SA film wins top prize

Press release issued by Kevin Kriedemann of KEViN LiKES. I have made no changes to this release, other than to remove the contact details and to list only the category winners (not all nominated films).

Charlie Vundla's 'How To Steal 2 Million' won four awards at the African Movie Academy Awards, including the Best Director and Best Film honours.

South African Charlie Vundla scooped Best Director and his debut, film noir thriller How 2 Steal 2 Million, was named Best Film at the eight Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA), held last night, 22 April 2012, at The Expo Centre, Eko Hotel & Suite in Lagos, Nigeria. South African actress Terry Pheto was named Best Supporting Actress for her role in the film, which also won Best Achievement in Editing (Garreth Fradgely). With four awards, How 2 Steal 2 Million was the most awarded film on the night.

Nigeria’s Benin-set historical epic Adesuwa was a close second with three awards, for Costume Design, Visual Effects, and Best Nigerian Film.
South Africa’s crime drama State of Violence won Best Film in an African Language and Best Achievement in Sound.

Man on Ground, a Nigerian/South African xenophobia-themed coproduction, won the Special Jury Award – given for only the third time since the inception of AMAA – and Best Supporting Actor for South African Fana Mokoena.

Nigeria’s Rita Dominic was named Best Actress for her role in Kenyan film Shattered, while Ghanaian Majid Michel won Best Actor for his role in Somewhere in Africa.

Nigeria was the most awarded country on the night, receiving 12 awards, followed closely by South Africa with 10.

AMAA received 328 entries from across Africa in 2012, up from 220 in 2011. Dr. Asantewa Olantunji, director of programming of The Pan African Film Festival, headed this year’s jury, which included June Giavanni, programmer for Planet Africa at The Toronto International Film Festival; Keith Shiri, founder and film curator at the London festival, Africa at The Pictures; Dorothee Wenner, a curator at The Berlin Film Festival; Shaibu Husseini, an actor, dancer and The Nigerian Guardian arts journalist; Steve Ayorinde, editor-in-chief of The Daily Mirror; Ayoko Babu, executive director of The Pan African Film Festival; Dr. Hyginus Ekwuazi, a film scholar and critic; and directors Berni Goldblat and John Akomfrah, OBE.

Charlie Vundla

As the jury statement said, “This year may prove to be the beginning of a new era for AMAA. Not only did AMAAwitness an unprecedented number of film submissions, from more countries throughout the African continent and its Diaspora, it also witnessed a remarkable increase in the quality of the films submitted. From their technical qualities to the acting and directing, the 2012 film slate is most impressive. Indeed, for the jury, the task of selecting the  “Best” in each category has been challenging. The competition in most categories was very strong and our decisions reflect much thought and debate. The jury is also impressed by the quality and diversity of the storylines of the films presented. The decolonization of African films and images is well underway. As never before, we see films that tell real stories: inspired by, reflective of and crafted by the people, by whom and for whom they were made.”

Some of the biggest names from black Hollywood were at The AMAAs, including Emmy winner and Golden Globe nominee Lynn Whitfield (The JosephineBaker Story and Without a Trace); Morris Chestnut (American Horror Story, Boyz in the Hood); Rockmond Dunbar (Prison Break, Sons of Anarchy) and Maya Gilbert (General Hospital, Days of Our Lives).
Heroes star Jimmy Jean-Louis hosted the prestigious awards, which included performancesfrom Asa, 2Face Idibia and Senegal’s Viviane Ndour.

Only films produced and released between December 2010 and December 2011 were eligible.

All the winners:

AMAA 2011 PRIZE FOR BEST FILM
How 2 Steal 2 Million – South Africa

AMAA 2012 PRIZE FOR BEST SHORT FILM
Braids On Bald Head – Nigeria

AMAA 2012 PRIZE FOR BEST DOCUMENTARY
African Election – Nigeria/Germany

AMAA 2012 PRIZE FOR BEST DIASPORA FEATURE
Toussaint Louverture – Senegal/Guadalupe

AMAA 2012 PRIZE FOR BEST DIASPORA DOCUMENTARY
The Education Of Auma Obama – Germany

AMAA 2012 PRIZE FOR BEST DIASPORA (SHORT FILM)
White Sugar In A Black Pot -USA

AMAA 2012 PRIZE FOR BEST ANIMATION
The Legend on Ngong Hills – Kenya

AMAA 2012 PRIZE FOR BEST FILM BY AN AFRICAN LIVING ABROAD
Mystery Of Birds – USA/Nigeria

AMAA 2012 PRIZE FOR ACHIEVEMENT IN PRODUCTION DESIGN
Phone Swap – Nigeria

AMAA 2012 PRIZE FOR ACHIEVEMENT IN COSTUME DESIGN
Adesuwa – Nigeria

AMAA 2012 PRIZE FOR ACHIEVEMENT IN MAKE-UP
Shattered – Kenya

AMAA 2012 PRIZE FOR ACHIEVEMENT IN SOUNDTRACK
Alero’s Symphony – Nigeria

AMAA 2012 PRIZE FOR ACHIEVEMENT IN VISUAL EFFECTS
Adesuwa – Nigeria

AMAA 2012 PRIZE FOR ACHIEVEMENT IN SOUND
State Of Violence – South Africa

AMAA 2012 PRIZE FOR ACHIEVEMENT IN CINEMATOGRAPHY
Otelo Burning – South Africa

AMAA 2012 PRIZE FOR ACHIEVEMENT IN EDITING
How 2 Steal 2 Million- South Africa

AMAA 2012 PRIZE FOR ACHIEVEMENT IN SCREENPLAY
Ties That Bind – Ghana

AMAA 2012 PRIZE FOR BEST NIGERIAN FILM
Adesuwa – Nigeria

AMAA 2012 PRIZE FOR BEST FILM IN AN AFRICAN LANGUAGE
State Of Violence – South Africa

AMAA 2012 PRIZE FOR BEST CHILD ACTOR
Tshepang Mohlomi  (Otelo Burning) – South Africa

AMAA 2012 PRIZE FOR BEST YOUNG/PROMISING ACTOR
Ivie Okujaye (Alero’s Symphony) – Nigeria

AMAA 2012 PRIZE FOR BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Fana Mokoena (Man On Ground) – South Africa/Nigeria

AMAA 2012 PRIZE FOR BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Terry Pheto (How 2 Steal 2 Million) – South Africa

AMAA 2012 PRIZE FOR BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
Majid Michel (Somewhere In Africa) – Ghana

AMAA 2012 PRIZE FOR BEST ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE
Rita Dominic (Shattered) – Nigeria

AMAA 2012 PRIZE FOR BEST DIRECTOR
Charlie Vundla (How 2 Steal 2 Million) – South Africa

SPECIAL JURY PRIZE
Man on Ground – South Africa/Nigeria

For more information, visit http://www.ama-awards.com/.

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