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The Gumma film award

The Gumma film award was held at the National Theatre on February17th in which 23 Ethiopian movies made in the year 2012 were nominated for 17 different categories.

Accordingly the Gumma film award for Best Film of the year 2012 went for Yelomi Shita. Solomon Bogale took home the Best Actor award while Elizabeth Melaku took home the award for Best Actress of the year.

One of the leading categories in the Gumma film award is an award for a Lifetime Achievement, which this year went to the 88 year old director Michel Papatakis, who created Ethiopia’s first 35mm color film called Gumma some 40 years ago during the reign of Emperor Hailesellasie I.

According to the organizers, Gumma film award envisions to cultivate and bring up the Ethiopian film industry to the world’s standard. It has also a vision of creating a platform for Ethiopian films to promote Ethiopian culture, values and Ethiopian stories worldwide.

The Gumma film award was created by director Yonas Berhane Mewa, the founder and owner of Ethio Films Production.  Eighty seven judges have participated in this year’s film award selection process. 

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