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Film makers send entries for awards

EXPLAINERS
By | December 10th 2010

By DAVID ODONGO

The Africa Film Academy has closed entries for feature and documentary works for consideration by the 7th African Movie Academy Awards (AMAA). The entries were closed early this week and film body has announced that nominations ceremony will be held in Nairobi in February next year.

Kenyan films have in the past won in the continental awards. Last year, Wanuri Kahiu’s acclaimed movie, From a Whisper, bagged Achievement in Editing Award, Best Picture Award and Best Original Sound Track.

The Best Screen play diadem was a hot contention between favourites Through the Glass by Stephanie Okereke and Tchidi Chikere’s Beautiful soul but was surprisingly won by Wanuri’s From a Whisper.

Other categories for nomination in the 2011 African Movie Academy Awards includes Most Promising Actress, Most Promising Actor, Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Best Child Actor, Most Outstanding Costumes, Most Outstanding Cinematography, Most Outstanding Make Up, Most Outstanding Edit and the Heart of Africa Award. The Africa Film Academy awards two major categories of short films and animation. This year the Academy has also announced

Film maker Wanuri Kahiu. Her movie, From a Whisper, won an award last year. [PHOTO: FILE/ STANDARD]

a category for the Best Africa Film in the Diaspora and the Best Diaspora Short Film Awards.

In the last motion picture practioners awards ceremony, Togetherness Supreme movie cast, Wilson Maina, won the Most Promising Actor in the gala that saw another Kenyan movie, Coming of Age, win the Best Documentary. The 7th edition of the AMAAs will be held in April next year and will be televised globally.

Only films produced and released between December 2009 and this month were entered for this celebration of African cinema. The African Movie Academy Awards were founded in 2005.

Held annually in Nigeria, the AMAAs is without doubt becoming a prestigious and glamorous African entertainment industry event.

The 2010 African Movie Academy Awards took place on April 10 in Nigeria. In a night of glamour, glitz and exhilaration, Ramsey Noah was judged the best actor in the continent for his lead role in Kunle Afolayan’s Figurine while Jackie Appiah, Lydia Forson and Naa Mensa-Doku jointly captured the best actress diadem based on their roles in Perfect Picture. Other highlights of the 2010 AMAA Awards include Imani (Uganda) being named winner of Best Film in African Language; A Sting in a Tale (Ghana) winning Best Original Soundtrack; The Tenant (Nigeria) winning Best Screenplay; Shirley Frimpong Manso’s The Perfect Picture (Ghana) Best Director.

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