The National Film Award is the first all-film award to be presented by a Sierra Leonean organisation. According to the organisers, there are various awards in the country but film or cinematography is not better represented. That category is not informed therefore they came up with the idea to fully recognise all categories in the movie industry.
Godfather of the Award Idrissa Barry Jalloh spoke to Salonejamboree on their preparations: “The Sierra Leone National Film Awards (NFA) is presented annually to recognize excellence amongst both professionals and nonprofessionals who have contributed to the Sierra Leone film industry.” He said NFA also facilitates the development and showcases the social relevance of Sierra Leone’s cinema from filmmakers across the globe.
“NFA is an annual celebration of the brightest and the best in Sierra Leone movies. It is the biggest gathering of moviemakers across the country and from the diaspora. It runs through the Academy of Motion Picture and Art Executives. The awards are aimed at honouring and promoting excellence in the Sierra Leone movie industry as well as uniting Sierra Leoneans through arts and culture.” He posited.
The Godfather said NFA also encourages professionalism in filmmaking and also offers professional development and networking opportunities. He said the organization is uniquely positioned as an independent and neutral organization to act as a central hub of excellence to nurture, support and recognize all professionals, in front of and behind the camera, regardless of what guild or union they belong to, and without influence from who has funded their projects.
The award presentation will be attended by numerous media representatives, celebrities, politicians, journalists, actresses and actors from all across the world, he informed me as he said: “NFA Awards are widely considered to be Sierra Leone’s most important film event and the most prestigious award in Sierra Leone.”
Asked about the mission and vision of his organisation, he had this say: “Our vision is that we recognize and uphold excellence in motion picture and art, inspire imagination, and connect Sierra Leoneans through the medium of motion pictures.”
On their mission, he said they provide a platform for inspiration, creative development and collaboration. “We aim at honouring and promoting excellence in the Sierra Leone movie industry as well as uniting Sierra Leoneans through arts and culture.”
Jalloh gave the gist of the calendar of events, saying from October 31st to the 15th November will be National tour; 20th December to be the official launch and up to November 2021 that will mark the actual date for the presentation of the trophies to deserving filmmakers.