Inaugural Caribbean fashion festival begins next month

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A report from Trinidad’s Express.

The Caribbean Fashion & Arts Feature Festival (CFAFF), will hold its 1st edition on November 17– 19 in the Borough of Arima and surrounding communities in East Trinidad. The Festival continues its call for submissions for fashion related documentary features and short films. The Festival has also put out to call to secondary schools in East Trinidad to submit artwork for a joint exhibition honouring this year’s Festival theme- “Afro Diasporic Linkages and the Caribbean Voyage”.

CFAFF operates out of AKIMBO, an independent concept retail entity and artistic event space, showcasing Caribbean fashion and accessory designers, artists and lifestyle products, located in the Borough of Arima. As the Festival’s creative hub, AKIMBO will function as a destination for festivalgoers and screenings, exhibitions, panels and after-parties. Other venues will include popular eastern nightspots and the picturesque Phillipa’s Garden, which is a private residence in Arima with award-winning gardens and home to a family rich with artisanal talent. The festival aims to foster more regional collaboration, highlight work being done in the fashion industry, create more opportunities for event tourism, contribute to the current roster of film festivals in Trinidad and Tobago and most importantly position East Trinidad as a festival destination and thus a place to visit. With a strong team of professionals who bring experience from across sectors, the Festival is poised to make real impact. CFAFF has already made linkages with the co-founder of the Berlin Fashion Film Festival and the founders of the Tandem Movement in Barbados, which is an exhibition and design space that showcases contemporary design, featuring spatial accents, fashion & accessories, furniture, fine art painting & photography, and objet d’art by ten Barbadian designers and artists to boost the Festival’s regional and international appeal. Persons representing from both entities are set to attend.

Deadlines to submit films for the 2016 Caribbean Fashion & Arts Feature Festival are as follows: 1) September 17 – October 31 (early deadline), 2016: Submissions open for documentaries, short films, young designer fashion film project 2) November 5, 2016: Official entry deadline for documentaries, short films, young designer fashion film project. Complete information regarding submissions, eligibility and rules and regulations for the Caribbean Fashion & Arts Feature Festival is available and open request to cfaffsubmissions@gmail.com. Questions regarding submissions may also be directed to the above email address or by calling 381-6469.

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