Amaawards 2016 have been one of the most anticipated event of the year in the past few weeks in and out of the country. “In the last 8 years the nominees have been announced at events outside Nigeria and the last year being at JW Marriot Hotel, Los Angeles, United States. We are having both the nominees’ event and the main awards in Nigeria this year and it's said to take place by July 11th 2016, at Port harcourt.
Few months back, Ama had its first press release conference with lots of Journalists, bloggers and all other media representatives all over the country.After much weeks of selection and compilation of movies from all over Africa, a record of 420 films from different categories were collected, only 25 films from 25 African countries were selected to this stage. A record of 250 featured films were also collected and 183 short films were collected from all over Africa.
Ama experienced some little challenges/difficulties collecting films from some countries in Africa, due to piracy, terrorism and other issues.
Some movies were sent through Links and which took lots of time to finish. Some movies were also said to have not meet up to the standard due to bad subtitles, bad and confusing story line, bad visuals e.t.c
The Announcement of the final list of Nominees and categories of this years Ama award took place yesterday at the Protea Hotels GRA, Ikeja, which was witnessed by lots of journalist, and media representatives from around the country.
Ama so far have proved not to be a popularity based contest, rather than a Jury based contest.
The Jury department is headed by Mr. Shuaib Oseni ( chairman, college of screeners).
Mr. Tony Ali - Director of Ama, and Mrs. Peace Anyiam-Osigwe - Founder of Ama was also present at the media briefing.
The Board of Jurors of AMAA which has members which include academics, film makers, critics and Film Festival curators from Nigeria, Germany, United States, Zimbabwe, Jamaica and Burkina Faso will decide on which film and individual talents that will make the nominations and also eventual winners.
The award has a very thorough and four stages of pre-screening process before the College of Screeners who makes the final works that will go to the Board of Jurors.
“We are very happy about the quality of works that came into the competition this year and it gladdens our heart that every year the objectives of the awards are being achieved with film makers in Africa and beyond upping their game,” added Mr. Husseini.