The African Film Festival is a celebration of what is possible when the best of two worlds meet. The festival is a result of the collective vision of Reel Impact Foundation, a Ugandan film charity based in Kabale, and United in Film, a Canadian-based film not-for-profit, two organizations that are working together to support filmmaking in Kabale through the provision of a free, 18 month training program, modern filmmaking equipment, scholarships to attend international film festivals and conferences, and a fund of money available for use towards the creation of their movies.

 

James King Bagyenzi, Reel Impact Foundation

King is a filmmaker based in Kabale, Uganda. A former journalist and award-winning radio host, King realized the power of cinema when he saw the worldwide response to the KONY 2012 campaign. His first documentary played at film festivals around the world, and he recently completed his first narrative fiction film, A Crumpled Flower. 

 
 
 
 

Harry Cherniak, United in Film

Harry Cherniak is a Toronto, LA and Kabale-based producer. He recently produced Astronaut (Oscar winner Richard Dreyfus and nominee Graham Greene), and associate produced Stockholm (Ethan Hawke, Noomi Rapace, Mark Strong), The Padre (Tim Roth, Nick Nolte, Luis Guzman) and Benjamin (Bob Saget, Rob Corddry, Kevin Pollack). His first feature, Wexford Plaza, played Torino and Slamdance, and was one of only three films nominated by the Toronto Film Critics Association for the $100,000 Best Canadian Film Prize.

He is also a feature film programmer for the Slamdance Film Festival, on the board of directors of the Inside Out LGBT Film Festival, the Business Affairs and Media Advisor for Bridge to Health Medical and Dental, teaches medicine in film at USC Medical School, and is the founder of United in Film, an NGO that provides film infrastructure, training and mentorship in Uganda.

Harry practiced corporate law for four years at Torys LLP, and holds a J.D. (Toronto), an MSc with Distinction (London School of Economics), and a BA in Honours Business Administration with Distinction.