This fall, the inaugural Third Horizon Caribbean Film Festival will be held in Miami, bringing the best in film from the Caribbean and its diaspora to South Florida, thanks to the support of the John S and James L Knight Foundation, Trinidad’s Guardian reports. The festival will take place from September 29 to October 2 at O Cinema Wynwood in Miami.
A release said the festival will feature a curated slate of Caribbean feature films, and has announced a call for submissions for short films by Caribbean filmmakers and/or about the region and its diaspora. Films can be submitted via thirdhorizonfilmfestival.com.
For centuries, the Caribbean has been a place where people from the Americas, Africa, Europe and Asia have converged, and its stories are far richer and more nuanced than the tourist brochures indicate.
As film production becomes less prohibitive and more democratic, a new generation of Caribbean filmmakers are seizing the moment to bring these stories to the screen. And with the current drive for diversity in film, the time has never been more ripe to share these stories with the world.
The Third Horizon Caribbean Film Festival aims to celebrate and empower the filmmakers leading this charge.
The festival was founded by Third Horizon, a Miami-based collective of Caribbean creatives whose first short film, Papa Machete, had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2014.
Third Horizon had its US premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in 2015, before going on to screen at more than 30 film festivals worldwide. It is being staged in partnership with the Caribbean Film Academy, a Brooklyn-based not-for-profit organisation whose core mission is to support and distribute the work of Caribbean filmmakers.
Sponsorship for the festival is also being provided by Flow, the leading telecommunications company in the Caribbean, and the Green Family Foundation, a private, non-profit organisation that provides funding and resources to organisations that support education, global health and community development.
The festival had its genesis in 2014 when Third Horizon was one of the winners of the Knight Arts Challenge. Knight Foundation supports transformational ideas that promote quality journalism, advance media innovation, engage communities and foster the arts.
• For more information, visit knightfoundation.org.