Emerging filmmakers have been tipped to pocket around $20,000 (sh74m) from the recently launched iKon awards for film and television.
The opportunity came after Reach A Hand Uganda and SautiPlus Media Hub agreed to put up a film mentorship fellowship dubbed “The Young Filmmakers Fellowship” in which young and emerging filmmakers will be required to submit film proposals from which ten will be selected.
The manager at SautiPlus Media Hub, Aaron Jeh Tamale, explained to The Kampala Sun that the proposals must carry specific themes and the ten best film proposals will receive $500 each to make short films that will compete in the special category, Best Emerging Film, at the iKon awards that are slated for March 25, 2022.
Reach a Hand Uganda (RAHU) and SautiPlus Media Hub agreed on a media mentorship for new film makers. File photo.
“They are required to submit proposals with themes in line with teenage pregnancy, climate action, gender-based violence, family planning, gender, and menstrual health and hygiene. Ten best proposals will be selected and the filmmakers will be given $500 each to shoot the films. These will also compete against one another and the winner will be awarded $20,000 to make a feature film,” he said.
Tamale clarified that young and new emerging filmmakers means all those that have never had a breakthrough in film despite their age and expertise. He also added that the remaining 9 that will not have won will have the opportunity to work with the winner to produce a good feature film.
He highlighted that the main objectives of the fellowship programs are to identify new talents in the film industry, train them and connect them with major stakeholders.
“The ten filmmakers selected will be trained by different mentors during masterclass sessions in filmmaking. This is because our goal is to spot new talent, skill and nurture them and them connect to the film market,” he said.
However, for one to be eligible for the fellowship, he/she must be a Ugandan citizen or resident based in Uganda and a passionate filmmaker, a fresher in film with a desire to tell authentic Ugandan stories.
The filmmakers’ proposals must have a logline(one-sentence summary of the story, not more than 30 words), plotline(clearly highlighting the narrative sequence of events for all key plot points from the beginning to end), character bios(Share profile of not more than 3 main key characters considering their goals, needs, desires, and weaknesses) and a mood-board(picture collage that gives us a glimpse on how your film will look like in terms of cinematography).
The deadline for submission is 31st July 2022.