Ugandan video directors somewhat had a great year with their short and full-length movies getting nods and awards at international film events.

The film industry is spontaneously growing as directors seek inspirations to sell and receive exposure on different platforms.

Arguably, 2018 has been one of the best years for filmmakers, actors and actresses in Uganda.

Here are six Ugandan movies you should watch before 2018 ends.

The Forbidden

This Kizito Samuel Saviour directed movie scooped a vast of nominations and awards this year. It was released in February and it explores the life of a gifted young girl who faces 'dark twists' as she hopes to find her lost father after her mother's death. Kizito describes it as a narrative of a typical African girl child's grim

Love Faces

This award-winning drama thriller is a must watch before this year ends. It pivots around a young vibrant couple going through relationship issues as they go through extraordinary life-changing situations.

Love Faces got a special screening in August 2017 and was officially released on January 4th, 2018. The Usama Mukwaya film stars Laura Kahunde, Moses Kiboneka Jr., Patriq Nkakalukanyi and Salome Elizabeth.

Veronica's Wish

Veronica's Wish got a lot of buzz after its November premiere. It Malaika Nyanzi, Nisha Kalema, Moushema Housen and Simon Kalema.

The movie rotates around a young couple -- Micheal and Veronica -- whose love journey takes a drastic turn as Veronica becomes severely sick days before the big wedding.

What would Veronica's wish be? Love or life?

94 Terror

This movie recounts the 1994 Rwanda genocide. '94 Terror' explores a genocide survivor's struggle.

"It tells the struggle and loss of her beloved family that she went through until the river Kagera that enabled her to cross to Uganda."

Its IMDB synopsis says: "Keza's family was murdered in her sight but she narrowly escaped with the help of her mates; Shema a Hutu, Mutesi a Tutsi and the rest, together they have to sneak through the risky bushes to make it out of Rwanda alive."

'94 Terror' was released in December 2018 and it cost about $25,000 to make.


Arguably the most successful Ugandan short film this year, Kyenvu was written in 2014 by Kemiyondo Coutinho when the anti-pornography bill as passed in Uganda.

The 20 minutes short film was produced and directed by Kemiyondo and stars in it alongside Michael Wawuyo Jr. in lead roles.

"Kyenvu is a Luganda word meaning yellow colour, which is used as a metaphor in the film and generally in Uganda to describe a brown girl. The film uses colour to expose the problems faced by girls of a different colour shed. Browner girls are prone to a number of challenges including catcalls, gang rapes, groping and so on," according to its production credits on Wikipedia.

Kyenvu won the Pan African Film Festival (PAFF)’s Best Narrative Short Film and scored several nominations.

27 guns

Despite getting the buzz when it was premiered, 27 guns revisits how a group of young men, including president Kaguta Museveni, led a revolution to overthrown Obote's regime in 1986.

This biopic adventure based on true events of Uganda's liberation struggle. 

"It tells the story of a young man and his unlikely group of young idealists who leave all to fight for the salvation of a nation. They set off with little more than discipline and courage, buoyed by the indomitable spirit of an oppressed people and launched a protracted guerrilla war."