George Stanley Nsamba
George Stanley Nsamba
Ediu George Stanley Nsamba
14 October 1989
|Years active||2012 – present|
|Crafts:The Value Of Life, Silent Depression, The Dummy Team|
Nsamba was born in Mulago Hospital in the capital city of Uganda Kampala and grew up in the slums of Naguru. Born to a social worker mum Mrs Vicky Aryenyo and a father who worked at Mulago Hospital,his family lived a typical middle-class family in Uganda until his parents divorced when he was 6 letting him and his two siblings grow up with a single mother. Much as he can not count how many siblings he has on his father's side, he is the second born of three kids with the older sister Doreen Apiny and younger brother Brian Smith Were. He is a college dropout from Makerere University where he was offering a bachelor's degree in Industrial and Fine Arts.
His parents having divorced in 1996, Nsamba, his mother and two siblings moved to Naguru-go-down, a huge slum in Kampala, into an unfinished building which flooded when it rained and construction went on as they lived in it. After being diagnosed with HIV, his mother was admitted at Nsambya hospital in 1998 life became unbearable, Nsamba had to work as a kid carrying trash in exchange for old newspapers that he sold to put together money for his little brother's feeding. In 2010 after the death of his friend Ronnie in the July 2010 Kampala attacks, he overcame the drug addiction that he had battled for nearly six years.
Nsamba broke through ranks with the successful hit video "Nzijukira" by rapper St. Nelly-Sade in 2012 but it was not until 2015 that he broke through the film industry with his debut short film Crafts: The Value Of Life which was produced under his charity organization 'The Ghetto Film Project'. Nsamba's second film, Silent Depression, was released 16 June 2015, and has since become a cult reference for the effect of smartphones on humanity. It was also regarded as the most prolific film that screened at the 5th annual Slum Film Festival in Nairobi by the press and digital media.
His first film The Wish, a tribute to the fight against cancer, starred little known but celebrated writer-artist-poet-entrepreneur Kidron Googo - Th' KlaFella. In 2012 he was one of the filmmakers whose short film scripts were chosen for the Mnet short film competition and that was the beginning of his film career having previously been affiliated with the hip hop industry. With the growing documentary ideas and script, he soon gained the trust and respect of many and his works through The Ghetto Film Project earned him a nomination at the Social Media Awards in 2013. In August 2014 he was part of the GhettoXXI Exhibition in Łódź, Poland, being the only African representative defining the ghetto in African perspective using photography.
In 2015 following his success and success story as a filmmaker using films made on a small budget for social change, he was chosen to be the main facilitator and mentor at the 5th annual Slum Film Festival in Nairobi,Kenya. He mentored a master class of 14 youth from the huge slums of Mathare, Kibera among other places for a two-week workshop from 10 to 20 August after which a short film dubbed Best Of Luck was developed. He also took part as the lead discussant with the Kenya Film Commission, PAWA254 among other stake holders in the Kenyan film industry in a series of meetings and workshops organized by Slum Film Festival on low budget film making and measure to improve and grow the quality of the Kenyan film industry.
After dropping out of Makerere University, Nsamba ventured into documentary film making and one day when shooting a documentary for Destiny Friends International an NGO in Uganda he realized there was need not just to take the kids and youth to school but equip them with practical life skills and started up an organization called The Ghetto Film Project in 2013. He has been recognized by among others the Rotary Club Of Kampala Central for his work with vulnerable kids in the ghetto under his organization in 2015.
- Crafts: The Value Of Life (2015)
- Silent Depression (2015)
- The Dummy Team (2016)
- Time Irreversible (2017)
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Film festival nominations
|2015||Crafts:The Value Of Life||Best Narrative Short Film||Silicon Valley African Film Festival||Nominated|
|2015||Crafts:The Value Of Life||Best Short Film (Live Action)||Siffcy||Nominated|
|2015||Silent Depression||Best Fiction Film||Luksuz Film Festival||Nominated|
|2015||Silent Depression||Best Short Film (Live Action)||Siffcy||Nominated|
|2016||The Dummy Team||Short Film||Lake International PanAfrican Film Festival||Won|
|2016||Silent Depression||Video Art Award||Zoom International Film Festival||Nominated|
|2016||Silent Depression||Best Short Film||Amakula International Film Festival||Nominated|
|2016||The Dummy Team||Best Narrative Short Film||Silicon Valley African Film Festival||Won|
|2017||Time Irreversible||Best Message In A Short Film||RoldaWebFest||Nominated|
Film festival selections
|2015||Crafts:The Value Of Life||Slum Film Festival||Nairobi, Kenya|
|2015||Crafts:The Value Of Life||International Peace And Film Festival||Orlando, Florida, USA|
|2015||Crafts:The Value Of Life||FilmAid Film Festival||Nairobi, Kenya|
|2015||Silent Depression||Slum Film Festival||Nairobi, Kenya|
|2016||Silent Depression||Amakula International Film Festival||Kampala, Uganda|
|2016||Crafts:The Value Of Life||Helsinki African Film Festival||Helsinki, Finland|
|2016||Crafts:The Value Of Life||Ozark Shorts||USA|
|2016||Silent Depression||Kampala Short Film Festival||Kampala, Uganda|
|2016||Crafts:The Value Of Life||Kampala Short Film Festival||Kampala, Uganda|
|2016||The Dummy Team||NollyFest Film Program||Lagos, Nigeria|
|2016||The Dummy Team||FilmAid Film Festival||Nairobi,Kenya|
|2016||The Dummy Team||IndieWise Virtual Film Festival||Miami, Florida, USA|
|2016||Crafts:The Value Of Life||IndieWise Virtual Film Festival||Miami, Florida, USA|
|2016||Silent Depression||Bayimba International Festival Of The Arts||Kampala,Uganda|
|2016||The Dummy Team||Bayimba International Festival Of The Arts||Kampala,Uganda|
|2017||Silent Depression||Ngalabi Short Film Festival||Kampala,Uganda|
|2017||Time Irreversible||Slum Film Festival||Nairobi,Kenya|
|2017||The Dummy Team||Africa International Film Festival||USA|
|2017||Time Irreversible||African International Film Festival||USA|
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