AMAA, StarTimes to hold short-film festival
The African Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) and pay TV company StarTimes have partnered to organise a festival for short films aimed at growing the Nigerian and African film industry.
The festival is scheduled to take place from April 25 to May 25. Short films (not longer than 40 minutes) made by Africans or people of African descent between January 1, 2020 and April 2022 are eligible for submission. Entries can be submitted here on or before April 20, 2022.
AMAA’s founder Peace Anyiam-Osigwe said: “Our partnership will see short films airing from Mondays to Fridays on StarTimes leading channels like ST Nollywood+, ST Nollywood and ST Yoruba between 16.00 and 18.00 among other offerings.
“This partnership is big to us because it enables us to grow the short film industry in Nigeria and across Africa. We are happy that StarTimes keyed into this journey with us to give opportunities to young and existing filmmakers.”
She added that the festival will include a competition of some of the best short films registered and winners will be rewarded with cash prizes of up to N3m (US$7,215).
“During the festivals, exceptional films that make the cut will compete for cash prizes of US$3,000 (first prize) and a laptop; US$2,000 (second prize) and a phone; US$1,000 (third prize) with a phone, and a special prize of N500,000 for the best documentary,” said Anyiam-Osigwe.
StarTimes CEO Alex Jian stated: “The collaboration with AMAA is very crucial and strategic with the growing demand for quality local content by Nigerian and African film practitioners. StarTimes is glad to strengthen its partnership with AMAA to bring significant impact to the Nigerian and African film industry by ensuring the growth of filmmakers and getting value for their productions.”
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