Mulindwa’s ‘Foot Wine’ wins film of the year award at Uganda festival

By BAMUTURAKI MUSINGUZI

The just concluded ninth edition of the Uganda Film Festival saw several films winning awards in the different categories.

The Kenyan movie bangarang won Best East African Film at the June 3 gala night. Ugandan director Maynard Mulindwa’s first film Foot Wine won Best Director (Movie of the Year) and Best Production Design, and Loukman Ali’s The girl in the yellow sweater (currently streaming on Netflix) won Best Sound Design, Best Post-Production/Editing, and Best Cinematography.

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Theme

Foot Wine revolves around the story of Christine, an alcoholic, proud bartender and full-time brewer of traditional African liquor at her bar in the slum where she lives.

The bar is his life, his hobby and his office. This is the street in which she struggles and jostles.

Foot Wine depicts the good and bad sides of traditional Ugandan banana beer commonly known as tontomade from mashed fermented sour bananas mixed with sorghum.

“I was born and raised in the bar. And alcohol was the breadwinner of the family,” Christine explains in the one hour and 47 minute film which was released this year.

Christine (played by Sharon Atuhairwe), must deal with police investigations and the consequences in her community following the death of a man in her bar.

The annual festival is organized by the Uganda Communications Commission and this year it received 282 applications.

The jury consisted of Njoki Muhoho as Chief Legal Officer (Kenya), Ana Belen Asfura Fuentes (Canada), Oluwagbemiga Ben-Daniel (USA), Dorothy Atuhura (Uganda), Cindy Magara (Uganda), Matthew Bishanga ( Uganda), Philip Luswata (Uganda) and James Okoit Owaraga (Uganda).

List of winners

Best East African Film:

Best International Film:

Best short film:

Best student film:

  • Fist of the ghetto by Lubeera Saphina

Best Animation:

  • Sinza by Musisi Alex and Rita Kayeny

Best Documentary:

  • Little Faith by Ann Maria Nassanga

Best Actor in a Drama Series:

  • Allan Kutos Katongolé – Prestige

Best Actress in a Drama Series:

  • Evelyn Kironde Namatovu – Prestige

Best TV Series:

  • Prestige by Nathan Magoola

Best Costume Design:

  • Bedroom chains by Costume Parlor and Sseremba IN Iryn

Best Production Design:

  • Foot Wine by Mulindwa Maynard

Best Sound Design:

  • The girl in the yellow sweater –Andrew Ahuura

Best post-production/editing:

  • The girl in the yellow sweater

Best Cinematography:

  • The girl in the yellow sweater

Best Screenplay (Screenplay):

  • Bedroom chains –Hassan Mageya

Best Feature Film by an Actor in a Supporting Role:

  • Cosmas Sserubogo – Tembele

Best Female Feature Film in a Supporting Role:

  • Tania Shakirah Kankindi – My husband’s wife

Best Feature Film Actor:

  • Patrick Nkakalukanyi – Tembele

Best Feature Film Actress:

Best Local Indigenous Film:

Movie of choice of the viewers:

Life Achievement Award:

Best feature film:

  • Tembele – Morris Mugisha

Best Director (Film of the Year):

  • Foot Wine – Mulindwa Maynard

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