After the first and second levels of screening for the films that were entered for the 2014 edition of the African Movie Academy Awards, 65 movies have crossed the hurdles to the third level of screening which will start on 2nd March, 2014 in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State.
The awards organisers according to the Chairman of College of Screeners, Mr.Shaibu Hussein received a total number of 428 films from different parts of the world.
‘’The secretariat received films from Ghana, Nigeria, Tanzania, South Africa (topped the list of submissions), Algeria, Togo, Gambia, Sudan, Kenya, Burkina Faso, Mali, Senegal, Uganda, Congo, Zimbabwe, Chad, Cameroun, Liberia, Malawi, Togo, Benin Republic, Egypt, Morocco, and from Diaspora like the US, UK, Venezuela, Mexico, Trinidad and Tobago, Brazil, Peru, Netherlands. We also received films came from Africans living abroad from such countries as China, US, UK, France and Netherlands. Given the breakdown of the entries Mr.Hussein who is a journalist and leading film critic in Nigeria said the College received 24 animations, 174 short films, 20 Diaspora features, 10 Diaspora documentaries, 50 African documentaries and 180 feature films.
The College Chairman revealed that 15 professionals drawn from the media, academics and the motion picture industry selected the 65 films after a rigorous 5 days camp at Ibis Hotel, Airport Road, Mafoluku, Lagos.
The 3rd level screening camp will also have members who are coming from Ghana, Cameroun, Malawi, Kenya, DRC Congo, Benin Republic and Nigeria who will stay in camp for seven days in Yenagoa.
‘’The films that will go to the Jury will be decided at the 3rd level of screening. About 35 films will go to the Jury. The Jury works begins after the College has given them the films they will work on to determine which film makes it to nominations for the different categories. After the nominations the Jury will meet again to decide the final winners,’’ said Hussein.
Speaking generally on the quality of the films that came to AMAA for consideration the members of the Second Level Screening Panel in their communique issued after their camp noted that there is a remarkable improvement in the quality of entries, cutting across the African continent and beyond; that there is need for improvement on content, storytelling and scripting; that about seventy-five percent of entries require proper interpretation by cast and crew; and that the quality of entries in the indigenous language category has improved.