Rules & Eligibility

EVENT

The 4th Ghana Movie Awards will differ in terms of organization this year. The various differences include the following:

Introduction of An Academy made up of 50 members to oversee the nomination and finally awarding deserving winners.

2. English and Local language categories will be merged into one basic category, to conform to international standards. In effect the indigenous movies and actors, directors, editors etc will be competing in one category with their English language counterparts.

ACADEMY

The 4th Ghana Movie Awards will consist of an Academy of about 50 members consisting of former Ghana Movie Awards winners, and celebrated professionals from the various disciplines within the film industry in Ghana to nominate, and subsequently award deserving winners.

1. All Academy members will belong to a particular branch of interest. e.g. Actors will nominate and vote for colleagues actors, likewise film editors and directors will also do same.

2. All Academy Members will vote collectively on only the Best Picture.

3. Vote on all achievements shall be restricted to active Academy members.

4. Vote for nominations and awards shall be by secret ballot. Ballots shall be made available by the Academy, and completed ballots shall be received and tabulated by the official event statistician, Deloitte and Touche.

5. The organizers shall provide for such screenings or special meetings as may be desirable to ensure full and fair consideration of the merits of all eligible awards..

6. .Each branch shall be permitted to formulate its own special rules. Nominations and final voting in each branch will be restricted to active members.

SELECTION AND NOMINATION COMMITTEE

The selection and nomination committee shall be selected from the Academy, comprising of 50 members

The Members of the selection committee shall be kept secret to forestall lobbying and all forms of malpractices.

3. Any member of the committee who reveals his/her status in the selection and nomination committee shall be relieved of the position if there is empirical evidence to support allegation.

1 .Special Rules for the Acting Awards.

A list of acting nominations shall be made available to the Acting branch by the selection committee.

Acting branch of the academy shall include former Ghana Movie Awards winners, and other highly placed personalities within the acting fraternity.

The Acting Branch will vote for actors. The decision as to whether or not an actor is performing a leading or supporting role , should be decided the branch members during balloting .

4. Final voting will be limited to only active and life members of the Acting branch.

2. Special Rules for the Costume Design Award

1. A list of best costume design nominations shall be made available to the Costume

Design branch by the selection and nomination committee. Movies with the various nominees shall be screened for Costume design Branch to make final judgments based on merit.

2. Acting branch of the academy shall include former Ghana Movie Awards winners, and other highly placed personalities within the acting fraternity.

3. The Acting Branch of the academy will vote for actors in a Leading Role, Performance by a Actor in a Supporting Role, Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role, Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role.

4. Final voting will be limited to only active and life members of the Acting branch.

2. Special Rules for the Costume Design Award

1. A list of best costume design nominations shall be made available to the Costume Design branch by the selection and nomination committee. Movies with the various nominees shall be screened for Costume design Branch to make final judgments based on merit.

2… A List of all best costume design nominations shall be made available to all members of the Costume Designers Branch, who shall vote in the order of their preference for not more than five motion pictures.

3. To be eligible for the Costume Design award, the costumes for the picture must have been conceived by a costume designer. It is the intention of this rule to recognize the designing of costumes for their special use in motion pictures.

4. Final voting for the Costume Design award shall be restricted to active and life Academy members.

3. Special Rules for the Directing Award

1. A list of the directing award nominations shall be made available to the directing award branch of the Academy by the selection and nomination committee. Movies with the various nominees shall be screened for Branch members to make final judgments based on merit.

2. The production receiving the highest number of votes shall become the winner for the Film Editing award.

3. Final voting for the Film Editing award shall be restricted to active Academy members.

4. Special Rules for the Film Editing Award

1 . A list of the film editing award nominations shall be made available to the film editing Branch of the Academy ,by the selection and nomination committee. Movies with the Various nominees shall be screened for Branch members to make final judgments Based on merit.

2. The production receiving the highest number of votes shall become the winner for the Film Editing award.

3. Final voting for the Film Editing award shall be restricted to active Academy Members.

5. Special Rules for the Visual Effects Award

1. The selection and nomination committee shall make available to the visual effects branch, the various nominees for the Visual effects category. Movies with the nominees shall be screened for the branch members to make final judgments based on merit.

2. The Visual Effects Branch shall consider the following points

A. consideration of the contribution the visual effects make to the overall production and

B. The artistry, skill and fidelity with which the visual illusions are achieved.

3. Final voting for the visual effects award shall be restricted to active Academy Members.

6. Special Rules for the Best Picture of the Year Award

1. The selection and nomination committee shall make available to the visual effects Branch, the various nominees for the Visual effects category. Movies with the various nominees shall be screened for the branch members to make final judgments based on merit.

2. The pictures receiving the highest number of votes shall become the nominations for final voting for the Best Picture award.

3. Final voting for the Best Picture award shall be restricted to active and life Academy members.

NB; All active academy members will collectively vote for the Best picture.

7. Special Rules for the Best TV Series of the Year.

1. The General public will be asked through a communiqué via radio and TV to sms of The best TV series to a designated short code. After the expiration of the stipulated Time, the various names of the TV series will be tabulated and short listed.

2. The short listed title of TV series will be released back to the public for a final vote through sms and a winner selected via public voting.

8. Special Rules for the Best TV Series Actor of the Year.

1. The General public will be asked through a communiqué via radio and TV to sms the name of their best TV series actor to a designated short code. After the expiration of the period, the various names will be short listed based on the number of public votes received.

2. The short listed names of best TV series actors will be released back to the public for a final

3. Vote through short code and the ultimate winner selected via public voting before the event on the 30th December 2013.

9. Special Rules for the Best TV Series Actress of the Year.

1. The General public will be asked through a communiqué via radio and TV to sms the name of their best TV series actress to a designated short code. After the expiration of the period , the various names will be short listed based on the number of public votes received

2. The short listed title of best TV series actor will be released back to the public for a final voting through sms and the ultimate winner selected via public voting to be announced during the awards night.

10. Special Rules for the Favorite Actor of the year.

1. The General public will be asked through a communiqué via radio and TV to sms the names of the favorite actors to a designated short code. After the expiration of the period, the various names will be short listed based on the number of public votes received

2. The short listed names of the favorite actors will be released back to the public for a final voting through sms and the ultimate winner selected via public and announced during the awards night on 30th December 2013.

11. Special Rules for the Favorite Actress of the year.

1. The General public will be asked through a communiqué via radio and TV to sms the names of their favorite actress to a designated short code. After the expiration of the period, the various names will be short listed based on the number of public votes received

2. The short listed names of the favorite actress will be released back to the public for a final voting through sms and the ultimate winner selected via public and announced during the awards night on 30th December 2013.

12. Special Rules for the Favorite Movie of the year.

1. The General public will be asked through a communiqué via radio and TV to sms the titles of their favorite movies of the year under review, to a designated short code. After the expiration of the period, the various titles will be short listed based on the number of public votes received.

2. The short listed titles of the favorite actress will be released back to the public for a final voting through sms and the ultimate winning movie selected via public and announced during the awards night on 30th December 2013.

13. Special Rules for the Cinematography Award

1. The selection and nomination committee shall make available to the cinematography award branch of the Academy, the various nominees for the cinematography category. Movies with the nominees shall be screened for the branch members to make final judgments based on merit.

2. Final voting for the Cinematography award shall be restricted to active and life Academy members.

14. Special Rules for the Documentary Awards – Feature

DEFINITION

An eligible documentary film is defined as a theatrically released nonfiction motion picture dealing creatively with cultural, artistic, historical, social, scientific, economic or other subjects. It may be photographed in actual occurrence, or may employ partial reenactment, stock footage, stills, animation, stop-motion or other techniques, as long as the emphasis is on fact and not on fiction.

The Documentary awards are divided into two categories:

1. Documentary Feature – motion pictures with a running time of more than 40 minutes, and Documentary Short Subject – motion pictures with a running time of 40 minutes or less, including all credits.

NB: Documentary Awards will be introduced next year.

15. Special Rules for the Makeup and Hairstyling Award

1. DEFINITION

Makeup and hairstyling refer to any change in the appearance of a performer’s face, hair, or body created by the application of cosmetics, three-dimensional materials, prosthetic appliances, or wigs and hairpieces, applied directly to the performer’s face or body. Make up and hairstyling, as achievements or crafts, shall be determined by the Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Branch Academy.

2 . The selection and nomination committee shall make available to the make up and hairstyling award branch of the Academy, the various nominees for the make up and hair styling category. Movies with the nominees shall be screened for the branch members to make final judgments based on merit.

3. Final voting for the Cinematography award shall be restricted to active and life Academy members.

16. Special Rules for the Best Picture of the Year Award

1. The selection and nomination committee shall make available to the best picture award branch of the Academy, the various nominees for the category. Movies nominated for the best picture shall be screened for the branch members to make final judgments based on merit.

.2. The picture receiving the highest number of votes shall become the winner for the Best Picture award.

3. Final voting for the Best Picture award shall be restricted to active and life members.

17. Special Rules for the Sound Editing Award

1. The selection and nomination committee shall make available to the sound editing award branch of the Academy, the various nominees for the category. Movies nominated for the sound editing shall be screened for the branch members to make final judgments based on merit.

2. The production receiving the highest number of votes shall become the winner for the Sound Editing award.

3. Eligibility for this award shall be limited to the Sound Editing Supervisor directly involved in and primarily responsible for the planning, creation, direction, and execution of the sound design and editing for each achievement.

4. Final voting for the Sound Editing award shall be restricted to active and life Academy members.

18. Special Rules for the Directing Award

1. The selection and nomination committee shall make available to the directing award branch of the Academy, the various nominees for the category. Movies nominated for the best directing shall be screened for the branch members to make final judgments based on merit

. 2. The production receiving the highest number of votes shall become the winner for the directing award.

 

Awards Categorization

Leading Role

Best performance by an Actor or Actress in a Leading Role is presented in recognition of an actor/actress who has delivered an outstanding performance in a movie role for the period under consideration.  No single movie shall have both female and male leads; if the male is the lead, the female role would be considered as a Supporting Role and vice versa, except if the Academy votes otherwise. No actor/actress can be nominated from more than one movie role in this category.

Supporting Role

Best performance by an Actor or Actress in a Supporting Role is presented in recognition of an actor/actress who has delivered an outstanding performance in a supporting movie role for the period under consideration. A Supporting Role must be connected to the lead character or have a significant impact on the story of the movie. In movies with more than one supporting roles, individual actors will not be nominated as a group but compete against each other based on their individual performances. No actor/actress can be nominated from more than one movie role in this category.

Cinematography

Best Cinematography is awarded to a cinematographer for work in one particular movie.  The cinematographer is the individual who photographed with a motion picture camera and is responsible for achieving artistic and technical decisions related to the images in a movie. The winner for Best Cinematography is the movie with the most outstanding photography, the most effective use of light, appropriate and relevant camera shots etc.

Costume/Wardrobe

The Award for Best Costume Design is given out for the best achievement of film costume design for a particular movie. Costumes must be appropriate for the settings, roles, characters and theme of the movie. Films which are eligible for the award must meet a series of criteria, including the requirement that the costumes must have been “conceived” by a costume designer, and/or with supporting wardrobe selected from other sources.

Production Design

The Award for Best Production Design recognizes achievement in production design and/or set decoration. Production Design must be appropriate and functional for the setting of the movie.

Directing

The Award for Achievement in Directing (Best Director) is to the director of the movie that reflects the most outstanding technical and artistic performance; showing creative and coherent ways to tell the story with pictures, sounds etc. who working in the motion picture industry.  Only one individual may claim screen credit as a film’s director. This rule is designed to prevent rights and ownership issues and to eliminate lobbying for director credit by producers and actors. However, the Jury may create an exception to this “one director per film” rule if two co-directors seeking to share director credit for a film qualify as an “established duo”.

Editing

The Award for Film Editing is closely correlated with the Award for Best Picture and it is given to the editor of the movie with the best use of scenes and effects to tell a flowery and coherent story. Only the principal, “above the line” editor(s) as listed in the film’s credits are named on the award; additional editors, supervising editors, etc. are not generally eligible

Makeup & Hair Styling

The Award for Best Makeup & Hair Styling is given to the best achievement in makeup and hair styling for a film. Makeup and hair styling must enhance physical attributes of characters and must be appropriate for scenes, setting and overall feel of the movie.

Original Score

The Award for Original Score is presented to the best substantial body of music in the form of dramatic underscoring written specifically for the film by the submitting composer.

Original Song

The Award for Best Original Song is presented to the songwriters who have composed the best original song written specifically for a movie or adopted for the movie. The performers of a song are not credited with the Award unless they contributed either to music, lyrics or both in their own right.

Best Picture

The Award for Best Picture is presented to artist who produced the most outstanding movie of the year.  The Award is considered the most important of the Awards, as it is the final award presented, and represents all the directing, acting, and writing efforts put forth for a film.

Sound Editing

The Award for Best Sound Editing is granted to a film exhibiting the finest or most aesthetic sound editing or sound design. The award goes to the movie that showed the best interaction between sounds, effects it its appropriateness for scenes and the overall story. The award goes to the person in charge of working and mixing the sound in the studio, including sound effects, sound collected from locations or set among others.

Visual Effects

The Award for Best Visual Effects is given to the movie that exhibited the most creative and believable visual effects. The award is based on consideration of the contribution the visual effects make to the overall production and the artistry, skill and fidelity with which the visual illusions are achieved.

Screenplay

The Award for Writing Adapted Screenplay or Original screenplay is given to the movie with the best story, best interplay and linking of scenes and overall narration of story. It is awarded to the writer of a screenplay adapted from another source (usually a novel, play, short story, or TV show but also sometimes another film); or for the best script not based upon previously published material. All sequels are automatically considered adaptations by this standard since the sequel must be based on the original story.

Cameo

The Award for Best Cameo is for an actor, industry professional or famous person who makes a significant short appearance in a movie either as an original character or as himself.

Discovery

The Award for discovery of the year goes to the new actor who distinguished him or herself in a breakthrough role. The role must be seen to have had a visible impact on his/her career, opening opportunities for him/her to receive other roles.

African Collaboration

The Award for Best African Collaboration goes to the best movie with two leads or main characters played by actors/actress from two different African countries. The Award for Best Africa Actor or Actress will go to a non-Ghanaian lead or supporting actor in any such African collaboration.

Favourite Actor

The Award for Favourite actor is a people’s choice award voted by the public from a list of nominees.

TV Series

The Awards for Best TV series and Best Actor/ Actress in a TV series are people’s choice awards voted by the public from a list of nominees.

Founder’s Merit Award

The winner(s) for the Founder’s Merit Award will be chosen by the Founder of the Ghana Movie Awards in consultation with the Academy from the list of winners in all award categories. The winner will be awarded for outstanding technical and/or artistic performance or contribution in the movie industry for the year in review. Winner(s) will have to be of good character, respected and accepted by his or her peers and the industry generally.

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