The organizers behind the Africa Movie Academy Awards, AMAA, has disclosed plans and events ahead of the 19th edition.
According to reliable sources, the 19th edition of the continental film awards organizers, led by creator Peace Anyiam-Osigwe and show producer Kingsley James, revealed their intentions and actions.
A call for entries was also made public by the organizers in advance of the AMAAs 2023.
Anyiam-Osigwe explained that the early call for entries was made in order to encourage more filmmakers from Africa and the diaspora to submit and take part in the 19th edition.
Anyiam-Osigwe, said: “This is an avenue to officially rest the 18th edition of the AMAAs under the supervision of the Africa Film Academy and begin the journey to 2023. We are currently calling for entries in all categories and this will last till April 2023.”
Continuing, she said, “We are now accepting submissions for the 19th Africa Movie Academy Awards. The Africa Film Academy invites filmmakers to submit their feature, short, animation, and documentary work for consideration in 25 categories of the awards.”
The 19th edition of the AMAAs will once again be hosted by Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the governor of Lagos state, according to the show’s producer, Kingsley James.
All other events, such as the AFA’s efforts to build human capacity, the jury’s deliberations, the announcement of the nominees, and the one-week-long celebrations that will mark the beginning of the 2023 edition, will remain the same.
The 2022 edition of the continental film awards ceremony had Funnybone, Chigul, and Kachi Offia taking the host position.
Anyiam-Osigwe, in addition, praised African filmmakers for shunning ego and embracing more collaborations to enhance the growth of the African film industry.
She stressed the need for film practitioners in Africa to unite and chart a pathway for African leaders in supporting the creative sector.
The event was attended by the commissioner for tourism, arts, and culture, pharmacist Uzamat Akinbile-Yussuf and her husband, Tokunbo Wahab, special adviser to the governor of Lagos State on education, the jury, was presided over by Keith Shiri, Shaibu Husseini, and Steve Ayorinde, as well as a number of film professionals, including Richard Mofe Damijo, Keppy Ekpeyong Bassey, Idowu Phillips.