The Cameroon International Film Festival is an initiative of a Cameroonian Filmmaker, Agbor Gilbert with the aim of promoting Cameroonian Film industry through workshops with international filmmakers, creating partnerships and awarding excellence in Cameroon and International film. CAMIFF is a 6- days event that takes place in Buea at the foot of beautiful Mt Cameroon. This event entails entertaining activities rich and diverse in culture. Unfortunately, we could only participate during the last 2 days and I must say it was an amazing experience. Meeting, dialoguing and networking with so many talented individuals is something we would wanna do over and over again.
The award night which took place on April 29th, 2017 under the patronage of the Minister of Arts and Culture Mr. Narcisse Mouelle Kombi was a night filled with grandeur hosted by Nene Jimla . A lot of other important personalities graced this event. A lot of promises towards the film industry were made by the government and other individuals.
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We can only hope and pray that these promises will begin to materialize. It was a fun-filled evening but aside that we had a lot to take home intellectually. After long film screening sessions and shortlisting, here is the complete list of the awarded filmmakers and movies for CAMIFF 2017.
Best feature film – Overnight Flight
Best short film – Enemy of Time
Best documentary film – Africa
Best Cameroon film – Kiss of Death
Best Actor – NTAMACK THIERRY ROLAND
Best Actress – Onyama Laura
Best director – George Tiller
Lifetime achievement Award – Tangyie Peter Suh-Nfor
The event was finalised by a mind blowing performance from Kamer heart throb, Tzy Panchak, who succeeded in getting everyone on their feet dancing and singing along.
We hope for a bigger and better edition next year and also that all the innovative ideas and all the promises made in relation to the movie industry in Cameroon will be realised.