This is the first time the nominations and the awards proper will be held in the same country.
“In the last 8 years, the nominees have been announced at events outside Nigeria with the last being at JW Marriot Hotel, Los Angeles, United States last year.
In a statement, the chair of the AMAA jury, Shaibu Husseni, “We look forward to a very grand award in Port Harcourt, Rivers State in June,” while also reavealing that the nominees for the 28 available categories will be announced at a strictly media event at Protea Hotel, Isaac John, GRA Ikeja on Sunday.
Giving a breakdown of entries received, Husseini said feature films, documentaries, animations and short films were submitted by filmmakers within Africa and the Diaspora.
“Only 25 feature films will make it into the nomination stage out of the over 280 feature films received this year from over 25 African countries including Nigeria, Cape Verde, Gambia, Morocco, Uganda, Togo, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Cameroun, Mali, Ethiopia, Niger, Kenya, Algeria and Egypt. Also 15 short films (Africa and Diaspora) made it to the final stages but unfortunately only eight of the African documentary films will make it to nomination and three Diaspora short films,” Shaibu Said
Husseini, further disclosed that the screening process was thorough, commended the qualities of entries. He said, “We are very happy about the quality of works that came into the competition this year and it gladdens our heart that every year the objectives of the awards are being achieved with film makers in Africa and beyond upping