The Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) has set up a Content Development Support Programme evaluation committee in response to the screen industry’s appeal for financial help.
The committee is led by Sister Dominica Dipio, a filmmaker, author and professor of literature and film at Makerere University, and also includes Ugandan film industry players Judith Adong and Philip Luswata; Claire Mugabi of the Uganda Tourism Board; and Collin Asiimwe, head of marketing at Multichoice Uganda.
They will be responsible for processing applications and recommending which filmmakers deserve financial support for their projects. The committee has already received about 60 applications.
According to the acting executive director of the UCC, Irene Kaggwa Sewankambo, the Content Development Support Programme will assist great projects that are held back by a lack of resources required to take them to the next level.
“We have listened to the industry asking for support. We are now in your hands; help us to find that product that needs our support. The Content Development Support Programme is an initiative dedicated to supporting the audiovisual industry in Uganda,” said Sewankambo.
“Through this initiative, production companies can seek support for the development of creative content for film, television and digital media, including feature films, short films, animation, documentaries and television dramas.
“It is envisaged that through the support provided by this programme, Ugandans will be able to create employment opportunities, generate revenue, acquire skills, promote and develop audiences for local content.”
In addition, the evaluation committee will also develop scoring criteria to assess the submitted projects while looking out for originality, feasibility, uniqueness and relevance, among other attributes, and make recommendations to the UCC.