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Each year in Addis Abeba, the Addis International Film Festival aims to give a platform for both amateur and professional filmmakers. Ethiopian International Film Festival is an annual event conducted in Addis Abeba during which numerous Ethiopian filmmakers exhibit their work and awards are presented to the best films as determined by a jury. This festival began in 2005. Ethiopia’s most important and well-known film awards are the Gumma Film Awards. This annual award ceremony, which began in 2014 and was the first of its kind to be broadcast live on multiple television networks, takes place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Haile Gerima, Salem Mekuria, Yemane Demissie, and Teshome Gabriel are among the most well-known individuals who have aided Ethiopian films in achieving international renown. Ethiopian cinema in the 2000s was notable for its usage of Amharic. However, other filmmakers expressed concern about the possibility of piracy as a result of DVD distribution. Addis Abeba is home to a sizable 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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