BY SAM BANDA JNR
Shemu Joyah and Joyce Mhango Chavula’s latest films Road to Sunrise and Nyasaland respectively have been nominated in the 2018 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards (AMVCAs) which were announced on Saturday.
The two movies have been nominated in the category of Best Movie –Southern Africa where they are battling with three other films namely Descent by Awal Abdulfatai, Salute by Philippe Talavera and Jomako Black Democracy by Abraham Kabwe.
This is the first time for Joyah to get a nomination in the AMVCAs and as this is not enough, The Road to Sunrise has also got another nomination in the category of Best Overall Movie.
The country had no nomination in the AMVCAs last year but in 2016, Chavula made history for Malawi when she triumphed in the Best Movie –Southern Africa with her movie Lilongwe.
In the category in 2016, Chavula’s Lilongwe was pitted against two South African films namely Ayanda by Sarah Bletcher and Tell Me Sweet Something by Akin Omotosho, both of which had more nominations but she came out the victor.
With Nyasaland, Chavula will be seeking to grab a second award in AMVCAs.
“It’s really awesome that two Malawian films are part of the nomination this year. What makes me happy is that they were saying they got close to 3000 entries and then our films have made the nomination list, that shows you we are making progress,” Chavula said.
Joyah said yesterday it felt great, particularly with the Best Overall Film.
“It means that our film has been considered one of the top six films that were submitted the whole of Africa,” he said.
The filmmaker has led the way for Malawi in the movie industry excelling with his two previous movies Seasons of a Life and The Last Fishing Boat which have also won awards.
There are 27 categories and they include Best Movie – East Africa, Best Documentary and Best Movie – West Africa.
The nominees were announced on Saturday by Ghanaian actress and TV presenter Joselyn Dumas and Nigerian comedian and actor Bovi via syndicated broadcast on all Africa Magic channels on DStv and GOtv.
Voting for the AMVCAs opened on Saturday at 8:30pm and closes on Sunday August 24.
Meanwhile MultiChoice Malawi Sales and Marketing Manager Chimwemwe Nyirenda has described the nomination of the two Malawian films as a good development for the country’s film industry.
“It’s important for other filmmakers from the country to learn from Shemu Joyah and Joyce Mhango Chavula,” Nyirenda said.
The announcement of the nominees in the 2018 AMVCAs also come barely a month after MultiChoice launched the MultiChoice Talent Factory that aims at developing the film industry.
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