Theme:
Policy Design, Expert Facility, Cultural Industries Support, Contributing to the SDGs
Type of project:
Capacity Development
Countries:
Local Partner(s):
  • Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development
    Type of organization: 
    Public institution
Related activity:
Start date
Nov 2019
End date
Jul 2022

Context/Overview

Uganda is committed to raising general awareness about how cultural and creative industries can contribute to the country’s socio-economic development. In Uganda, cultural and creative industries operate in an informal and fragmented environment, and the film industry is no exception. This hinders creative actors to reach their full potential, and especially that of young professionals, given that they represent the largest group of employees in the film sector.

Uganda will elaborate a measure to provide tax incentives for the film sector as well as to encourage the formation of professional film associations in order to support local content development and professionalization.

The project responds in particular to the following needs and challenges of the film sector, as identified by the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development:

  • limited government support such as rebates and tax incentives;
  • the lack of professional associations and coordination; 
  • the need for capacity building of film stakeholders.
 

Elaboration of a measure to provide tax incentives for the film sector

In Uganda, government support for the film sector (e.g. rebates and tax incentives) is limited. Most film professionals do not have sufficient access to venues suitable for shooting locations, and various government agencies impose taxes at various levels of film production, which substantially increases production costs and hinders the production of domestic films. The project tackles the high cost associated with film production through a measure to provide tax incentives for the film sector.

Encouraging the formation and coordination of professional film associations in order to support local content development and professionalization

In Uganda, the film sector lacks professional associations. Many film professional organizations are operated as informal groups with minimal bookkeeping, data collection or technical training. The lack of formal structures affects the quality of the films and leads to the exploitation of film stakeholders. The project encourages the formation and coordination of professional film associations in order to support local content development and professionalization.

Project Implementation

  • August 2020: First international expert mission (cancelled due to COVID).
  • September 2020: Launch of the project with consultations on the ground and virtual participation of international experts.
  • February 2021: Peer-to-Peer with South Africa to exchange on all the components of the audiovisual value chain.
  • March and April 2021: Capacity-building through the organization of participatory policymaking workshops.
  • May 2021: Peer-to-Peer learning with Kenya.
  • September 2021: Validation workshop and draft measure presented to government agencies for review.
  • July 2022 (expected) : Final presentation. 

 

Spin-off activities:

  • April 2021: Launch of the Kibanda Xpress platform for the distribution of local audiovisual content. The Ugandan government incentivises consumers to access the films by subsidizing the costs of data thanks to a partnership with the mobile operator NTM .

Creating tax incentive measures to support local content development and the professionalization of the film sector in Uganda

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Activity Type: 
Countries: 
Uganda
Local Partner: 
Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development
Type of organization: 
Public institution
Date: 
2019 to 2022
Context/Overview: 

Uganda is committed to raising general awareness about how cultural and creative industries can contribute to the country’s socio-economic development. In Uganda, cultural and creative industries operate in an informal and fragmented environment, and the film industry is no exception. This hinders creative actors to reach their full potential, and especially that of young professionals, given that they represent the largest group of employees in the film sector.

Uganda will elaborate a measure to provide tax incentives for the film sector as well as to encourage the formation of professional film associations in order to support local content development and professionalization.

The project responds in particular to the following needs and challenges of the film sector, as identified by the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development:

  • limited government support such as rebates and tax incentives;
  • the lack of professional associations and coordination; 
  • the need for capacity building of film stakeholders.
 
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Title of the section: 
Elaboration of a measure to provide tax incentives for the film sector
Short Description: 

In Uganda, government support for the film sector (e.g. rebates and tax incentives) is limited. Most film professionals do not have sufficient access to venues suitable for shooting locations, and various government agencies impose taxes at various levels of film production, which substantially increases production costs and hinders the production of domestic films. The project tackles the high cost associated with film production through a measure to provide tax incentives for the film sector.

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Encouraging the formation and coordination of professional film associations in order to support local content development and professionalization
Short Description: 

In Uganda, the film sector lacks professional associations. Many film professional organizations are operated as informal groups with minimal bookkeeping, data collection or technical training. The lack of formal structures affects the quality of the films and leads to the exploitation of film stakeholders. The project encourages the formation and coordination of professional film associations in order to support local content development and professionalization.

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Project Implementation
Short Description: 
  • August 2020: First international expert mission (cancelled due to COVID).
  • September 2020: Launch of the project with consultations on the ground and virtual participation of international experts.
  • February 2021: Peer-to-Peer with South Africa to exchange on all the components of the audiovisual value chain.
  • March and April 2021: Capacity-building through the organization of participatory policymaking workshops.
  • May 2021: Peer-to-Peer learning with Kenya.
  • September 2021: Validation workshop and draft measure presented to government agencies for review.
  • July 2022 (expected) : Final presentation. 

 

Spin-off activities:

  • April 2021: Launch of the Kibanda Xpress platform for the distribution of local audiovisual content. The Ugandan government incentivises consumers to access the films by subsidizing the costs of data thanks to a partnership with the mobile operator NTM .
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Donors: 
European Union
Related activity: 
Supporting new regulatory frameworks to strengthen the cultural and creative industries and promote South-South cooperation