AMAA has boosted African film recognisition — Anyiam-Osigwe
•Eyimofe, Ayinla, Bad Comments, 27 Others Battles For Awards
Organisers have announced the list of nominees ahead of the 17th edition of the Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) scheduled for November 28, 2021, in Lagos. The AMAA 2021 Gala and award is scheduled to hold at the Marriot Hotel, Ikeja GRA, Lagos and will be televised live in more than 40 countries across Africa and other countries worldwide.
Award-winning Nigerian feature film Eyimofe, Gravedigger’s Wife, Bad Comments, Omije Oju, Broken Butterfly, are among the films that made it to the final 30.
Among the nominees, the film Gravedigger’s Wife from Somalia received the most nominations with 10, including nominations in categories such as the award for best film in African Language, the award for best actor in a leading role and best director. Movies like Nyara (Tanzania) Omo Ghetto: The Saga (Nigeria), Eyimofe (Nigeria), African American (South Africa) and Ayinla (Nigeria) also received multiple nominations.
Nigerian movie Director, Chuko Esiri was nominated in two categories, while Nigerian actress and Big Brother Naija star, Oluwabamike Olawunmi-Adenibuyan (Bam-Bam) was nominated in Best Young/Promising Actor for her role in the movie Collision Course.
Seven movies were nominated for the Efere Ozako Amaa 2021 Award For Best Short Film, while seven movies were also selected for the Jubril Malafia Amaa 2021 Award For Best Animation. Eight movies were shortlisted for the AMAA 2021 Award For Best Documentary.
Since 2005, AMAA has celebrated the excellence of Africa’s cinema, and the 17th edition, tagged Restoration promises not to fall short of expectation. For this year, 500 movies were submitted for the award, but only 30 made it to the final.
While announcing the nominees for the 26 categories, AMAA head of jury, Steve Ayorinde said movies were submitted from different countries of the continent. He also noted that the 2021 list of nominees reflects the brilliance of filmmakers across the continent.
“The criteria have always been standard, making a good film, speaking the language of cinema, high production value, good stories, high-level performance. There is no Nigerian type of acting, there is no West African type of filmmaking, it’s about having something that Africa can be proud of and that has always been the style of AMAA.
“For me, I am proud of what we’ve been able to do. I’ve enjoyed myself even though it was intensive work but I’ve enjoyed all the films.
“I think it was a beautiful journey for three weeks especially for the jury, it’s been very intense, of course, enjoyable too and I can only wish all the nominees good luck on November 28.”
Speaking on how the award has strengthened the movie industry, AMAA Founder, Peace Anyiam-Osigwe, said: “It helps to get distribution, recognition at other films festivals. When a film went to AMAA, it opens a lot of avenues for the filmmaker to be able to go forward and do bigger projects.
“One of the things people need to realize is that almost every single person in the jury works with film festivals across the world. So, there is a representative of every one of them on AMAA jury.
“There is a lot of involvement by people who create African movies across the world, and they are looking over our shoulder to make sure we are pushing the narrative in African cinema.
On how AMAA has impacted the Nigerian movie industry, she said: “I think when you look back at some of our winners like Kunle Afolayan whose first film, Irapada, made it at AMAA. Irapada made it at the British film festival and obviously other films by Kunle has also gone on to win things, I think if you talk to Kunle, he would recognise the role AMAA has played in his trajectory.