the caribbean film newsletter december 2015 edition

SEASONS' GREETINGS from the CaFA Team. We would like to express our gratitude your support. Without you, none of this would be possible. Wishing you a wonderful holiday season and a prosperous 2016!

The Caribbean Film Newsletter is your source for updates on Caribbean films, filmmakers, film festivals and screening events. We would like to thank you all for your support this past year and we are looking forward to your continued support in 2016, as we bring you more great programming and content.

2015 Highlights
  • The Caribbean Film Series - We began our first annual Caribbean Film Series at BAM, this year. The Series was a huge success, with us selling out the screenings of all three films. Presented in collboration with the Brooklyn Academy of Music and the Brooklyn Cinema Collective, the Series brings premiere Caribbean films to screen at Brooklyn's finest cinema venue. This year we screened God Loves the Fighter (Trinidad & Tobago), Better Mus' Come (Jamaica), and Cristo Rey (Dominican Republic). We have an exciting lineup for next year's series.
Scenes from the Caribbean Film Series at BAM
  • CaFA Film Nights - we successfully concluded another full year of community night screenings, bringing over 20 Caribbean films to screen in Brooklyn, through our monthly screening series.
  • Caribbean Film Project - this year we ran our first script competition in Caribbean countries underrepresented in the current wave in Caribbean filmmaking, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, and St. Kitts & Nevis. We ended up with two winners from Guyana, one from St. Kitts & Nevis, and one from Dominica. The winners have been paired with writing coaches to improve their scripts. Then they must participate in a directing workshop before the scripts are produced into films, in the summer of 2016.
2015 Caribbean Film Project Winners
  • Studio Anansi Tv - we have continued to grow our online platform for Caribbean films. Our catalogue now has over 40 titles and has reached viewers as far as South Africa and Vietnam. These are just a few of the award-winning films we have added to the site, this year:
  • Leadership and Training - The Caribbean Film Academy was selected to the inaugural cohort of The New York Foundation for the Arts - Arts Business Incubator, a program designed by the Foundation to groom non-profit leaders and help to provide the resources for the participating organizations to become sustainable.

Romola Lucas, one of CaFA's founders was also accepted to the National Arts Strategies, Executive Program in Arts & Culture Strategy at the University of Pennsylvania.

  • Partnerships - we have officially partnered with the Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival to make our entire catalogue of short films available to viewers through the Caribbean Film Database. The Database, is the first of its kind in the Caribbean and was created to provide a comprehensive listing of Caribbean films, for scholars, buyers and anyone interested in Caribbean film.

CaFA has also become a member of the Caribbean Association of Film Festivals, serving as the Secretary of the organization.

2016 PLANS
  • Caribbean Film Series at BAM - so far we have dates for March and June 2016
  • CaFA Film Nights - this monthly screening series will begin in February 2016
  • Caribbean Film Project - completion of pre-production and completion of principal photography on all of the films
  • Studio Anansi Tv - continue to add top quality content to the site and grow our audience base
  • Film Festivals - we plan on hosting about 2 or 3 Caribbean film festivals in 2016

Look out for us and news of our events, on the Internets :) We would love to see you there.

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