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Every year in Addis Abeba, the Addis International Film Festival aims to give a platform for both amateur and professional filmmakers. The Ethiopian International Film Festival is an annual event conducted in Addis Abeba during which many Ethiopian filmmakers showcase their work and awards are given to the best films chosen by the jury. The festival’s first iteration took place in 2005. Ethiopia’s most important and well-known film awards are the Gumma Film Awards. This annual award ceremony is held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and began in 2014. It was the first to be broadcast live on several television networks. Haile Gerima, Salem Mekuria, Yemane Demissie, and Teshome Gabriel are among the most well-known people who have helped Ethiopian films achieve international fame. The use of Amharic in Ethiopian films from the 2000s was notable. However, other filmmakers were afraid that DVD distribution would lead to piracy. Addis Abeba is home to a significant chunk of the country’s film industry. Ethiopia and Eritrea, according to Chris Prouty, are the only African countries that are uninterested in Western cinema. Charles Martel directed the first Ethiopian film, au de Menilek, which was released in 1909. The first short film is a black-and-white 16mm film shot in 1916 to commemorate Empress Zewditu’s coronation. Emperor Haile Selassie’s coronation was also videotaped. Prior to the 1990s, nearly nothing was known about top-grossing international films.

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