Veronica’s Wish was the biggest winner of the evening as the Uganda Film Festival (UFF) awarded some of the best Ugandan films on Friday. The film which tells a story of a woman who struggles with love after she is diagnosed with a terminal illness won nine awards including the top gong – Best Feature Film, Best Screenplay and Best Cinematography among others.

Besides its winning script, the other interesting thing about the movie is that it’s among the few Ugandan movies that was written, produced and directed by women. Nisha Kalema, who plays the lead role, wrote and produced the film while Rehema Nanfuka directed it.

Rehema Nanfuka, who was also named Best Director, in her acceptance speech, thanked Uganda Communications Commission for organizing the annual festival that gives them a platform to showcase their films and also extended gratitude to other female directors who have paved the way for her.


On her part Nisha Kalema, who won the Best Actress award for her role in Veronica’s Wish postulated that the film is a nod to woman empowerment.

“Women are more than just pretty faces that have to look good and smile for the cameras.” She said in her acceptance speech for the Best Actress award. “We are passionate, creative and if we come together we can do great things.”

In other awards, 94 Terror, which was also one the mostly nominated films this year managed to scoop one award in the Viewer’s Choice category. The Best Actor award went to Raymond Rushabiiro for his role in Five Days To Live, while Lifetime Achievement Award went to Abbey Mukiibi.


The award gala, held at the Kampala Serena Hotel gardens, was the culminating event of the week-long festival that was marked by several activities which included film screenings, film exhibition market, workshops and trainings.

Guests who arrived for the red-carpet ceremony dressed to the nines were welcomed to a mini-cocktail party, before later being treated to dinner as the winners were announced. There was a music interlude with singers Chameleone and Winnie Nwagi taking to the stage, much to the excitement of the audience.


The evening was hosted by Flavia Tumusiime and Roger Mugisha.

Here’s the full list of winners:

Best Student Film
Idi Amin’s Boat

Best Short Film

Best Animation

Best East African Film
World Tofauti

Best African Film
Sometimes In Yesterday

Best Actor in TV Drama
Ejule Paul (Taste Of Time)

Best Actress in TV Drama
Nantambi Juliet (Mistakes Girls Do)

Best TV Drama
Mistakes Girls Do

Best Costume & Prodiction Design
Veronica’s Wish

Best Sound
Veronica’s Wish

Best Editing & Post Production
Veronica’s Wish

Best Cinematography
Veronica’s Wish

Best Screen Play
Veronica’s Wish

Best Supporting Actor
Simon Base Kalema (Veronica’s Wish)

Best Supporting Actress
Stella Nantumbwe (Bella)

Best Actor
Raymond Rushabiiro (Five Days To Live)

Best Actress
Nisha Kalema (Veronica’s Wish)

Viewer’s Choice Award
94 Terror

Best Feature Film
Veronica’s Wish

Best Film Director
Rehema Nanfuka (Veronica’s Wish)

Lifetime Achievement Award
Abbey Mukiibi