This year’s edition of Cameroon International Film Festival, CAMIFF, has been canceled due to growing insecurity in the country.
CAMIFF was established to create a vibrant film culture in central African nation. The festival often brings foreign movie producers and actors from Hollywood, Nollywood, Bollywood and throughout Europe to share their experiences with Cameroonian movie makers and actors. It also seeks to provide an international market for made-in-Cameroon movies enabling the sector to become more competitive in Africa.
The annual festival, which according to organizers aims at supporting, promoting and exhibiting Cameroon films, was supposed to be in its 4th edition this year but was canceled barely a month into the due date.
Originally scheduled to run from April 22 – 27 in Buea, South West region, CAMIFF’s organizer, Agbor Gilbert Ebot, said the event was canceled after proper consultation with local government authorities, the police and foreign embassies.
After we discussed the security details “it became clear the crisis affecting the Anglophone regions will make it difficult for participants to access Buea,” he said.
“Our International celebrities have been advised by their governments and security teams to avoid visiting Cameroon at this time…we did attempt to come up with an alternative date but sadly we were advised that this would be too impractical for both sponsors and partners as we cannot foresee a break or an end to this ongoing saga in 2019,” Agbor Gilbert Ebot added.
The event, we gathered has been postponed to April 2020. According to its organizers, all submissions for awards, one of the many facets of the festival, for this year will be carried forward to next year.