BARBADIAN FILM COMPANY AWARDED AT “BEST SHORTS” COMPETITION IN U.S.A

Sea Weaver Productions Inc. is proud to announce that its latest Bajan documentary “Barbados Surfer Girl” has won four Awards of Merit from the Los-Angeles based global film competition Best Shorts , in the categories of Documentary Short, Sports, Original Score and Fitness/Nutrition.

The Best Shorts competition recognizes film professionals who demonstrate exceptional achievement in craft and creativity, and those who produce standout entertainment or contribute to profound social change. Entries are judged by highly qualified professionals in the film industry. Information about the competition and a list of recent winners can be found at www.bestshorts.net.

The Judges panel wrote: “Winning a Best Shorts is something you and your entire team can be proud of! Our judges base their decisions on the quality, creativity and technical aspects of each piece. The award appropriately reflects the endless hours you and your team have spent to create your outstanding production! Congratulations on your achievement!”

Produced and written by Penelope Hynam, with Director of Cinematography Pelle Hybbinette, Editor Stuart Hall and Original score by Jazz musician André Woodvine, the film tells the story of local surfer Chelsea Tuach, a remarkable young athlete who by the age of 19 has won more international awards and accolades than any Barbadian in any sport in the last three decades.

She, with supportive parents, steadfastly worked towards her goal of joining the group of 17 elite women surfers in the world on the World Contest Tour (WCT). The film follows Chelsea from her childhood years to international competitions, tracks the life of discipline, hard work, sacrifice and endless travel from a young age that is required of a top athlete and asks the question “Is what she has had to give up as a teen-ager worth it?” She provides the answer and along the way we enjoy some glorious surfing and the beauty of her homeland.

The film premiered to an appreciative audience in Barbados on August 14, 2015. And, as the film predicts, three weeks later Chelsea achieved her goal of becoming one of the 17 women on the WCT, the first Caribbean surfer to do so. She has made history and will tour with them in 2016.

The film premiered to an appreciative audience in Barbados on August 14, 2015. And, as the film predicts, three weeks later Chelsea achieved her goal of becoming one of the 17 women on the WCT, the first Caribbean surfer to do so. She has made history and will tour with them in 2016.

Producer Penny Hynam says that she is thrilled not only at the international recognition for Barbados creative film talents, as we slowly start to take our place in the global film community, but also at the award for Film Composer André Woodvine, which may be a first for an original film score in Barbados.

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