The announcement was made by Ms Sandra Paesen, Chargé d'Affaire a.i. at the EU Delegation to Uganda, and Ms Fiona Inci, Director of the Britsih Council, along with the involved EU Member States. From July 10th to 20th, the festival will celebrate the 4th edition this year, continuing to bring the best in new cinema to Kampala audiences with 11 European features and 10 Ugandan shorts films. The EUFF will also celebrate 2018 as the European Year of Cultural Heritage and cinema is an important part of this.
The festival will be launched at the Uganda National Cultural Centre (formerly National Theatre) on Sunday, June 10th with the Danish film, Land of Mine which dramatizes a grim episode at the end of the second world war, when teenage German prisoners of war were forced into mine-clearance work. A powerful work of tension.
This year’s programme will also feature several additional exciting activities including panel discussions, cocktail parties and key note speeches from seasoned industry experts. The festival will be hosted in multiple venues across Kampala including the National Theatre, Kamwokya playground, Alliance Française, Design Hub, Jazville Bugolobi among others.
This year’s selection is diverse in terms of themes and style. Thematically, the films cover a range of topical issues that Ugandan audiences relate to. War, family dysfunctionality, racism, gender relations, women empowerment and climate change are among the major topics covered by the films selected. The European films are a blend of both arthouse and mainstream commercial filmmaking that has since come to define European cinema. Despite the divergent styles, however, most of the films on our line-up this year serve as powerful tools for social commentary.
There will also be a panel discussion on gender representation in film with a panel of prominent Ugandan filmmakers to share their personal experiences and discuss challenges, opportunities and female representation in local cinema.
This year’s programme also includes community screenings which are aimed at taking cinema to a wider audience. The community screenings have been enhanced this year with the addition of celebrated film translator VJ Junior to help break the language and cultural barrier between Europe and Uganda.
Entrance to the film screenings will be free at all the venues.