Kicking off in Benin City, Edo state, the movies “Adesuwa” and “Otelo Burning,” which were produced in Nigeria and South Africa respectively, will be screened on October 13, 2012 at the Nollywood Cinema’s Royal Hall, Oba Akenzua Cultural Centre, Benin. Other cities where AFA will be hosting the screening include, Ibadan, Lagos, Enugu, Port Harcourt and Abuja.
As part of its commitment to promoting local and international films, which focus on Africa, the screening is AFA’s platform for creating an experiential engagement between African movie stakeholders and their numerous fans.
Speaking on the significance of the film screening, the Chief Executive Officer of the Africa Film Academy, Ms. Peace Anyiam-Osigwe noted that the viewing of AMAA winning movies is part of AFA’s efforts to promote African film and cinema locally and internationally.
“Africa film makers work hard with very little and managed to build a virile film industry recognised worldwide in terms of both production quality and profitability while also exploring film as a vehicle for development. AMAA was therefore conceptualised to reward African filmmakers.”
According to the organisers, viewers at the screening will have an opportunity of meeting with their favourite stars at a cocktail after the screening.
The African Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) is the largest and most prestigious awards ceremony for the African film industry with business hubs in Nigeria, South Africa, Kenya and Ghana. The AMAA event has over 53 countries participating annually. Established in 2005, hundreds of filmmakers and international celebrities have participated in AMAA’s various initiatives. AMAA is a year-long schedule of activities with the major highlight being nomination into the 24 categories of the award.