BLANTYRE--No Malawian produced film has been nominated at this year’s eighth Africa Acadamey Awards (AMAA) that were held in Nigeria April 22.
Renowned movie maker Shemu Joyah says despite making great strides in the movie industry, Malawi still has a long way to go to embrace such biggest platforms as (AMAA) which is the biggest platform for African film that attracts the best movies from across the African continent and Malawi has only been there once when Joyah’s Seasons of a Life received eight nominations in 2010.
This was the year when Tapiwa Gwaza was voted the Best Supporting Actress while Flora Suya was nominated for Best Actress but lost to Ghana's Jackie Appiah.
"It's sad because these are the platforms which can measure our strength but the biggest problem is that we have not been making good films that can get nominations. The standards at this platform are very high and it felt nice to get nominations in 2010," Joyah was quoted by the Daily Times as saying.
He says AMAA judges are drawn from an independent body and that most of the movies which people watch on Africa Magic don’t leave a mark.
The theme for this year's AMAA was Africa Rising. AMAA founder Peace Anyiam Osigwe said Africa is making progress in filmmaking, citing countries such as the Democratic Republic of Congo, who won with Viva Riva! which was voted the Best Film at the seventh edition of AMAA. Which in 2012 received 328 entries from across Africa, up from 220 in 2011.
Nigeria went to the award show with a narrow lead with 52 nominations, followed closely by South Africa with 45, Ghana with 17, and Kenya with 14.
South Africa's Otelo Burning received the most nominations (13), followed by another South African movie How 2 Steal 2 Million (11) and Nigeria's Benin-set historical epic Adesuwa (10). Ghana's civil war film Somewhere in Africa had seven nominations, as did the Nigerian-South African xenophobia-themed co-production Man on Ground. Kenya's Rugged Priest, Ghana's Ties That Bind and South Africa's State of Violence all had six.
"The purpose of AMAA is to encourage and reward creativity and to celebrate our people," says Osigwe.
The following are the 2012 AMAA winners:
Rita Dominic won the prestigious AMAA award for Best Actress in a Leading Role; Ghanaian star Majid Michel won the award for Best Actor in a Leading Role. The movie, Adesuwa by Lancelot Imasuen won 3 awards, including Best Nigerian Film, while South African film, How to Steal 2 Millionwon 4 awards, including Best Film. And the full list of all the winners at the 8th edition of the AMAA Awards is as follows: