The Septimius Awards (named after the first African-born Emperor of Rome, Septimius Severus) are more than just an award ceremony; they are a platform for discussion and celebration of the global film and television industry. They will be held on September 25–26, 2023, in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Touria Meliani, the Alderman of Culture and Art, will give the opening speech at the award ceremony at the International Theater Amsterdam (ITA).

The theatre is one of the leading lights in Dutch theatre, with a large ensemble of world-famous actors and a pioneering team of directors.

The event will kick off with panel discussions on the 25th of September, featuring industry experts and professionals discussing pressing topics and critical issues facing the film and television industry today. The discussions will provide an opportunity for attendees to gain insights, share their experiences, and network with other industry professionals.

This year, six Oscar winners will be attending the panel. The director of House of the Dragon, the producers of The Woman King, and the director of All Quiet on the Western Front. The panel will also have Q&As where the public is given the opportunity to ask the panelists questions. The main topic is: how to stimulate more collaboration, talent, and diversity in the film and television industries? The panel explores a number of sub-themes during the panel discussions.

The highlight of the event will be the award ceremony on September 26th, where the winners will be announced and honoured. The ceremony will feature special guests, including Emmy, BAFTA, and Oscar winners. The event aims to celebrate the achievements of individuals and productions that have made a significant impact on the entertainment industry while also promoting diversity and inclusion. It is dedicated to recognizing and celebrating talent from all corners of the globe, and this year is no exception. The 2023 nominees represent a diverse array of talent from Europe, America, Asia, Africa, and Oceania, spanning categories from Best European Actress to Best Oceanian Film.

Notable nominees include Alejandro Monteverde, the director of Sound of Freedom; Jessica Hobbs, the director of The Crown; Edward Berger, director of All Quiet on the Western Front; and for Best European Actor, Robert de Hoog (Mocro Maffia). Furthermore, Bollywood star Bhuvan Bam, Filipino star Prilly Latuconsina, Nollywood star Mercy Johnson Okojie, and Egyptian star Dina El Sherbiny are also nominated. For the Best American Actress award, two Brazilians are internationally known: Débora Nascimento for the series Lady Voyeur (Netflix) and Tainá Muller for Good Morning, Veronica (Netflix), both of whom were nominated as best series. In 2022, the Brazilian production was the winner for Best Cinematography: Rodrigo Monte and Flávio Zangrandi (directors of photography) for Season 1.

Prominent guests from both the Netherlands and abroad will be in attendance, including Robert de Hoog, Zoë Tauran, Deputy Mayor of Amsterdam Touria Meliani, and international stars such as Bhuvan Bam and Prilly Latuconsina. Touria Meliani will deliver the opening speech, and five Oscar winners are expected to attend. Additionally, the creators of "Sound of Freedom," "The Crown," and the 4x Oscar-winning "All Quiet on the Western Front" will also be present.

About the Septimius Awards

The Septimius Awards are an international award ceremony dedicated to celebrating diversity in the entertainment industry. The event recognizes and honors talent from all over the world, spanning categories from Best European Actress to Best Oceanian Film. The event includes panel discussions, an award ceremony, and special guests, including Emmy, BAFTA, and Oscar winners.

The Septimius Awards aim to promote diversity and inclusion in the entertainment industry while celebrating the achievements of individuals and productions that have made a significant impact.