African Movie Academy Awards
Only films produced and released between December 2009 and December 2010 may be entered into the seventh African Movie Academy Awards.

The Africa Film Academy invites filmmakers to submit their feature, short, and documentary works for consideration by the seventh African Movie Academy Awards (Amaa), the premier Africa film awards. The African Movie Academy is calling for nominations from the public and stakeholders in the film industry for winners in nearly 30 film categories. The deadline for all submissions is 30 November 2010, and nominations will be announced in Kenya in February 2011.

The seventh edition of the Amaa awards will be held on 9 April 2011 and televised globally. Only films produced and released between December 2009 and December 2010 may be entered.

The African Movie Academy Awards were founded in 2005. Held annually in Nigeria, Amaa is without doubt becoming the most prestigious and glamorous African entertainment industry event of its kind on the continent. Evolving from a one-day event – televised live – to a diarised annual African event, the Amaa awards are now an established engagement platform for filmmakers, industry professionals and all creative industry stakeholders.

The primary aim of the awards is to facilitate the development and showcase the social relevance of African film and cinema. The awards are presented to recognise and honour excellence in professionals in the African film industry, including directors, actors and writers, as well as at to unite the African continent through arts and culture.

Over the years the award presentation has been attended by numerous international media representatives, Hollywood celebrities, Nigerian politicians, other African politicians, journalists, film industry professionals, and actors and actresses from across Africa.

The 2010 African Movie Academy Awards took place on April 10 at the Glory Land Cultural Centre in Yenagoa in Nigeria’s Bayelsa State. 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 the film Perfect Picture.

The Ghanaians defeated popular Nigerian actresses Bimbo Akintola and Stephaine Okereke who were major contenders for the top prize for their roles in Nnenda and Freedom in Chain.

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 of The Perfect Picture (Ghana) being named Best Director, I Sing of a Well (Ghana) winning Special Jury Prize, and The Figurine (Nigeria) being selected as Best Picture. In addition to other awards and prizes, King Ampaw (Ghana) was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Other categories for nomination in the 2011 African Movie Academy Awards include 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, the Heart of Africa Award and more.

Each completed entry form for 2011 entries must be accompanied by all the supporting materials listed on the submission forms, including the synopsis of the film, the list of credits, marketing stills of the film, filmographies of the directors and producers, 10 DVD copies of the film and proof of the right to submit. All films must indicate year of copyright.

The Africa Film Academy will not accept any film that exceeds the 120 minute run as a feature or a short film that is longer than 50 minutes. The academy awards two major categories of short films and animation. Two new awards are to be presented this year: Best Africa Film in the Diaspora and the Best Diaspora Short Film.