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African Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) Opens Its Doors To Caribbean Filmmakers

African Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) Opens Its Doors To Caribbean Filmmakers

The African Movie Academy Awards (AMAA), which will take place in London in February 2014, has revealed its intent to fully engage Caribbean filmmakers and films from the region, in the spirit of Pan-Africanism, with the goal being to encourage increased participation by Caribbean filmmakers in the AMAAs.
Full details on this engagement, which took place at the Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival last week, follow via press release from the AMAAs below:

Hot

on

the

heels

of

the

recent

34th

Toronto

Film

Festival

where

the

African

Film

Academy,

organisers

of

the

African

Movie

Academy

Awards,

held

an

African

Business

Roundtable

with

the

cream

of

the

film

industry

in

attendance,

AMAA

CEO,

Peace

Anyiam-­‐Osigwe,

and

representatives

will

be

in

attendance

at

the

Trinidad

and

Tobago

Film

Festival

to

host

a

reception

and

presentation

for

Caribbean

filmmakers

and

to

participate

in

other

festival

events

taking

place

in

the

coming

weeks. 

A

significant

event

on

the

African

Cinema

calendar,

AMAA

continues

to

expand

its

scope

and

to

go

from

strength

to

strength. 

On

the

10th

anniversary

of

this

pan-­‐African

event,

and

as

part

of

its

international

road-­‐show

to

create

visibility

and

impact

for

the

Africa

Movie

Academy

Awards,

the

organisers

of

this

prestigious

reward

system

for

motion

picture

practitioners

in

Africa

and

the

African

Diaspora

are

seeking

to

engage

with

the

Caribbean

film

industry. 

The

award

body met

filmmakers,

journalists

and

allied

Diaspora

stakeholders

at

a

Special

AMAA

Reception

and

Presentation

on

Saturday

28th

September,

2013

according

to

Mr.

Tony

Anih,

Director

of

Administration

of

the

organization.

The

Trinidad

and

Tobago

festival,

this

year

hosts

the

UNESCO

Conference

where

AMAA

will

also

contribute

to

workshop

debates

with

an

international

audience. 

Mr

Anih

also

said

that

“the

participation

of

our

brothers

and

sisters

from

the

Caribbean

in

AMAA

in

the

last

five

years

continues

to

grow

and

we

consider

it

necessary

to

encourage

that

growth.

We

have

therefore,

come

to

TTFF

to

make

representation

to

the

industry

in

the

region

and

to

showcase

what

AMAA

has

achieved

and

who

we

are”. 

The

Jury

of

the

awards

body

announced

on

August

1,

2013

recently

the

start

for

submission

of

films

for

2014

AMAA

and

that

December

31st,

2013

will

be

last

day

for

submission.

Films

will

be

considered,

initially,

by

the

AMAA

College

of

Screeners

for

2014. 

The

AMAA

jury,

who

will

select

the

winners,

consists

of

10

members

from

the

African

continent

and

the

African

diaspora

(See

Notes

to

Editors).

Awards

are

made

in

25

categories,

including

Best

Diaspora

Feature

Film;

Best

Diaspora

Documentary;

Best

Diaspora

Short

Film;

and

Best

African

and

Diaspora

Animation.

AMAA

urges

the

region

to

get

on

board

and

take

up

the

AMAA

challenge! 

The

full

list

of

Award

categories

is

available

on

the

AMAA

Website:

www.ama-­‐awards.com.

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