President inaugurates Maldives Film Awards

President Mohamed Nasheed last night joined some of the country’s most high-profile film makers and actors in Male’ to inaugurate a new awards ceremony honoring their work.

The Maldives Film Awards, which are said to have been organised for the first time by the Maldives Film Association, were held at the Social Centre in Male’ with the film ‘Happy Birthday’ proving the night’s major winner – earning 12 accolades.

The production, directed by Mumin Fuadh, collected awards for best film, director and original screenplay as well as the best actor accolade for Yosuf Shafiu.

Among the other categories contested on the night, the award’s jury gave Niuma Mohamed the best actress prize for her role in the film ‘Yousuf’. The ceremony also saw Ahmed Laish Asim collect the award for best child actor in the film ‘Yousuf’.

Other major recipients during the ceremony included Hassan Manik, who took home a lifetime achievement award.