to encourage young talent to make more films, while for the independent filmmakers, we recognise and appreciate their work. Last year's student winner, Emmanuel Kawooya, screened the trailer of his upcoming film. He was the proud winner of the One million Uganda Shillings cash prize that was given away in 2011.

The Zuka Students Film Festival is organized by Zuka Foundation and its partners. The cash prize is made possible through the generous contributions of VeFJO e.V, a German based organization that supports young talent in East Africa. Other partners included, Amakula Cultural Foundation, Bayimba Cultural Foundation, Goethe-Zentrum Kampala, Alliance Fran├žaise Kampala, Maisha Film Lab, Docskool in Nepal, Kampala Film School and our individual partners. 

Zuka is an annual showcase of some of the young film-making talent in East Africa. This year, we also featured films from Rwanda, Singapore and Bangladesh. Zuka would also like to thank in a special way, Kshitiz  Adhiraj, Jeremy Chua and Mostofa sarwar Farooki for offering invaluable support in making this year's event the success that it was. This year's Festival Director was Chris Kayonga.

Zuka is committed to continuing along the path of growth as we grow along with East Africa's film scene. Our goal, is to "Tell stories to inspire generations."

Thursday, October 11, 2012

For Your Consideration

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4 October 2012
PRESS RELEASE: NO EMBARGO
The Mohamed Amin Foundation
Nairobi, Kenya
MoFORCE Student Films Win Awards in Uganda: ZUKA Festival
We dedicate this ZUKA award to the memory of our fellow student Mathew Kibi
Director of Photography – The Boxer
The Boxer and Wololo took honours at the 3rd edition of the ZUKA FILM FESTIVAL,
held in Kampala, Uganda on Saturday 29 September 2012.
The Mohamed Amin Foundation, Nairobi, Kenya through its TV and Film Training
Centre, MoFORCE Training, has had excellent film festival results with its student short
films in the past 10 years. Repeated Awards have been won at ZIFF (Zanzibar);
AMAKULA (Uganda); ZUKA (Uganda); KIFF (Kenya); Tampere (Finland); BISFF
(Bangkok, Thailand); The Student Film Festival of Lagos, Nigeria and a Nomination for
World’s Best Short Film in New York.
2012, is no exception and in Uganda, the MoFORCE films won awards and accolades at
the ZUKA Foundation’s 3rd Annual Film Festival, on Saturday night.
AND THE WINNER IS:
The ZUKA Foundation announced that the Audience's Favourite Film for the 3rd
Annual ZUKA Students Film Festival, is:
The Boxer, Directed by Michael Ilako, of The Mohammed Amin Foundation,
Kenya.
The Filmmaker also won himself a Scroll from ZUKA and a cash prize of One Million
Uganda Shillings. The prize is a contribution towards his next film project. The money
will be released upon submitting of a script and budget for the next film.
This contribution was made possible through the generous support of VeFJO e.V in
Germany, in Partnership with ZUKA Foundation.
The Boxer
Director: Michael Ilako
Script: Michael Ilako, Denis Munene and the late Mathew Kibi
Script Supervisor: Keziah Wangui
Editing: Michael Ilako, Dennis Munene and the late Mathew Kibi
Sound: John Deng, Patricia Gitau
Director of Photography: The late Mathew Kibi
Camera: Denis Munene Focus Puller: May Wairimu Grips: Ernest Okeyo
Producer: Catherine Muema
Casting: MoForce 13 with Ayaz Rajput
Technical Advisor: Ayaz Rajput
Executive Producers: David Johnson &Christel de Wit, The Mohamed Amin Foundation
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This is a wonderful incentive for young filmmakers and The Mohamed Amin Foundation
commends ZUKA for this initiative.
More Awards:
The third place in the Audience’s Favourite Film was taken by the music video Wololo,
Directed by Catherine Muema of The Mohammed Amin Foundation, Kenya with lyrics
written and performed by Kenyan artist, Nina Ogot
See Wololo here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1v-3mmQCvp4
According to this year’s Festival Director: Chris Kayonga, ‘The ZUKA Foundation and its
awards for Student filmmakers are to encourage young talent to make more films.
ZUKA is an annual showcase of some of the young film-making talent in East Africa.
This year, we also featured films from Rwanda, Singapore and Bangladesh.
ZUKA is committed to continuing along the path of growth as we grow along with East
Africa's film scene. Our goal is to "Tell stories to inspire generations."
We thank the ZUKA Foundation and all their sponsors and assistants for making this
possible.
END of Press Release