Twenty-three films from across the African continent, including Ghanaian films, have qualified for the final and nomination stages of the 2018 Golden Movie Awards Africa (GMAA).
Organisers of the award ceremony made the announcement on Tuesday and said the number was arrived at after the awards’ jury spent weeks in Accra to screen entries.
The films included comedy, feature and short films. Among the 14 feature films which made the list are ‘Body Language’, ‘Code Grey’, ‘Tenacity’, ‘Black Rose’, ‘Bound’, ‘Baabani’, ‘Hakkunde’, ‘Before The Vows’, ‘Accidental Spy’ and ‘Two Days’.
The others include Idahosa’s ‘Trail’, ‘A Man For The Weekend’, Sarah’s ‘Epiphany’ and ‘A Good Time To Divorce’.
The comedy films also include ‘Potato Potahto’, ‘10 Days In Suncity’, ‘Side Chic Gang’, ‘Door 2 Door’ and ‘Once Upon A Family’, while the short films are ‘Coat of Harm’, ‘Interim’, ‘Breakfast & Stab’.
The 2018 Golden Awards nominations will officially be announced in Ivory Coast on May 20, 2018 when the various categories of the qualified films will be made public.
That will be followed by the main award event in Ghana on June 2, 2018 at the Movenpick Hotel in Accra.
Organisers have indicated that the award will be exciting and revealed it has introduced a new feature for the awards dubbed ‘The Golden Spotlight’, which is to give upcoming musicians the chance to grace the stage on the night of the event.
“It is very heart-warming to note that more than 1800 applicants applied online and are being screened and whittled down to 20 young musicians. One upcoming musician will be chosen to perform on the night of the event,” they said in a press statement.
The organisers have also stressed that no tickets will be on sale for this year’s award ceremony because it is purely a stakeholders’ event.
They added that stakeholders and filmmakers are to apply on the website www.goldenmovieawards.com for tickets.
GMAA is an annual award that celebrates outstanding achievement in African television and film. The awards is a performance-based awards scheme.