Founded in 1997 by Ecrans Noirs, the festival aims to promote cinema in Africa and in the black community. It became a competitive festival in 2008.
Festival organisers announced the jury line-up on their website only a week before the festival kicked off in Yaounde on July 13.
Onyama won her first and lone Ecrans Noirs in 2016 as “Best Actress” in the movie ‘Kiss of Death’. In 2018, she now sits in the jury among other top film makers from across the African continent.
Among the films competing for the Best Feature Film Central Africa at this year’s Ecrans Noirs festival are, ‘Minga,’ ‘Rebel Pilgrim,’Matris,’ ‘Maki’La,’La Pierre Precieus’ among others.
For Best Cameroonian Feature Film at this year’s Ecrans Noirs festival, ‘Rebel Pilgrim,’ ‘Tenacity,’ ‘A Man For The Weekend,’ ‘Little Cindy,’ ‘Ward Zee,’ A Good Time To Divorce,’ ‘Married Single,’ ‘Les Nanga,’ ‘Minga,’ and ‘Peau de Panthere’.
Other members of the jury include: Laura Onyama, Hyacinthe Hounsou, Lucie Memba, Dorothy (for Feature Films); Do Houssaine, Hugues No Gelam Dickson, Brigitte Tchanegue (for Cameroonian long film and series); Calizthe Beyala, Esther Gosh, Kouokam Narcisse, Victor Okhai (For International Film/Short Film); and Christophe Assezat, Dili Nobe, Michel Kuate, Veronique Joo’ Aisenberg (For International Documentaries and Short cameroonian Films)
The Ecrans Noirs Film Festival runs from June 13 – 20 in Yaounde.