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2nd Edition Movie Awards by Afrinity Productions slated for September

Jul 21, 2017, 12:27 PM | Article By: Mahamadou Camara

This year’s annual special movie awards ceremony is slated for 30 September 2017, according to the special Awards Committee.

This information was revealed in a press conference organised by Afrinity Productions at the Seaview Gardens Hotel in Senegambia on Saturday.

Special Movie Awards (SMA) 2017 will hold tentatively on September 30 in a prestigious location here in The Gambia as an initiative geared towards the common good of film making and film makers in The Gambia as well as actors and actresses.

The first edition of the Special Movie Awards was a great success as the event was graced by ministers, heads of institutions, members of the diplomatic corps, Film Makers, Actors and Actresses, Traditional Rulers and Religious leaders.

Over thirty Film makers in The Gambia 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 were given on the Award Night last September 2016 at Coco Ocean Resort and Spa.

This year’s award ceremony will be co-hosted by Ms. Mercy Konye Osuya. She is the founder and host of D’Gallery TV show; a 30 minute motivational and inspirational television talk show aired every Saturday on the NTA Network and MITV UHF43, Channel 225 on DSTV, 94 on Gotv and 119 on startimes.

The Executive Producers of the Special Movie Awards, Mr. Wilfred Adams, Sheikh Tijan Sonko and Binta Janneh, all of Afrinity Productions expressed confidence that this year’s award ceremony will be more exciting and colorful.

The special committee also expressed profound gratitude and thanks to the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, National Centre for Arts and Culture (NCAC), FPAG and other organisations for their support towards the staging of the SMA.

This year’s award will consist of seventeen (17) categories with two more which will be newly introduced; Best Comedy and Best Story/ Screenplay. The awards will cover the following:


Best Leading Male Actor

Best Leading Female Actress

Best Supporting Male Actor

Best Supporting Female Actress


Best Hair/Makeup Artist

Best Customizer

Best Sound

Best Editor

Best Visual Effects

Best Picture

Best Documentary

Best Indigenous Film

Best Short Film

Best Feature Film

Best Director

Best Comedy (Introducing)

Best Story/Screenplay (Introducing)

The second edition of the Special Movie Awards Calendar for 2017 was launched on 6 May 2017, at the premiere of ‘Banjul My love’ movie.

 The motive behind this early announcement is to let film makers, actors and actresses know and be aware of the roadmap to this year’s ceremony. The timeline for activities are as follows:



Unveiling SMA Calendar for 2017                       6th   May 2017

Movie Submissions Opens                                3rd   July 2017

Movie Submissions Closes                                31st   July 2017

Jury Retreat for Movie Screening                        1st    August- 7th August 2017

Unveiling of SMA 2017 Nominees                       7th   August 2017

Public Voting Opens                                           10th August 2017

Public Voting Closes                                           25th September 2017

Collation of Nomination Results                           29th September 2017

Special Movie Awards Night                                30th September 2017