“I will not accept the award with respect” Sayat Demisse

The Gumma film award ceremony took place on February 17th at the National Theatre, with 23 Ethiopian films nominated in 17 categories. As a result, Yelomi Shita received the Gumma award for Best Film of the Year 2012. Best Actor of the Year went to Solomon Bogale, and Best Actress of the Year went to Elizabeth Melaku. The Lifetime Achievement Award, one of the most prestigious categories in the Gumma film award, was given this year to 88-year-old filmmaker Michel Papatakis, who directed Ethiopia’s first 35mm color film, Gumma, during Emperor Hailesellasie I’s reign. The Gumma film award, according to its organizers, aims to grow and elevate Ethiopia’s film industry to international standards. It also aspires to create a platform for Ethiopian films in order to promote Ethiopian culture, values, and stories throughout the world. The Gumma film award was created by director Yonas Berhane Mewa, the founder and owner of Ethio Films Production. A total of 87 judges were involved in this year’s film award selection process.

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