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Sierra Leone News: Desmond Finney nominated for ZAFAA Awards

Desmond Finney handing over a award to Bassey as Best Actor 2013The African Film Festival and Academy Awards (ZAFAA), has nominated Sierra Leone’s renowned actor and producer, Desmond Finney in the movie titled ‘Ibu in Sierra Leone’ for the Best New Comer 2013 awards category.
Another Sierra Leonean, Collins Archie Pearce will also be recognized for his contribution to the growth of the African Film Industry.
According to Desmond Finney, This is the first time a Sierra Leonean has been nominated for, and that he will be competing with his Nigerian and Ghanaian counterparts in that category.
He said that the African Film Festival and Academy Awards is a highly regarded and anticipated film event in Africa continent and has already become a part of the UK’s annual cultural calendar.
“Through ZAFAA Global Awards UK, the African film plans to rebrand its movie industry with the intention of re-launching itself into the international movie market on the same level as other global movie industries”, he noted.
He said that Nollywood Entertainment Limited UK, Nigeria Television Authority International (Ntai), ZAFAA Global Awards UK and Nigeria Television Authority (NTA) are jointly organising ZAFAA Global Awards this year.
Desmond said that a two day will be used to project the diversity of African films, tourism and rich cultural heritage at the Greenwich Odeon Cinema Bugsby Way, London SE10, while the awards night will be held at The Kia Oval Kennington, London, SE11 5SS.
He further explained that ZAFAA Global Awards is an annual event that stands shoulder to shoulder with other reputable foreign awards such as the American Oscar, the British BAFTA and Indian Bollywood Movie Awards. It attempts to recognize African filmmakers, actors and other contributing personalities in the Diaspora.
“ZAFAA’s main aim therefore, is to promote African movies and culture, as well as compliment African artists with their foreign counterparts. In recent years, the African entertainment industry has metamorphosed rather rapidly into a veritable competitor in the showbiz world” he maintained.
ZAFAA brings leading international actors, actresses, filmmakers, movie industry professionals and the international media together with the sole purpose of showcasing the best African Cinema has to offer to the Western world, to a large public audience in London. This prestigious event will be held from the 14th to the 16th of November.
Two days will be used to project the diversity of African films, tourism and rich cultural heritage at the Greenwich Odeon Cinema Bugsby Way, London SE10. This is being organized in honour of African filmmakers who have contributed to the development and progress of the African film industry over the years in diverse ways, as well as to reward those who have been outstanding in their roles in films during the year 2012/2013, either on the continent or in the Diaspora.
Categories for the awards include Best Lead Actor, Best Lead Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Upcoming Actor (Male), Best upcoming actor (Female), Best child Actor (Male), Best child Actor (Female), Best Director, Best Producer, Best cinematography, Best African film 2013, Best Sound Editor, Best Film Editor, Best Screen Play, Best short film, Best African TV in UK  and Best Lighting among others.
By Poindexter Sama
Friday September 06, 2013

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