Nelson Mandela Bay rolled out the red carpet for AMAA 2015

SEPTEMBER 29, 2015

Popularly known as the 'City of the Legends', Port Elizabeth played host to over 1 500 creative professionals from across the globe converging on the city, the birthplace to legends such as Nelson Mandela, Oliver Tambo and Walter Sisulu, to honour the men and women producing more movies per year than Hollywood.

The 11th annual African Movie Academy Awards (AMAA), which has been dubbed the “African Oscars,” by CNN, took place on Saturday, 26 September 2015 at the Boardwalk International Convention Centre (ICC).

Peace Anyiam-Osigwe, founder and CEO of AMAA opened the evening with a wonderful speech about how Africans need to come together in order to do away with borders.

Despite a few hiccups leading up to this prestigious event, including a late start to the evening and many nominees experiencing VISA challenges when flying into South Africa, the AMAAs 2015 was well attended by “who’s who” in Port Elizabeth as well as the AMAA 2015 nominees from across the globe.

The evening was open to the public who also had the opportunity to mingle with A-lister industry giants, walk the red carpet and treat themselves to a night of style and glamour. All guests were entertained by Asanda Mqiki, Edge and KCEE.

AMAAs is more than just about awards: it’s about a lifestyle of class style- , glitz and razzmatazz. It is the biggest gathering of filmmakers from across the African continent and the rest of the World.

The 184 nominees across the 24 categories attended the evening, as well as the judges and invited guests, including many A-list celebrities.  The AMAA’s is the most highly recognised award in the African film industry globally.

AMAAs 2015 winners are as follows:

EFERE OZAKO AMAA 2015 AWARD FOR BEST SHORT FILM
Twaaga – Burkina Faso

AMAA 2015 AWARD FOR BEST ANIMATION
The Legacies of Rubies – Nigeria

AMAA 2015 AWARD FOR BEST DOCUMENTARY
Egypt’s Modern Pharaohs – Egypt

OUSMANE SEMBENE AMAA 2015 AWARD FOR BEST FILM IN AN AFRICAN LANGUAGE
Timbuktu – Mauritania

MICHAEL ANYIAM OSIGWE AMAA 2015 AWARD FOR BEST FILM BY AN AFRICAN LIVING ABROAD
Fevers – Morocco

AMAA 2015 AWARD FOR BEST DIASPORA SHORT 
Sound of Tears - Canada

AMAA 2015 AWARD FOR BEST DIASPORA DOCUMENTARY
The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution – USA

AMAA 2015 AWARD FOR BEST DIASPORA FEATURE
Supremacy - USA

AMAA 2015 AWARD FOR ACHIEVEMENT IN PRODUCTION DESIGN
iNumber Number

AMAA 2015 ACHIEVEMENT IN COSTUME DESIGN
October 1 – Nigeria

AMAA 2015 AWARD FOR ACHIEVEMENT IN MAKE-UP
Njinga: Queen of Angola – Angola

AMAA 2015 AWARD FOR ACHIEVEMENT IN SOUNDTRACK
Triangle Going to America – Ethiopia

AMAA 2015 AWARD FOR ACHIEVEMENT IN VISUAL EFFECT
iNumber Number

AMAA 2015 AWARD FOR ACHIEVEMENT IN SOUND
Lobraz Khan – Mauritius

AMAA 2015 AWARD FOR ACHIEVEMENT IN CINEMATOGRAPHY
Lobraz Khan – Mauritius

AMAA 2015 AWARD FOR ACHIEVEMENT IN EDITING
Timbuktu

AMAA 2015 AWARD FOR ACHIEVEMENT IN SCREEN PLAY
Le President

AMAA 2015 AWARD FOR BEST COMEDY FILM
30 Days In Atlanta

AMAA 2015- BAYELSA STATE GOVERNMENT ENDOWED AWARD FOR BEST NIGERIAN FILM
October 1

AMAA 2015 AWARD FOR BEST CHILD ACTOR
Layla Walet Mohammed and Mehdi A.G Mohammed – Timbuktu

AMAA 2015 AWARD FOR BEST YOUNG/ PROMISING ACTOR
IT’S A JOINT AWARD AND THE AWARD GOES TO Kemi Lala Akindoju (DAZZLING MIRAGE) and Hassan Spike Insingoma – (BODA BODA THIEVES)

AMAA 2015 AWARD FOR BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Samson Tadesse - Triangle Going to America

AMAA 2015 AWARD FOR BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Hilda Dokubo - Stigma

AMAA 2015 AWARD FOR BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
Sadiq Daba – October 1

AMAA 2015 AWARD FOR BEST ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE
Lesliana Pereira - NJINGA: Queen of Angola

AMAA 2015 AWARD FOR BEST FIRST FEATURE FILM BY A DIRECTOR
Destiny Ekaragha - Gone Too Far

AMAA 2015 AWARD FOR BEST DIRECTOR
Abderrahmane Sissako - Timbuktu

AMAA 2015 AWARD FOR BEST FILM

Timbuktu – Mauritania

For further information go to www.ama-awards.com.

Image: South African writer and director, Donovan Marsh, with an award for his film, iNumber Number.