Ahead of the next edition of Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Award (AMVCAs), Africa Magic has announced the return of renowned filmmaker Femi Odugbemi to the position of Head Judge for the 7th edition of the awards. This will be Odugbemi’s fourth outing as Head Judge of the AMVCAs, Africa’s biggest celebration of film and TV talent.
An internationally respected writer, filmmaker and academic, Femi Odugbemi boasts 30 years’ experience in the film and TV industry and continues to serve in various bodies as: a voting Member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS); Member of the Governing Board of CORA (Committee for Relevant Art); a Fellow of the National Association of Nigerian Theatre Arts Practitioners (NANTAP); a Member of the Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria and as Provost of the Orange Academy.
Femi Odugbemi has on three previous occasions served as Head Judge of the AMVCA (2012-2014). He also is a three-time Head Judge of the Uganda Film Festival (2014-2016), was a Juror for the 2016 British Council “Shakespeare Lives” project, the Emmy Awards in New York and the Academy Awards in 2018. Femi Odugbemi was also one of the jurors of the 2019 Johannesburg Film Festival in South Africa.
Speaking on his return as head judge of the AMVCAs, Femi Odugbemi said, “I’m delighted to contribute once again to the AMVCA vision of celebrating the best films and filmmakers of Africa. It is heart-warming that previous winners of the AMVCA across the continent have become highly rated creative brands, who are leading in the industry with excellent content and films. I am hopeful that we can continue the tradition of high integrity of these awards towards honouring achievement and best practices.”
Odugbemi is also Co-Founder/Executive Director of the popular iRepresent International Documentary Film Festival Lagos and a former President of the Independent Television Producers Association of Nigeria (ITPAN 2002-2006).
Channel Director, Africa Magic Channels, Wangi Mba-Uzoukwu said, “Femi Odugbemi is widely respected as an authority in African film and television. He boasts stellar credentials and has been previously involved with the AMVCAs. It is an honour to have him return once again to the position of Head Judge and viewers, participants and fans can rest assured knowing that the AMVCA nomination and judging processes are in the best of hands.”
Created in 2013, the AMVCAs celebrate the contribution of African filmmakers, actors and technicians in the success of the continent’s film and television industry. Preparations are underway for the seventh edition of the AMVCAs, which will hold in March 2020. The AMVCAs is brought to you by Africa Magic in association with MultiChoice and proudly sponsored by Amstel Malta.