AMAA 2016 NOMINATIONS: NIGERIA, GHANA, SOUTH AFRICA, BURKINA FASO JOSTLE FOR  TOP  SPOT… Quality of films in competition improved -Shaibu Hussein, President of Jury

Four African countries, Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa and Burkina Faso are jostling for the top place  on the newly released nominations’list  of the 2016 Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA).

President of the  Jury, AMAA 2016  Shaibu Husseini, briefing journalists  at the unveiling of the nominees at the Protea Hotel, GRA Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria on Sunday said 420 films in different categories were received.  He disclosed tbat only 25 feature films made nominations after  adherence  to an consideration were considered. Some films s4nt for nominations, he said,  were not conclusive.
Hussein emphasised that “AMAA is not a popularity contest but jury-based award. Votes are not counted.

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With entries from 25 countries in Africa,  more entries, he said  came from Nigeria.
While the Jury received not less than 183 short films , only 8 were nominated due to logistics.
In all, over 250 feature films were received and only 25 films nominated.

For the exercise which he described as ‘tasking and tough’ six jurors were  present in Nigeria with other participating actively online.

Films from Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa, Burkina Faso are in hot chase for the AMAA’S coveted trophy in the Best  Acting category  and  in contention for the Best Director’s award are   the following films: $ ‘Fifty’, ‘Dry’, ‘The Cursed One’, ‘Eye of the Storm’, ‘Ayanda’, ‘La Pagne’, ‘Tell me Sweet Something’ and ‘Behind Closed Doors’.

From the list of nominees reeled out, two categories, according to  Husseini are yet to be announced:  “The remaining categories are Special Jury Awards and before the awards ceremony we would have decided on the nominees and eventual winners and by that time we would have the full Jury members on ground.”

The Jury President also revealed that the  quality of movies that came into the competition have improved greatly adding that more young people across the  Africa are coming into the industry as filmmakers with over 150 short film entries.

“Our film makers only need to pay attention to details especially in the technical areas. We have the stories already especially film makers  producing films in African languages. Truth is we can only compete at the Oscars with our indigenous language films and to do this we must improve on our photography, sound, editing and other technical areas. Our people need to improve on sub-titling of our films. What we  do as sub-titling are jokes and there is no way our films can travel within the international film festival circuits when the people can’t make sense of our films.”

“We are very happy about the quality of works that came into the competition this year and it gladdens our heart that every year the objectives of the awards are being achieved with film makers in Africa and beyond upping their game,” added Mr. Husseini.

The Board of Jurors of AMAA parades members  who are academics, film makers, critics and Film Festival curators from Nigeria, Germany, United States, Zimbabwe, Jamaica and Burkina Faso will decide on which film and individual talents that will emerge eventual winners at a glamorous Awards Night which will take place on Saturday, June 11, 2016 at the Garden City, Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

AMAA 2016 NOMINATION LIST

EFERE OZAKO AMAA 2016 AWARD FOR BEST SHORT FILM

Encounter – Nigeria
Le Chemin – Cote De Voire
Blood Taxi – Nigeria
Meet The Parents – Nigeria/Canada
Nourah The Holy Light – Burkina Faso
Ireti – Nigeria
Life of a Nigerian Couple – Nigeria

AMAA 2016 AWARD FOR BEST ANIMATION

The Pencil – Burkina Faso
The Peculiar Life of a Spider – Ghana
Funsie Fast Fingers – Nigeria
Lazare Sie Pale – Burkina Faso

AMAA 2016 AWARD FOR BEST DOCUMENTARY

1, My Fathers Funeral – Cameroon

Nollywood – Nigeria/Jordan
Tchindas- Cape Verde
The Fruitless Tree – Niger
Runs ‘I too Seek The Horizon’ – Nigeria/UK
Camera/Woman – Morocco

OUSMANE SEMBENE AMAA 2016 AWARD FOR BEST FILM IN AN AFRICAN LANGUAGE

Brotherhood Eye – Mali
Bala Bala Sese – Uganda
Missing God – Nigeria
Cursed Treasure – Ghana
Wako – Uganda
Daggers of Life (Agbe Fe Akumehewo) – Ghana

MICHAEL ANYIAM OSIGWE AMAA 2016 AWARD FOR BEST FILM BY AN AFRICAN LIVING ABROAD:

Lambadina – Ethiopia/USA
Skinned – Liberia/USA
LAPD African Cop – USA/Nigeria
Boxing Day – USA/Nigeria
MONA – Nigeria/UK

AMAA 2016 AWARD FOR BEST DIASPORA SHORT

Lines – USA
Raptors – USA
Across The Track – USA
Reset -USA

AMAA 2016 AWARD FOR BEST DIASPORA DOCUMENTARY

Agents of Change- USA
2.Can You Dig This- USA

America’s Blues – USA
Spirits of Rebellion – USA

AMAA 2016 AWARD FOR BEST DIASPORA FEATURE

America Is Still the Place – USA
Ben & Ara – USA
Luv Don’t Live Here – USA

AMAA 2016 AWARD FOR ACHIEVEMENT IN PRODUCTION DESIGN

The Cursed One – Ghana
Soldiers Story – Nigeria
Ayanda- South Africa
Missing God – Nigeria
Out of Luck- Nigeria

AMAA 2016 ACHIEVEMENT IN COSTUME DESIGN

Eye of the storm
Oshimiri
The Cursed One
Ayanda
Soldiers Story

AMAA 2016 AWARD FOR ACHIEVEMENT IN MAKE-UP

Oshimiri
The Cursed One
Missing God
Soldiers Story

AMAA 2016 AWARD FOR ACHIEVEMENT IN SOUNDTRACK

O-Town – Nigeria
Tell Me Sweet Something – South Africa
The Cursed One – Ghana
Hear me Move – South Africa
Le Pagne- Niger

AMAA 2016 AWARD FOR ACHIEVEMENT IN VISUAL EFFECT

Hear me Move – South Africa
Oshimiri – Nigeria
Stupid Movie – Nigeria
House Arrest – Uganda
Soldiers Story – Nigeria

AMAA 2016 AWARD FOR ACHIEVEMENT IN SOUND

Eye of the Storm- Burkina Faso
Fifty – Nigeria
The Cursed One – Ghana
Behind Closed Doors – Morocco
Falling – Nigeria
Rebecca- Ghana

AMAA 2016 AWARD FOR ACHIEVEMENT IN CINEMATOGRAPHY

The Cursed one
Eye of the Storm
Ayanda
Tell me Sweet Something
Fifty

AMAA 2016 AWARD FOR ACHIEVEMENT IN EDITING
Behind Closed Doors
Rebecca
The Cursed One
Eye of the Storm
Hear me Move

AMAA 2016 AWARD FOR ACHIEVEMENT IN SCREEN PLAY

The Cursed One
Tell me Sweet Something
The Visit
Eye of the Storm
Beyond Blood

AMAA 2016- RIVERS STATE GOVERNMENT ENDOWED AWARD FOR BEST NIGERIAN FILM

Beyond Blood
Dry
Fifty
Missing God
Falling
O’Town

AMAA 2016 AWARD FOR BEST YOUNG/ PROMISING ACTOR

Nyanso Dzedze – Hear Me Move
Ophelia Klenam Dzidzornu – The Cursed One
Zubaidat Ibrahim Fagge – Dry
Ifu Ennada – O’Town
Eve Esin – Oshimiri

AMAA 2016 AWARD FOR BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

Joseph Otsiman – The Cursed One
Uti Nwachukwu – Breathless
Abidine Dioari – Eye of the Storm
Odunlade Adekola – Taxi Driver
Kenneth Nkosi – Ayanda
Thomas Gumede- Tell Me Sweet Something

AMAA 2016 AWARD FOR BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

Thishiwe Ziqubu – Tell me Sweet Something
Maureen Okpoko – Missing God
Ijeoma Grace Agu – Jimi Bendel/ Taxi Driver
Bontte Modiselle – Hear Me Move
Nthati Moshesh – Ayanda
Linda Ejiofor– Out of Luck

AMAA 2016 AWARD FOR BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

Oris Erhuero – The Cursed One
OC Ukeje – Ayanda
Fragass Assande – Eye of the Storm
Masego ‘Maps’ Maponyane – Tell me Sweet Something
Daniel k. Daniel – Soldiers Story
Biuferi Yakoubi – La Pagne

AMAA 2016 AWARD FOR BEST ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE

Zineb Odeib – Behind Closed Doors
Adesua Etomi- Falling
Fulu Mugovhani – Ayanda
Maimouna N’Daiye – Eye of the Storm
Iretiola Doyle, Dakore Egbuson, Nse Ikpe Etim, Omoni Oboli – Fifty
Nomzamo Mbatha – Tell me Sweet Something

AMAA 2016 AWARD FOR BEST FIRST FEATURE FILM BY A DIRECTOR

MONA – Anthony Abuah
Beyond Blood – Greg Odutayo
8 Bars and A Clef- Chioma Onyenwe

AMAA 2016 AWARD FOR BEST DIRECTOR

Nana Obiri-Yeboah- The Cursed One
Biyi Bandele- Fifty
Sekou Toure- Eye of the Storm
Sara Blecher- Ayanda
Moussa Hamadou Djingarey- La Pagne
Stephanie Linus – Dry
Akin Omotoso – Tell me Sweet Something
Mohammed Ahed Bensouda – Behind Closed Doors

AMAA 2016 AWARD FOR BEST FILM

The Cursed One – Ghana
Fifty – Nigeria
Eye of the Storm – Burkina Faso
Ayanda – South Africa
La Pagne- Niger
Dry – Nigeria
Tell me Sweet Something- South Africa
Behind Closed Doors- Morocco


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