AMAA calls for entries


Organizers of the AMAA (African Movie Academy Award) have released guidelines for the 2009 edition of the awards to be held in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital, Nigeria on 4 April 2009.

Addressing the media at the Protea Hotel, Maryland, Lagos venue of a press briefing, Chief Executive Officer of AMAA, Peace Anyiam-Osigwe said the rules were posted by the academy early for better participation in the 2009 AMAA entries.

Entries can be done on-line at Entry forms must be downloaded and submitted with the entry (ies) at the secretariat or at designated points and submission receipt obtained.

Chairman of AMAA 2009 screening panel, Shaibu Hussein, said producers must ensure that they fill out the space provided for synopsis and credits on the application form.
He said all submissions must be in triplicate and films should be submitted before the set deadline, as any film submitted after the deadline shall not be reviewed.

"AMAA is an international award thus our criteria’s meet the minimum standards required by the international norm of film submissions. Therefore all films produced other than in English must be fully subtitled in English including pidgin, songs, proverbs, chants and expressions.”

Hussein emphasized that only films produced between December 2007 and December 2008 should be entered for the 2009 awards. Submission closes on the 30 December 2008, late entry deadline 9 January 2009.

Filmmakers must guarantee, should their films be selected, that permission from the rights holder has been secured, Short films, features and documentaries are accepted for the AMAA,

AMAA will accept films made by Africans in Africa or the Diaspora, with a particular focus on Africa. “Films must indicate year of copyright and the academy would only accept director’s cut of not more than 120 minutes for entries in 2009," Hussein said.

For additional information feel free to contact Shaibu Hussein at  or Marie at or Nerissa Solomon at


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