To begin with, Cameroon is a bilingual country with English and French as her official languages. Since 1960 when Cameroon gained her independence, these languages have been the official languages ever since. Being a two language country has affected the film industry of Cameroon in the sense that there are no films done yet in the country that shows this identity of being a bilingual country, the films are either in pure French or English. We believe that having films in that separate languages can also be an opportunity for Cameroon to explore the market in that language
Over the years the film industry has being surviving base on individual passion and self-sponsoring as they complain the government doesn’t support the entertainment sector talk less of provided platforms to boost the film industry. This lead to the creation of a syndicate term the C.F.I (CAMEROON FILM INDUSTRY), which is a group of people who have come together to create order in the film industry as they will be able to create market amongst themselves as they survive. So far they have contributed greatly to the Cameroon entertainment sector as the filmmaking is concern as Cameroon is now known internationally. So this has brought a lot of hope to those interested in taking film making in Cameroon as a career and to other filmmakers
GOVERNMENT CONTRIBUTION TO THE FILMMAKING SECTOR
For over years now filmmakers have been raising complains that government have been dormant about film making sector and without government intervention investors will not see need to invest in filmmaking sector since it not booming even as expected. Truth is the entertainment sector reduces unemployment directly and indirectly in any country. Of recent, the government has decided to create a film federation which seeks to empower filmmakers per their region as they will have to group themselves. This initiative to some believe is government scam and others who form small groups to empower themselves feared they will face tough competition with this new initiative from the government. The bottom line is, it’s all for the betterment of the film sector. This is so from the government in the sense that it will be easy for government to fund.
All these are means to be able to fund filmmaker and give them incentives because the government claims they cant fund haphazardly they need to organize, hence the federation.This film federation created by government will go a long way in stabling the filmmaking sector in Cameroon according to the delegates of arts and culture in the regions as they so much want to see this work. Since this is something new we at MUZZ MEDIA will follow up.