Cinema of Cameroon

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Cinema of Cameroon
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The cinema of Cameroon includes French and English-language film making. The Anglophone film industry is sometimes known as Collywood.[1]


In 1919, the movie Haut-Commissariat de la République française au Cameroun was shot in the French Cameroons.[2]

In 1960, Cameroon became an independent country, and the history of Cameroonian cinema started in 1962.

Thérèse Sita Bella and Jean Pierre Dikonguè Pipa were the first Cameroonian movie producers. Other names in early Cameroonian cinema included Alphonse Béni who had studied Film technique at the Conservatoire libre du cinéma français (CLCF), and Daniel Kamwa who had studied film at the Université de Paris 8-Vincennes. The first movie shot in Cameroon after the independence was Point de Vue No. 1, directed by Dia Moukouri, which did not appear in the market until 1966.

Before 1973, approximately 15 short and long films were produced, with financial support from the French Ministry of Cooperation, and technical support from the French Cultural Centers (CCF – centres culturels français).[2] In 1972, there were about 32 movie theaters across Cameroon by Film Industry Development Fund (FODIC – Fonds du développement de l’industrie cinématographique) sponsored by the Government of Cameroon at the time.

In the 1970s and 1980s, a number of films were produced in Cameroon, including Muna Moto by Jean-Pierre Dikonguè, who was awarded the Golden Stallion (The Étalon d’or de Yennenga is the supreme prize) at the Panafrican Film and Television Festival of Ouagadougou (FESPACO – festival panafricain de cinéma et de télévision de Ouagadougou) in 1976.[2]

In the 1980s there were several cinemas in Yaounde and Douala, which have subsequently shut down, and movies are instead shown at mobile cinemas.[3][4]

Ninah’s Dowry was produced in Sabga Hills, in Bamenda[when?]. It won more than 30 awards.[clarification needed] Beleh is another movie which has received 10 awards.[when?][citation needed]

The Cameroon International Film Festival was first held in 2016.[5]


In 2008, the "Collywood" association of Anglophone film makers was created at Alliance Franco Camerounaise centre in Buea.[2] The current chairman of the movie board is Vitalis Otia Suh.[6]

Cameroon Film Industry (Collywood) has seen growth compared to the period between 1980,s and 1990,s. There has been a lot of recent films that has stimulated the growth of the industry such as "BAD ANGEL" a 312 episodes TV series produced by Godwin Nganah and directed by Tanwie Elvis "De dadies" with a huge cast and crew aired on the Cameroonian national TV (CRTV), paved way for a new perspective for film production within the industry.other movies includes RUMBLE, LIFE POINT, SAMBA and recently "A MAN FOR THE WEEKEND" produced by Syndy Emade featuring Alexx Ekubo[7]

In 2016 ROFUR TCHIFU MBUNKUR created an online movie distribution platform called NJOKATV.[8] This platform is the largest online market place for Cameroonian movies and Cameroonian films.



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  1. ^ "COLLYWOOD is the official name of the Cameroon Film Industry". Retrieved 25 August 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d Coulon, Florent. "The Story of Cameroonian Cinema: Toward Independence in Production". Retrieved 29 July 2017.
  3. ^ "Making blockbusters in a nation without cinemas". 19 May 2015. Retrieved 29 July 2017.
  4. ^ "Cameroon Film Industry In Dire Need – Actor". Cameroon POSTline. 24 July 2011.
  5. ^ "Cameroon International Film Festival". Retrieved 25 August 2017.
  6. ^ "Interview: "Movie-making Started In Cameroon In 1962"". Cameroon Tribune. 5 November 2014. Retrieved 29 July 2017.
  7. ^ "A Man For The Weekend Movie – Dcoded TV".
  8. ^ "NjokaTV - Entertainment for You". njokaTv.