Cayman films sought for festival

Organisers of the Aruba International Film Festival have issued an invitation to filmmakers from the Cayman Islands to take part in the festival’s Caribbean Spotlight Series.

The third annual Aruba International Film Festival is accepting entries for Caribbean Spotlight Series 2012.

The festival’s Caribbean Spotlight Series showcases the work of regional filmmakers or productions dedicated to Caribbean culture, society and history.

“Judges and audiences were very impressed with last year’s selections and we hope to see more such films as entries this year,” said Aaron Hosé, programme director of the Caribbean Spotlight Series.

“We feel the winners were outstanding examples of the fascinating elements Caribbean life brings to the table. Jury Award-winner Voices From Mariel from Cuba/USA was poignant while informative, and Audience Award-winner Children of God, from Bahamian filmmaker Kareem Mortimer, was riveting. We had several sold-out screenings and had to schedule additional showings throughout the festival,” he said.

Film submissions must focus on subject matters pertaining to the Caribbean region.

Only full-length feature films or documentaries with a runtime of 50 to 120 minutes will be eligible. No short films are accepted.

Submitted films must have been completed after 1 January, 2012.

“There are excellent incentives for submitting a film aside from earning a prestigious award and cash prize; AIFF will provide airfare and accommodations for filmmakers. Package includes travel for two including a three-night stay at a resort, and all-access passes to the screenings and events,” a release from the organisers said.

The deadline for submissions is 18 May. Full criteria and requirements for entries are available on the Aruba International Film Festival website:

The Aruba International Film Festival highlights and rewards the work of talented local and Caribbean filmmakers and provides a platform for networking opportunities with fellow filmmakers in the Caribbean and worldwide.

The committee and jury will consist of local and Caribbean filmmakers, Aruba International film Festival staff, representatives from international film festivals and members of the local press.

For more information, contact [email protected]

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