By Ogova Ondego
Published January 19, 2011
The continental Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) has on January 19, 2011 announced that the annual 7th AMAA Nomination Night shall be in Nairobi, Kenya, on February 25, 2011.
AMAA, in a media release issued in Lagos by Tope Ajayi, has also announced that a music concert dubbed Nairobi Rocks with Stars and at which the youthful iconic Nigerian musicians P-Square, shall be held on the night of February 26, 2011.
The College of Screeners, the last leg of the film screening process before the Academy’s jurors meet to decide on the finalists (nominees) and
eventual winners in the various 24 categories, is in its final stage in Accra, Ghana.It is from their deliberations that the finalists for the award ceremony shall be unveiled, says Shaibu Husseini, the AMAA head of Film Selection.
Film selectors who met since January 6, 2011 in Nigeria and the Gambia pre-selected entries from the 220 films submitted to AMAA from 24 countries. These were the films that were sent to the College of Screeners in Ghana whose work winds up on January 23, 2011 ahead of the Nairobi Nomination Night on February 25, 2011.
Tony Anih, the AMAA Director of Administration, says 220 films were received for the 2011 edition of AMAA.
“Of this number, 120 are full-length fictional films, 10 are animations, 30 documentaries and 60 short flims,” Anih, who is currently in Nairobi, says.
He describes the entries as an improvement over 2010 as most of the filmmakers who submitted their work to AMAA 2011 observed the entry rules.
The AMAA Nomination show and music concert in Nairobi will precede the Gala Night at which the finalists will receive their awards in Nigeria a month later in March 2011.