Cameroon Film Industry: Anglophone ‘Collywood’ on everybody’s screen

Cameroon Film Industry: Anglophone 'Collywood' on everybody's screen

The Anglophone community is pretty small compared to the English-speaking part of Cameroon, yet popular.

With its amazing movies trooping into the film industry in Cameroon and the number of Cameroonians living abroad, Amazon and Netflix have picked interest.

Currently Netflix has selected four films for streaming.

“It was a long fight to actually get Amazon to accept Cameroonian films, based on the fact that Cameroon is highly ‘Francophonised’,” film producer, Agbor Gilbert Ebot said.

According to the film producer in Buea, the laws protecting audiovisual rights in the country are written to safeguard Francophone films and structures.

Gilbert took a smart move to get anglophone Collywood noticed. Realising that there are over four million Cameroonians in the US, and over three million in Europe, he opened the eyes of the giant movie platforms to see the numbers.

He added that:

“There is also more than three million Cameroonians in Africa who can access Netflix, so why don’t you give us a try.”

But Collywood sees beyond getting the attention of the giant movie streaming platforms.

“Our target does not limit us to Amazon, our target does not limit us to Netflix, our target does not limit us to all these great platforms. Our target is to actually get our films on Broadways, get our films on Blockbusters and get our films to actually win Oscars–why not!” he said.

By Elijah Christopher

Elijah Christopher
Elijah Christopher is a journalist at A New Touch Of Africa, is also a creative writer, a poet, and an IT enthusiast. He contributed to the collaborative poem written in celebration of Edwin Morgan Centenary, the first Glasgow poet laureate and Scottish national poet from the University of Glasgow. He loves meeting people and learning about new places, cultures, events, and lifestyles.
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