All is set for the prestigious Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) gala as it returns to Rwanda for the second time.
Dubbed AMAA 2018, this year’s event is scheduled for October 20, at the Intare Conference Arena in Gasabo District, Kigali. It is the 14 edition of the awards. The wards had earlier been scheduled for September 22, at the Radisson Blu Hotel and Convention Center.
AMAA was launched in 2005, by Nigerian filmmaker, and entertainment executive Peace Anyiam-Osigwe, as a platform to recognise excellence of professionals in the African film industry. It has been described as one of the biggest and most credible jury-based reward system for filmmakers and film professionals in the motion picture industry from Africa, and Africans in the diaspora.
Organisers unveiled the list of nominees on August 3rd, in Lagos, Nigeria.
However, no Rwandan filmmaker made it to the list of nominees in the 27 different award categories.
The Government of Rwanda, through the Rwanda Convention Bureau and Rwanda Development Board, agreed to host this year’s edition, in line with its Pan-African and Africa integration agenda.
“It remains a fact that AMAA is the longest running Pan-African awards in the whole of Africa. Similar awards in film, music, and the visual arts have come and gone. Since 2005, we have worked to keep and protect the integrity of the awards. This is why we can partner with Rwanda, a country where excellence and professionalism drive business and governance,” remarked AMAA founder Peace Anyiam-Osigwe in a press statement on the AMAA website.
Osigwe added that this year, visitors to the awards, especially Africans will not struggle to gain visas as these will be processed on arrival.
She further thanked President Paul Kagame and other African leaders that are at the forefront of easing movement of persons within the continent.
“We call upon other African countries to adopt a visa on arrival policy if we can’t remove visa completely. Our people will prosper and there will be shared prosperity when we can travel and do business and even for holidays easily within Africa,” she said.
A lawyer by training, Osigwe is credited for pioneering the screening of Nigerian (Nollywood) films at international film festivals.
Three day affair:
This year’s awards will kick off with pre-gala events on October 18, and 19, according to Anny Batamuliza, of New Dawn Associates, a local Tours and Travel agency, that is in charge of organising the event.
“We have small round table events of about 200 people (VVIPs) that will be talking about different aspects of film production, hosting different speakers from different movie industry sectors. There is also a makeup session, where top Nigerian makeup artists will be coming to Rwanda to train 40 Rwandans in the art of professional makeup. This will be done in partnership with the Workforce Development Authority (WDA).
Recently, AMAA hosted a social media training workshop in Kigali for young people in partnership with the Rwanda Convention Bureau and Ecobank, with tech resource persons drawn from Rwanda and Nigeria.
Last year, Lagos hosted the awards at the Eko Hotel Convention Center in Victoria Island.
On the choice of Intare Conference Arena for the event, Batamuliza said: “Rwanda is growing its MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions) sector. So we can’t afford to have only one or two prominent venues. The government of Rwanda is looking at unveiling even more conference venues and conference hubs in the future.”
Tickets are on sale at $10, $15, $25, and $500 for a corporate table. Sales points are; Nakumatt UTC and Kagugu, and Bourbon Coffee (UTC and MTN Center).
Some of the award categories
AMAA 2018 Award for Best Film
Isoken – Nigeria
Five Fingers For Marseilles – South Africa
In My Country – Nigeria
The Blessed Vost- Algeria
Cross Roads – Nigeria
Road to Sunshine – Malawi
Siembamba – South Africa
Hotel Called Memory – Nigeria
Sidechic Gang – Ghana
Lost Café – Kenneth Gyang
Tony Elumelu AMAA 2018 Award for Best Comedy
Sidechic Gang – Ghana
Banana Island Ghost – Nigeria
The Adventures Of Supermama – South Africa
Koko: The Box TV – Nigeria
AMAA 2018 Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role
Kate Henshaw- Roti
Reine Swart – Siembamba
Okawa Shaznay –In My Country
Dakore Egbuson – Isoken
Nana Ama McBrown, Lydia Forson and Sika Osei – Sidechic Gang
Mariam Phiri – The Road To Sunrise
Tunde Aladese – Lost Café
Joselyn Dumas – Potato Potahto
AMAA 2018 Award for Best First Feature Film by a Director
My Mothers Story –Flora Suya- Malawi
Ogwuetiti Obiuto – Onyeka Nwelue – Nigeria
Five Fingers for Marseilles- Michael Mathews- South Africa
Isoken – Jadesola Osiberu- Nigeria
18 Hours – Njue Kevin – Kenya
Banana Island Ghost – BB Sasore- Nigeria
The Blessed Vost – Sefia Djama – Algeria
AMAA 2018 Award for Best Director
Jade Osiberu – Isoken
Michael Mathews- Five Fingers For Marseilles
Frank Rajah Arase – In My Country
Safia Djama- The Blessed Vost
Oluseyi Siwoku – Cross Roads
Shemu Joyah- Road to Sunshine
Darrell Roodt- Siembamba
Akin Omotosho- Hotel Called Memory
Peter Kofi Sedufia – Sidechic Gang
The Lost Café – Kenneth Gyang
AMAA 2018 Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role
Vuyo Dabula – Five Fingers For Marseille
Richard Mofe Damijo – Cross Roads
Sam Dede – In My Country
Sani Bouajla – The Blessed Vost
OC Ukeje – Potato Potahto
Chris Attoh – Esohe
Oros Mampofu – Lucky Specials
Frank Donga – Hakkunde
Michael Anyiam Osigwe AMAA 2018 Award for Best Film by an African living abroad
Minister – Nigeria/Italy
Alexandra – Nigeria/USA
Low Lifes And High Hopes – Nigeria/Austria
AMAA 2018 Award for Best Diaspora Short
Torments of Love (Guadeloupe)
Baby Steps (USA)
AMAA 2018 Award for Best Diaspora Documentary
Evolutionary Blues (USA)
Barrows: Freedom Fighter (Barbados)
Sammy Davis Jr. – I’ve Got To Be Me (USA)
Efere Ozako AMAA 2018 award for Best Short Film
Dem Dem – Senegal/Belgium
Zenith – Cameroun/USA
It Rains on Ouga – Burkina Faso
In Shadows – Kenya
Coat of Harm – Nigeria
Tikitat Soulima – Morocco
Nice, Very Nice – Algeria
Visions (Shaitan, Buruja, Brood) – Nigeria
Fallou – Senegal
Still Water Runs Deep – Nigeria/USA
AMAA 2018 Award for Best Animation
Group Photo – Nigeria
Belly Flop – South Africa
Untitled – Ghana
Crush – Nigeria
AMAA 2018 Award for Best Documentary
Bigger Than Africa – Nigeria/USA
Winnie – South Africa
Boxing Libreville – Gabon
Silas – South Africa/Kenya
When Babies Don’t Come – South Africa
Uncertain Future – Burundi
We Came In Sprint Carts – South Africa
Ousmane Sembene AMAA 2018 Award for Best Film in an African Language
Mansoor – Nigeria
Five Fingers For Marseilles – South Africa
Icheke Oku – Nigeria
Agwaetiti Obiuto – Nigeria
Nyasaland – Malawi
Tunu – Tanzania.