As the 2010 edition of African Movie Academy Awards hots up the organizers have received over 280 entries across Africa for the event that will take place in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State next month.
Mr. Shuaib Hussein, Chairman of the awardâ€™s College of ScreenersÂ said for over 45 days the screeners have been in camp to screen the entries which he put at about 500 adding that only 280 of the total entries meet all the conditions as stipulated in the entry rules.
He revealed that films from the Yoruba segment of the Nigeriaâ€™s film industry, Nollywood, would have led the pack in terms of number of entries from Nigeria but some of them were disqualified for flouting the entry rules.
â€œWe made it clear that any film that is more than 2 hours will not be considered at all. We also stated that films submitted for awards should have no advertisement but in most of the Yoruba films you see 10-15 minutes adverts of herbal medicines and all what not.
But the truth is that some Yoruba films also complied with the rules. Other film makers submitted their market copies. At the end only 280 made our entry criteria,â€ Hussein explained.
He described as a good development that only 280 films met the entry requirements adding that AMAA as an international awards will not waver in strict compliance to its rules.
The Head of Screeners said the nomination will be announced on March 6th in Accra, Ghana at an elaborate event that will be attended by delegates from Nigeria, top government official in Ghana, celebrities within and outside Ghana, representatives of the sponsors- Bayelsa State Government and United Bank for Africa, and the Nigeria Ambassador to Ghana, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro.
Giving breakdown of the entries that came in from over 32 African countries and Diaspora, the Head of Screeners said there were 180 feature films, 24 animations, 40 short films and 36 documentary films.
A group of film journalists among others previewed the films before handing over their recommendations to the College of Screeners comprising of the representatives of other Africa countries such as Kenya, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Cameroon etc.