The Department of Performing Arts and Film, Makerere University has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Film 256 Ltd to among other things offer practical training to students of Film.
The collaboration is aimed at producing performing and screen artists that are responsive to national and international needs to contribute to the development of a professional film industry not only in Uganda but world over.
Areas of collaboration will include; joint film projects, research, archiving on joint projects, applications for grants for film equipment, application for grants for joint film projects for training, research and production as well as joint film curriculum development.
The partnership is expected to lead to an improvement in craftsmanship and quality of output of the Department of Performing Arts and Film.
In this collaboration, Film 256 Ltd will offer among other things linkages to a vast network of experienced film industry professionals, internship training opportunities, experts to offer training workshops on practical application in the film industry and training in equipment handling and development of equipment management system. The Department of Performing Arts and Film will in turn participate in all mutually agreed upon film productions, offer research skills training and access to existing research.
Film 256 Ltd has already started training students using equipment that was donated by the US Embassy to the Department of Performing Arts and Film.
On 27th April, 2017, students showcased a three-minute film codenamed What If? that had been produced as a result of the skills acquired from the training. The event took place in Senate Upper Conference Hall, Makerere University.
In her remarks, the Head Department of Performing Arts and Film at Makerere University, Assoc. Prof. Sylvia Nannyonga – Tamusuza, expressed gratitude to the proprietors of Film 256 Ltd and Fulbright Specialist Lana Garland for the support rendered to the Department towards improving the practical skills of film students.