The Film Association of Malawi (Fama) has confirmed its involvement in the country’s proposed hosting of this year’s nomination night for the African Movie Academy Awards (Amaa) to take place on March 14.
This development comes after the local association expressed dismay at their lack of involvement in the award ceremony which is expected to host filmmakers and celebrities from around the African continent with performances from musicians such as the Nigerian award-winning R ‘n’ B duo of Peter and Paul Okoye, popularly known as P-Square.
In an interview on Tuesday, Fama acting president Ezaius Mkandawire said they have an official communiqué from Amaa organisers to lend their help in the upcoming movie awards.
“The communication came in two folds. The CEO Peace Anyiam-Osigwe dropped an email to tell me that Guyshere will talk to me and on a second note, I have received communication today that we [Fama] should support them in efforts to establish a mutually benefitting relationship towards the growth, development and celebration of the African film industry,” said Mkandawire.
Apart from establishing mutually benefiting relationship on the ground, Fama will coordinate the training to take place between March 1st up until March 14th.
Amaa is an annual celebration of the brightest and the best in African movies and it aims at honouring and promoting excellence in the African movie industry as well as uniting the African continent through arts and culture.
Special assistant to the president, Martha Chikuni, in a telephone interview, said plans that President Joyce Banda will attend the award ceremony are still intact.
The event is expected to see top stars coming to Malawi. According to the Africa Movie Academy Awards Facebook page, Charlie Vundla, current holder of four Amaa awards including Best Film and Best Director for the film How to Steal 2 Million Amaa 2012 will be in Malawi on the 14th March for a master class.
The post continued to say “It’s been amazing the support we are getting for the training in Malawi, Malawian filmmakers will surely benefit from this two-week training course. Africa One is Real!”