The organizers of the Africa Movie Academy Award (AMAA) have announced that this year’s edition of the award show will be held in June. The exact date however is not yet known.
According to the organizers of the event, over 800 films from 60 different countries have already been received and the pre-selection screening process -where the entries are screened in line with entry rules- has begun with the Nomination Gala night billed to hold in May.
The jury for this year’s AMAA awards include: Keith Shiri, a Zimbabwean, film festival organizer and programmer; Ayuko Babu, Director, Pan-African Film Festival in Los Angeles, John Akomfrah (OBE), a Ghanaian-British filmmaker; Shaibu Hussein, Nigerian journalist and film critic.
Others are Prof. Hyginus Ekwuazi, a Nigerian Film academic from University of Ibadan; Steve Ayorinde, a Nigerian senior journalist and film critic and Berni Goldblat, a Swedish and Film festival organiser. Others are Ms. Dorothee Wenner, Berlin Film Festival Curator; June Givanni, London based West Indian Film Festival programmer, and Dr. Asantewa Olatunji, Co-Director of Pan-African Film Festival in Los Angeles, United States as well as Charles Burnett; an American and Filippe Savadogo, a former Minister of Culture, Tourism and Communications in Burkina Faso.
The AMAAs is one of the most prestigious motion picture award ceremonies on the African continent.