The Cameroon International Film Festival – CAMIFF is slated for April 20-25, 2020 and will feature over 2,000 films from approximately 25 countries according to a communique posted on the Facebook page of the organizers last Thursday, June 20th 2019.
CAMIFF is an annual cultural event that brings together Actor, Filmmakers, Film critics, Buyers, Distributors, Film Students, and Int. Press with the aim to help create a vibrant film culture, inspire filmmakers and nurture the growth of the Cameroon and African film industry.
CAMIFF 2020 will bring thousands of people who will attend the screenings, CAMIFF parties and festival-related activities in Buea at the Mountain Hotel and W Cinema who are the main partners and will also host visiting celebrities and festival badge holders. CAMIFF will also bring more international filmmakers, celebrities and industry leaders to the festival, resulting in greater educational and entertainment opportunities.
Worth noting that the 2020 edition will be the event’s 4th edition after the event couldn’t hold this year 2019 due to the current crisis in the English speaking regions of Cameroon after some embassies refused to grant visas to participants.
In planning for the upcoming 2020 event, the organizers think that people cannot fight wars forever and that ideologies are likely to change in the near future. They are advocating for peace through dialogue which should take place any moment from now to enable a safe organization in 2020.
Further in the statement, the organizers promised that CAMIFF 2020 will bring more international filmmakers, celebrities and industry leaders to the festival, resulting in greater educational and entertainment opportunities.
The official poster of the event has attracted some negative criticism as many fans and followers of Cameroon Cinema have complained that the organizers are not supporting Cameroonian actors as the poster was flooded with foreign actors and very few locals. The organizers however explained that 4 out of 8 of the people on the poster are Cameroonians (Ivan Namme, Stephanie Tum, Soli Egbe, Yijika Solange) and the event has in previous years had just Cameroonian actors but have moved on to partner Internationally (Ramsey Noah, Zack Orji, Nadia Buhari, Rekha Rana) to better enjoy diversity of arts and cultures.
Filmmakers are invited to submit narrative features, shorts, documentary features, and features films from across the world from November 31st, 2019. More updates will come subsequently as the event draws closer.