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Filmmakers wanted to celebrate the Windrush Generation

Emerging filmmakers will have the opportunity to produce a short film based on the theme “My Windrush Story – What Windrush Means to Me”. The 10 original “microcinema films” will feature in the inaugural Windrush Caribbean Film Festival (WCFF), to be launched nationwide later this year. 

“ WCFF celebrates the contributions and impact of our Windrush generation to life in the UK. The microcinema competition aims to creatively engage a new generation of filmmakers in our common past. ” explains Garry Stewart, WCFF Co-founder and Recognize Black Heritage & Culture Director.

Young FilmmakersThe Organisers put out a call for proposals for short films of no more than three minutes in length. The deadline for submissions is Monday 29 June 2020. Selected applicants will be invited to participate in a series of  online production workshops, led by established British and international filmmakers. The 10 best films will have their World Premiere at the festival. 

Award winning film director, and WCFF Co-Founder Frances-Anne Solomon, says: “We’re eager to see submissions from creatives working across the breadth of the arts – from playwrights, photographers and dancers to musicians, designers and spoken word artists. We encourage innovative and experimental films, all with the brief at its heart.” 

Young FilmmakerThe WCFF will take place during Black History Month in October 2020, through to Remembrance Sunday in November.  Due to the coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis and resulting restrictions, the WCFF will take place online this year, and organisers say it will be back bigger and better in cinemas across the UK in 2021. 

Applications for the Windrush Microcinema Project are through the WCFF website: WindrushFilmFestival.com 

For media queries, interview requests or further information, please contact Evadney Campbell, of Shiloh PR at contact@shilohpr.com or 07716289717. 

Notes to Editor
In the last few years, the treatment of the Windrush generation in the UK has resulted in, what’s now been described as, ‘The Windrush Scandal’.  

Thousands of people have been caught up in these shameful events, which have resulted in the wrongful deportation of dozens, and has been blamed for the death of many, both here in the UK and those sent away to the Caribbean.

About Windrush Caribbean Film Festival
WCFF is produced by a nationwide consortium of community, business and creative arts organisations and leaders, led by CaribbeanTales UK, and Recognize Black Heritage and Culture. For more information: WindrushFilmFestival.com 

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Competition application process
Entry to the Microcinema competition is open through to 29 June 2020.  Filmmakers

Click here for the application.  http://bit.ly/3cBN26i

Applicants will need to submit the following: 

  • One-Page Proposal which contains the project’s outline and synopsis related to the theme, “My Windrush Story – What Windrush Means To Me ”, including the team’s experience.
  • Sample of their work – Preferably audiovisual, but we will accept writing samples.
  • Director’s photo and resume

Photo Credit: Eubie Blake Cultural Center

PROCESS
Up to 10 participants will be selected to take part in an online workshop, where they will receive mentorship and be equipped with the theoretical and technical skills necessary to complete their Micro-Cinema film, with support from experienced mentors and industry professionals. 

Participants will then devise and execute a schedule, which includes presentation of script and storyboard, production, and rough and fine cuts. Participants will source their own crew and equipment; mentors will be available to answer questions

RESULTS
Each participant will create a short film (up to 3 minutes ) with tools readily available to them, e.g. mobile phone, iPad, go pros, free editing software and/or other low-budget equipment. 

Completed films will enjoy a premiere screening as part of the inaugural Windrush Caribbean Film Festival.

29 June 2020 – Competition Closes

20 July 2020  – Selection Announcement

28 September to 16 Nov – Screening of the winning films

 

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