The Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) has invited film-makers to submit their feature, short, animation and documentary works for consideration in nearly 30 categories of the awards.
The deadline for all submissions is 30th January 2018, while a late entry deadline is February 14. Submission is on Film Freeway and in any of the AMAA offices across the continent.
AMAA rolls out the rules thus, The organisers note, “Filmmakers must ensure that for the 2018 edition of the award, each completed entry form must be accompanied with all the supporting materials listed on the submission forms, including the synopsis of the film, the list of credits, marketing stills of the film, filmographies of the directors and producers, copies of the film in 3DVDS or a hard drive plus a compulsory online submission via vimeo / we transfer and proof of the right to submit. All films must indicate the year of copyright. Importantly, the Africa Film Academy will not accept any film that exceeds the 120-minute run as a feature or a short film that is longer than 40 minutes.
“The primary aim of the awards is to facilitate the development and the showcasing of the social relevance of African film and cinema. The awards are presented to recognise and honour excellence in professional film-making in the African film industry and the African Diaspora.”
They recall that the 2017 AMAA took place on July 15, 2017 at the Eko Hotels Convention Centre in Lagos State.
It was hosted by notable Nollywood actress Nse Ikpe-Etim. Awards were presented in about 30 categories including best animation, best Diaspora feature, Best Africa Film in the Diaspora and Best Diaspora Short Film Awards, inclusive of Caribbean shorts and Caribbean features, achievement in make-up, achievement in production design, and achievement in editing, achievement in screenplay, best actor and actress in a supporting role, and more.
AMAA further notes, “The award for the Best African actor of the year went to Jahwar Soudani for his lead role in the Tunisian movie Last of Us, while the Congolese actress Vero Tshanda won the Best Actress award for her lead role in the Senegalese movie Félicité by Allan Gomis.
Felicite emerged the biggest winner of the night, winning the AMAA 2017 Best Film and lots more. Other winners include Akin Omotoso, who won the best director award, Nkem Owoh, who received the Lifetime Achievement Award and 76, which won the Lagos State Best Nigerian award.”