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Uganda to host 1st Nile’s Diaspora International Film Festival (NDIFF)

Posted: 24 Jun, 2012

The 1st Nile’s Diaspora International Film Festival (NDIFF) will take place in December this year from the 8th to the 15th in Kampala. The event, to be held at Speke Resort Munyonyo, is set to attract film makers, producers, directors, actors and actresses from across the film industry in Uganda, Africa and the world.

Speaking from the Uganda Media Centre while launching the festival, NDIFF Patron Prof. Maggie Kigozi said, “This is a wonderful initiative by Ugandans living in the Diaspora who have come together to share their expertise and experience in the filming industry. The government has identified the Creative Industry as a priority sector for promotion as it contributes to GDP, creates many jobs for the youth and attracts numerous tourists to the country.

The workshops put together have been specially designed to enhance shared experiences with the Diaspora, Ugandans, East Africans and global participants.

NDIFF was founded by Canadian based Ugandan film producing couple Xena Bantarizah and Phad Mutumba of Simpli Phaz Entertainment.

They’ve assembled an impressive team for the non-profit organisation, including Hollywood based Canadian actress Tonya Lee Williams, and best known for her role as Dr. Olivia Barber Winters on the American soap opera The Young and the Restless.

Williams is the NDIFF Industry Advisor and Relations Director.

The NDIFF Director of Development is Professor Martin Mhando, Media Studies at Murdoch University in Perth, Australia. The festival is expected to attract celebrated international film makers and producers as well.

“The NDIFF team is in talks with Tyler Perry Studios to have the American actor, writer, producer and director, Tyler Perry attend and open the festival in December together with Sean Combs (aka P. Diddy), the American rapper, singer, record producer, actor, and entrepreneur.

These are internationally renowned film makers and producers who have the expertise and skills that Ugandans and Africans can learn from.” Bantarizah concluded.

Guide2Uganda will continue to bring you the latest updates on the Nile’s Diaspora International Film Festival 2012, watch this space!

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