Ugandan Movie Director Isaac Nabwana wins Best Action Film Director Award at Fantastic Fest 2016.


HiPipo Reporter.

Stand Up Uganda! Our arts’ industry continues to grow, develop and perform very well across the world.

A few hours ago, our very own, Geoffrey Isaac Nabwana won the award for Best Action Film Director at the Fantastic Fest 2016. Isaac is the founder of the famous, fastest growing and purely Ugandan movies company Wakaliwood & Ramon Film Productions.

After receiving the news, an excited Isaac posted on his Facebook wall; “Wakaliwood ‘we do the best to stand. One for all and all for one. To achieve the Goal or die trying. Let us work together and God with us, United we stand divided we fall. For God and Wakaliwood & Ramon Film Productions…”

The win for Best Action Film director comes at the back of committed and dedicated works that Isaac Nabwana and his team have undertaken since 2005. Their most popular action movies include Who killed Captain Alex, Rescue Team, and Bad Black. Operation Kakongoliro; the Ugandan Expendables is their next biggest project to be out this year.

Even with so much criticism for their early works, Wakaliwood & Ramon Film Productions has remained dedicated to its objectives of transforming the movie industry, giving it a Ugandan face and identity.  Ten years down the road, Wakaliwood is receiving well deserved and authentic recognition and publicity from all over the world. They have become a big deal for all the major publishers as the world seeks to know how a film company hatched from Wakaliga ‘ semi ghetto’ is able to produce memorable and thrilling movies.

Just this week, in an article titled “How a Ugandan director is making great action movies on $200 budgets,” The Washington Post published an in-depth story about Isaac and his Wakaliwood & Ramon Films Production family.

The future is brighter for this team. Fact is; Wakaliwood has very great films’ concepts, its administration and creative teams are both devoted and gifted while the actors are so dedicated. It is only a question of time before they take over the world.

At HiPipo, we wish them the best as they continue to fly the Ugandan flag higher.

Some of the attendants of the Fantastic Fest 2016 in Austin, Texas, United States of America.
Some of the attendants of the Fantastic Fest 2016 in America.

About Fantastic Fest.

Fantastic Fest is the largest genre film festival in the U.S., specializing in horror, fantasy, sci-fi, action and just plain fantastic movies from all around the world. In years past we have presented the world premieres of major motion pictures such as THERE WILL BE BLOOD, APOCALYPTO, FRANKENWEENIE and ZOMBIELAND. Our guest roster has included such talent as Mel Gibson, Bill Murray, Dolph Lundgren, Jemaine Clement, Paul Rudd, Bill Pullman, Paul Thomas Anderson, Kevin Smith, Jon Favreau, George Romero, Jess Franco, Darren Aronofsky, Mike Judge, Roger Corman, Elijah Wood, Eli Roth, Nicolas Lopez and Tim Burton. We also feature world, national and regional premieres of new, up-and-coming genre films.

Fantastic Fest is held each year at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Austin, Texas. The Alamo Drafthouse was named the best cinema in America by Entertainment Weekly and features food and drink served to your seat without any disruption of the movie experience.

Film actors at the Wakaliwood & Ramon Film Productions home in Wakaliga, Kampala.
Film actors at the Wakaliwood & Ramon Film Productions home in Wakaliga, Kampala.

Bad Black: Movie by Wakaliwood & Ramon Film Productions.


A mild-mannered doctor is trained in the art of ass-kicking commando vengeance by a no-nonsense ghetto kid named Wesley Snipes (!). This is only one of the many delirious action-packed stories that converge in this exuberant DIY extravaganza from the home of “da best of da best movies”: WAKALIWOOD, UGANDA!!!


Welcome to Wakaliwood: home to “da best of da best movies!” and the vanguards of action-packed off-the-grid DIY commando cinema. Under the guidance of writer/director/producer Nabwana Isaac Godfrey Geoffrey (IGG), this crack crew of self-taught filmmakers and kung fu aficionados have made dozens of exuberant and exhilarating action films in the ghetto outside Kampala, Uganda for budgets of $200 US a movie. Despite props, computers and gear all being built from scrap parts (including a full-size Huey helicopter!) and the ludicrously cheap but infectiously endearing CG explosions/muzzle-flashes, Wakaliwood cinema’s reckless abandon manages to inspire more heart, grit and soul than a thousand Hollywood blockbusters.

At Fantastic Fest, you will witness their latest crime epic: BAD BLACK, where a mild-mannered doctor, portrayed by real-life Wakaliwood producer Alan Hofmanis, is trained in the art of ass-kicking commando vengeance by a no-nonsense ghetto kid named Wesley Snipes (!) in an effort to steal back a family heirloom from Uganda’s toughest gang. A multitude of subplots ensue at a breakneck pace as Nabwana hurls his charismatic cast through bombastic firefights, dizzying motorcycle chases, and an absolutely madcap prison riot – all photographed with a thrilling gonzo panache and seeped in gleefully silly, self-deprecating humor. Per the oral tradition of Ugandan storytelling, all the aforementioned mayhem is miraculously made coherent by the acerbic wit of the film’s narrator / video-joker (think a Ugandan Tom Servo), whom at one point aptly distills this delirious hour and change to a single sentiment: “It is a love story… LOVE OF ACTION!” (Peter Kuplowsky)