Movie awards schedule

Friday, July 20, 2018

Founder of Special Movie Awards (SMA) Wilfred U. Adamas has told The Point Entertainment and Life Style that his company is staging another award night aiming to promote and support Gambian Films into the sub region.

He said the awards night will be of Glitz, Glamour and Paparazzi and unforgettable night to celebrate movie makers in The Gambia and around Africa, adding that it is a special night where his institution will celebrate excellence in films and film maker.

He pointed out that people that are generally into film making in The Gambia and Senegambia region are not celebrated being the reason, he came up with the idea so as for the Gambia also to join countries that celebrates their actors and actress, saying the actors should be given the platform to express their feelings to people.

He said, he first lunch the edition of the award night in 2016.

 “We have more than 24 film-makers who submitted their films and we have independent judges, so that film-maker will submit their films on time, it will amaze that we end up having 48 films, so the idea is to promote and support Gambian Films into the sub region,” he said.

Adams stressed the challenging, of sponsorships, saying his company sponsors award night despite the difficulty he is trying to take the film industry to the next level.

“We are privileged and humbled to inform you about the 3rd edition of the Special Movie Awards SMA 2018 that will hold first week in October tentatively. This is an initiative geared towards the common good of film making and film makers in The Gambia and around Africa as well as Actors and Actresses,” he said.

 He highlighted that Special Movie Awards first and second edition was a great success as the event was graced by Ministers, Heads of Institutions, Members of Diplomatic Corp,  Film Makers, Actors and Actresses, Traditional Rulers and Religious leaders.

 The First edition he said was over thirty Film makers in the Gambia who participated and submitted thirty seven films which were screened by a panel of Independent Jury for nominations and awards.

Fifteen Best Awards and Ten Honorary Awards was announced on the night of the event (Award night) last September 2016 at Coco Ocean Resort and Spa, Special Movie Awards second edition was a great success on the 30th of September 2017 at Djembe hotel Senegambia.

 “The memorable night was filled with glitz, as it generated a fantastic exposure for movie makers in the Gambia and beyond. Out of 48 nominees, 16 lucky winners went home with beautiful SMA awards for the 16 different categories. His Excellency Adama Barrow, The president of the republic of The Gambia was awarded “Pillar of SMA 2017” and Desmond B. Finney a veteran Sierra Leonean actor received a life time achievement award. 6 Awards were also won for the international category out of 18 nominees for Sierra Leone,” he said.

Below is the finalized Special Movie Awards (SMA) Calendar for 2018.



Movie Submissions Opens 3rd July (9am-4pm)(Mon to Fri)

Movie Submissions Closes 31st July, Saturday

Jury Retreat for Movie Screening 1st August - 5th August

Launching of SMA (Press Conference) 7th August, Monday

Public Voting Opens 10th August, Thursday

Public Voting Closes 10th September, Sunday

Collation of Nomination Results 29th September, Friday

Special Movie Awards Night 6th October, Saturday

 This is a win-win situation as film makers will be submitting all genre and styles of movies made in the Gambia to be screened by a team of International and experienced Jury.

 The memorable night which will generate fantastic exposure is scheduled to hold on special date in a prestigious location in the Gambia and will be attended by a host of resident and international film makers.

Author: Pa Modou Cham