Top SA movies scoop nine awards in Lagos
South African filmmakers are making it big and setting high standards beyond our borders.
The nation's flag flew high in Lagos, Nigeria, during the Africa Movie Academy Awards ceremony (AMAA) last Sunday. The country's creatives were nominated in 11 categories and brought home nine awards.
AMAA head of marketing and public affairs of the awards Azania Muendane could not contain her excitement.
"The NFVF (National Film and Video Foundation) congratulates all South African winners at the AMAA Awards. The country won awards in most of the highly contested categories, demonstrating the outstanding quality of our local productions," Muendane said.
But it seems How To Steal 2 Million stood out as it brought home four awards.
The movie won awards for best supporting actress by Terry Pheto as well as best director, Charlie Vundla.
Other awards included best achievement in editing and the overall best film award.
South Africa continued its sterling performance with State Of Violence scooping two awards - best achievement in sound and best film in an African language.
Another star performer - Otelo Burning starring Generations actor Jeff Mamabolo - brought home another two awards for best achievement in cinematography and best child actor by Tsepang Mohlomi, who played Ntwe.
Seasoned actor and director Akin Omotoso was honoured with the year's special jury award for his outstanding work in film.
Rosie Motene, producer of Man On Ground , which was nominated in the best film in an African language category, said: "It's overwhelming here in Nigeria. Everyone is singing SA songs. That is fantastic".