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Barbados Visual Media Festival Launched

Barbados Visual Media Festival Launched

Posted by Shanelle Weir on September 12, 2014

The work of local filmmakers will take centre stage in the coming days when the Barbados Film and Video Association stages the Barbados Visual Media Festival.

This inaugural event will be held from September 16th at the Frank Collymore Hall at The Church Village Greens in The City, and an awards ceremony on October 16th at the Frank Collymore Hall.

Speaking about the Festival during a press conference held this week at the Barbados Investment & Development Corporation (BIDC)’s Harbour Road location, President of the Barbados Film and Video Association, Lynette Eastmond, said there will be a number of film screenings at different locations across Barbados during the Festival. These will include the work of secondary school students who took part in the Schools’ Challenge.

“Our intention is for it to be a community festival. We know that Barbadians have been supporting our locals filmmakers, but we still think that there are many Barbadians that have not seen many of the films that [have] come out, that have been made by Barbadians, so we want to take those films to them,” she said.

Eastmond also expressed a hope that more festivals of this type will be held to showcase the work of persons in this sector.

Some of the local films to be shown during the Festival will be ‘Chrissy’, ‘A Day in A Bajan Life’ and ‘Pay Day’. Filmmakers from United States of America and Venezuela have also expressed interest in the Festival, and their work may be shown as well as that of Bruce Paddington, the Grenadian film maker of ‘Forever Forward.’ 

There will be also be three workshops for persons involved in the sector and a 48-hour film challenge during the Festival.

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