CayFilm 2016: Schedule of events

Zoe Saldana is returning to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the film 'Haven,' written and directed by Frank E. Flowers.

The CayFilm schedule is now up on the website, so film fans can begin to plan their calendar over the long weekend. As promised, there is plenty of variety for all, including short, feature and underwater film screenings; panels and discussions; and gala events.

If you’ve got the cash, a VIP ticket is highly recommended. It not only gives you access to every day of the film festival, but also acts as your pass to the opening night and closing night galas.

Here are some of the highlighted events on the schedule:

The director's cut of 'Haven' will be shown at the Opening Night Gala.
The director’s cut of ‘Haven’ will be shown at the Opening Night Gala.

July 1
Opening Night Gala with “Haven” Reunion

6:30 p.m.
The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman ballroom
Victor Rasuk and Zoe Saldana are returning to the Cayman Islands, along with writer/director Frank E. Flowers, for a 10-year anniversary screening of the film “Haven.”
Watch the never-before-seen director’s cut of the film, and then stay for an opportunity to hear the cast and crew speak about their experiences on the set, and what they’ve been up to in the past decade.

July 2
James V. Hart Screenwriting Panel

10 a.m.
The Ritz-Carlton Rembro Room
James Hart was born in Shreveport, Louisiana, and grew up in Fort Worth, Texas, on drive-in movies and Saturday matinees. His writing/producing credits include; “Hook,” directed by Steven Spielberg based on an idea by Hart’s then 6-year-old son, Jake; “Bram Stoker’s Dracula,” directed by Francis Ford Coppola; “Muppet Treasure Island,” directed by Brian Henson; and “Contact,” directed by Robert Zemeckis.

Workshop with Oscar Winner and cofounder of Pixar, Loren Carpenter

12:30-1:30 p.m.
The Ritz-Carlton Rembro Room

Loren Carpenter, co-founder of Pixar
Loren Carpenter, co-founder of Pixar

Loren Carpenter is a co-founder and was the chief scientist of Pixar Animation Studios. He revolutionized the film industry by inventing cinema-quality digital image synthesis for animation and visual effects. In 2001 he and two colleagues were awarded the only Oscars ever given for computer science.

Meet Oscar Winner Ben Burtt

2-3:30 p.m.
The Ritz-Carlton Rembro Room
Legendary Oscar-winning sound designer Ben Burtt will be part of the “Star Wars” cast and crew reunion at the second annual CayFilm Cayman International Film Festival.
Burtt was the sound designer on the “Star Wars” and “Indiana Jones” film franchises, and is the man behind the creation of some of the most iconic sounds in film, including the hum of the light sabre, Darth Vader’s breathing and R2-D2’s beeps and boops.

Meet Oscar-Winning Model and SFX Master Lorne Peterson

3:30-4:30 p.m.
The Ritz-Carlton Rembro Room
Lorne Peterson is one of the original members of Industrial Light and Magic, hired in 1975 to create the models for “Star Wars.” Since then, he has worked on most of George Lucas’s films, as well as many of Steven Spielberg’s productions.

Cathy Church’s Underwater Photo Techniques Seminar

5-6 p.m.
The Ritz-Carlton Rembro Room
After almost 50 years of underwater photography, Cathy Church is still developing new twists and turns for her photography, adding to her new imagination collection that was released in 2009. She is always keeping up with developments so that she can teach her students the most up-to-date techniques.

July 3

“Tripping Through” feature film screening

6:30-8:30 p.m.
The Ritz-Carlton ballroom
Summary: “When we first meet bumbling, unlucky and eager-to-please Karly she is unemployed, broke, and recently dumped. She thinks her luck may be turning when she meets the perfect man but in true-to-Karly form, accidentally scares him off. (You know, that moment when you think you’ve asked a man over for mac and cheese, but you’ve accidentally propositioned him with depraved, X-rated activities.) Just as she resigns herself to a life of loneliness, a tragic twist jolts her into finding the inner strength to turn her luck around.”

July 4

“Star Wars” panel

Noon-1:30 p.m.
The Ritz-Carlton ballroom
Come see and hear from some of the people who helped make “Star Wars” a phenomenon.
Jeremy Bulloch (Boba Fett)
Ben Burtt (Sound designer, editor)
Lorne Peterson (ILM and model maker)

Closing Night Awards Gala

6:30-10:30 p.m.
The Ritz-Carlton ballroom
Celebrate a great CayFilm festival and applaud the filmmakers and actors on the final night as they receive their awards.