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SA Film Bags Top Award| Leisure by Staff Reporter
A South African film has won Best Film at the African Movie Awards
The Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) named South African film noir thriller How 2 Steal 2 Million as Best Film on 22 April in Lagos, Nigeria.
The AAMA’s were held at The Expo Centre, Eko Hotel & Suite in Lagos, Nigeria on the 22nd of April.
South African film How 2 Steal 2 Million, directed by Charlie Vundla, was awarded the title of Best Film. It also received Best Achievement in Editing – awarded to Garreth Fradgely – Best Supporting Actress (Terry Pheto for her role in the film) and Best Director (Vundla), leaving it the most awarded film on the night.
State of Violence, another South African production was awarded Best Film in an African Language and also Best Achievement in Sound.
South Africa was the second most awarded country at the AMAA’s with ten awards, following Nigeria with 12.
The Special Jury Award was handed out for just the third time, to a Nigerian/South African co-production called Man on Ground. The film explores xenophobia related issues.
“This year may prove to be the beginning of a new era for AMAA,” according to the jury statement from the awards.
“Not only did AMAA witness 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 decolonisation 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.”