THE New Caribbean Cinema team is preparing for the Marché du Film at the Festival de Cannes in May, Jamaica’s Observer reports.
The NCC short film Missed — written and directed by Michelle Serieux — will be screened as part of the Cannes Court Mettrage programme, the short film corner. The film, set in the Blue Mountains in Jamaica, stars Roger Guenveur Smith, Sharea Samuels and Marlon Stewart Gaynor.
“There are many opportunities to be derived from participation in a market of this nature. Being officially part of the festival has given us access to a database of film professionals who are coming to Cannes in the hopes of acquiring new material and we will be in the mix of that activity making links to develop or sell our fresh material. Our strategy is to pursue all of the avenues we can for the individual projects, for one in particular the approach will have to be trying to negotiate a pre-sales agreement to help finance the film, for another the aim is to snag a co-production partner,” Serieux said.
Saulter, who was also cinematographer on Missed, will be using the opportunity at Cannes to hold a private screening of his debut feature Better Mus’ Come.
“Nobody can deny that in the past couple years we’ve seen serious signs of a burgeoning Caribbean film movement. And by film movement, we don’t mean merely the increasing use of our beautiful island landscape as the backdrop for international film and commercial production, but a genuine movement of Caribbean film-makers determined to tell our stories from the inside out, to dive into our fascinating history and culture, re-emerging with a unique cinematic language and vision. If you are serious about raising the awareness of what’s happening cinematically in you’re region, then you need to do all you can to be in the places where the business is done. I’m looking forward to the adventure of Cannes,” said Storm.
The primary goal of the NCC team is to identify production partners for the development and production
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