Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga

The Speaker, Rebecca Kadaga, has pledged to lobby government to support the local film industry in Uganda.

Kadaga was officiating at the 2019 Uganda Film Festival held at Acacia Mall, Kampala days ago.

She said that she regrets the fact that the film industry has no home in terms of a Ministry and that the copyright law in Uganda is too weak to protect products of the industry.

“The film industry needs a home that can look out for it and where it can go for support; it also needs strong copyright laws in place so that the content is protected,” she added.

She promised to raise the two issues with Minister of Justice and Constitutional so that they can be addressed.

The Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) Executive Director, Godfrey Mutabazi, said that they are working towards making sure that the local film industry grows to an international level.

“We want to see our film industry rival industries like Hollywood in USA, Nollywood in Nigeria and Bollywood in India; we want to foster local talent in the industry,” he said.

He pledged to keep supporting the local film industry.

As part of the film festival, a local movie, Leila, was premiered at the Century Cinema, located at the mall.