Cinema is continuously taking a different dimension in Cameroon as platforms are created for Film Makers to showcase their creativity in cinema.
The Ecran Noir Film Festival, is one of those grandiose events that opens room for Cameroon Film Makers to compete with other Film Makers from around the world in a way to evaluate and score excellence in the domain of Film Making.
It was the Arts and Culture Minister, Professor NARCISSE MUELLE KOMBI who unzipped the event that was fully attended by film makers from Cameroon and beyond at the Yaoundé conference centre on Saturday the 15th July 2017.
In dignifying terms, Professor NARCISSE lauded the initiative expressing gratitude to the organizing team that has been adding value to the film industry in Cameroon.
After the opening ceremony by the Minister, the20re was a short projection done in honour of the late legend in the industry, Arthur Si Bita who passed way last later last year.
The ECRAN NOIR that will be unfolding events within the week till Saturday the 22nd July 2017 will be spiced by several events especially screenings of nominated films that range from short films, feature films series, documentaries and others.
The delegate General of ECRAN NOIR, Bassek Ba kobhio speaking during the opening ceremony thanked the sponsors of the festival and all those who have been instrumental in the past two decades as this year’s edition crowns the festival with the 21st title since inception. He also thanked in a special way the management of TV5MONDE who has been with them for the past years as a sponsor. It should be recalled that the 21st edition of the ECRAN NOIR is coming at the time when TV5MONDE , one of their major sponsors is celebrating its 25years of existence. The presence of the General Manager of TV5MONDE, Yves BIGOT, at the opening ceremony was therefore a special spice that colored the beautiful picture of the opening ceremony as TV5MONDE does not only identify itself as a supporter but also as a content buyer as it continuously buy African films for broadcast over their channels.
The delegate general of FESPACO , the biggest film festival in the continent also answered present at the opening ceremony as he made away with a trophy given in recognition for the excellence in promoting the cinema industry across Africa.
The first film that entertained participants in the opening ceremony was a Pan-African film titled “Felicité” from Congo which was performed in Lingala and subtitled in French.
Within one week, film makers are therefore expected to make useful business connections especially with distributors, content buyers and executive producers who can always stand by them in financing projects in the film industry especially as with the challenge in the film business in Cameroon.
The hope of returning with trophies on the 22nd July 2017 when the festival pulls it curtains is therefore an expectation of film makers who were opportune to get nominations from their works.