The 2017 edition of the Red Feather awards just ended. click the link below to see the full list of winners.
Just a few days to the event, some filmmakers had aired their concerns about the awards.
Lynno Lovert found it disrespectful that Seehofer Roland an amateur actor was nominated as an upcoming actor
the famous DOP Yibaine Emile Chah Aka Ancestor who was nominated under the category best DOP in Life Point made it clear he was only voting for films he had watched.
and the phenomenal director Itambi Delphine expressed her disappointment at Award organizers, she said;
Call me a hater I really won’t be bothered.But if we must organize award shows or festivals it is paramount to take the time to do basic research and/ or use common sense…Let those who win, win by merit.Otherwise, we will be sending out the wrong message to the world about our “STANDARD” of what we consider “BEST”.I am for growth but most importantly I stand for the rightful representation of our Industry to the world.
Life Point of Nkanya Nkwai was totally snubbed at the Red Feather awards, with seven nominations, Life Point went home empty-handed. Life Point that is undisputedly a good movie made in Cameroon in 2017, taking Cameroon to the Pan African International film festival (FESPACO) after more than 12 years of Cameroon’s absence, winning Best Cameroonian film at Ecrans Noirs 2017 but fails to bag a single award at Red Feather. Do we smell something fishy? or the movie wasn’t just good for Red Feather Awards jury.
Another criticism the award is facing comes from the awards not matching the nominations. Oboy Da Comic was nominated Best comedian but won BEST Bitkutsi (hilarious).. he wasn’t shy to air his opinion
From the website vote counts (assuming vote counts equal winner) some nominees were ripped off their awards
These are one too many failures from an award that like Itambi said is a “STANDARD” of what we consider “BEST”. We hope that the organizing committee does something to fix this and gives chance for the craft to be celebrated based on what it truly means.