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The Uganda Communications Commission (the Commission) has signed an agreement between Uganda and Hollywood Film Festival at the ongoing Cannes Film Festival.

The Communications regulator said in a statement to ChimpReports on Thursday night that the agreement paves the way for Ugandan Content to showcase in  Hollywood, arguably, the World’s most prominent film city.

The agreement was signed by Mr Bradford Parks, the Chairman and Executive Director for Hollywood Film Festival, and Mr Meddie Kagwa, Head of Multimedia and Content on behalf of the Executive Director – UCC.

The highlights of the agreement provide:

  • Opportunities for Ugandan film and content  to showcase on the most prominent International stage
  • Opportunities for Ugandan participation in Hollywood productions
  • Promotion mentorship and  co-productions between Uganda and Hollywood

The agreement comes at an opportune time when the  Ugandan Film Industry is growing in leaps and bounds.

The Commission started the Ugandan Film Festival (UFF)  in 2013, with less than 183 competing entries,  a number that has since multiplied over the years to over 1,250 competing entries.

Ugandan movies have also made entry, received nominations and won several awards at other film festivals, most notably the AMVCA, Pan African Film Festival,  Kalasha Tv and Film Market, Zanzibar International Film Festival, among others.

Speaking at the signing ceremony, Mr Bradford Parks said he was excited at the uniqueness and emergence of great  Ugandan talent as was exhibited at the Cannes Film Festival.

Uganda was represented at the festival by the Commission, Uganda Tourism Board, Media Council and independent filmmakers.

According to the Uganda Tourism Board CEO, Lilly Ajarova, this agreement provides an opportunity to market and promote Uganda as a premier film destination.

“We are delighted about this agreement, and we pledge continuous support to the Uganda Communication Commission in promoting the film industry,” she said

In streamlining and developing the film industry in Uganda, UCC has in recent years carried out a number of initiatives which include The Uganda Film Festival.

The objective has been to stimulate the film industry so as to enable it achieve its full potential as a source of employment, revenue creation, and preserve culture through local content.

The festival showcases local content in the film industry but also focuses on other facets of promoting the industry e.g. trainings.

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