Our faculty comprises Ugandan and international film professionals living and working in Uganda. Every semester Kampala Film School also hosts a number of guest lecturers who give intensive courses in their respective areas of specialisation.
ADMINISTRATION & TECHNICAL DEPARTMENT
Phoebe Ntanda is a professional filmmaker, with a Diploma in Filmmaking and Bachelors’ Degree in Mass Communications. She has directed and worked on number of films both documentaries and fiction, and was the sound recordist for The Cut – a documentary film about FGM which has won over eight awards in different festivals around the world. Phoebe works as an Administrator at the Kampala Film School.
As professional film maker for four years, Ibrahim Mudathir holds two Diplomas in Filmmaking and in Art & Design. He also holds a Certificate on Documentary Photography has been behind a number of productions in both Photography and Film around East Africa. These include as Assistant Director on Cows Guns and Theater (Acting for Peace in South Sudan). He also holds a Directors’ Award for a documentary– Bukwo The Forgotten District. Because of his love for documenting African Stories, he is among the Directors of a production company called Murahworks Films limited. Currently he is a Technical Assistant at the Kampala Film School.
Molly Nakamya is professional filmmaker with a Diploma in Filmmaking and Bachelors’ Degree in Mass Communications. She has been involved in the film industry since 2010, realizing her dream to produce films and direct documentaries which tell African stories. This started when she participated in the “Stop Malaria Project” in Malindi, Kenya. Molly has worked on both local and international productions under African Visuals Media and for Screen Productions Limited based in Kenya on the Zuka documentary, From Here to Timbuktu amongst others. She is the permanent secretary for the Film and Video Training Institutions Association in Uganda and also the secretary and a member of the Innovative and Technical Committee at the Uganda Film Council. Molly is the Head of Production at the Kampala Film School.
Cristiano Civitillo is a film director and producer. He first graduated as a graphic designer and later completed a Masters Degree in Film, at the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne. His documentaries and shorts have been screened and awarded at various international film festivals, including 'Best Documentary' at the prestigious Babelsberger Medienpreis as well as the 'Prize against Apartheid' at the Sehsüchte film festival in Berlin.
In 2006 he founded Picturefields in Amsterdam, a creative production company specialising in content creation for online media and advertisement. His clients include Nike, Adidas, Mercedes-Benz, Volvo, Ikea, Heineken and others. These campaigns have won dozens of awards globally, including accolades at the Cannes Lions, EPICA and Big Award.
Since 2013 he relocated to Kampala with his Ugandan wife, and started teaching directing at the Kampala Film School while researching his next project. He is currently the acting head of the Kampala Film School.
Matovu King is one of the most respected cinematographers working in Uganda today. He studied Audio and Visual Production at Kyambogo University, Animation and Digital Video at Makerere University and later joined Arena Multimedia for Motion and Print Graphics. He is a self-taught filmmaker with FX PHD on-line platform.
After school he spent five years working with the Uganda National Culture Centre under the Uganda National Theatre as a studio camera operator/editor filming and editing series of documentaries archiving culture cross Uganda and African. Since then he has worked for RP Production, TeleSports, Dimension Television Facility, Sport Five, GTV Global Cast and SuperSport. He was Director of Photography of the drama series Hostel for three seasons. He has also worked on other Drama Series such as Five at Home and Banana Republic, and films including Windows of Hope, Fair Play, Bullion and Situke. King teaches cinematography at the Kampala Film School.
Arlen has a background in Political Economy (University of York) and Social Anthropology (University of Cambridge). He has curated various film programs at festivals and cultural institutions in numerous countries since 2008. At the Kampala Film School he teaches film and documentary theory and history, history of African cinema and visual culture.
Nsaba Emmanuel is an IT professional with great passion for creating digital content. Among numerous other skills, he is a 3D generalist and visual effects artist. He has over five years experience in the field and has worked with a number of companies in Uganda as a freelance artist. His drive to share his skills at the Kampala Film School is due to the vision of increasing the number of skilled artists in Uganda to develop more world class content in order to take the media industry to the next level.
Ian Masters is an independent screenwriter with a Masters Degree in Scriptwriting from Bournemouth University and Bachelors’ Degree in English Literature from Cambridge University.
For a number of years he has worked for BBC Media Action as the lead scriptwriter and storyliner for TV and radio drama series in Cambodia, Bangladesh and South Sudan. While he was in Cambodia he wrote and co-produced his first feature film, The Last Reel, which was Cambodia’s official submission to the Academy Awards in 2016 and won numerous awards on the international festival circuit.
Prior to working with the BBC he founded a scriptwriting training NGO, ScriptNet, which worked with new writers in Ghana, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka and Pakistan and which produced over 30 short films, a TV series and developed a number of feature film projects.
He has worked as a Producer, Location Manager, Production Manager and as an Actor a TV Drama in Ghana (an experience he never wants to repeat!) In between writing and researching new scripts, and mentoring new writers, he looks after his daughter and tries to catch up on sleep. He now lives in Nairobi and is a member of the Kenya Scriptwriters Guild.
Davidson is a filmmaker based in Uganda and has been in the film industry for 10 years. The journey to becoming a director has been full of ups and downs; He began his career in 2007 as a runner on the set of a Maisha Film Lab. After attaining some understanding of film, he started as a storyboard artist on a couple of film projects, and then progressed to the Production Design Department working under famous Ugandan directors like Mira Nair, Carol Kamya, Kwezi Kaganda.
In 2010 after networking in the industry he landed his first directing role under the guidance of Maisha Film Lab on a project called The Black Hill. This started Davidson’s Directing career and he has not looked back since, directing commercials, documentaries, short films and television Series, such as Hostel (2011-2014) Darling Commercial (2016), health Documentaries . He worked on the Disney Production, Queen of Katwe in the Assistant Directing team. Davidson has now gone on to research and become a trainer in the Maisha Film Lab and at the Kampala Film School.
Michiel van Oosterhout is a journalist and scriptwriter/filmmaker working in Kampala since 2001. He was a founding member of Amakula International Film Festival. He has written scripts for short films and documentaries and wrote the script for the Zanzibar feature film Zamora which won six awards at ZIFF, FESPACO, Khouribga Film Festival and Uganda Film Festival. He has published two art catalogues, two books on Uganda and one about the multi-cultural society in his country of birth, The Netherlands. He is currently working on Bwana Joogo, a documentary about the Ugandan music scene of the 1970’s. He started lecturing at the Kampala Film School in 2013.