The announcement was made through the organizers’ official Facebook account yesterday, where they also stated that the nominations night will be hold on June 20, 2015.
According to the organizers, 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.
The jury for AMAA 2015 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.
AMAA prides itself as a glamorous celebration of artistry honoring excellence in African Filmmaking and Cinema and a platform that projects the African film industry to Africa and the rest of the world.
Some of the winners at past editions include, Clarion Chukwura Abiola, Justus Esiri, Gabriel Afolayan, Niji Akanni, The Meeting and Confusion Na Wa.