CaribbeanTales 2011 Film Festival–A Great Success in Barbados

The CaribbeanTales 2011 Film Festival recently took place in Barbados. Filmmakers from the region and the world came together for a week of cultural celebration at the Island Inn and George Washington House in Bridgetown, Barbados. The closing night screening was Raoul Peck’s Moloch Tropical [see previous post Raoul Peck’s Moloch Tropical].

The Jamaica Gleaner reports that the festival’s highlight was the unique CT Content Incubator, facilitated by United States marketing and distribution consultant, Michele Matterre, with a special animation incubator led by Camille Selvon Abrahams of Anime Caribe [also see previous post, CaribbeanTales will host unique Content Incubator workshop for filmmakers in Barbados]. Selected filmmakers participated in an intensive immersion in the creative, business and marketing aspects of the industry, with support from international industry experts, culminating in a pitch session.

Another highlight was the CT Symposium that provided a comprehensive overview of the regional industry, starting with a keynote address by Mia Mottley.

Many special guests travelled from abroad to take part in the activities, including Hollywood director Neema Barnette (who received an award), Berlinale Talent Campus Director Mattijs Knol, World Cinema Fund Director Sonja Heinen, Africa Channel executive vice-president of Corporate Affairs Mark Watson, Kethiwe Ngcobo, head of drama at the South African Broadcasting Corporation, and award-winning Canadian composer, John Welsman, who delivered a master class on sound and music for film.

Most of the films screened to sold-out audiences at the George Washington House cinema. These featured some local, regional and international premieres, including Miquel Jalofre’s exploration of Jamaican dancehall music, Hit Me with Music, and the series premiere of Dominion by Bajan dream team Sean Michael Field and Rodney Smith.

For full article, see http://jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20110405/ent/ent1.html

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