Over 40 international journalists and 184 celebrities expected at the AMAA in PE

SEPTEMBER 22, 2015

Global focus shifts to Port Elizabeth as over 40 international journalists descend on the Nelson Mandela Bay this weekend to watch 184 nominees from Africa, Europe, South America and other parts of the world walk the red carpet at the African Movie Academy Awards (AMAA).

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 is that AMAA has brought R10 million into the city having local businesses benefit particularly well.

A South African film and documentaries are in the running for several awards at the event.

iNumber Number is multi-award winning action feature starring Class Act winner, Sdumo Mtshali.

The plot sees an honest, but ambitious undercover cop, played by Mtshali be cheated out of a major reward by his corrupt superiors. Mtshali infiltrates a cash-in-transit heist gang, and instead of busting them, he chooses to participate in a one off score. Mtshali faces off against his partner who refuses to let him go through with his plan. Adding more fuel to this action filled film is that one of the gang members recognises Mtshali as a cop.

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

In terms of 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. Marsh also directs commercials.

Furthermore, managing Director of Port Elizabeth based film Production Company, Luzuko Dilima is too no stranger to triumph in the film industry. His company, New Brighton Entertainment (PTY LTD) is a dynamic, broad-based, 100% black-owned South African enterprise that is in the provision of high quality motion pictures and television productions. 

In 2012 they independently produced a feature film that was shot in Somerset East entitled, “Of Good Report” that went on to win numerous prestigious film awards.

The film sees an introverted high school teacher in rural South Africa start an obsessive affair with a pupil, with tragic consequences. The film was also dubbed a South African homage to film noir and starred Mothusi Magano and Petronella Tshuma.

Moreover, Of Good Report won Best Feature Film Award at the African International Film Festival (AFFIF 2013), a Screen Excellence Award (2013) for Best Production, a Best Feature Film nomination at the London Film Festival (LFF 2013). Furthermore, it was the Opening Film at the Durban International Film Festival (DIFF 2013), and won the bravery award, the first South African film to be bestowed with that honour. It was the winner of the Best Feature Film Awards at SAFTAs 2014 (South African Film and Television Awards) and many other accolades and awards for the cast and crew.

Two weeks on the cinema circuit brought 45 000 nationwide audiences through Ster-Kinekor’s Cinema distribution. Dilima is recognised as one of the best film producers in South Africa, as per the accolades at the SAFTAs and the African Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) where Of Good Report won five awards in 2014.

Dilima is also a member of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) EMPRETEC Business Technology, an International Capacity Building Programme.  Additionally, he is also a judge at the SAFTAs 2015 Non-Technical (Documentaries) panel.

“I truly believe in innovation because it clearly changes people’s lives for the better and changing the old way of doing things. I love the idea of sharing knowledge so that people are more aware of their circumstances, which automatically enables them to make better choices and achieve better results for themselves and their businesses. As we all know, knowledge is power,” said Dilima.

If you want to mingle with A-list movie giants from across the globe, be entertained by SA’s own Lira, walk the red carpet and treat yourself to a night of style and glamour then gather your friends and get your tickets now at Computicket at R200 per person.

Chosen every 5 years by an international panel, Nelson Mandela Bay is set to play host for the next five years to the most prestigious film awards in Africa celebrating 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.  

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