Friday, 04 February 2011 12:00
3rd Travelling Caribbean Film Showcase brings to Nevis 47 free filmsWritten by Pauline Ngunjiri
Abdul Karim(left) Director Nevis Project Management and Training Unit, Permanent Secretary Ministry of Social Development Alsted Pemberton and Mentrice Arthurton during the Press Conference. Gingerland High School students watch a film during a past Caribbean Film Showcase. Pauline Ngunjiri
CHARLESTOWN, Nevis; The 3rd Travelling Caribbean Film Showcase was officially launched at a press conference hosted by the Nevis Project Management Unit on Tuesday.
Over the next week, 47 films from 18 countries in the Caribbean will be screened according to Abdul Karim, the Director Nevis Project Management and Training Unit. Some of the films are for children aged 8 to 11, some for children aged 12 to 16 years of age. These films will be shown at: Charlestown Primary School, Elizabeth Pemberton Primary School and Ivor Walters Primary School. Films will also be shown at Maude Cross Preparatory School. On Saturday afternoon, films for children will be screened from 12 noon to 2 pm, at the Project Management & Training Unit office, Cotton House, Charlestown (opposite the treasury).
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Culture, who officially launched the film showcase on behalf of the Minister for Culture, Hon. Hensley Daniel said Nevis Island Administration(NIA) said the third Caribbean film showcase would go a long way in exposing young persons to the film industry. He said the Nevis Island Administration (NIA) supported the initiative to create awareness of the importance of the film industry.
“The Caribbean film industry is in a state of evolution and formation, and governments including, the Nevis Island Administration has really embraced the industry. If we take South Africa, as an example, where the government invested heavily into their indigenous film production and programming, we see that as a result the industry has found large audiences and now boasts a viable audiovisual sector with a large profit based on advertising revenue,” Karim told reporters.
Dr Terrence Farrell, Director of CaribbeanTales Worldwide Distribution Inc, who is also an economist, in his remarks at the launch of the CaribbeanTales Film Festival 2011 said and I quote ‘The film industry of the Caribbean has major export potential and with strong ties and partnerships, the stories of the Caribbean can be exported to the world while making a viable living for regional film makers. “
The Institute of Creative Arts (one of four institutes that make up Belize’s National Institute of Culture and History) has just completed in partnership with the Belize Coalition of Service Providers the most fantastic 3 day ARTISTS IN DEVELOPMENT SEMINARS ever in the history of Belize. It was attended by approx 75 artists in the following sectors: AV, MUSIC (performers, composers, studios) , VISUAL ARTS (crafts, paintings), CULTURE FESTIVALS AND EVENT PROMOTERS, artists so thirsty for knowledge that the numbers increased daily instead of dwindling
The Travelling Caribbean Film Showcase, since its very first edition in 2006‐2007, has developed into the most significant mechanism for the promotion of films from the region. In its third edition, which took place this year 2010, the Travelling Caribbean Film Showcase Office received 217 films from almost every country in the Caribbean Region. This number of films highlights the interest and appreciation of film makers, spectators, critics, and cultural authorities from over 31 countries.
A two-man crew from Arena, an arts and culture programme on British Broadcasting Corporation TV (BBC TV) is presently on Montserrat to finalise work on a documentary about the legendary record producer, arranger, composer and musician, Sir George Martin. The programme is scheduled to be aired on Easter weekend in the United Kingdom. That means that approximately 12 to 15 million homes will be exposed to the island of Montserrat. “That’s what I call marketing!,”Karim said.
“Through the Travelling Caribbean Film Showcase and the upcoming Nevis Film Week, the Ministry of Social Development in the Nevis Island Administration has identified ways for young people to embrace the audiovisual industry for what it can do, in terms of projecting the island and the wider Caribbean, and of equal importance, for creating what Minister Hensley Daniel sees, to be a viable industry that has potential to employ a lot of people and generate foreign exchange on our island,” Karim explained.
“Minister Daniel in considering the importance of the manufacturing and development process, and the economic and social needs of the island, wanted the Project Management & Training Unit to be more innovative and supportive of young people on Nevis. We must, therefore, see the audiovisual industry as an expression of the dawn of the new form of manufacturing on Nevis. Film production can provide a huge potential for us while we enable others to understand who we are as a people,” he said
Karim says inorder for the Film production to succeed, support is critical, not only from the government but from local film makers, business community and audiences. “We need to come together as a people and invest our resources and build the audiovisual industry on Nevis together,” Karim said.
In addition to the Travelling Caribbean Film Showcase, Karim announced that the Unit would host the Nevis Film Week from 9 – 15 May 2011, which will include: the advancement of our ‘Audiovisual Incubator Programme’ for content development; a ‘Special Nevis Film Showcase’ with a film competition for movies made on cell phone and camcorders; workshops and films from the Caribbean and beyond.
On May 9th, the Opening Movie will be ‘Critical Assignment” This action drama stars Michael Power as a journalist.
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