A short film festival for filmmakers of African Descent
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AMAA partners StarTimes for short film festival

AMAA, StarTimes to reward filmmakers at 2022 short film festival

The African Movie Academy Awards, AMAA, has partnered Nigeria’s leading pay-tv company, StarTimes to hold a unique film festival for short films.

The partnership is in line with StarTimes and AMAA’s commitment to grow the Nigerian and African film industry.

AMAA’s founder, Peace Anyiam-Osigwe, made the announcement of the partnership on Monday, March 14, 2022, in Lagos, Nigeria.

“I am happy to announce a new venture in the long-term partnership between AMAA and StarTimes. The two media and television companies have partnered to grow the Nigerian and African film industry through a film festival solely for short films,” Ms Anyiam-Osigwe began.

On his part, StarTimes CEO, Alex Jian, said the collaboration with AMAA is very crucial and strategic with the growing demand for quality local content by Nigerian and African film practitioners. Jian further noted that StarTimes is glad to strengthen its partnership with AMAA to bring significant impact to the Nigerian and African film industry by ensuring the growth of filmmakers and getting value for their productions.

Ms Anyiam-Osigwe further shed more light on the film festival saying, “Our partnership will see short films airing from Mondays to Fridays on StarTimes leading channels like ST Nollywood plus, ST Nollywood, and ST Yoruba between 4PM and 6PM amongst other offerings.

“This partnership is big to us because it enables us to grow the short film industry in Nigeria and across Africa. We are happy that StarTimes keyed into this journey with us to give opportunities to young and existing filmmakers.”

Anyiam-Osigwe also noted that the festival will also include a competition of some of the best short films registered and winners will be rewarded with cash prizes of up to N3m.

“Already, we have begun a massive call for submission of entries from filmmakers, who specialises or have short films. Entries can be submitted between March 20, 2022 and April 14, 2022.

“The festival will commence on April 25, 2022 and run for a whole month till May 25, 2022. During the festivals, exceptional films that make the cut will compete for cash prizes.

Please note that all films will be shown on StarTimes channels for 90 days from the start of the festival.

First Prize $3000
Second Prize$ 2000
Third Prize $ 1000

Short films made by Africans or of African descent, (not longer than 40 minutes) between 1st January, 2020 & April 2022 are eligible for submission. All submissions are to be made online via the link

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  • Benneth Nwankwo

    It was an amazing experience

    August 2022
  • It was such an awesome time there. Learnt a few to in addition to what I already know and I'm glad that our film was selected even though we didn't get to win but the fact that we are selected means a lot to us.

    June 2022
  • A powerful and brilliant festival, it was a great pleasure to have been part of this edition.

    June 2022
  • Jouzeph Leka Tema

    Wonderful festival ever experienced, it was a journey of our lifes

    June 2022
  • DEBSAM FILM PRODUCTION None

    I had a terrible experience with them, and their communication is extremely poor.

    My movie was shortlisted but it was not included in all categories when voting started.

    I sent them several mails and reminders, bringing their attention to the error (their official email and some individuals that wrote to me initially), but no one responded till date. My family, friends, cast and crew kept asking if our movie was actually selected “like I claimed”.

    Out of the blues and close to the end of the voting exercise, someone informed me that our movie which is a drama was suddenly fixed under their relationship category and our voting started late.

    June 2022