The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences has named more notable Ugandans in the film industry to The Oscars Selection Committee.
The Oscars Selection Committee is the body approved by the academy that is tasked with selecting the country’s film submission for the Oscars.
The committee comprised of 7 members, has three Ugandan women namely; playwright and filmmaker Judith Lucy Adong, actress and screenwriter Kemiyondo Coutinho and filmmaker, judge and critic Evelyn Cindy Magara.
The other members are; Andrew Kaggwa [film critic and journalist], Matt Bish [filmmaker], Godfrey Musinguzi [actor/film exhibitor] and Polly Kamukama [film curator/film critic/film scholar].
The committee will officially be unveiled at a press conference next month.
Kaggwa a film critic is also a journalist at The Observer, Uganda’s tri-weekly newspaper. He has critiqued many films at festivals including the annual Kampala Amakula film festival.
Matt Bish, also known as Matthew Bishanga, is a Ugandan filmmaker and the Creative Director at Bish Films.
He directed the first Ugawood feature film, Battle of the Souls, in 2007.
Polly Kamukama, a former writer at The Observer, is the Mentor Teen Magazine and film festival curator with a Masters in film from UK.
Musinguzi is popular at National Theatre. He is the face of the most famous film organization, Uganda Cinema Night.
He is also the reigning vice chairperson of Uganda Film Club. Musinguzi is defying all odds to attract most of his peers into the film Industry them.
Each country has its own committee which is responsible for selecting one film every year to represent their respective country in the Best International Film [formerly Best Foreign Language] category at the Oscars.
Kenya is the only other East African country to have an Oscar Committee. In fact, only a few African countries have these committees.
Last week, the Ugandan film industry recorded a remarkable landmark when the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences made Uganda eligible to participate in the Oscar awards.
The awards will honour the best films of 2019 and the event will be held on February 9, 2020 at Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California.