Travelling Caribbean Film Showcase in Jamaica

The Travelling Caribbean Film Showcase is now taking place in Jamaica. It opened on November 28 and will end on December 4, 2010, featuring films and videos in English, Spanish, French, Dutch, and Haitian Creole.  The showcase provides an opportunity for Caribbean filmmakers and producers to screen their work to audiences in the region.

There are 30 films in the showcase including an animated short film from Jamaica, Anancy and Common Sense, directed and produced by Andrew Davies, and written by Joan Andrea Hutchinson.

Director of cultural policy and monitoring in the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture, Tanya Batson-Savage, says that this year’s showcase is very timely given the interest in two recent feature films: RiseUp and Better Mus’ Come. She explains: “The presence of these two feature films reminds us of the need to focus on Caribbean stories in the Caribbean landscape as there is clearly a growing appetite among our Caribbean people for local content. Given the dominance of films from the United States in local cinemas, and the importance of film in maintaining and promoting culture, the Travelling Caribbean Film Showcase is a meaningful tool for encouraging a Caribbean film and video industry as well as for highlighting the diversity and unity of Caribbean culture. This showcase gives us an opportunity to spread our lens to the wider Caribbean.”

The films are being screened at the Sagicor Auditorium (New Kingston), the Bob Marley Museum, the St James Parish Library, and the Manchester Parish Library.

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