Celebrated African actors, John Dumelo, Rosie Motene and Patience Ozokwor will add some star power to this year’s Uganda Film Festival (UFF).
We have been told by reliable sources that the star trio is already in the country and are expected be grace today’s opening ceremony to be held at the Serena Hotel in Kampala a few hours from now.
South Africa’s Motene, better known for her long-running role on the now troubled hit soap, Generations, is returning as a workshop facilitator having been part of the jury as the festival debuted last year.
Legendary Nigerian actress Ozokwor, best known as Mama G from her evil character in an old Nollywood film, was on the other hand the chief guest at UFF 2014 launch ceremony held in Kampala earlier in June.
It is however Dumelo’s first time in Uganda. The 30-year-old hunky actor whose striking looks have earned him an army of female fans across the continent has so far scooped two ‘African Oscar’ nods in his rather promising career.
It had earlier been romoured that Uganda Communications Commission (UCC), the festival’s organizers, were in talks with Oscar winner Lupita Ny’ongo’s agents to have the Kenyan star grace UFF 2014.
The deal fell through leading the communications regulator to turn to the trio, who are now expected to stir up things of their own. They command a huge fan base in Uganda, and the festival is looking to bank on their experience and star status to inspire local filmmakers.
This year’s festival is held under the theme, Empowering Ugandans through Film, and runs from today, Monday, August 25, to Friday.
The opening and closing (awards) ceremonies are strictly exclusive, but the rest of the festival’s programmes – including screenings, workshops and forums – are open to the public.