FOUR BARBADIAN FILMS TO BE SCREENED AT THE CARIBBEANTALES INTERNATIONAL FIIM FESTIVAL
From Barbados, CTFF screens four amazing films!!
There is a spectacular feature narrative and a short film Directed by Rodney Smith from Barbados, who is based in Canada . His feature, ‘Out of Time‘, is a Science Fiction film. The others are two wonderful short films, “Soucouyant“(from Barbados/ St. Lucia) by Sean Michael Field, “Going Beyond” by Damien Pinder.
“….It is based firmly in our world and our time with technology that exists in some form, with a healthy dose of “what if“. I can definitely say that it’s a product of my upbringing in Barbados and it shows how we tell the story. Our culture and everything around us shapes how we all view science fiction. The questions we ask are always going to be different than someone else raised in North America or even in China or Africa. I’m glad to bring this film to CaribbeanTales and show that it’s not just culturally important films or stories that have to come from the Caribbean. We can dream big and bring a level of skill and professionalism that can be accepted anywhere in the world“, says Rodney Smith.
At a recent media launch held at the Consulate General for the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago in Toronto on July 8th, CaribbeanTales unveiled its 2015 Programme. The standing- room-only event featured many Toronto luminaries, and was MC’d by the Honourable Jean Augustine, PC, CM with speakers including T&T Consul General Dr. Vidya Gyan Tota-Maharaj, CaribbeanTales founder and Executive Director Frances-Anne Solomon, Programmer Christopher Pinheiro, Partnerships Coordinator Emmy Pantin, and Incubator Chair Dr. Rita Shelton-Deverell.
“CaribbeanTales continues to have its finger on the pulse of a dynamic movement of evolving film expression across the region and its Diaspora,” says founder and filmmaker Frances-Anne Solomon. “In just ten years, a very short period of time, our film stories have matured to become stunningly assured, explosive, transgressive, probing, beautiful and urgent. And this is what we see represented on screen in this year’s selections.”
Running from September 9 – 19 at the chic Royal Cinema, CTFF’s 10th anniversary edition will showcase a fantastic selection of Caribbean films from around the globe. These include 16 feature-length films and 30 short films in Official Competition for the CTFF Jury and Audience Awards, to be announced on the closing night – September 19.