10 January 2013

Africa: Movie Awards Extend Deadline Due to Low Submissions

The organisers of the Africa Movie Academy Awards have extended the deadline for receiving film entries to January 31, 2013.

Tony Anih, the executive secretary of AMAA, says this extension is aimed at giving filmmakers across Africa more time to submit their films.

Anih states that the extension was occasioned by the crash of the AMAA website that made it impossible for AMAA to "retrieve some of the entries that were submitted and uploaded online" and the inability of "some practitioners-mostly-from northern, central and southern Africa-to submit their entries online."

"Some of them 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," Anih says.

The second reason for extending the deadline, Anih says, is that many filmmakers asked for it. Anih notes that the extension will not affect the AMAA calendar, as the award will still take place in April 2013.

The Nomination party of AMAA 2013 is scheduled for March 2013 in a southern African country that is yet to be decided upon. "We will announce the country that will host the nomination party within the next couple of days," Anih says. "One or two countries have shown interest and we hope to decide on who will host us over the next few days."

Filmmakers in eastern Africa--Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, Eastern Congo-Kinshasa, South Sudan, Sudan, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Djibouti and Somalia--are advised to send their work to the AMAA Eastern Africa office in Nairobi, Kenya.

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