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Filmmakers and actors arrive in the Bay for the 2015 African Movie Academy Awards

SEPTEMBER 25, 2015
Filmmakers and actors arrive in the Bay for the 2015 African Movie Academy Awards

Popularly known as 'The Friendly City', Port Elizabeth will play host to over 1 500 creative professionals from across the globe, who began converging on the city on Friday 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, will take place on Saturday evening at the Boardwalk International Convention Centre (ICC) in Summerstrand, Port Elizabeth.

The Mayor of Port Elizabeth, Dr. Danny Jordaan, said that the leaders and people of South Africa, as well as the city, are ready to welcome these high-profile guests.

“We are fully ready to host a great event and everyone coming to our city for the AMAAs can look forward to a great and exciting experience,” said Jordaan.

Top Nigerian “Nollywood” actress and one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential Persons in the World, Omotola Jalade Ekehinde, as well as US television star, Camille Winbush, who is also well-known for her performance in ‘Ghost Dog,’ ‘The Way of the Samurai,’ ’Eraser’ and ‘7th Heaven;’ will co- host this year’s show.

The AMAAs not only presents its annual prestigious awards; but has to-date funded more than 5,000 young Africans through its Academy – giving them the means and opportunity to soar in careers in the film industry. The reach of the Academy and its Awards spans globally to include actors and actresses such as Danny Glover and Lupita Nyong’o.

The 2015 nominees were announced at a glamorous event, held in Hollywood earlier this year that was attended by A-list celebs such as Louis Gossett Jr.

53 countries participate in the AMAA’s annually; with between 500 and 700 film stars from Africa, Europe and continents attend this glamorous affair. This year will be no different!

The World has its eyes on South Africa’s film industry where the calibre of our films are receiving overwhelming global recognition. A multi-nominated film to be noted, “iNumberNumber,” directed by award-winning South African Donovan Marsh, also known for his direction of “Spud,” is an action feature starring award-winning actor, Sdumo Mtshali.

The film has been nominated in a multitude of categories at this year’s AMMA’s including: Award for Achievement in Visual Effect, Ousmane Sembene Award for Best Film in an African Language, Award for Achievement in Production Design, Achievement in Costume Design and  Achievement in Make-Up.

Scooping many of the 2014 AMAA’s - local South African film, “Of Good Report,” which also 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).

OGR was also the opening film at the Durban International Film Festival (DIFF 2013), where it won the Bravery Award: the first South African film to be bestowed with this honour. It was also the winner of the Best Feature Film Award at the South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTAs 2014) and many other accolades for the cast and crew.

Two weeks on the cinema circuit brought 45 000 nationwide audiences through Ster-Kinekor’s Cinema distribution. The film’s award winning producer, Luzuko Dilima is recognised as one of the best film producers in South Africa, as per the accolades at the SAFTAs and the AMAAs, where “Of Good Report” won five awards in 2014. Dilima represents New Brighton Pictures, a local PE based production company.

“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.

The 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 will attend, 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.

If you want to mingle with A-lister industry giants, 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.

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