by AiW guest Phoenix Fry
On 20 April 2013 the African Movie Awards took place at “a glittering ceremony” in Yenagoa, southern Nigeria.
You can read elsewhere about the glitz and the glitches – this blog focuses on the films themselves. On this one page, you can catch the trailers for almost all the ‘Oscar’-winning films, and become something of an expert in contemporary African cinema.
The festival jury – including Brits John Akomfrah, June Givanni and Keith Shiri – gave the bulk of awards to Nigerian films. Does this tell us about the Nigeria being a centre of excellence for African film-making, or does it reflect the bias of a Nigeria-based awards show? You decide.
Confusion Na Wa (Nigeria)
Best Film / Best Nigerian Film
Heroes And Zeroes (Nigeria)
Best Director: Niji Akanni / Best Editing / Best Screenplay
Elelwani (South Africa)
Best Actress / Best Production Design
Assassin’s Practice (UK/Nigeria)
Best Actor: Justus Esiri
Best Supporting Actor: Gabriel Afolayan
Virgin Margarida (Mozambique)
Best Supporting Actress: Hermelinda Cimela
Fuelling Poverty (Nigeria)
Stones In The Sun (Haiti/USA)
Best Diaspora Feature
Adventure Of Zambezia (South Africa)
Last Flight To Abuja (UK/Nigeria)
Best Film By An African Abroad
Blood And Henna (Nigeria)
The Meeting (Nigeria)
The Last Fishing Boat (Malawi)
The Twin Sword (Nigeria)
Nairobi Half Life (Kenya)
Uhlanga, The Mark (South Africa)
Most Promising Actor: Belinda Effah
Phoenix Fry, is a diploma-qualified teacher with over seven years’ experience of developing and delivering training for young people. He is currently completing an MA in Creative Entrepreneurship, specialising in popular world cinema. He has:
- delivered two successful sessions in running and marketing film screening events
- made presentations at the BFI, Shortcutz London and Winchester University
- given support, training and technical assistance to new film clubs inSydenham, Catford and Forest Hill
- helped the Frontline Club find alternative sources of funding.