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Deadline extended for African film awards submissions
Posted Saturday, January 26 2013 at 00:00
The African Movie Academy Awards , populary known as AMAA Awards, are presented annually to recognise excellence of professionals in the African film industry, including directors, actors, and writers.
The organisers of Africa’s most prestigious film awards, the Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA), have extended the deadline of submitting film entries to January 31, 2013.
The move, said Tony Anih, the executive secretary of AMAA, will give more filmmakers across Africa time to hand in their films. The extension was occasioned by the crash of the organisation’s website that made it impossible for AMAA to retrieve some of the entries that were submitted online.
Some practitioners—mostly from northern, central and southern Africa—were also not able to submit their entries online. The technical issues have since been resolved.
“Some of them ( filmmakers) have had to send in their entries again via post and because of poor transportation infrastructure across Africa, many entries have not arrived in Nigeria,” Mr Anih said.
The official noted that the extension will not affect the AMAA calendar as the awards ceremony will still take place in April 2013.
The nomination party of AMAA 2013 scheduled for March 2013 will take place in a southern African country to be named later. This is where nominees are unveiled ahead of the gala that takes place in Nigeria.
“We will announce the country that will host the nomination party within the next couple of days,” Mr Anih said.
“One or two countries have shown interest and we hope to decide on who will host us.”