All films submitted should comply with the following:

A)  Where to submit and deadlines
The festival organisers must have received the completed and signed entry form together with a soft copy of the film and 3 DVDs Pal. Submission deadline will be end of day June 30, 2017.

The film(s) must be delivered to:

  • Uganda Communication Commission (UCC) offices at UCC House, Plot 42-44 Spring Road, Bugolobi
  • Or, 12th Floor, Communications House, Plot 1-3 Colville Street, Kampala
  • Or UCC regional offices in Mbarara, Mbale, Gulu and Masindi
  • Or, sent by post office to UCC at P.O. Box 7376, Kampala, Uganda.

Alternatively, a dully filled film submission form can be sent to the Uganda Film Festival website ( and a soft copy and three (3) DVDs delivered to the address above.

(B) Submission Requirements
a) The film(s) for submission for Festival should have been produced after May 2016 and must not have featured in any of the previous Uganda film Festivals.
b) Films from any country other than from East Africa shall not be accepted at the festival.
c) A duly filled and signed film submission form.

(C) Eligibility of Films
To be eligible for consideration, all films must meet the following requirements:

  • Animation (1min+.)
  • Short films (up to 59 min or less)
  • Feature-length films (60+ min.)
  • Documentary films (5+ min.)
  • TV Drama: Producer submits two (2) of the best episodes   
  • Student films: Post-graduate film works are excluded from submission in the student category for competition during the festival.

(D) Important to Note:

  • Participation in the 2017 festival implies acceptance of the rules and regulations by filmmakers and producers.
  • All selected films may be screened or broadcast in the selected media outlets on the discretion of the UFF organising committee.
  • Films that were previously submitted to other festivals, other than Uganda Film Festival, are acceptable into the submission of Uganda Film Festival 2017.
  • Submission of the film(s) for UFF 2017 is free.
  • Film(s) that are submitted for the Festival in any other format shall not be screened. The film(s) in their Original Language, not in English, should have Sub-titles in English.

(E) Film Submission Formats
For programming consideration, the Festival only accepts soft copies and DVD submissions.

  • DVD’s must be formatted in MPEG-4 video, and must be playable on an ordinary DVD player. The DVD is authored as a video DVD and is not burned as a data disk containing QuickTime or other similar file formats.
  • DVD’s must be labelled with the following:
    • Title
    • Production company
    • Address
    • Telephone number
    • Director’s name
    • Length in minutes
    • Submission form number
    • Category applying for
  • There is no programming value for DVD submissions arriving in unusual or unorthodox containers. Please avoid excessive packaging and the inclusion of any materials other than what are specified.
  • When you send in your film, it’s a must to provide a digital copy for archiving, screening and adjudication purposes.
  • You are required to thoroughly test your DVDs before submission for the Festival.
  • All submissions, documentation materials and DVD’s must be sent–fully prepaid by the sender.

The following shall not be accepted at the Festival:

  • Content burned to Read/Write (RW) discs;
  • Trailers for selection purposes, and;
  • Rough-cuts or work-in-progress.

Return of Materials
Any material submitted will not be returned but will instead be stored in the Uganda Film Festival archives.

The selected films for screening and those nominated for the competing categories will be publicised by August 11, 2017.

If you have not heard from the festival organisers by then it means your film has not been selected.

Requirements if your film is selected for UFF 2017

1. Publicity Materials

You will be required and must submit publicity materials including, but not limited to: filmmaker biography, trailers, images, posters, clips and an electronic press kit. All publicity materials are to be sent at the sender’s expense by the deadlines provided at the time of selection.

2. Scheduling 

The scheduling and the timetabling of both public screenings and press screenings of films is at the sole discretion of the festival and their decision is final and irrevocable. The date(s), time(s) and location(s) of exhibitions of the films shall be at the discretion of the festival organisers.

Starting of Film Submission
During the launch a call for submission of the films shall be made to start on the May 22, 2017 and shall close on June 30, 2017.

These submissions shall be into two categories of either “competition” or “non-competition”. The films submitted in the Competition category shall compete for the various awards and Non–Competition category will be for all films that are for purposes of screening.