Warm greetings from Kabale district,
It is here, nestled in the towering hills and early morning mist, that Winston Churchill beheld the beauty of the land and christened it ‘The Switzerland of Africa’.
The African Film Festival focuses on films made by Africans, while also featuring works made by those in the African Diaspora. Additionally, we are showcasing, for the first time ever, films shot in Kabale – an exciting birth of local stories being told through the medium of film.
We are very proud to have welcomed the r.T. honourable prime minister of uganda, Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda, and his excellence the governor of kisumu, kenya, Professor Peter Anyang’ Nyong’o, as our honoured guests for the first annual african film festival in 2018, and look forward to welcoming more guests for the 2019 festival.
James King Bagyenzi & Harry Cherniak
Founders, African Film Festival
James King Bagyenzi
James King Bagyenzi is a Kabale, Uganda-based filmmaker. 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.
King is also th founder of Reel Impact Foundation. Realizing that no formal film training or production was occurring in Uganda outside of kampala, he decided to make a change. while he first ran a mobile film school, he has now gone on to lead real film training and support in kabale and throughout uganda.
Harry Cherniak is a Toronto & LA (and occasionally Kabale!) based producer. He recently Co-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 Film Festival, the director of legal and business affairs for darius films, and the founder of United in Film, an NGO that provides film infrastructure, training and mentorship in lesser economically developed nations. Harry taught medicine in film, Television and the Media at USC Medical School, and was a publicist with star pR, working on the publicity of over 100 films.
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.