BLOG: Winning films from African Movie Awards 2013

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On 20 April 2013 the African Movie Awards took place at “a glittering ceremony” in Yenagoa, southern Nigeria.

You can read elsewhere about the glitz and the glitches – this blog focuses on the films themselves. On this one page, you can catch the trailers for almost all the ‘Oscar’-winning films, and become something of an expert in contemporary African cinema.

The festival jury – including Brits John Akomfrah, June Givanni and Keith Shiri – gave the bulk of awards to Nigerian films. Does this tell us about the Nigeria being a centre of excellence for African film-making, or does it reflect the bias of a Nigeria-based awards show? You decide.


Confusion Na Wa (Nigeria)
Best Film / Best Nigerian Film


Heroes And Zeroes (Nigeria)
Best Director: Niji Akanni / Best Editing / Best Screenplay


Elelwani (South Africa)
Best Actress / Best Production Design


Assassin’s Practice (UK/Nigeria)
Best Actor: Justus Esiri


Hoodrush (Nigeria)
Best Supporting Actor: Gabriel Afolayan


Virgin Margarida (Mozambique)
Best Supporting Actress: Hermelinda Cimela


Fuelling Poverty (Nigeria)
Best Documentary


Stones In The Sun (Haiti/USA)
Best Diaspora Feature


Adventure Of Zambezia (South Africa)
Best Animation


Last Flight To Abuja (UK/Nigeria)
Best Film By An African Abroad


Blood And Henna (Nigeria)
Costume Design


The Meeting (Nigeria)
Make-Up


The Last Fishing Boat (Malawi)
Soundtrack


The Twin Sword (Nigeria)
Visual Effects


Nairobi Half Life (Kenya)
Sound


Uhlanga, The Mark (South Africa)
Cinematography


Kokomma (Nigeria)
Most Promising Actor: Belinda Effah


I’m having trouble embedding the video for Best Short Film: Kwaku Ananse (Ghana), and the two films below seem to have no presence on YouTube.

  • Moi Zaphira (Burkina Faso): Best Film In An African Language, Best Lighting
  • Fan Do Brasil (Brazil/Guatamela): Best Diaspora Documentary
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