Stars come out in Bay for African Oscars

2015-09-23 06:00

THE red carpet will be rolled out at the Boardwalk this weekend as movie stars and journalists from all over the world converge for the prestige African Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) which is known as the African Oscars.

According to Michelle Campbell from Michelle Campbell publicity, over 40 international journalists are flying in to Nelson Mandela Bay this weekend to watch 184 nominees from Africa, Europe, South America and other parts of the world at the awards which take place at the Boardwalk International Conference Centre on Saturday evening.

AMAA is more than just about the awards, as it’s the biggest gathering of filmmakers across the African continent, and the rest of the world.

“Facebook, a media partner of the event, will be live streaming the evening to millions of Facebook users around the globe. Thus far, media coverage for the AMAA has reached over 400 million people globally. What’s more, AMAA has brought R10 million into the city having local businesses benefiting particularly well,” said Campbell.

In addition, Nelson Mandela Bay is set to play host for the next five years to the awards which celebrates the best in the continent’s film industry.

The African Movie Academy Awards, now going into its 11th year, honours the men and women producing more movies a year than Hollywood.

The academy awards has 53 countries participating annually, and sees between 500 and 700 international film stars from Africa, Europe and other continents attending the affair.

The 50 nominees across the 10 categories will attend, as well as the judges and invited guests from across the globe.

This privately funded organisation not only has its annual international awards, but has also to date funded more than 5 000 young Africans through the academy, giving them the means and opportunities to soar at careers in the film industry.

Recent events have shown that the stature of South African films is starting to receive a tremendous amount of global recognition.

Among the nominations is a South African production, “iNumber Number”, which is an action feature starring Class Act winner, Sdumo Mtshali.

“iNumber Number” was selected for the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.

The film has been nominated in many categories at this year’s AMMA’s including and among others, AMAA 2015 Award for Achievement in Visual Effect, Ousmane Sembene AMAA 2015 Award for Best Film in an African Language, AMAA 2015 Award for Achievement in Production Design, AMAA 2015 Achievement in Costume Design and AMAA 2015 Award for Achievement in Make-Up.

“iNumber Number’s” director, Donovan Marsh, is an Award-winning South African director, writer and editor who has worked in the local film industry since 1992.

He wrote and directed the feature films “Dollars” and “White Pipes”, “Spud” and the recently released “Spud 2: The Madness Continues”. Marsh’s new film,

For television he has directed dramas (“Hard Copy”, “Tsha Tsha” and “The Good Fight”), live multicam productions (“Who Wants to be a Millionaire”, “Gladiators”) and was the creator of the reality show, “Class Act”, as well as the mobile series, “Seduction 101”.

Tickets are available from Computicket at R200 each. Doors open at 7pm.

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