Poinciana Film Festival 2018

Film lovers, take note. Poinciana returns to Camana Bay Cinema with the Poinciana Film Festival on Nov. 3 for one night only. Enjoy an evening of Caymanian cinema, music and art while learning about local filmmakers and their craft.

The festival will feature three short films directed by Caymanian directors Badir Awe, Frank E. Flowers and Teri Quappe.

Awe’s movie is called “Luna’s Ring” and was filmed in Cuba earlier this year. It is based on a true story written by and starring Mike Powell, better known locally as the Big Kahuna.

Flowers’ movie is “Tocsin,” which he filmed in December 2017. He deliberately utilized a 100 percent Caymanian crew, giving many the opportunity to work on a professional set with a filmmaker who has several movies to his credit.

Quappe’s film is “Interloper,” filmed in Scotland, starring Melanie Ebanks.

The first showing of all three films is at 7 p.m. at the Camana Bay Cinema and will last for one hour. The films are about 15 minutes each in length. The evening will also feature a question-and-answer session with the cast and crews. To cap the night off, ticket holders receive a complimentary drink at the Abacus after-party in the midst of music and local art exhibitions.

Tickets and seats are on a first-come-first-serve basis. Additional showings will be determined by ticket demand. The second showing will begin at 8 p.m.

Festival organizer Awe says, “Poinciana is proud to be showcasing three films released on island this year, but there were in fact four other films released as well. For our population, Cayman produces a prodigious amount of cinematic work. We’re hoping to use the Poinciana Film Festival to bring awareness to our community leaders to consider legislating a film commission in the Cayman Islands. No such film commission exists.

“We should assess the economic impact that this legislature could have for our islands. Producers from Los Angeles and New York want to know why the Cayman Islands does not have a film commission yet.”

‘Interloper’

A dark and gritty entry to the festival, “Interloper” follows a woman who visits a cabin in Scotland to recover from a traumatic experience. However, upon realizing that she is being stalked by someone, she sets out to find who that person is.

‘Luna’s Ring’ is written by Mike Powell, otherwise known as the Big Kahuna, and it is based on a true story.

‘Tocsin’

A short film about a young musician, who travels to a remote island studio in search of inspiration. While attempting to overcome his creative block, he discovers a much darker secret hidden within the shallows.

‘Luna’s Ring’

An American writer seeks forgiveness and redemption searching for his lover in Cuba.

Tickets to the Poinciana Film Festival are $25 and can be purchased either at www.eventpro.ky or at the Camana Bay Visitor Centre. Dress code is smart for the men; elegant for the ladies. Visit the Facebook page for more information.