NMJ Ghana and its Africa partners, the Golden Movie Awards –Africa, have launched the maiden edition of the Golden Movie Awards (GMA) at a short ceremony and media event at the UNAIDS Office in Accra.
GMA is a scheme that seeks to honour individuals in the African movie industry who have impacted and excelled greatly in the movie world under the year of review, and who have also embarked on humanitarian works throughout their countries.
It also seeks to influence the movie industry for great standards, to throw light on individuals and firms yearly by celebrating them. It is also an award scheme that seeks to build and grow the stakeholders through its capacity building programmes and activities with its partners.
The calendar year for review in the maiden edition is from January 1, 2014 to December 31, 2014.
Speaking at the launch, Miss Esther Quayson, the Communications Director of the awards, said the awards is aimed at setting a credible continental standard of excellence by which the best actors in the movie industries of Africa may attain international acclaim through national recognition.
“Our intent in initiating the Golden Movie Awards-Africa is to set a credible continental Standard of Excellence by which the best actors in the movie industry of Africa may attain international acclaim through national recognition,” she said.
This year’s edition is organized under the theme: Build your goal and protect the goal. She said “we believe everyone in life has a dream or let’s say goal, the first edition of the award will focus on building the stakeholders of the film industry in Africa through our developmental programs that we have developed with some of our partners. However in building your goal you need to have in mind the need to protect that goal.”
The Awards is expected to bring together more than 1,500 key film professionals, craftspeople and decisionâ€makers from across Africa, to honour, celebrate and promote the African, film industries.
Miss Andani, Country Director of Golden Movie Awards highlighted the role that UNAIDS will be playing in the maiden edition of the awards.
According to her, the production house to win the Production House of the Year at the awards will produce an HIV-themed movie with all other winners to help the UNAIDS’ “Protect the Goal” campaign.
Before he officially launched the awards, Mr Girmay Haile, UNAIDS Ghana Country Director described the idea of having all the winners produce an HIV-themed movie as a “noble idea’.
Nominations for the Golden Movie Awards are therefore opened from February 12, 2015, to April 12, 2015.
Categories to be awarded are Golden Supporting Actor, Golden Supporting Actress, Golden Actor In A Drama, Golden Actor In A Comedy, Golden Actress In Drama, Golden Actor In Comedy, Golden Actor In A TV Series, Golden Actress In A TV Series, Golden Movie Drama, Golden Movie Comedy, Golden Writer Drama (TV/Movie),Golden Writer comedy (TV/Movie),Golden Cinematography (TV/Movie),Golden Documentary, Golden Short Film, Golden Discovery Actor, Golden Discovery Actress, Golden Promising Actor, Golden Promising Actress and Golden Favourite Actor.
The rest are Golden Life Time Award, Golden Favourite Actress, Golden Indigenous Languages (Twi, Hausa, Swahili),Golden Visuals, Golden Director, Golden Producer, Golden Sound Track-Original, Golden Make Up Artist, Golden Costumier, Golden TV Series Of The Year, Golden Character In A Series, Golden Editor, Golden Story Line, Golden Humanitarian Award, Golden Actor Of The Year (Theatre),Golden Actress Of The Year (Theatre),Golden Supporting Cooperate Body For Films, Golden Supporting Media House For Films,
The Golden Movie Awards, award ceremony will be a five day event with the following activities.
Day 1 – Free Film Show for the General Public (In All Participating Counties)
Day 2 – Protect the Goal Awareness & Film Show in Selected Schools in Ghana
Day 2 – Seminar/Workshop for Film Stakeholders
Day 3 – Capacity Building Program for Women in Film by Gmaf & Awdf
Day 4 – Nominees’ Party/Jams (Ghana)
Day 5 – Golden Movie Awards-Africa.-(Main Event Accra-Ghana)
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