AMAA 2015 nominations move to US

The 2015 edition of the prestigious African Movie Academy Awards nominations gala event will take place on June 20 at the glamorous LA Live complex in Downtown Los Angeles, United States of America, where the nominees in the 26 categories will be announced.

Part of the activities for the nomination gala night will be a live music show by Nigeria’s soulful singer, Asa, and her band and fashion show featuring top fashion labels all in a bid to showcase the best of Africa’s music and fashion to the rest of the world.

A-list Hollywood film makers, including actors and actresses, will join their Nigerian and other African counterparts including Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde, Faithia Balogun, O.C. Ukeje, Patience Uzokwor, Kingsley Ogoro, Paul Okoli, Chioma Chukwuka, Kunle Afolayan, Emem Isong, Doris Simon, Eniola Badmus, Aki and Paw Paw, Lydia Forson and others who are already in the world motion picture and entertainment capital for the AMAA nominations event.

The Chief Executive Officer of AMAA, Dayo Ogunyemi, said the leadership of the award body decided to take the nominations event to Hollywood this year to begin the concrete step of taking African cinema to the home of global cinema for a mutually and economically viable cooperation.

Ogunyemi said: “A unique aspect of the nomination event this year is that AMAA’s parent organization, the Africa Film Academy (whose advisory board Danny Glover co-chairs), is developing a slate of 10 films that will be co-productions between black filmmakers across the globe.

“The stories to be pitched within this slate will have a global appeal but will speak to the aspirations and stories of the global black community.

“Accordingly the attendees for this event have been selected with a view to ensuring the highest level of returns and enhancing the global value chain for black filmmakers.”

It will be recalled that the AMAA 2015 College of Screeners received over 800 entries from over 50 countries of the world within and outside Africa covering feature films, short films, animations and documentaries.

AMAA main event, which is the award night, will hold in South Africa in September and it will be the first time the continental awards will take place outside Nigeria in its 11 years having held 10 previous editions in Nigeria.