Special Movie Awards (SMA)

The Special Movie Awards (SMA) is an unforgettable night to celebrate movie makers in and outside Africa continent. It is a special night were we award film, cast and crew generally celebrating excellence in films and film making.
The Special Movie Awards SMA 2021 Virtual edition will be held on the Saturday 27th of  March 2021.  This is an initiative geared towards the common good of filmmaking and filmmakers in the West African sub Anglophone region.
The Special Movie Awards first, second and third editions were a great success in The Gambia, the smiling coast of Africa as the event was graced by Ministers, Heads of Institutions, members of the Diplomatic Corp,  film makers, actors and actresses, traditional rulers and religious leaders. The second editions of SMA generated fantastic exposure for movie makers in The Gambia and beyond. Out of 48 nominees, 16 outstanding winners went home with beautiful SMA awards from 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.
The Special Movie Awards 3rd edition was a great success on Saturday 1st December 2018 at Djembe hotel Senegambia. The event Special Guest of honour H.E Fatima Maada Bio, First Lady of the Republic of Sierra Leone was ably represented by the Sierra Leonean High Commissioner to The Gambia. The Gambia Government officials, The Nigerian High Commissioner, The Oba of Yoruba community in The Gambia, Film Makers, Actors and Actresses, Heads of institution, Private/ cooperate bodies and other sophisticated guests. The memorable night was filled glitz, glamour and paparazzi as it generated a fantastic exposure for movie makers in the Gambia and beyond.
Out of 45 nominees, 16 lucky winners went home with beautiful SMA 2018 awards for the 16 different categories. 9 SMA Honorary Awards and certificates of appreciation was also given on the night.
We want to thank you for your support in previous editions, due to the global pandemic the management of SMA have decided to expand it to west African Anglophone countries and organize virtual edition live from Freetown.

What is SMA?

The word SMA stands for Special Movie Award. This award night has always been recognized as a night of glitz, glamour and paparazzi. A night where we celebrate, promote and recognize filmmakers in Africa and beyond.

Who can summit a movie?

Any movie maker, registered and resident in Africa and beyond.
What is the submission process? Your submission should include the following:
  1. A completed application form (below)
  2. A complete copy of your movie (attach the soft copy on google drive and send to email address below)
  3. A trailer of your movie and production logo (attach the soft copy on google drive and send to email address below)


When are submissions due?

Submission period is from 14th December 2020, and closes on 14th January 2021.

Who decides which movie will be screened?

A team of international and experience Movie Jury will screen all submitted movies and categories for nomination will be selected for the SMA Award.

What kinds of Movies are we looking for?

We are looking for any genre and style of movie made in Africa and beyond.

What’s in for me?

  • You get the chance to media publicity and networking.
  •  You stand the chance to be nominated in any of the categories and you stand a chance to win SMA Award and other exciting prizes.
  • You stand the chance to collaborate with international filmmakers. Access to SMA market and film workshops and panel discussions amongst filmmakers, stake holders in the film industry.

When is the movie award?

The movie award is tentatively scheduled for Saturday 30th December 2021 live on AYV Empire Sierra Leone and our Social Media platforms.

Click the button below to submit your application form

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