Gulu University students are encouraged to make films

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March 21, 2022– Uganda’s home of major pay TV entertainment MultiChoice Uganda in partnership with the Uganda Communications Commission has embarked on training Gulu University students on ways they can learn from the film industry itself with low-budget equipment such as cell phones.

Speaking on behalf of the Uganda Communications Commission, Rutaruuka Gonzagagonza, Senior Video and Cinematography Officer, highlighted the need and importance for students to leverage their skills and talent with the opportunities that offer themselves to them.

“Our partnership with MultiChoice Uganda to train Ugandans on how to venture into filmmaking with a device as simple as their smartphone aims to encourage young people to benefit from the film industry.”

Mitchel Mwesiga, the Public Relations and Publicity Assistant of MultiChoice Uganda, highlighted how recent smartphones have the technology to fully shoot a movie that meets international standards.

“With advances in technology, it’s entirely possible to use your smartphone to produce a movie that MultiChoice can adopt and pay for through ordered content,” Mwesiga said.

“At MultiChoice, we are committed to growing, multiplying and amplifying Ugandan history through locally filmed and produced films for Ugandan audiences.

Through such training, we believe the industry will benefit from talent across the country in screenwriting, producing, directing and acting. He added.

Cissy Nalumansi, director of Namuddu, a film airing on Maisha Magic Movies, introduced students to the different apps they can use to film while illustrating the ways phones can capture movie-worthy footage.

“With the opportunity offered by players like MultiChoice Uganda for commissioned content, Ugandan filmmakers are bound to reap and win big, you remain committed to producing quality content.”

“Our smartphones can become a starting point for filming and slowly generating content. Over time, through learning opportunities like this, one will be able to improve one’s skills and ultimately benefit from the Film Industry.

The trainings are set to take place in Mbarara as the film industry gears up for the Uganda Film Festival, a highly sought-after festival that provides a platform for all filmmakers in the country.

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