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.

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."

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