AS the date draws close for the 9th edition of the African Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) organisers have announced an unprecedented upsurge in the number of films that have been submitted by film markers across Africa and in the Diaspora with the Francophone African countries leading the pack.
According to Mr. Shuaib Hussein, a member of the awards jury and chairman of the College of Screeners, a total of 671 films have been submitted for AMAA this year compared to average of about 300 films that were entered in previous editions.
”This year is a milestone for AMAA as the award will hold its 9th edition and surprisingly the French speaking African countries have finally embraced the award as the best and biggest in Africa. I want to give kudos to the promoters of this award for the commitment and dedication. It is a lot of hard work to really get the French speaking countries to believe in AMAA,” Shuaib said.
Hussein also revealed that film makers from South Africa, Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Gambia, Zimbabwe and Sudan entered their films for the most prestigious reward system for motion picture industry in Africa.
”From Diaspora film makers we received entries from United States, Brazil, Singapore, UK, Trinidad & Tobago and Jamaica. This is a fitting way to celebrate the 10th edition of AMAA,” he added.
Giving the breakdown of the entries, the Chairman of the College of Screeners said 184 short films,108 Diaspora features – documentaries and shorts films, 60 documentaries from Africa and 319 feature films from within and outside Africa including films made by Africans living abroad were received.
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