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Ugandan Filmmaker Ruth Nazzinda Scoops Award at The African Film Festival 2021 in Dallas Texas


Ugandan Filmmaker Ruth Nazzinda Scoops Award at The African Film Festival 2021 in Dallas Texas

Ruth Nazzinda, is a Ugandan award winning filmmaker, and journalist. Ruth studied film production from University of Cape Town South Africa in 2018. She also graduated with a Diploma in Journalism and mass communication from Buganda Royal Institute Uganda.

Currently working with OLa Visualz film, Nazzinda is one of the finest budding female filmmaker, film director, writer, cinematographer and film editor in Uganda.

Ruth and OLa Visualz team on the set of To Survive

She has only been in the business for three years and her film TO SURVIVE has scooped several nominations and an Award. Her passion of visualizing African stories inspired her to join the industry.

Ruth has worked on different film projects and scooped some certificates and awards recognizing her work including “Out from the dark” her first short documentary as the director, writer, cinematographer and editor.

Ruth’s first film Out from the Dark has earned her multiple nominations worldwide

The film has received recognition from a number of film festivals across the globe, including; official selection The African Film Festival #TAFF 2019 Dallas Texas USA, First-Time filmmaker’s session UK 2020, Serenity screening film festival UK 2021.
Finalist at FlickFare 2020 online film festival California and Africa Film For Impact film festival Nigeria 2020.

Poster of To Survive, indicating the multiple nominations it has scooped

Her second film project was “To Survive”, a Film documentary, produced by OLa Visualz of which she worked as the director and writer. It was made during the lockdown caused by COVID-19 Pandemic 2020. The film has also received multiple nominations across the world and recently won her an Award at The African Film Festival 2021 (TAFF) in Dallas Texas.

Mark Cofie Jnr, Ghanaian filmmaker/actor/director virtually presenting Ruth’s Award.

The 6th Edition of The African Film Festival 2021 (TAFF) opened up on Tuesday, June 1st.  While other film festivals were cancelled due to the pandemic, TAFF maintained its tradition of showcasing independent films, providing resourceful forums, as well as, presenting awards. 

The African Film Festival ended with an Awards Ceremony, hosted by Kenyan Hollywood actor, Sir Benjamin Onyango on and Facebook. 

Three Ugandan film; “To Survive” won Best Poster Award, “Oli Otya?” won the Rootflix Viewers’ Choice Award; while “The Kids are still here”, another Ugandan documentary, won Founder’s Best Story Award.

Ruth Zzinda’s winning poster

Ruth’s To Survive has scooped two nominations of; Best Poster and Best Trailer. Her team will travel to the US next year to pick their Award.

“It all goes back to humanity, To survive documentary film reveals that If it was not Nanvuma Caroline’s humanity to help out her community, I couldn’t do the film. Let’s always support each other to save souls. This Award means a lot to us. Be human and save a human” Ruth says.

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