Expectations High As Deadline for AMAA 2020 Entries Inch Closer

by Olamilekan Okeowo

With an inaugural special category for Asian Foreign language category up for grabs, the Africa Movie Academy Awards, AMAA, has reminded filmmakers across Africa to submit their feature, short, animation and documentary films for consideration in 27 categories of the 16th edition of the awards. The deadline for the awards ceremony has been extended to July 1.

The AMAA is renowned for the celebration of the best in African cinema.

According to the organizers, eAch completed entry must be accompanied by all the supporting materials listed on the submission forms, including a synopsis of the film, the list of credits, marketing stills of the film, filmographies of the directors, and producers in 3 DVDs or a hard drive at https://filmfreeway.com/festival/africamovieacade my awards-882089.

All films must indicate the year of copyright which should be between January 2019 and March 2020. “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. AMAA awards two major categories of short films and animation. The Academy also awards the category for Best Africa Film in the Diaspora and Best Diaspora Short Film Awards.”

The Nominations For this year’s ceremony will be announced on the 30th of September 2020 while the Awards ceremony is billed to hold on October 25, 2020, in Lagos, Nigeria, and televised globally.

The Africa Movie Academy Awards was founded in 2005 and has held mostly annually in Nigeria. It was established as an engagement platform for filmmakers, industry professionals, and all creative industry stakeholders with the primary aim of facilitating the development and showcase the social relevance of African cinema from filmmakers across the globe.

The awards are presented to recognize and honor the excellence of professionals of African descent in the film industry worldwide. This includes directors and all professional aspects of filmmaking. The AMAA also serves as a platform that continually unites the black filmmakers through arts and culture.

In the 2019 edition held at the Landmark Events Center in Lagos State, Nigeria on October 27, Congolese-Belgian actor, Marc Zinga, carted home the best African actor of the year for his lead role in the Rwandan movie, Mercy of the Jungle, while Nigeria’s Sola Sobowale took home the best actress award for her lead role in King of Boys.

Other winners included Jahmil X. Qubeka, who won the Best Director award for Sew the Winter to My Skin. Cynthia Dankwa for Burial Of Kojo won the award for Best Young Promising Actor. Best Diaspora Short Movie went to Bail, while the award for Best Animation went to Choice, even as Best Documentary went to My Friend Fela.

The event was hosted by Lala Akindoju and Lorenzo Menakaya

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