By Peterking Quaye – Saturday, November 20 the Golden Tulip Hotel in Accra hosted a good number of media men and stakeholders in the movie industry for the screening of the entered films for this year’s 2010 Ghana Movies Awards. The Nomination Committee (SNC) screened various movies submitted and Selected nominees to a jury and finalists are expected to be released for public voting (for some categories) at an event at the Golden Tulip Hotel on November 26.
The entries, according to a closed source to event came from Accra and Kumasi with Kumasi submitting about 50 movies and Accra submitting the rest. Ninety-six entries all, have so far been received by the organisers and 32 categories are up for grabs of the first Ghana Movie Awards set to take place on December 25 at the Accra International Conference Centre. The awards night ,promises to be a star-studded event featuring the crème de la crème of the Ghanaian movie industry and celebrities. With an international music star is also targeted to perform at the event.
The awards will also seek to award some movies from the West African sub-region but Prince said the awards is Ghanaian with about 96 percent of the awards going to works in the Ghanaian movie industry. He disclosed that production houses such as Venus Films and Sparrow Productions submitted 6 and 3 movies respectively.
The awards was launched on September 30 and opened entries for nominations in October. With organisers closing entries,
According to Mr. Prince Tsegah, Managing Director of the awards told Wednesday that they have received 96 entries and the calendar date for this year’s awards was from October 2009 to October 2010 but had to attach a “human face” by extending the deadline to the first week of November due to challenges faced by some of the production houses.
The SNC will be made up of media personnel and some major players in the industry and may be headed by veteran actor, Fred Amugi.
Reacting to allegations that the event will be marred by conflict of interest between Fred Nuamah, the brain behind the Ghana Movie Awards, and the event itself due to his close relationship with some movie producers, Prince said Fred was only the executive producer of the awards and that the event itself was being organised by Image Consortium with the result collection being handled by PriceWaterhouse Coopers.