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AMAA, StarTimes reveal short-film winners

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.

Peace Anyiam-Osigwe

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.”

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Eyimofe wins five AMAAs

Eyimofe (This is My Desire) was directed by brothers Arie and Chuko Esiri

Nigerian feature film Eyimofe took home five prizes at the 17th edition of the Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAAs) at the weekend.

The film was nominated in seven of the 26 categories at the awards, which took place at the Marriot Hotel, Ikeja, on November 28.

Eyimofe won for Achievement in Sound, Best First Feature Film by a Director, Best Director and Best Film, and also took the National Film and Video Censors Board Award for Best Nigerian Film.

Directed by twin brothers Arie and Chuko Esiri, Eyimofe presents a realistic picture of everyday life in Lagos, a city where the road to a better life is fraught with many obstacles.

The AMAAs are presented annually to recognise excellence among professionals working in or contributing to the African film industry.

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Osigwe named AMP president

The founder of the Africa Movie Academy Awards, Peace Anyiam-Osigwe, has emerged as the seventh national president of the Association of Movie Producers (AMP).

Peace Anyiam-Osigwe

The announcement was made during the AMP’s seventh annual general meeting, held recently.

Adedayo Thomas, executive director of the National Film and Video Censors Board, told the AMP’s newly appointed executives: “It gives me great joy to congratulate you on behalf of the governing board, management and staff of the National Film and Video Censors Board on your very recent victory at the polls successfully conducted to elect new executives of the Association of Movie Producers by the AMP electoral committee in Asaba, Delta State.

“I am assured and convinced the new leadership with its rich composition of seasoned and accomplished industry practitioners who possess diverse experiences and tentacles will continue on that trajectory of visionary and transformative leadership, ingenuity, objectivity, consensus building, unity, transparency and accountability for sterling a superlative performance during their tenure.”

He also commended the association for a successful and peaceful election. He congratulated the previous president, Ralph Nwadike, for successfully leading the AMP for the last four years and veteran producer Zeb Ejiro for demonstrating incisive leadership and mentorship.

Promising to unite the association, Osigwe said: “To deepen the achievements of the association by opening other channels to enable members get value for their money, I will work towards ensuring that the irony of the country being the second largest producer of movies in the world but ranked poorest would be reversed.

“I assure you that piracy will be checked to protect intellectual property and to open an operational database for producers in order to create contacts for members. We also work for a review of the association’s constitution to form a working document, as we would explore opportunities in community cinemas, terrestrial television and the cable networks to ensure producers get value for their money.

“Also, distribution will not be a challenge as we shall explore the African market and if we can get only 1% of the market, it will be a great gain. We shall build the value chain by engaging and integrating almost 70% of movie producers in Nigeria.”

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