Ugandan filmmaking has evolved significantly over the years, progressing from a time when understanding the craft behind the camera was a challenge. In 2023, locally-produced TV shows are among the most celebrated in Uganda.
Before embarking on popular TV dramas like Sanyu or Prestige, many filmmakers initiate their journey with short films. These short films often stand as art-driven passion projects, not primarily aimed at monetary gain. This aspect has spurred the inception of the Matatu Film Stage, designed to shed light on these creative works.
On the upcoming Friday, October 6, the second edition of the Matatu Film Stage is set to unfold at Century Cinemax, Acacia Mall.
The inaugural Matatu Film Stage in 2019 showcased films like Mawe, Sunday, Black and White, 80 Plus, Long Way To Go, and 100 C. This event is an initiative by Film Possible, a collective of film professionals including Davidson Mugume, Patience Katushabe, and Ali Musoke. They are committed to nurturing the upcoming generation of filmmakers through mentorship, training, and opportunities for showcasing their talent.
On the mentioned Friday, seven films including Jangu by Patience Nitumwesiga, I Eat What I Like by Shari Mwanika, Lydia Matata’s Sungura, Angie Emurwon’s Keycard, Naseeba Bagalaaliwo, and Mwesigwa Benjamin’s animation films Scalp Deep and Ttula will be presented. Additionally, this event marks the premiere of “The Last Shoemaker,” a film produced by Film Possible.
Ali Musoke highlighted that the initiative aims to ensure local productions receive exposure across various platforms like cinemas, TV, art centers, matatus, festivals, and video-on-demand.