• Sunday, May 26, 2024
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SA’s big win at AMAA

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 South Africa is one of the countries that won in many categories at the just concluded Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) held in Yenogoa, Bayelsa State.

South African films received numerous nominations in various categories but won the Best Actress in a lead role with Florence Masebe’s performance in the movie, Elelwani. Best Cinematography was won by Uhlanga with The Mark, while Elelwani and Zambezia won Best Production Design and Best Animation, respectively.

What this means is that Africa cinema now has a wider appeal across every part of the continent. Paul Mashatile, the country’s minister of arts and culture, could not help but agree with this even as he expresses his joy at the performance of South Africa at the AMAA.

“We congratulate our artists who have made us proud at this year’s AMA Awards. They have proven, once more, that South African film can hold its own against the best on our continent and in the world,” Mashatile said, pledging his government’s continuous support to the local film industry.

“We will continue to support the local film industry with a view to ensuring that the South African story is told to audiences in our country, on the continent and indeed in the whole world,” he said further.

Part of strengthening support for the industry includes the restructuring of the National Film and Video Foundation into a National Film Commission as well as the establishment of a Film Fund.