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Local filmmakers in Uganda are questioning why Ugandan movies are not part of the inflight entertainment on Uganda Airlines.

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  • This includes showcasing local films during special events organized by the airline, sponsoring screenings both domestically and internationally, and collaborating on promotional materials to attract tourists and investors to Uganda.
  • Highlighting the significance of having Ugandan content on various airlines, including the national carrier, Kevin Johns emphasized that it could greatly benefit the local film industry.

Film producer and director Kevin Johns Nabukenya raised this concern after noticing the absence of Ugandan films during her recent trip with the airline. She pointed out that other carriers operating in Uganda, such as Qatar Airways and Emirates, include Ugandan movies in their inflight entertainment options.

Kevin Johns took to her Facebook account to express her observation and called upon the Uganda Communications Commission to address the issue. She believes that Uganda has a wealth of films that could be showcased on the national carrier’s flights. When asked about efforts to collaborate with Uganda Airlines, Kevin Johns revealed that although she personally hasn’t reached out, she knows of two producers who have expressed interest. However, they were informed that the airline currently lacks the budget for such endeavors.

To address this discrepancy, filmmakers are planning to meet with the CEO of Uganda Airlines, with renowned filmmaker Omumbejja Mariam Ndagire representing their interests. They hope to receive a positive response and potentially negotiate terms for featuring Ugandan films on the airline’s inflight entertainment.

Highlighting the significance of having Ugandan content on various airlines, including the national carrier, Kevin Johns emphasized that it could greatly benefit the local film industry. Increased visibility, exposure, and international recognition could lead to more opportunities for collaboration, distribution, and funding, ultimately fostering growth and development within the industry.

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Beyond inflight entertainment, Kevin Johns suggested additional ways in which Uganda Airlines could partner with filmmakers and stakeholders to promote the industry. This includes showcasing local films during special events organized by the airline, sponsoring screenings both domestically and internationally, and collaborating on promotional materials to attract tourists and investors to Uganda.

Kevin Johns Nabukenya, an award-winning filmmaker and lawyer, heads Kjohns Studios, a film production company based in Kampala. She has directed and produced several acclaimed feature films and is actively involved in promoting Ugandan cinema on a global scale. Her education background includes studies in screenwriting, film directing, and law, reflecting her multifaceted approach to her career.

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