UFMI Development Goal
Enhancing creativity and professionalism in cinematography, and to manage and protect copyrightable works against any form of infringement.We believe in partnerships and collaborations for joint actions that change the world for better. We involve and listen to others, show consideration and empathy for their emotional and physical well being.
Who We Are
Uganda Federation of Movie Industry (UFMI), a member-based Organization, comprising of 141 film production companies, with 1,500 registered members was established in 2001, registered as a company limited by guarantee in 2006, and as a Non Governmental Organization in 2006. In 2011, UFMI was registered as the Collective Management Organization for the Audio Visual sector in Uganda, and fully empowered by the government through the Uganda Registration Services Bureau (URSB). Currently, UFMI has 500 Audio-visual works entrusted to it for protection. UFMI’s main mandate is to manage the Copyright and Neighboring Rights interests of authors/creators in the Audio-visual sector. UFMI has among its functions, in partnership with other agencies to enhance creativity, ensure effective enforcement of the Copyright law, and make Reciprocal Agreements with film producers from everywhere and to work as an agent of its members and producers world-wide.
UFMI is a membership organization built on the nine Guilds, that is; Script Writers, Producers, Directors, Actors, Technical Crew, Publishers, Costumes and Make-up, Location Managers, and the Film Translators Guild and supported by a strong volunteer force of creators in their respective Guilds and the well wishers. UFMI has engaged in a range of platforms for awareness creation and advocacy including copyright sensitization workshops and dialogues, the National Intellectual Property policy formation and other copyright legislation workshops/seminars, and various other pro-film open campaigns. Underpinning our work is our motto ‘Revitalizing the film industry in Uganda’.
UFMI is a fully registered and pro-active member organization of Uganda Registration Services Bureau, and an active partner with the Ministry of Gender, Labor and Social Development, Uganda National Cultural Center (UNCC), Uganda Musicians Union(UMU) Uganda Performing Rights Society (UPRS) Uganda Reproduction Organization, among others.
Formed in 2006 as a company limited by guarantee; UFMI registered as an NGO on 18th Dec. 2008 and on the 24th of July 2009 on application and fulfilling all the requirements, UFMI was declared a “Collective Management Organization” of the Film Industry in Uganda. And as a fully registered Collecting Society, UFMI held her 1st ever General Assembly on 11 January 2010 and a Special Annual General meeting on the 20th of January 2011 to usher in the new elected Executive body.
Collective management organizations are long and internationally established solutions which are the exercise of copyright by organization(s) acting collectively in the interests and on behalf of the Copyright owners. Collecting Societies accordingly form an important link between rights owners and users of copyrightable works. Today; the Government of Uganda recognizes these Collecting Societies as legally constituted Collecting Societies in Uganda.
Collecting Societies give special volume based discounts when negotiated by trade associations on behalf of their members, for example, Karaoke, hotel and shopping complex associations. Many users belonging to these trade associations have been enjoying discounted tariffs since 1990. Copyright is a private right belonging to the right holders. It is the right holders who decide the rates. Governments as a matter of principle respect private rights and do not interfere by fixing the rates.