New opportunities for filmmakers at CayFilm 2016

CayFilm back for 2016

The Cayman Film Festival will be back next year and is looking to expand and include new opportunities for local filmmakers to develop their talent. 

The event, this time, will feature the “48 Hour Film Project,” which challenges budding filmmakers to suffer through a “wild and sleepless weekend” to make a movie in two days. 

The project, held at different film festivals around the world, will take place the week before the movie festival and the entries will be shown at the event. 

Tony Mark, director of the CayFilm International Film Festival, said the 2016 event would be expanded over three days from June 16-19 and feature a mix of movies from around the world, workshops and panel discussions. 

He expects to be able to announce some of the celebrity guests in the new year. 

“The planning is going well and we hope to have some big announcements about celebrities and special events soon. This year, we hope, will really put CayFilm on the festival map.” 

One new addition already confirmed is the 48 Hour Film Project, a competition which started in Washington, D.C. in 2001 and now runs at festivals in more than 100 countries. 

Teams of filmmakers are assigned a genre, a character, a prop and a line of dialogue and given two days to write, shoot and edit a short film involving those elements. 

Mr. Mark said the winning entries would go forward to the international competition at the Filmapalooza festival in Atlanta, with the eventual winner screened at the famous Cannes festival. 

“The exciting thing is anyone can take part. You can shoot it on your iPhone if you want to,” he said. 

Another new addition to CayFilm 2016 is the Frank E. Flowers Local Filmmaker Award. The films must be made in Cayman or by a Caymanian and cannot have been shown previously at other local festivals or paid screenings. Local artists can submit their films between Jan. 1 and April 15 at https://filmfreeway.com/festival/CayFilm. 

Frank E. Flowers, the Caymanian writer/director known for “Haven” and more recently for co-writing the crime drama “Metro Manila,” will present the award to the winning filmmakers. 

“There are so many opportunities for filmmakers right now to get their work out there and get recognized,” said Mr. Mark, who ultimately hopes to develop a Cayman Media Academy on the island, offering certificate programs for film students and evening workshops for adults. 

CayFilm director Tony Mark at the opening of the 2015 Cayman International Film Festival in June. - PHOTO: MAGGIE JACKSON

CayFilm director Tony Mark at the opening of the 2015 Cayman International Film Festival in June. – PHOTO: MAGGIE JACKSON

Caymanian moviemaker Frank E. Flowers will present an award to a local filmmaker at next year

Caymanian moviemaker Frank E. Flowers will present an award to a local filmmaker at next year’s CayFilm.
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