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Entertainment of Monday, 29 February 2016


Henry Adofo, Michael Attram nominated for Utah Awards

Ghanaian actors, Henry Adofo and Michael Attram have been nominated for best lead actor and supporting actor for their performances in the feature film, Freetown at the 2016 edition of the Utah Film Awards in the USA.

They become the first Ghanaian actors to be nominated for the award, which was first held in 2011.

Both actors are competing with equally good actors from the USA in their respective categories as Henry takes on actors Henry Ian Cusick (Just Let Go), Brian Krause (Miracle Maker) and Cameron Deane Stewart (Big Bad) in his category.

Attram also contests Liam Bui (Just Let Go), Nathan Stevens (The Cokeville Miracle) and Jasen Wade (Miracle Maker) in his category.

The Freetown feature film got four nominations in all, including; Best Feature, Best Supporting Actor, Best Lead Actor and Best Director.

The film is about six Liberian missionaries in Monrovia who caught in the middle of a brutal civil war, flee the widespread violence of their native country to their destination: Freetown, Sierra Leone.

With the help of local Church leader Phillip Abubakar (Henry Adofo), the missionaries make the difficult journey only to have their troubles compounded by a rebel fighter bent on killing one of their own. Based on true events, Freetown is described as thrilling and inspiring story of hope and survival.

It is the only film Ghanaian production to also get nominations for the Utah awards.

UFA_flyerThe Utah Film Award originally called a Filmed in Utah award is an accolade by working film industry professionals in the United States to recognize outstanding achievement in film, series, and commercials.

The annual presentation ceremony features performances by talented artistes, and the presentation of those awards that have a more popular interest. It shares recognition of the film, television and commercial industry as that of other performance arts: Emmy Awards (television), the Cleo Awards (commercial productions), and the Academy Awards (motion pictures),

The first Utah Film Awards was held March 2011 to honor Utah filmmakers. The 4th Utah Film Awards ceremony was held March 21, 2014 at the Covey Center for the Arts in Provo to a sold-out house, and was broadcast online internationally. This year’s Utah will also come off in March.