The Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) and pay TV company StarTimes have unveiled the winners in The Shorts film festival, organised to motivate young and promising filmmakers on the continent.
Enobong Nkanta from Nigeria emerged as winner for his short film titled Mama’s Song and was awarded US$3,000 and a laptop.
Frank Dzikonu from Ghana was first runner-up for his animated movie Sad Story of Kojo and received US$2,000 and a mobile phone.
Frank Abasiekong from Nigeria became second runner-up for his short film Room 10 and took home US$1,000.
Edmond Tawale from Uganda was named winner in the best documentary category for his movie Ateker and also received US$1,000.
Peace Anyiam-Osigwe, founder of AMAA, said: “I’m delighted with this initiative to reward our young filmmaker and happy with the synergy StarTimes is having with the movie industry. Filmmakers need to understand the process of filmmaking. We approached StarTimes for partnership and StarTimes is willing to help us nurture these resourceful people.
“Over 500 entries were submitted while about 220 short films were selected for the screening. This shows the number of young people making their mark across Africa. We have to clear the stage for young and upcoming filmmakers. If we catch them young and structure them properly, it will help the growth of having better films being made along the way.
“The shortlisted films are still airing on ST Nollywood Plus on StarTimes and StarTimesON mobile app. If you have the opportunity, please watch them, so you will know what the young people are doing. There are a lot of topics that resonate with our daily lives. There are also little animations embedded too. So I was quite impressed with what I saw.”
Alex Jian, CEO of StarTimes, said the company’s goal was to provide a bigger platform for talented young people to succeed.
“StarTimes has been deeply engaged with Nollywood since last year, starting with the production of Ile Alayo season one, a great work directed by our friend and ambassador Femi Adebayo. During the process, we noticed the great potential of the whole industry, and we are surprised by many young content creators. They are passionate, hardworking and full of inspiration,” Jian said.
“As a pay TV platform rooted in Africa, StarTimes aims at providing the best content to its audience. And we are very willing to support content creators in all kinds of ways because when they grow, the industry grows. If they succeed, we succeed.
“AMAA is devoted to encouraging movie industry development, and now we are joining hands to support new faces. We are honored to work with AMAA on this beautiful cause, while we keep bringing fresh new content to the StarTimes audience.”