This year the African Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) has partnered with StarTimes, the biggest pay-tv company in Nigeria, to host the AMAA-StarTimes Short Film Festival (The Shorts).
The festival has shortlisted over 200 short films.
Selected from over 500 entries across Africa, the short films are aired daily on the ST Nollywood Plus channel on StarTimes at 8 pm. The pay-tv company has also added the films on the StarTimes-ON mobile app to run throughout the festival period.
The short films are currently on air till 25 May, with over US$10,000 in prizes to be won for the outstanding film.
Viewers’ votes will decide the winners.
Peace Anyiam-Osigwe, AMAA’s founder, said, “since Africa Day is on 25 May, we will use this opportunity to celebrate the fantastic film talents on the continent.”
“Nollywood fans can show their support by voting for their best films, putting them at a greater chance of winning the prizes. In addition, viewer participation in the process encourages emerging and diverse talent in African Cinema.
Viewers are able to cast their vote on the StarTimes-ON app, which can be downloaded from Google Play Store and Apple Store.
In addition, the first prize winner will receive US$3000 as well as a laptop; the 2nd prize winner will get US$2000 and a phone, and the 3rd prize winner will receive US$1000 and a phone.
“We have added a special prize of US$1000 for the best documentary,” said Osigwe.
StarTimes CEO, Alex Jian, said that the partnership with AMAA is pivotal and strategic with surging demand for quality local content by Nigerian and African filmmakers.
Jian indicated that StarTimes is delighted to continue strengthening its partnership with AMAA to bring significant change to the Nigerian and African film industries.