Filmmakers across Africa can now submit their feature, short, animation and documentary work for award consideration as entries are now open for the 17th edition of the Africa Movie Academy Awards, AMAA.
Early submissions have been scheduled to end on May 31 and July 31 for late entries, nominations will be announced on September 30, 2021, while the award proper will take place on October 31, 2021.
The latest call for submissions is open only to films produced and released between January 2020 and July 31, 2021.
This is according to a statement by the organizers of the award founded by Peace Anyiam-Osigwe to honour and promote excellence in the African movie industry and Africans in the diaspora as well as uniting the Africans from across the globe through arts and culture.
“Each completed entry form for 2021 entries must be accompanied by all the supporting materials listed on the submission forms, including the synopsis of the film, the list of credits, marketing stills of the film, filmographies of the directors and producers, copies of the film in 3DVDS or a hard drive plus a compulsory online submission via Vimeo/WeTransfer, proof of the right to submit an active contact details of anticipated nominees.
“All films must indicate the year of copyright. The Africa Film Academy will not accept any film that exceeds the 120-minute run as a feature or a short film that is longer than 40 minutes. AMAA awards two major categories of short films and animation. The Academy also awards the category for Best Africa Film in the Diaspora and Best Diaspora Short Film Awards inclusive of Caribbean Shorts and Caribbean features,” the statement said.
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The organizers also released guidelines and regulations under which entries must be submitted.
“All entries must be watermarked in a way that does not impair viewing during the screening process. Filmmakers submitting entries are advised not to use paper labels on DVDs as these prevent the DVDs from playing. Online submissions are preferred. Beyond credits, no entry may contain commercials or advertorials.
All entries in languages other than English must be fully subtitled. This rule applies to “pidgin” English as well.
The persons or entities submitting the film must attest that they are the copyright owner or submit a letter of consent to submission signed by the copyright owner. Filmmakers must sign the standard submission release form, establishing authority and consent” the statement added.