Fulu Mugovhani receives the award for Best Actress at AMAA 2016
A delighted Fulu Mugovhani receives the award for Best Actress in a Leading Role at AMAA 2016. (Image: Africa Movie Academy Awards on Facebook)

Entries have opened for the 2017 Africa Movie Academy Awards, and filmmakers are invited to submit their feature, short, animation and documentary work for consideration in nearly 30 film categories.

The Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) were founded in 2005 in order to celebrate and develop African film, as well as to unite the African continent and diaspora through arts and culture.

The event is run by a privately funded organisation, and takes place annually in Nigeria - the one exception being in 2015, when Port Elizabeth, South Africa played host to the awards.

South Africa makes its presence felt at 'Africa's Oscars'

South African filmmakers have made their presence felt at previous editions of "Africa's Oscars": Charlie Vundla's How To Steal 2 Million won both the best film and best director awards in 2012, and Jahmil XT Qubeka repeated this double feat in 2014 with Of Good Report.

In 2015, Donovan Marsh's crime thriller iNumber iNumber was nominated in 12 categories and came away with two awards, for Achievement in Production Design and Achievement in Visual Effects.

Tell Me Sweet Something co-stars Maps Maponyane and Nomzamo Mbatha
Tell Me Sweet Something co-stars Maps Maponyane (back to camera) and Nomzamo Mbatha take delivery of one of two awards the movie won at AMAA 2016. (Image: Africa Movie Academy Awards on Facebook)

And this year three South African films - all of them made in Gauteng - bagged four awards between them: Fulu Mugovhani was named Best Actress in a Leading Role for her portrayal of a 21-one year old Afro-hipster in Ayanda, Dance feature film Hear Me Move came away with the Achievement in Editing award, and Akin Omotoso's Joburg love story Tell Me Sweet Something won twice, for Achievement in Screenplay and for Thishiwe Ziqubu, who was named Best Actress in a Supporting Role.

AMAA 2017 submissions

The 13th edition of the AMAAs will be held on 20 May 2017 and televised globally. The deadline for submissions is 30 December, with a late entry deadline of 13 January. Nominations will be announced on 15 April.

Only films that were produced and released between July 2015 and December 2016 will be considered. The jury will also not consider feature films longer than 120 minutes, or short films longer than 40 minutes.

Submissions can be made online via www.amaasubmissions.com or the FilmFreeway platform.

Completed entry forms must be accompanied by all listed supporting materials, including a film synopsis, list of credits, marketing stills, filmographies of the directors and producers, copies of the movie in 3DVDS or hard drive, plus a compulsory online submission via Vimeo or We Transfer and proof of the right to submit. All films must indicate year of copyright.

For more information, visit www.ama-awards.com or email admin@ama-awards.com.

Source: staff reporter

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