Barbados offers film festival

Barbados will again host the CaribbeanTales Film Festival, Symposium and Marketplace from 7 to 20 March.

The festival follows a successful event held last year that was a major boost for the local and regional film industry, organisers say.

“The original CTFF held in Toronto for the last five years has been described as ‘bringing Caribbean films to the world’, while our Barbados event brings the film world to the Caribbean with a view to developing the regional audio-visual industry,” says Frances-Anne Solomon, CEO of CaribbeanTales Worldwide Distribution and also an award-winning filmmaker.

In 2010,the inaugural Barbados edition of the festival attracted 76 film makers, buyers, media professionals and visitors from the Caribbean, North America, the UK and South Africa.

They came to the island and had a major impact on the fledgling Barbadian film industry, organisers say.

Among the many highlights was a workshop by Julie Dash, who directed The Rosa Parks Story with Angela Bassett in the lead role.

CaribbeanTales Worldwide Distribution will stage the festival, which includes educational screenings and workshops, as well as a symposium and marketplace focused on creating new content.

A Hand Full of Dirt, directed by Russell Watson, will officially open the festival with a screening on 16 March.

“Russell Watson was born and raised in Barbados. His artwork has been exhibited internationally, and he has created several short film and multimedia works. A Hand Full of Dirt is his first feature film,” says Ms Solomon.

A Hand Full of Dirt is a micro-budget Bajan film shot on mini-DV.