AMAA 2022: College screeners consider 332 entries ahead of jury

African Movie Academy Award’s College of Screeners are currently in camp to consider entries that will make the cut for the 2022 edition of the continental recognition system for filmmakers.

Dr. Shaibu Husseini who has chaired the College of Screeners for many years and a member of the Board of Jurors told newsmen that 332 films were brought before the screeners after the pre-election process.

The Screening and pre-election started in June to eliminate entries that didn’t meet requirements.

Husseini added that the College of Screeners is the last and fifth state of screening in AMAA before selected films are passed to the Board of Jurors.

The Chairman of Board of Jurors for AMAA 2022 is Zimbabwean, Keith Shiri.

The Jurors are expected to announce the nominations for all the over 20 categories at a ceremony in September while the Awards ceremony is slated for October and will be hosted by the Lagos State Government.

Dr. Husseini said, “We have Ten (10) members in the college this year. 6 from other countries (Kenya, Cameroon, Burkina Faso, Egypt, Côte D’Ivoire, Ghana) and 4 from Nigeria. Dr. Cornel Onyekaba of the Department of Creative Arts, University of Lagos is chair of the College while Wangeci Murange from Kenya is Vice Chair of the College.”

AMAA, a continental award for motion picture practitioners, started in Nigeria in 2005 and has become the longest unbroken award system in Africa for straight 18 years.

The award ceremony was held in South Africa in 2015 for the first time and also in Rwanda in 2017 while the nomination parties for previous editions have been held in Ghana, Burkina Faso, Malawi and South Africa.

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