Ninety-six entries have so far been received by the organisers of the first Ghana Movie Awards set to take place on December 25 at the Accra International Conference Centre.
The awards was launched on September 30 and opened entries for nominations in October. With organisers closing entries, Prince Tsegah, Managing Director of the awards told Myjoyonline.com Wednesday that they have received 96 entries.
He said 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 entries, Prince explained, came from Accra and Kumasi with Kumasi submitting about 50 movies and Accra submitting the rest.
He disclosed that production houses such as Venus Films and Sparrow Productions submitted 6 and 3 movies respectively.
In all, 32 categories are up for grabs. 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 also revealed that screening of the various movies submitted will begin Saturday, November 20 at the Golden Tulip Hotel in Accra by the Screening and Nomination Committee (SNC).
Selected nominees will be submitted to a jury and finalists will be released for public voting (for some categories) at an event at the Golden Tulip Hotel on November 26.
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.
The awards night, December 25, Prince said, will be a star-studded event featuring the crème de la crème of the movie industry and celebrities.
An international music star is also targeted to perform at the event.