Africa movie Academy Awards in an annual award designed to appreciate excellence of Professionals in the movie industry with the hope of making it cynosure of all eyes all over the continent.
The Organizers of Africa Movie Academy Awards,( AMAA) have acknowledged the receipt of over 700 film entries jostling for various awards in the 2019 edition.
The Founder of the prestigious Award, Anyiam-Osigwe gave this hint at a media briefing in Lagos.
According to her, “I can’t give you a specific figure but the jury told me that we have over 700 submissions this year. I think over 100 nominees and 26 different categories. We had some categories that were endowed by some organizations like NFVCB best Nigerian Film,”.
Obviously, awards will be presented across the 26 categories.
Anyiam-Osigwe also explained that the event which is billed to hold today at the Landmark Centre would be hosted by Lorenzo Menakaya, Lala Akindoju and MC Funny Bone Comedian.
The founder further noted that this year edition has been very reasonable as the landmass keepings growing in filmmaking.
“Though there are more short films than feature films, the competition this year will be intense because no one has any clue about the film that is topping, this will increase the excitement and fun of the award night,” She said.
She further added that the juries were made up of “time-tested experts”.
The Jury for the 2019 Edition include Dorothy Wenner, Asantesewa Olatunji,Bemi Goldblat,John Akomfrah, Steve Ayorinde,Keith Shiri,June Givanni,Hyginus Ekwuazi, Shaibu Husseini , Ayoku Babu and Filippe Savadogo while Steve Ayorinde returns as the Head of the governing Council for the fifth year and Shaibu Husseini returns as the Head, College of Screeners.
She also added that Asantewa Olatunji remains the Chairman of the Africa Movies Academy Award saying the 2019 edition marks the 15th year anniversary since the Award started.
During the interactive session with newsmen, She said that “Engaging the Narrative” is the theme for this year and was chosen specially to inspire and encourage practitioners to begin to tell the African Story in our different special way “and in our language”.