The continent’s prestigious awards for filmmakers of the African Diaspora, The African Movie Academy Awards (AMAA), has announced the 2014 nominees, for what will be the 10th anniversary of this pan‐African event. The nominations were announced at an exclusive ceremony at the Emperor Palace Hotel, in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Peace Anyiam-Osigwe, Chief Executive Officer of the AMAA, Speaking at the announcement ceremony, called for governments of African countries to forge better economic and cultural co-operation, stating,
“Our leaders should invest in our future and creative energy of the young people be it in music, film, fashion and other areas through appropriate funding and regulatory framework that will the creative industry viable just as the governments in India and United States did for their creative entrepreneurs.’’
The AMAA jury, who will select the winners, consists of 10 members from the African continent and the African diaspora. Awards are made in 25 categories, including Best Diaspora Feature Film; Best Diaspora Documentary; Best Diaspora Short Film; and Best African and Diaspora Animation, and more.
Since it is established inception in 2005, AMAA has established itself as the most prestigious and glamorous awards celebrating filmmaking on the continent. The gala event, which is televised live around the world, attracts Hollywood celebrities alongside their African counterparts, as well as African politicians and media.