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Nigeria and South Africa get most AMAA nominations

Most nominated films at the Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) 2012 include South Africa’s Otelo Burning and How to 2 Steal 2 Million; Nigeria’s Adesuwa; Ghana’s Somewhere in Africa; The Nigerian-South African co-production Man on Ground; and Kenya’s Rugged Priest.

Nigeria received 52 nominations on 17 March 2012 in Banjul, Gambia for the Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA), Africa’s most prestigious awards for filmmakers.

South Africa was a close second with 45 nominations, followed by Ghana with 17, Kenya with 14, Uganda with 5, Tanzania with 3, and Algeria, Cameroon, Guinea, Rwanda, and Zimbabwe.

There were also nominations for films linked to the Diaspora in America, Canada, France, Germany, Guadalupe, Italy, Jamaica, and the UK.

AMAA received 328 entries from across Africa, up from 220 in 2011. This includes 134 feature films, 88 short films, 57 documentaries and six animations. 43 entries came from Africans in the Diaspora, with the other entries coming from 23 countries across the continent.

South African surfing film Otelo Burning scooped the most nominees (13), followed closely by South African film noir How 2 Steal 2 Million (11) and Nigeria’s Benin-set historical epic Adesuwa (10).  Ghana’s civil war film Somewhere in Africa has seven nominations, as does the Nigerian-South African xenophobia-themedcoproduction Man on Ground, whileKenya’s Rugged Priest has six.

Dr. Asantewa Olantunji, Director of Programming of The Pan African Film Festival, headed this year's jury, which included June Giavanni, programmer for Planet Africa at The Toronto International Film Festival; Keith Shiri, founder and film curator at the London festival, Africa at The Pictures; Dorothee Wenner, a curator at The Berlin Film Festival; Shaibu Husseini, an actor, dancer and The Nigerian Guardian arts journalist; Steve Ayorinde, editor-in-chief of The Daily Mirror;  Ayoko Babu, executive director of The Pan African Film Festival; Dr. Hyginus Ekwuazi, a film scholar and critic; and directors Berni Goldblat and John Akomfrah, OBE.
Only films produced and released between December 2010 and December 2011 were eligible.

The winners will be announced at a glittering ceremony on 22 April 2012, hosted by Heroes star Jimmy Jean-Louis. For the first time, the awards will be held in Lagos rather than Bayelsa in Nigeria.

“Our theme this year is Africa Rising,” says founder Peace Anyiam-Osigwe. “Africa’s economies are consistently growing faster than those of almost any other region of the world and our film industries are following suit. With the success of last year’s AMAA winner, Viva Riva!, all of a sudden there’s this great excitement about the potential of the African film industry, which is clearly demonstrated in this year’s diverse nominees.”
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AMAA founder Peace Anyiam-Osigwe is available to discuss the nominations, the upcoming awards, and the power and potential of African cinema.

See the key trailers below:

Otelo Burning

How 2 Steal 2 Million

Adesuwa

Somewhere in Africa

Man on Ground

Rugged Priest

AMAA 2012 NOMINATION LIST

AMAA 2012 BEST SHORT FILM
JAMAA – Uganda

Look Again – Kenya 

Maffe Tiga – Guinea

Braids On Bald Head – Nigeria

Hidden Life – South Africa

Mwansa The Great – Zimbabwe

Chumo – Tanzania

The Young Smoker – Nigeria

AMAA 2012 BEST DOCUMENTARY
African Election – Nigeria / Germany 

Beyond The Deadly Pit – Rwanda

Awa Ogbe An African Adventure – Algeria

Dear Mandella – South Africa

White & Black, Crime And Colour – Tanzania 

The Niger Delta Struggle – Ghana

There Is Nothing Wrong With My Uncle – Nigeria

How Much Is Too Much – Kenya

AMAA 2012 BEST DIASPORA FEATURE

Toussanat Louverture – France
Ghetta Life – Jamaica

High Chicago – Canada
Elza – Guadelupe
Better Must Come – Jamaica

Kinyanrwanda – USA

AMAA 2012 BEST DIASPORA DOCUMENTARY

The Education Of Auma Obama – Germany
White Wash – USA

Almendron Mi Corazon – Guadeloupe

All Me The Life And Times Of Winfred Hubert – USA

AMAA 2012 BEST DIASPORA (SHORT FILM)

John Doe – USA

White Sugar In A Black Pot – USA
The Lost One – USA

AMAA 2012 BEST ANIMATION
The Legend Of Ngog Hills – Kenya

Oba – Nigeria

Climate Change Is Real – Kenya
Egu – South Africa

Chomoka – Kenya

AMAA 2012 BEST FILM BY AN AFRICAN LIVING ABROAD
Mystery Of Birds – USA / Nigeria

Housemates – United Kingdom / Nigeria

Ben Kross – Italy / Nigeria

Paparezzi Eye In The Dark – USA / Nigeria / Ghana

AMAA 2012 ACHIEVEMENT IN PRODUCTION DESIGN
Somewhere In Africa – Ghana
Phone Swap – Nigeria

Otelo Burning – South Africa
Adesuwa – Nigeria

How To Steal 2 Million – South Africa

AMAA 2012 ACHIEVEMENT IN COSTUME DESIGN

The Captain Of Nakara
Adesuwa – Nigeria
Rugged Priest – Kenya
Somewhere In Africa – Ghana

Queens Desire

AMAA 2012 ACHIEVEMENT IN MAKE-UP
Rugged Priest – Kenya

State Research Bureau – Uganda

Adesuwa – Nigeria

Somewhere in Africa – Ghana

Shattered – Kenya

AMAA 2012 ACHIEVEMENT IN SOUNDTRACK

Otelo Burning – South Africa

Alero’s Symphony – Nigeria
Adesuwa – Nigeria
How To Steal 2 Million – South Africa

Somewhere In Africa – Ghana

AMAA 2012 ACHIEVEMENT IN VISUAL EFFECTS
Behind The Mask
 Somewhere In Africa – Ghana

Adesuwa – Nigeria

State Research Bureau – Uganda

Otelo Burning – South Africa

AMAA 2012 ACHIEVEMENT IN SOUND
State Of Violence – South Africa

Otelo Burning – South Africa

How To Steal 2 Million – South Africa

Man On Ground – South Africa

Algiers Murder – South Africa

AMAA 2012 ACHIEVEMENT IN CINEMATOGRAPHY

How To Steal 2 Million – South Africa

Otelo Burning – South Africa

Rugged Priest – Kenya

Masquerades – Ghana

Man On Ground – South Africa / Nigeria

AMAA 2012 ACHIEVEMENT IN EDITING
Algiers Murder – South Africa

Man On Ground – South Africa / Nigeria

Unwanted Guest – Nigeria

How To Steal 2 Million – South Africa

Otelo Burning – South Africa
Alero’s Symphony – Nigeria

AMAA 2012 ACHIEVEMENT IN SCREENPLAY
Ties That Bind – Ghana
Mr & Mrs – Nigeria
How To Steal 2 Million – South Africa

Otelo Burning – South Africa
Unwanted Guest – Nigeria

Two Brides And A Baby – Nigeria

AMAA 2012 BEST NIGERIAN FILM
Unwanted Guest

Family On Fire

Alero’s Symphony

Adesuwa

Phone Swap

AMAA 2012 BEST FILM IN AN AFRICAN LANGUAGE
Chumo – Tanzania

State Of Violence – South Africa

Family On Fire – Nigeria
Otelo Burning – South Africa
Asoni – Cameroun

AMAA 2012 BEST CHILD ACTOR
Rahman Junior Bande (Greg) – Behind The Mask
Tsepang Mohlomi (Ntwe) – Otelo Burning
Reginna Danies (Jenny) – Bank Job
Benjamin Abemigisha and Racheal Nduhukire (Derick and Margaret) – JAMAA
Ayinla O Abdulaheem – ZR-7

AMAA 2012 BEST YOUNG / PROMISING ACTOR

Neo Ntatleno (OJ) – State Of Violence

Ivie Okujaye (Alero) – Alero’s Symphony
I
yobosa Olaye (Adesuwa) – Adesuwa
Martha Ankomah – Somewhere In Africa

Thomas Gumede and Sihle Xaba – Otelo Burning

AMAA 2012 BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Rapuldna Seiphemo (Twala) – How To Steal 2 Million
Fano Mokoena – Man On Ground

Hafiz Oyetoro – Phone Swap
Okechukwu Uzoesi – Two Brides And A Baby

Godfrey Theobejane – 48
Lwanda Jawar – Rugged Priest

AMAA 2012 BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Terry Phetto – How To Steal 2 Million
Ebbe Bassey – Ties That Bind

Empress Njamah – Bank Job
Ngozi Ezeonu – Adesuwa

Thelma Okoduwa – Mr & Mrs

Omotola Jalade Ekeinde – Ties That Bind

AMAA 2012 BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
Menzi Ngubane – How To Steal 2 Million

Majid Micheal – Somewhere In Africa
Chet Anekwe – Unwanted Guest

Jafta Mamabolo – Otelo Burning
Karabo Lance – 48
Wale Ojo – Phone Swap

Hakeem Kae-Kazim – Man On Ground

AMAA 2012 BEST ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE
Nse Ikpe Etim – Mr & Mrs
Yvonne Okoro – Single Six

Ama K. Abebrese – Ties That Bind

Rita Dominic – Shattered

Uche Jombo – Damage

Millicent Makheido – 48

Kudzai Sevenzo-Nyarai – Playing Warriors

AMAA 2012 BEST DIRECTOR
Adesuwa – Lancelot Oduwa Imaseun
Ties That Bind – Leila Djansi
Rugged Priest – Bob Nyanja
How To Steal 2 Million – Charlie Vundla
State Of Violence – Khalo Matabane
Man On Ground – Akin Omotoso
Otelo Burning – Sara Bletcher

AMAA 2011 PRIZE FOR BEST FILM
State Of Violence – South Africa
Adesuwa – Nigeria
Otelo Burning – South Africa
Rugged Priest – Kenya
How To Steal 2 Million – South Africa
Ties That Bind – Ghana
Man On Ground – South Africa / Nigeria

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