Classification of Films (Genres)

All films will be classified into the following genres;

Feature Films

Films works with a length of 60 minutes and above based on imagination and not necessarily fact.

Short Films

Film works with a running time of 59 minutes or less including the credits and based on imagination and not necessarily fact.

Documentary

Film works that are based on factual events or facts about a person(s) or place(s).

Animation

This genre will house all film works consisting of a series of Drawing, puppets; both computer and non-computer generated, to give the illusion of movement when projected in rapid sequence.

Television Drama/Series

A television drama/series is a show presented in a dramatic way and explores a range of genres from comedy, soap opera, science-fiction to costume drama and usually engages with issues of the day in an accessible fashion that an audience can connect with.

There will be two main categories that films can be submitted under;

Competition

This category will be for films that will be competing for the various awards.

Non–Competition

This category will house all films that are submitted for purposes of screening and not competition.

All submitted films will undergo a selection process that will determine which films can be screened during the film festival.

Award Categories

The following are the awards to be competed for this year:

1. Best Cinematography

This award will be given to the film that receives highest points for cinematography awarded by the judging panel as per the set judging criteria. This includes techniques as the general composition of a scene;       the lighting of the set or location; the choice of cameras, lenses, filters, and film stock; the camera angle and movements; and the integration of any     special effects.

2. Best Costumes (Production design)

This award will be given to the film whose Costumes will attract the highest points awarded by the judging panel in line with the set judging criteria.
This includes the visual style of the story that is the design of sets, location choices, costumes, makeup, graphics, props, lighting, camera angles and special effects.

3. Best Sound

This award will be given to the film whose sound (Music & Sound) effects receives the highest points awarded by the judging panel in line with the set judging criteria. This includes the manipulation of previously composed or recorded audio such as sound effects and dialogue. It may also involve the composition or manipulation of audio to create a desired effect or mood.

4. Best Screenplay (Script)

This award will be given to the film whose screenplay receives the highest point awarded by the judging panel in line with the set judging criteria.
This includes original works or adaptations from existing pieces of writing including the movement, actions, expression, and dialogues of the characters are also narrated.

5. Best Student Film

This award will be given to the film that collects the highest points awarded by the judging panel for student films competing in this category in line with the set judging criteria.

6. Best Animation

This award will be given to the film that collects the highest points awarded by the judging panel for Animated Film competing in this category in line        with the set judging criteria.

7. Best Short Film

This award will be given to the film that collects the highest points awarded by the judging panel for short films competing in this category in line with the set judging criteria.

8. Best Feature Film

This award will be given to the film that collects the highest points awarded by the judging panel for feature films competing in this category in line with the set judging criteria.

9. People’s Choice Award

This award will be that which the audience participates in selecting. This award is given to the film that collects the highest points overall. Usually a focus group of about 10 people or more representative of the public will be identified to watch 3 to 5 films recommended by the expert jury for consideration in this category. Popular appeal is an important criterion in selecting the winning film in this category.

10. Best Actor

This award will be given to the Actor who collects the highest points overall.

11. Best Actress

This award will be given to the Actress who collects the highest points overall.

12. Best Documentary

This award will be given to the documentary Film that collects the highest points overall.

13. Best East African Film

This award will be given to the East African Film that collects the highest points overall among all the films submitted from the East African countries.

14. Best Post-production/Editing

This award will be given to the film work which collects the highest points overall. This category includes the complete film editing, color correction and the addition of music and sound into the film.

15. Best TV Drama/Series

This award will be given to the TV drama that collects the highest points awarded by the judging panel.

16. Best Actor in a TV Drama

This award will be given to the Actor who collects the highest points overall.

17. Best Actress in a TV Drama

This award will be given to the Actress who collects the highest points overall.

18. Special Award/Life Achievement Award

This award will be given to an outstanding person or group in the promotion of the film industry in Uganda and in Diaspora.

19. Best Director

This award will be given to an individual who controls the film’s artistic and dramatic aspects and visualizes the screenplay/script while guiding the technical crew and actors in the fulfillment of that vision.

20. Best Supporting Actress

This award will be given to an actress who has delivered an outstanding performance in a supporting role below that of the leading actor(s).

21. Best Supporting Actor

This award will be given to an actor who has delivered an outstanding performance in a supporting role below that of the leading actor(s).

22. Best African Film Award

This award will be given to the African Film that collects the highest points overall among all the films submitted from the African continent.