Africa – Fatima Boubakdi, a Moroccan film filmmaker, won first prize at the Ecrans Noirs film festival in Yaoundé, Cameroon’s capital. At the Ecrans Noirs, Glory Mununko was named best African actress, and Narcisse Wandji was named best Cameroonian film and best story.
“And the fact that we are receiving it at home, I mean the trophy, is doubly important for us,” said Cameroonian filmmaker Narcisse Wandji. Several unique prizes were also given out to a standing ovation. The Ecrans Noirs festival’s 25th edition included film screenings, discussions, and meetings with producers, directors, and actors.
One of the outcomes of these sessions was the need to assist African film. “I’ve had a lot of conversations with a lot of young people, and it breaks my heart because there aren’t a lot of things I can do to help them.” Film director Bouchaib El Messaoudi believes that the state should invest heavily in this industry. Thousands of people would attend the festival in normal circumstances.
However, due to the pandemic, the organizers were compelled to decrease the number of visitors. This year’s attendance at the Palais des Sports has been affected by the coronavirus, compared to the previous year. However, you are aware that Cameroon is now organizing a number of events in order to prepare for the CAN. And there are a lot of folks who would rather save their money to invest in the CAN, “said filmmaker Gerad Bessoko.
This edition featured almost 70 films, 25 of which were in competition, highlighting the diversity of African filmmaking. The renowned film festival comes to a hopeful conclusion. A ray of hope for a brighter future for African cinema. However, compared to past editions, there was less enthusiasm among guests this time. The festival’s organizers have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.