Funsho Arogundade

The 2015 edition of African Movie Academy Awards, AMAA will hold in June, P.M.NEWS Entertainment Cafe learnt.

The most prestigious and respected continental and transcontinental motion picture Awards in Africa will hold on a date to be announced soon while the Nomination Gala night will hold in May before the inauguration of the President-Elect, General Muhammadu Buhari on 29 May.

Already, over 800 films have been received for the 2015 edition. The films came from over 60 countries mostly within Africa, South America, United States and North America.

Shaibu Hussein, a film critic and the Chairman College of Screeners, said the organisers received a good number of entries from what could be considered new territories for AMAA from such countries as Cuba, Brazil, Trinidad & Tobago and Jamaica.

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“The enthusiasm and interest of filmmakers from South America, Francophone countries and North Africa are increasing by the day with the amount of films submitted for the awards from the countries in these regions. We are quite excited about this development,’’ said Hussein.

Already, the pre-selection screening has started — the stage where the entries are screened in line with entry rules before the films that comply with the entry requirements are sent to College of Screeners where the real job of adjudication starts.

The Chairman of the Jury for this year’s awards is Keith Shiri, a Zimbabwean who is film festival organiser and programmer. Two distinguished motion picture practitioners of international repute, Charles Burnett, an American and Filippe Savadogo, a former Minister of Culture, Tourism and Communications in Burkina Faso, recently joined the current body of Jurors.

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The current Jury members include Ayuko Babu, Director Pan-African Film Festival in Los Angeles; John Akomfrah (OBE), a Ghanaian-British filmmaker ; Shaibu Hussein, Nigerian journalist and film critic; Keith Shiri, a Zimbabwean Film Festival programmer; Professor 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, Ms. 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.