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April
18

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The 2016 edition of the Cameroon Film Festival will hold in Buea-South West Regional Capital from the 25th-th of April 2016 under the patronage of the Minister of Arts and Culture and supported by the US Embassy in Cameroon.

The Cameroon International Film Festival (CAMIFF) is put forward as an event that will showcase and present a complete immersion into the world of film making with participation from actors, directors, scriptwriters, cinematographers, sound engineers, editors, light engineers, students, equipment manufacturers and media.

The festival will feature a series of workshops and training opportunities to raise the standards of the local industry; networking events such as the film and equipment market wherein partnerships are encouraged through development of content trade channels; and a film programme that will screen various films over ?

  • Cameroon International Film Festival deliberately will commit to the ideals of empowerment, therefore will engage the local industry with a bid to deepen filmmaking culture in Cameroun and develop local talents through training and exposure.
  • Cameroon International Film Festival will provide an artistic platform through film culture that will engage people in and attract business interests essential  to create wealth in the local economy. Hopefully we will inspire young Cameroonians to engage in positive creative activity; provide entertainment  and tell our stories for the enjoyment and enriching of life.
  • Cameroon International Film Festival will in Five years strive to achieve the a landmark as the biggest Film festival in the world as well as write itself into the international film calendar as a great showcase that takes place every year in Cameroon.
Cameroon International Film Festival  (CAMIFF) aims to:
  • Help develop the local film industry to a level where Cameroon films will compete favorably  internationally.
  • Provide a growth opportunity for local Film Industry professionals to eventually export their products to the World.
  • Facilitate access to investors, equipment and technical skill acquisition through by engaging foreign experts to contribute and help us build capacity locally.
  •  Explore partnership with international festivals and counterparts to ensure quality, expertise and global standards access the local industry, accelerating its development..

 

Six days and six nights of cutting edge independent films, panels and parties. CAMIFF celebrates the art of filmmaking, helps support a community of artists and showcases Cameroon as an entertainment and travel destination. A film festival by filmmakers for filmmakers. 25th to 30th April 2016 in Buea, Cameroon @ the Mountain Hotel

 

(CAMIFF)


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May
3

Elegant and handsome Libota Macdonald has starred in movies like ‘Cluster’ and ‘Nexus’ produced by Musing Derrick. NexDim met with the popular Bamenda-based movie-star at Necla Hotel -Bamenda for an exclusive interview about his career and prospects.

NEXDIM: Hello Macdonald.

Libota : Hi NexDim

NEXDIM: Can you introduce yourself.

I’m Libota Macdonald, an actor, I live in Bamenda. I have been the movie industry for 4 years.

NEXDIM:When did you start and what has been your achievements in the movie industry?

Libota :My debut was in the movie titled ‘Bikata’ about 4 years ago . I am so proud of the fact that I was the first ever Cameroonian to be nominated for Best Upcoming Actor at the ZAFAA . I have had the opportunity to be part of projects in Burkina Faso. I also clinched a nomination at the AMAA in Nigeria.

NEXDIM:Why have you been absent from the movie scene?

Libota :I decided to pull back in a bid to learn more acting techniques from others with greater experience. I’ve been reading and doing a lot of online research to fine-tune my talent. Actually working hard to become the superstar am destined to be. I’ll bring a different personality.

NEXDIM: Who do you admire in the movie industry in Cameroon?

Libota :I admire Epule Jeffery , Lino Lovert, Yijika Solange and Queen .They are very talented.

NEXDIM:How can you rate the Cameroon Film industry?

Libota :I am a positive thinker despite the huddles we face in the industry. To me, we are at 45%. There’s a lot of work to be done . 

NEXDIM: What’s your plan for the future?

Libota :I want to be an actor the rest of my life and I love what I’m doing. I’ll be featuring in future movies in Cameroon .

NEXDIM: What’s your dress code?

Libota :Simple but stylish.

NEXDIM: What’s your impression about the music industry?

Libota :I think we are really doing fine but the major problem is that Cameroonians rather consume foreign music and fail to consume what belongs to them. Artists should also concert to bring out ideas on how the industry can forge ahead .What they need is robust promotion.

NEXDIM: Are you married?

Libota :I’m not married. I think marriage is not an achievement. It’s better to have children rather than being married. Anyway, let me not talk about that. 

NEXDIM: What’s your fave meal?

Libota :Garri and okro.

NEXDIM: It was nice having you.

Libota :Thanks and great job. Thanks for the opportunity.Thumps up and God bless you .Lemme go drink my beer please.

CONTACT:http://www.facebook.com/libota.maco


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February
26

NexDim caught up with young talented actress Ala Nadyn at Necla Hotel , Food Market-Bamenda for an exclusive interview .We delved into her acting career , as well as her personal life. She sounded extremely positive about the impending evolution of the film industry in Cameroon. She is married to another dexterous Bamenda-based movie star Ala Leo. They are the hottest celebrity couple we have in  the film industry in Camer.  Let’s go !

NEXDIM: Hello .Can you briefly introduce yourself

Ala Nadyn: I am Ala Nadyn, an actress based in Bamenda, North West Cameroon. I am

a student of Laureate Business College, I study business administration.

NEXDIM: When did you take that bold step to venture into acting as a career

Ala Nadyn: My debut was in 2008 when I starred in my first movie ‘’8 commandments’’ .

NEXDIM: What can you pride of as an actress? In essence what do you have in your repertoire?

Ala Nadyn: I have done some movies though not of high standard. For instance ‘’Necessary Crime’’by Njamsi Roland,  ‘’We live together ‘’ directed by Mr Ngwa in Douala etc. However my recent movie ‘’Who Am I ‘’ is certainly a blockbuster .The movie was directed by Deric Njimanju and produced by my husby Ala Leo, released in October 2012.

NEXDIM: How do you rate the entertainment industry especially the movie sector in Cameroon at this level ?

Ala Nadyn: Well, I think there has been a remarkable improvement compared to movies we did in 2008 when I debut.We have greater heights to go. It’s a gradual process .

NEXDIM: How can the greater heights be achieved .What’s the way forward?

Ala Nadyn: Just being myself. I believe God will see me through.

NEXDIM: Who do you look up to as an idol in the movie industry?

Ala Nadyn: Most of my friends always liken me to Omotala Jalade. So I look at myself like another ‘’Omo Sexy’’ in Cameroon.

NEXDIM: Gorgeous as you are, you may have a lot of eyes raining on you.. How do you combat the fact that many men want to have you as a girlfriend.

Ala Nadyn: Well, sorry to all those who wanna date me . I am a very closed person .Actually I am married.

Nadyn and husband Leo

NEXDIM: Gush! You get me blushing already. (Laughing out loud) . I had plans already. Anyways , it’s a great thing to get married. Have you started making kids?

Ala Nadyn: Not yet. My husband and I are working on something. You know he’s that busy type of person as well myself. He’s an actor .

NEXDIM: Oh !  like Beyonce and Jay Z in the industry. What’s your favourite meal?

Ala Nadyn: OMG! Achu and mbongo. I can die for.

NEXDIM: You have a huge taste of fashion. You like looking good and people appreciate your appearance. So what’s your dress code?

Ala Nadyn: Corporate and sexy. And my designer is your husband

NEXDIM: Are you a sucker for designing .Do you love fashion?

Ala Nadyn: Yea, I love fashion but I don’t go for designer clothes. My husband does all the design for me.He conceives it .

NEXDIM: When you are not rehearsing your scripts or on set, what do you do?

Ala Nadyn: When am not rehearsing or with a production crew, I am either in school studying or at home singing.I love singing and hope to venture into music.

NEXDIM: Do play the roles that entail kissing?

Ala Nadyn: Yea. I play those roles .It’s very normal. My husband doesn’t find anything wrong when I kiss in a movie. He’s into showbiz.

NEXDIM: What can you tell your fans?

 Ala Nadyn: Keep watching Cameroonian movies . I want to let them know 2013, will be an explosive year in the film industry in Cameroon. I will prove my worth. Keep your eyes on me.

NEXDIM: Do you visit nexdimempire.com often and what do you think can be an innovation .

Ala Nadyn: I visit nexdimempire.com all the time I go online. You guys are doing a great job. As an innovation, I think you should intensify your campaigns in meeting the people, for instance coming all the way from Buea to Bamenda to conduct this interview is a great stride. You should frequently .deploy your staffs to Bamenda to cover showbiz news.

NEXDIM: It’s was a pleasure having you.

Ala Nadyn: Thanks, I appreciate.

http://www.facebook.com/ala.nadyne


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August
29

Cameroonian movie makers and actors are now basking under the sun of success as a deluge of them have clinched nominations at the ZAFAA (the Zulu African Film and Academy Awards) 2012. 

Cameroon shall be vying for supremacy in the following categories–

Best  African film (On The Brim by Wa’a Musi),

Best feature film: (The Decision by Tanwie Elvis aka De Daddies),

Best short film (Supplication by Takong Delvis and Lost Ego by Wa’a Musi,

Best indigenous film (Shembeh by Cosson Chinepoh),

Best indigenous actress (Sende Bende),

Best indegenous actor (Ndiangang Emmanuel alias Lango),

Best director (Tanwie Elvis aka De Daddies).

If any of these Cameroonian flag-bearers win the award, the winner  shall join last year’s winner Nchifor Valery in the hall of fame.The 2012 edition of ZAFAA will take place in London from October 19th to 20th.

http://www.zafaa.com/

VOTE FOR CAMER NOMINEES !


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August
27

The African Film Consortium is an initiative of the African Film Development
 Foundation, a registered support organization that cultivates film culture
 and education in Africa,while broadening its continental and global horizon.

We are organizing a “Story Directions and Scriptwriting Workshop” in Buea
 Cameroon, to harvest the country’s enormous filmmaking potentials.This is to
 lay a solid foundation,”in the spirit of Africa,”passionately train and
 empower African film projects.
 The screenwriting seminar/workshop a 3-day event will hold from August 27-30
 2012. We therefore request your participation,especially in the stakeholders’
 creative interactive session, Day 1 August 27,2012,9am-4pm.
The African Film Consortium makes this request with complete
 humility,believing in the objectives of skills development and creation of
 jobs for teeming Cameroonians youth population.

 The African Film Consortium believes the scripting workshop will lay a
 foundation in raising skilled and focused African filmmaker to make original
 and peculiar African films;therefore placing Africa in global film culture.

 The African Film Consortium looks forward to your most valued contribution
 to this social mission;therefore our appreciation in advance.

VENUE: HOTEL RESIDENCE CARLOS,BUEA

Mykel ‘parish’ Ajaere DGN
             President

Contact:74817816


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August
6

The Cameroon film industry keeps making formidable strides to breach a disparity by instilling creativity and professionalism in the craft of film production. CEA winner for Best Actor and prolific film-maker, Kang Qunitus presents to us a mind-blowing and action-packed movie titled ”CRUSH” . 

Synopsis

Tamara (Addy Ngonde) is diagosed of a deadly disease and has just 60 days to live. With the intention of grooming someone that will love her child (Janell Ngonde) and Husband (Kang Quintus), she convinces old time friend Tina (Mairo Sanda) to move in with her. Tina comes in to set the house on FIRE and the Doctor (Jan Karremans) makes the unexpected happen. Is it all about Obsession?

Enjoy the trailer !

 


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August
1

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After advancing her knowledge in film-making at the New-York film Academy, Delphine Itambi has been busy on a mouth-watering project to set standards high in the Cameroon Film industry. ”HOUSE OF TRIPLETS” is a brand new Cameroonian movie to hit the market soon, produced and directed by her under Elegant Sisters Production. R&B celebrity and ”Nyango” crooner Adah features in the movie.It’s an action-packed and must-watch movie .

http://www.facebook.com/Delphine.Itambi?ref=ts

Enjoy the trailer!


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July
19

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SYNOPSIS

The traditional chieftaincy order of Ntenako land has been displaced through foreign interference, infiltration and adulteration. An ignorant generation tries to continue on the fictitious ruling line.Order unprecedented gives way and disorder encroaches for heads to roll in the process.There is a built-in intense love story hat runs from the begining to the end, a story that unveils shocking revelations and helps restore order. 

This thrilling movie stars award-winning actor Nchifor VALERY, Mbulav Sonila Sike Spice and Achea Priscott, directed by TANUI PAUL.

Contacts:+237 77511844

priscojoe@yahoo.com


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July
19
SYNOPSIS 
Emmanuel Mbamu struggles with guilt and hopelessness when he visits his polygamous family in Buruku, Cameroon. His father’s fifteen wives and 41 children barely survive as they seek out a living in the village. Emmanuel wins a scholarship to study in the US, but when his father dies, he must support the family. Working with Jean Pierre, a close family friend, Emmanuel is put in contact with corrupt local officials who help to get him to the US early so he can work illegally and send money home. The deal sours as his local sponsor begins pressurizing Emmanuel for sex and threatening . Scared , Emmanuel hides as university friends try to save him and clear up his immigration status. In a final confrontation with the traffickers, Emmanuel faces his own death and the possible collapse of his family.
Writer/Actor Nkanya Nkwai has brought together a production team to film this courageous story.  Using a cast and crew in both Denver, Colorado and Cameroon, Africa, Nkanya is making this a local community project as well as a an international one by using local high school students and professional crew to get the job completed.
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July
17

Alenne Menget

NexDim caught up with outstanding singer, journalist and film producer , Alenne Menget for an up and close interview about his career exploits, projects and his impression about the Cameroon Entertainment Industry. He divulges some untold realities about the game. Follow !

Hello. How are you doing?

I am fine.Thank you.

Can you briefly introduce yourself?

My name is Alenne Ndifor  – Mbum Menget.I am the owner of the ATS Production of Ancien Immeuble ELF in Akwa Douala. I am a journalist by training , an audio visual producer by learning ,a singer by talent with plenty gift of the gab.

You have enormously achieved success in the entertainment industry after creating a niche. How did it all start?

Well ,it all started when I discovered pretty young that I was not like the other kids’ who could score a goal in the football field but no one will sing or rap like me.I think I was better than Tupac Shakur. .My late Papa John, came from England once with a piano gift for me. That was the beginning. I almost stopped school to become Michael Jackson. Then I created the ATS band. (Alenne Too Strong Band).I did my first concert at 15 with a live band at the cultural center now British Council library in Bamenda.It was sponsored by John , my late papi. I remember the songs I sang with Chegang  (Daddy Cool) who is now a famous actor in Nigeria now called Bari Luke.We sang my songs like (Give your mami and get some moni), I no bi know say, I no got no place to go, and many others. That was the only concert  by our age in that hall at the time. Early 90s. When the Sienis moved to Bamenda from Limbe, they were good and so we formed the Alensien band with a certain Miss Bright who left for the USA soon after. AlenSein simply meant, Alenne and the Sienis.The Seinis were brothers; Taboh and Tiencho Sieni.We did songs like  ‘Please let me what to do, boom,boom,boom, hussy woman and many others which were big hits.We didn’t do an album though but we had records and sang across B town (Bamenda town).The Sienis too left for the USA. I did another band, an acapella band this time in my boarding school, PHS Batibo.”The Sound Drops” was a pure gospel band. As I grew, I had developed animation skills while I practiced to talk preparing for future interviews when I would become the musical star.I finally became the best animator of the time. I think am still the best. I had wanted to drop from school to be that singer and animator I had become. Before 18, I was talking on CRTV Bamenda. Not to long I ran the most important animation programme of that station when Divine Nchamokong moved to the USA. ”The North West Family Show” was in my hands. My mother insisted I wouldn’t drop school and that’s how I found myself in the University of Buea. I didn’t read journalisism, I read history.I am the person who started most of the private Radio stations in the English speaking Cameroon ,even before I left the university.I did  Afrique Nouvelle and the Abakwa Fm in Bamenda. I wrote the project and gave birth to the Ocean City Radio of Limbe that hit the charts in the country at the time. When I was in the university ,I was the manager of the one and only band in the South West; the Black and White Night club band. I moved to Bamenda and pushed Charley Dallars in doing the biggest band there till date;  The Dallars band.It was the first in town too. I actually drove with him to Dschang to bring the first musician we played together. So, I went to Kumba and did the Lake Site Radio for Dr Dewah, put on the Mbonge Community Radio as a project and the DBS TV. I am one of the brains and the first Editor in chief there. Today, I run all these in the ATS productions. 

A Stella Damasus make-up

My inspiration has practically been God’s gift. It’s talent but society has influenced me alot . I have picked up inspiration from wrong things that happen in our society ; Discrimination, poverty, suffering, excitement, jealousy and many more. My main human inspiration was John, my father who had graduated and thought drama before I was even born. He died as the oldest Cameroonian actor November 2011. Missing him and trying to think of the thinks I would have done if he didn’t die is the biggest inspiration of my life now. One of the reasons am doing the things I can do now . So, I don’t regret when dying.

Can you divulge your secrets of being a refined journalist and impresario?

It’s not a secret.I am creative and I see and learn the positive things in other people.My strongest secret is that I have  never been jealous of anybody. I let the young grow. May be because am gifted in a lot of things. I am also hard-working, prompt, I read and watch alot and most importantly I like doing what I create than imitating some one else.So my secret is just being unique too and no one knows what Alenne will do next.

What’s your technique in sustaining pure and strong vocals?

Vocals ! hahaha. I have worked that since I was young. From the rap of those day, through the R&B of the hind days and the era of jazz, I have worked my vocals. In the toilet , down at the farm I have sang and talked alone. God gave me the talent.

We have watched you play several roles in movies. Which projects have you been involved in so far?

I have been involved in quite a few movie projects but I was the protagonist of the first ever Nigeria-Cameroon joined venture, (The sacrament). Am not too proud about the other I have done but for the recent one , I took a Cameroonian role with Stella Damascus and another with Jim Iyke. I don’t know the names of the movies. The one I wrote, produced and directed myself is the only Cameroonian English comedy film, ‘The Return to Batibo”. I am almost losing rights over it because someone in the United States wants it all. Everybody who has watched it wants another person to watch it. Thank God the people I want to watch are watching it.

Jim and Alenne Menget

What has destroyed the entertainment industry in Cameroon is the first people who were trying to run  and manage it. They were very courageous to start it but extremely limited, untalented, foolish and even wicked if we take some cases. There is no vision or plan but excitement, back stabbing, witch hunting , greed and even corruption and theft. Cameroon has no name abroad because money for entertainers from abroad never got to entertainers through them. The embassies are going  mad with the entertainment industry ,especially Anglophones, because Visas taken for entertainers  by them was used to send non-entertainers abroad and most of them never came back. The Ministry of Culture doesn’t want to hear anything about entertainment because ,they have been there and lied many times ,taken money for issues and never went back to give a report. Producers get arrogant to actors, treat their stars like beggers, gossips , desperate actions ,immaturity , disorganisation , it’s just sham bus. There are so many talents in Cameroon . I went to Buea after along time two months ago,I saw alot of talents .I was in Bamenda, the same, but those of Buea don’t know those of Bamenda , Kumba ,Limbe and Yaounde. Everybody just wants to be noticed, even the man behind the camera.The driver too for a film project wants to act a role. Almost everybody in Buea is a star, talented or not talented.We need wise people at the head.People that can respond intellectually and responsibly.People with personality and talent.

With the infiltration of Nigerian music and movies in our Cameroonian markets, how can we convince Cameroonians to prefer consuming their products?

This is the most important question sir. How do you want Cameroonians to consume Cameroon movies or music when Cameroonian entertainers only do Nigerian sort of entertainment? Our songs are Nigerian beats and we sing in their ascent. We talk in movies like Ibos and Yorubas and call our chiefs Igwe. Nigerian film actors do the main roles in our movies and when they come we start disrespecting each other to entertain them. When even the editing of our films and music are done by them. You would be shocked with what happens when foreign starts come to get roles in our movies. Even Nigerian stars who can’t spell their name well are being rushed on like Micheal Jackon is back by Cameroonians that I consider more talented. Come and see the arrogance that these foreign stars use in treating our own very talented stars because of the chocolate treatment. Cameroonian stars work for foreign actors and producers for free and tire down local producers. And by night time, everyone is on Facebook with a brand new picture posing. Stars or entertainers don’t act cheap people. If on set you don’t go close to them and do your job well, they will look for means to come to you. But if you go desperately to them, they will minimise you and the stupid ones will even insult you.

What’s your impression about piracy?

Piracy, piracy, piracy…hahaha, it’s a whole lecture and it depends on the stage of the artist in our local context. Piracy does make entertainers popular but when they get popular, they should look for a solution against. Again it’s a long talk.

What are the personal projects you hope to initiate in the future?

I am at a very high Spirit at the moment. I am still working on documentaries. I have more than 100 documentaries in the market and customers home and abroad. You may visit the following YouTube channel to watch some. http://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9Sldviy7gefXabyP4FKjZw?feature=guide.Am .Working on my first album. It’s gospel jazz. I have engaged with the talented M1 studio in Buea for recording .We are working with four awesome ,intelligent and beautiful girls for a major talk show that we will have a  first season on TV soon, A new movie is on its way ,The University  lecturers , a movie on the unification of Cameroon and a soap opera. I am also thinking of a TV and Radio station.

What do you plan to contribute in the growth of the entertainment industry in Cameroon?

My plans for the Cameroon entertainment industry are plans I have for the ATS Productions. Am not going out for any until proven matured, will go for other plans with people who share my dreams and are focused.

Your involvement in the ‘’Fix It Show’’ contributed to give it colour and grandeur. What’s the plan for the future?

Well, the ‘Fix It Show” was a good eye opener. I was actually called this morning by my childhood friend Sama Ndango for a meeting tomorrow. Remember ”Fix It” is his idea. He is someone that I respect alot. He does what he says he will do. So I am sure we will be meeting soon again to try to fix things.

How do you cope with hysteria from fans?

I am an extremely simple , so my fans have become my friends. That’s why it’s easy for me to do investigative journalism in my documentaries. I am also a very complicated person to those who are not simple. But I love fans who try to understand what I intend to bring out than those who just get excited  with the man they saw on TV. You know all stars are popular but I want to be the famous star and not the notorious star for my fans.

What do you do in your spare time?

There is no spare time at this level, man. All I do matter. I don’t go swimming, I don’t go clubbing. I had my time and I enjoyed my best. Today, I work. I can’t say singing or watching movies,because,all that to me is part of my work.

Are you married?

No, I am not married but i got a beautiful kid

What’s your favorite Cameroonian dish?

My favourite Cameroon dish varies with my appetite at that particular moment and I  go for it. I am not just simple in style . I don’t complicate my diet.

What’s your advice to upcoming entertainers?

Entertainers, you have got to work hard .Then, most importantly, learn to manage your talent. Try to distinguish between getting notorious and famous because a majority of you are notorious. Quit if you discover it’s not going and try something else. It is very difficult to put bread on your table in this business in our country.

Do you visit nexdimempire.com? What’s your appraisal?

I do visit you some of the times and like many say, you are good. Keep up but work harder.

It is a pleasure having on nexdimempire.com.

Thanks.


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