The Africa Movie Academy Awards, popularly known as AMAA and The AMA Awards, are presented annually to recognize excellence of professionals in the film industry. It was founded by Peace Anyiam-Osigwe and run through the Africa Film Academy. The awards are aimed at honouring and promoting excellence in the African movie industry and Africans in the diaspora as well as uniting the Africans from across the globe through arts and culture. The award presentation is attended by numerous media representatives, celebrities, politicians, journalists, actresses and actors from all across the world. The AMA awards are widely considered to be Africa's most important film even and the most prestigious film award in for people of African descent

Best Short Film:
Best Documentary:
Best Diaspora Feature:
Best Diaspora Documentary:
Best Animation:
Achievement In Production Design:
Achievement In Costume Design:
Achievement In Make-Up:
Achievement In Sound DESIGN
Achievement in Visual Effects:
Achievement In Cinematography:
Achievement In Editing:
Best Film by an African Living Abroad:
Best Actor in a Leading Role:
Best Actress In A Leading Role:
Best First Feature Film by a Director
Best Diaspora Short Film
Achievement In Screenplay:
Best Film in an African Language:
Most Promising Actor:
Best Child Actor
Best Actor In A Supporting Role:
Best Actress In A Supporting Role:
Best Director:
Best Film:
Best foreign film category
Best Film by An African student

Entries must be submitted under the following regulations:

All entries must be watermarked in a way that does not impair viewing during the screening process. Filmmakers submitting entries are advised not to use paper labels on DVDs as these prevent the DVDs from playing. Online submissions are preferred

Beyond credits, no entry may contain commercials or advertorials.

All entries in languages other than English must be fully subtitled. This rule applies to “pidgin” English as well.

The persons or entities submitting the film must attest that they are the copyright owner or submit a letter of consent to submission signed by the copyright owner. Filmmakers must sign the standard submission release form, establishing authority and consent.

All shipping costs of the submitted materials must be borne by the sender. Please note that submitted materials will not be returned to the sender.

Following submission and consideration,

AMAA will send an official acceptance email acknowledging receipt of each successful entry.

AMAA reserves the right to transfer submissions to a master hard drive for a permanent AMAA digital library. However, AMAA will not screen or utilize submitted films for any commercial purposes without the express written consent of the appropriate right holder(s).

AMAA reserves the right to use a 3-5 minute excerpt of a submitted film for promotional purposes

The decision of the AMAA College of Screeners and Board of Jurors will determine the nominees. A confirmation from directors and producers should be publicly solicited on the AMAA site and Facebook Page.

The nominees for each category will be announced during the AMAA nomination event. Prior to the awards, AMAA will send each successful nominee an email advising on further requirements and next steps.

Overall Rating
  • I was very happy one to be accepted into this great festival I am very happy to had been apart of it. Unfortunately with the Covid it cause us to miss the having an open festival but I appreciate how the festival communicated with the film makers.

    December 2020
  • Clare Anyiam-Osigwe

    Great awards, it was virtual this year. I hope to attend in person, Covid pending. Grateful to have won best film by an African abroad!

    December 2020
  • We would like to whole heartedly thank AMAA for the official selection of AIYAI: Wrathful Soul. We consider it a great honour being recognized by an esteemed organization such as yours.

    December 2020
  • Kwame Lestrade

    I was sad not to be able to attend the awards in Lagos, Nigeria - but luckily I had a friend who collected the award for 'Best Diaspora Short Film' on my behalf. Communication was great. An extremely supportive high-end festival. Truly the African Oscards

    September 2020
  • Dave Weekes

    Oh Man...that was de of the best events of my life. My wife and I totally enjoyed the Awards as well as our time in Rwanda. We hope to bring many more films to the AMAA.

    April 2019