Red Carpet beckons for filmmakers

The next wave of moviemaking talent will be on show at a special upcoming event. 

A first for youth film in Cayman, the Cayman National Cultural Foundation and the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism will co-produce the Youth Film Fest red carpet premiere featuring the top selections from two film competitions, which saw over 70 entries this year.  

The event is scheduled for Friday, 31 May at 6pm at the Harquail Theatre and the celebration promises to be a memorable one for young filmmakers who have made it to the final rounds of the cultural foundation’s Young Image Makers Short Film Competition and the tourism department’s Cayman Through My Eyes. The 24 films to be screened are made by students 10 to 17 years of age, who attend schools throughout the Cayman Islands, including the Layman E. Scott Senior High School in Cayman Brac.  

Beginning in January, students had the opportunity to submit films of 1 – 3 minutes in length to either competition, or to both. For Young Image Makers, students submitted creative short films on any subject of their choice and, this year, many of the entries touched on social issues, particularly peer pressure and bullying. Horror and comedy were also popular genres.  

An educational tourism initiative, Cayman Through My Eyes was themed as ‘Cayman Culture – Dat’s Who We Is!’ and submissions ranged from promotional videos to shorts, highlighting aspects of Caymanian heritage.  

Once submitted, a panel of judges screened, scored and selected 20 films from Young Image Makers and 10 films from Cayman Through My Eyes that demonstrated a considerable level of creativity and potential for further development. The directors of these films then moved into workshops, divided by age groups, with local film professionals.  

The final phase of the competitions provided students additional time to apply the education received at workshops to make improvements to films or to create a new project. Upon receipt, all final films were screened online for two weeks for the public and judges to vote on.  

The red carpet premiere on Friday 31st brings the competitions to a close and the young directors finally get the opportunity to see their works, and those of their peers, on the big screen. Awards such as the School with Highest Participation, People’s Choice Awards and Overall Winners for each competition will be announced at the event. Prizes include sponsor gift bags, cameras and all expenses paid trips to the New York Film Academy for the winners. 


The 2013 Youth Film Fest sponsors include: Cayman Airways Ltd., Island Heritage Charity Drive, Apex Video Solutions, Cathy Church’s Photo Centre, Grand Limo, Camana Bay, Regency (formerly Hollywood) Theatres, Cayman Islands Department of Agriculture. 


The event takes place at Harquail Theatre on Friday, 31 May from 6pm. Admission is free. For more info and to RSVP please call 949 5477. 


In 2011, Chloe Addleson enjoyed the red carpet experience. – Photo: Submitted

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