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GMAA Collaborates With AWDF To Hold ‘African Women In Film’ Forum

Golden Movie Awards Africa in collaboration with the African women’s Development Fund on Monday 4th April 2016, held an African Women In Film Forum, a first of its kind in Ghana to help change the negative narrative of women in through film with producers, directors, actors and film makers across Africa. Panel members for the forum were Rama Brew, Theo Sowa, Nadia Buari,Martha Ankomah and Laurene Abdallah. During an opening remarks here is what the country Director Mimi Andani had to say:

“The Golden Movie Awards Africa is an award scheme that seeks to honor outstanding achievement in the African television, digital media and film industries. This is administered by experts in cinema and television, with the mission of changing the negative narrative of Africa by awarding excellence through films. Our vision is to project and help make the works of the African film makers attractive enough for a global appeal.

Today’s forum is held in partnership with The African Women’s Development Fund (AWDF).  AWDF is the first pan-African foundation to support the work of women’s rights organizations in Africa.

We will be deliberating on issues of Identity and Originality with the aim of changing the stereotypes of women through film. We edge you all to share your views on these issues as we believe your contribution will go a long way to help achieve this goal”

During the first session of the forum, Nadia Buari, Theo Sowa and Laurene Abdallah lead the discussion on the topic, “Idenity” which encouraged participants to contribute with different views, but with one conclusion at the end of the session that, indeed film makers should represent the African Identity in their films in order to promote Africa across the world

Yvonne Okoro, Martha Ankomah and Rama Brew were the panel for the the second session which was about “Originality” and how African film makers should tell the true stories of Africa in the works.

The event ended with the conclusion amongst participants that Identity and Originality plays a key role in telling true African story in film making.However Juliet Ibrahimm’s self produced short film on Women suffering domestic vilence was shown as well and also in attendance were The president of the Film producers association of Ghana(FIPAG) and some of his members. Find pictures below

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FULL LIST OF WINNERS @ GOLDEN MOVIE AWARDS 2015

On Saturday 27th June 2015 at the maiden edition of Golden Movie Awards Africa, they were honoured for their impressive contributions to the film industry, at the State Banquet House ,Accra.

Nigerian movies 30 Days In Atlanta and Knocking On Heaven’s Door and Ghanaian movies including Devil In the Details, and Made In Agege were the biggest winners at the 2015 Golden Movie Awards. Knocking on Heaven’s Door won the Best Film nod while Devil in The Details bagged the Best Director nod for Shirley Frimpong Manso.

Also, top Ghanaian musicians graced the event with their performance as artistes who performed included Legendary Pat Thomas, Irene Logan ,Nana Yaa, Kwame Yeboah , Eazzy and a host of others.

Let’s see if their expectations turned into reality.
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African Women In Film Award

The AWDF African Women In Film (AWIF) Award

 The African Women’s Development Fund (AWDF) African Women In Film Award is presented to an African woman who has demonstrated through her work measurable efforts to change the narrative and challenge stereotypes about African women.

 This award reflects AWDF’s commitment to raise the profile of African women, increase public support for women’s rights and social justice, and to facilitate platforms for African women’s views and achievements.

 Nomination Process

 Nominee must be an African woman filmmaker, producer, writer, actress or content creator.

The nominee must have demonstrated through their work measurable efforts to change negative narrative and stereotypes about African women (work produced over the last 5 years).

Nominations are open to the public. Nominations for this award close on June 3rd, 2015. Further details of the nomination process will be put online atwww.awdf.org.

  • Prize for the winner: GHS 5,000 cash, plaque and opportunity to participate as a resource person in an African Women In Film Seminar scheduled for later this year

 AWDF and GMA will organise an African Women in Film Seminar, a  one- day capacity building programme that will bring together African women filmmakers, actresses, producers, writers and content creators to share expert advice and provide mentoring for African women in the film industry.

 AWDF recognizes the importance of the arts as a tool for social justice work and as a medium to train, nurture and raise the profile of African women through their creative works and expression. The aim is to build the cadre of skilled African women who can use the different art mediums to promote women’s rights.

 “We partnered with GMA because we see them as an innovative, emerging team seeking to raise the barrier in terms standards of excellence and production in the African movie industry. They are made up of young professionals eager to promote an agenda of authenticity and creativity in African visual storytelling,” Sarah Mukasa, AWDF’s Director Of Programmes, said.

Golden Movie Award Nominees Announcement

The Maiden edition of the Golden Movie Awards nominations announcement took place on the 21st of May 2015 at the Oak Plaza hotel. .

Nominees for Thirty two categories were unveiled including the AWDF African Women In Film (AWIF) award which is presented to an African woman who has demonstrated through her work measurable efforts to change   the narrative and challenge stereotypes about African women.
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Country Director, Mina Andani gave the welcome Address also spoke about the  fact that Golden Movie Awards is not just about giving awardees the plaque but also building the African film industry by organizing capacity building programme and creating platforms for film producers to meet potential sponsors and investors and grand jury’s Vice -Chairperson Amba Mpoke-Biggs talked about the selections process, stressed on the fact   that the Golden Movie Award Scheme is a performance based award process and not popularity and then after, revealed the nominees

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The night also unveiled the main sponsor, SURFLINE and other supporting sponsors like JACK DANIELS, followed by partners African women Development Fund (AWDF) and UNAIDS  and finally donors SLEEK COSMETICS Musical  performances were  by Irene Logan, offie Kudjoe and Adomaa .The host of the night was Berla Mundi

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Knocking on Heaven’s Door, Love or Something Like That, others lead Golden Movie Awards nominations

The Maiden edition of the Golden Movie Awards nominations announcement took place on  May 21 at the Oak Plaza hotel. Nominations for 32 categories   were   unveiled including The AWDF African Women In Film (AWIF) award which is presented to an African woman who has demonstrated through her work measurable efforts to change   the narrative and challenge stereotypes about African women.

This award also reflects AWDF’s commitment to raise the profile of African women, increase public support   for women’s rights and social justice, and to facilitate platforms for African women’s views and achievements

Massively attended, the evening saw celebrities, stakeholders, sponsors, partners, film makers, producers and media partners come together. Country Director, Mina Andani gave the welcome Address and grand jury’s Vice -Chairperson Amba Mpoke-Biggs talked about the selections process, stressed on the fact   that the Golden Movie Award Scheme is a performance based award process and not popularity and then after, revealed the nominees

The night also unveiled the main sponsor, SURFLINE and other supporting sponsors like JACK DANIELS, followed by partners African women Development Fund (AWDF) and UNAIDS  and finally donors SLEEK COSMETICS .Musical  performances were  by Irene Logan, offie Kudjoe and Adomaa .The host of the night was Berla Mundi

Golden Movie Awards (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 has 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 programs and activities with its partners. The calendar year for the maiden edition is from January 1, 2014 to December 31, 2014.

The maiden edition largely saw entries from Ghana and Nigeria with movies such as Love or Something Like That, Knocking on Heaven’s Door, 30 Days In Atlanta, Apaye, Made In Agege, When Love Comes Around, Love Regardless and others receiving multiple nominations.  Below is the list of nominations: