M-Net awards open to continent

Eighteen films from eight African countries have been accepted for South African pay-station M-Net’s annual film awards on Oct. 14, which for the first time has been thrown open to the entire continent.

Organizer John Badenhorst said this week the judges have selected 42 nominees for prizes in 11 categories for the event, which coincides with the holding of the second Afro-Arab fair in Johannesburg mid-October.

Leading the nominations in the best film category is Tunisian director Moufida Tlatli’s “Les Silences du Palais,” Egyptian Youssef Chahine’s “The Emigrant” and Tunisian Moncef Dhouib’s “Soltane El Medina.”

The winners in the various categories will be announced at a ceremony in Johannesburg on Oct. 14 to be attended by more than 1,000 guests from across Africa.

Apart from Egypt and Tunisia, films from Ivory Coast, Senegal, Mali, Ghana, Burkina Faso and South Africa also have been entered.

Total prize money for M-Net’s 1995 All Africa Film Awards is 200,000 rand ($55,000).

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