CARIBBEAN FILM SCREENINGS FOR CARIFESTA XIII
The lights, camera work and action of Caribbean film will be showcased across the island during CARIFESTA XIII.
The event will run from Saturday, August 19 to Saturday, August 26, screening 60 shorts and full-length features from eleven countries across the region. These are: Barbados, Bermuda, Belize, Guadeloupe, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, St. Kitts, St. Lucia, Trinidad and Tobago and the Virgin Islands.
Three two-hour screenings of films per day are scheduled during the week of the festival (six screenings per day). Shows start at 2 pm, 5 pm and 8 pm in the VIP cinemas of the Olympus Theatres. Genres range from documentary and narrative fiction, to experimental and animation.
Those who are unable to have the indoor cinema experience will still have a chance to explore Caribbean film through three community screenings, slated from Monday August 21 to Wednesday August 23. The free showings will be held at the Checker Hall Playing Field in St. Lucy, the Glebe Playing Field in St. George and the Dover Playing Field in Christ Church respectively, beginning at 7 p.m. nightly. Patrons are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs and enjoy the films ‘under the stars’. Further information on the films to be screened can also be found on the Movie Guide at www.carifesta.net.
Film Commissioner and CARIFESTA XIII Film Coordinator, Annette Nias, is pleased about the avenues that the festival can open up for aspiring and seasoned players in the local and regional film industry. “Film in the Caribbean is a young enterprise…so CARIFESTA XIII is raising the bar for film,” she said.
“…The film screenings utilise different platforms: the showcase of Caribbean films, as well as the networking of the people who work in film, so that those who come into Barbados get to know those who are here. People can get to know each other… and that hopefully will bring returns.”