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The Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA), the continent’s most prestigious awards for filmmakers, has received 328 entries from across Africa, up from 220 in 2011.
This includes 134 feature films, 88 short films, 57 documentaries and six animations. 43 entries came from Africans in the Diaspora, with the other entries coming from 23 countries across the continent.

Dr. Asantewa Olantunji, director of programming of The Pan African Film Festival, headed this year’s jury, which included June Giavanni, programmer for Planet Africa at The Toronto International Film Festival; Keith Shiri, founder and film curator at the London festival, Africa at The Pictures; Dorothee Wenner, a curator at The Berlin Film Festival; Shaibu Husseini, an actor, dancer and The Nigerian Guardian arts journalist; Steve Ayorinde, editor-in-chief of The Daily Mirror; Ayoko Babu, executive director of The Pan African Film Festival; Dr. Hyginus Ekwuazi, a film scholar and critic; and directors Berni Goldblat and John Akomfrah, OBE. Husseini, chair of AMAA’s College of Screeners, said, « ‘The growing awareness of AMAA, the integrity of its screening process, the global recognition that comes with winning and the opportunities afforded winners has given rise to an increase in entries. Among other benefits, winning at The AMAAs enhances the reputation and visibility of any filmmaker in Africa and helps their marketing and financial drives. »

The nominees will be announced this Saturday, 17 March 2012, in Banjul, the capital of Gambia, at an exclusive ceremony attended by celebrities, top government officials and capitals of industry from Gambia and other African countries.

Naomi Lucas, head of AMAA’s Business Development Unit, says, « One of AMAA’s key objectives is to unite Africa through film, so the choice of Gambia affirms AMAA’s positioning as a pan-African event. It also offers guests an exotic experience to explore the beauty and splendor of a West African country that has become one of the most important tourist destinations in the world. »

AMAA founder Peace Anyiam-Osigwe is available to discuss the nominations and the upcoming awards, to be hosted by Heroes star Jimmy Jean-Louis on 22 April 2012 in Lagos, Nigeria.

For more information, keep an eye on http://www.ama-awards.com/.



Only films produced and released between December 2010 and December 2011 were eligible.




Africa Movie Academy Awards 2012
All the nominees, with winners in bold:

AMAA 2012 BEST SHORT FILM

1. Jamaa – Uganda
2. Look Again – Kenya
3. Maffe Tiga – Guinea
4. Braids On A Bald Head – Nigeria
5. Hidden Life – South Africa
6. Mwansa The Great – Zambia
7. Chumo – Tanzania
8. The Young Smoker – Nigeria

AMAA 2012 BEST DOCUMENTARY
1. African Election – Nigeria / Germany
2. Beyond The Deadly Pit – Rwanda
3. Awa Ogbe: An African Adventure – Algeria
4. Dear Mandela – South Africa
5. White & Black, Crime And Colour – Tanzania
6. The Niger Delta Struggle – Ghana
7. There Is Nothing Wrong With My Uncle – Nigeria
8. How Much Is Too Much – Kenya

AMAA 2012 BEST DIASPORA FEATURE
1. Toussaint Louverture – Senegal/Guadalupe
2. Ghetta Life – Jamaica
3. High Chicago – Canada
4. Elza – Guadeloupe
5. Better Must Come – Jamaica
6. Kinyanrwanda – USA

AMAA 2012 BEST DIASPORA DOCUMENTARY
1. The Education Of Auma Obama – Germany
2. White Wash – USA
3. Almendron Mi Corazon – Guadeloupe
4. All Me: The Life And Times Of Winfred Hubert – USA

AMAA 2012 BEST DIASPORA SHORT FILM
1. John Doe – USA
2. White Sugar In A Black Pot – USA
3. The Lost One – USA

AMAA 2012 BEST ANIMATION
1. The Legend Of Ngong Hills – Kenya
2. Oba – Nigeria
3. Climate Change Is Real – Kenya
4. Egu – Ghana
5. Nauliza – Kenya

AMAA 2012 BEST FILM BY AN AFRICAN LIVING ABROAD
1. Mystery Of Birds – USA / Nigeria
2. Housemates – UK / Nigeria
3. Ben Kross – Italy / Nigeria
4. Paparezzi Eye In The Dark – USA / Nigeria / Ghana

AMAA 2012 ACHIEVEMENT IN PRODUCTION DESIGN
1. Somewhere In Africa – Reggie Erawoc
2. Phone Swap – Pat Nebo, Nigeria
3. Otelo Burning – Anita Van Hemert & Chantel Carter
4. Adesuwa – Love Osayimwenye & John Paul
5. How To Steal 2 Million – Flo Ballack

AMAA 2012 ACHIEVEMENT IN COSTUME DESIGN
1. The Captain Of Nakara – Sophie Oprisanu
2. Adesuwa – Iyen Agbonifo
3. Rugged Priest – Sophie Oprisanu
4. Somewhere In Africa – Louis Saah-Acquahman
5. Queens Desire – Ogochukwu Okechi

AMAA 2012 ACHIEVEMENT IN MAKE-UP
1. Rugged Priest – Ruth Habel Wanjiru
2. State Research Bureau – Wendy Kagimu
3. Adesuwa – Temisan Esede
4. Somewhere In Africa – Forreal Joseph
5. Shattered – Kui Gichuki

AMAA 2012 ACHIEVEMENT IN SOUNDTRACK
1. Otelo Burning – Alan Lazart & Tiago Correia
2. Alero’s Symphony – Chibuzor Oji
3. Adesuwa – Daniel Uwadiea & Henry Edo
4. How To Steal 2 Million – Trevor Jones
5. Somewhere In Africa – Bennie Anti

AMAA 2012 ACHIEVEMENT IN VISUAL EFFECTS
1. Behind The Mask- Enoch Obiri & Jerry Appiah
2. Somewhere In Africa – Forreal Mensah
3. Adesuwa – Victor Ehi-Amedu
4. State Research Bureau – Matt Bish
5. Otelo Burning – Leon Breytenbach

AMAA 2012 ACHIEVEMENT IN SOUND
1. State Of Violence – Jim Petrack
2. Otelo Burning – Julie Vandenberg
3. How To Steal 2 Million – Trevor Jones
4. Man On Ground – Michael John Botha
5. Algiers Murder – Alunn Richards

AMAA 2012 ACHIEVEMENT IN CINEMATOGRAPHY
1. How To Steal 2 Million – Nicolaas Hofmeyer
2. Otelo Burning – Lance Gewer
3. Rugged Priest – Martin Munyua
4. Masquerades – Abdul Gafaru
5. Man On Ground – Paul Michelson

AMAA 2012 ACHIEVEMENT IN EDITING
1. Algiers Murder – Faith Isiakpere
2. Man On Ground – Aryan Kaganof
3. Unwanted Guest – Ibrahim Salami & Daniel Ademinokan
4. How To Steal 2 Million – Mick Audsley
5. Otelo Burning – Megan Gil
6. Alero’s Symphony – Emeka Ojukwu

AMAA 2012 ACHIEVEMENT IN SCREENPLAY
1. Ties That Bind – Leila Djansi
2. Mr & Mrs – Chinwe Egwuagu
3. How To Steal 2 Million – Charlie Vundla
4. Otelo Burning – Sara Blecher & James Whyle
5. Unwanted Guest – Daniel Ademinokan & Chuck Ajoku
6. Two Brides And A Baby – Blessing Effiom Egbe

AMAA 2012 BEST NIGERIAN FILM
1. Unwanted Guest – Chuck Ajoku
2. Family On Fire – Tade Ogidan
3. Alero’s Symphony – Tokunbo Adodo
4. Adesuwa – Lancelot Oduwa Imasuen
5. Phone Swap – Kunle Afolayan

AMAA 2012 BEST FILM IN AN AFRICAN LANGUAGE
1. Chumo – Jordan Riber (Tanzania)
2. State Of Violence – Dv8 Films (South Africa)
3. Family On Fire – Tade Ogidan (Nigeria)
4. Otelo Burning – Kevin Fleishcer (South Africa)
5. Asoni – Keka Sylverster Tassi (Cameroon)

AMAA 2012 BEST CHILD ACTOR
1. Rahim Junior Banda – Behind The Mask
2. Tshepang Mohlomi – Otelo Burning
3. Reginna Danies – Bank Job
4. Benjamin Abemigisha & Racheal Nduhukire – Jamaa
5. Ayinla O. Abdulaheem – Zr-7

AMAA 2012 BEST YOUNG / PROMISING ACTOR
1. Neo Ntatleno – State Of Violence
2. Ivie Okujaye – Alero’s Symphony
3. Iyobosa Olaye – Adesuwa
4. Martha Ankomah – Somewhere In Africa
5. Thomas Gumede & Sihle Xaba – Otelo Burning

AMAA 2012 BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
1. Rapuldna Seiphemo – How To Steal 2 Million
2. Fano Mokoena – Man On Ground
3. Hafiz Oyetoro – Phone Swap
4. Okey Uzoeshi – Two Brides And A Baby
5. Godfrey Theobejane – 48
6. Lwanda Jawar – Rugged Priest

AMAA 2012 BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
1. Terry Pheto – How To Steal 2 Million
2. Ebbe Bassey – Ties That Bind
3. Empress Njamah – Bank Job
4. Ngozi Ezeonu – Adesuwa
5. Thelma Okoduwa – Mr & Mrs
6. Omotola Jalade Ekeinde – Ties That Bind

AMAA 2012 BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
1. Menzi Ngubane – How To Steal 2 Million
2. Majid Micheal – Somewhere In Africa
3. Chet Anekwe – Unwanted Guest
4. Jafta Mamabolo – Otelo Burning
5. Karabo Lance – 48
6. Wale Ojo – Phone Swap
7. Hakeem Kae-Kazim – Man On Ground

AMAA 2012 BEST ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE
1. Nse Ikpe Etim – Mr & Mrs
2. Yvonne Okoro – Single Six
3. Ama K. Abebrese – Ties That Bind
4. Rita Dominic – Shattered
5. Uche Jombo – Damage
6. Millicent Makheido – 48
7. Kudzai Sevenzo-Nyarai – Playing Warriors

AMAA 2012 BEST DIRECTOR
1. Adesuwa – Lancelot Oduwa Imaseun
2. Ties That Bind – Leila Djansi
3. Rugged Priest- Bob Nyanja
4. How To Steal 2 Million – Charlie Vundla
5. State Of Violence – Khalo Matabane
6. Man On Ground – Akin Omotoso
7. Otelo Burning – Sara Blecher

AMAA 2011 BEST FILM
1. State Of Violence – Khalo Matabane (South Africa)
2. Adesuwa – Lancelot Oduwa Imasuen (Nigeria)
3. Otelo Burning – Kevin Fleishcer & Zanele Mthembu (South Africa)
4. Rugged Priest – Bob Nyanja (Kenya)
5. How to Steal 2 Million – Mfundi Vundia (South Africa)
6. Ties That Bind – Theo Baidon & Julia Djansi (Ghana)
7. Man On Ground – Rosie Motene (South Africa / Nigeria)