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Occhimag: We Countdown to the Windrush Film Festival

May 31, 2021 – Written by Occhi

Now in its second year, the Windrush Film Festival will again engage and educate audiences in cinemas and art venues across the UK. The contributions of the Windrush generation and its impact on the UK will be captured through screenings that will take place in cinemas, schools, and community centers across the country.

The theme for this year’s festival is the history of carnival in Britain, from the first indoor celebration, organized by Claudia Jones in 1959 to last year’s virtual Notting Hill Carnival, with a focus on Carnival Arts, including Music, Mas, Costumes, Photography and more.

“WCFF’s program will draw on the artistic and cultural influences of Carnival in Britain, not only in London but across the country, as well as exploring the creative and educational legacies of Carnival through the artists, artisans, and performers involved,” said Frances-Anne Solomon, co-founder of the festival.

The festival will feature live events with Q&A sessions. The British Film Institute (BFI) supports screenings.  As well as working with the BFI on screenings, WCFF is also thrilled to announce they are collaborating with Arts Council England (ACE) to continue the Discussions and Workshop series. These will include talks with artists, masterclasses, and carnival-related workshops.

Virtual screenings will run from 30 July to 29 August, and the festival will wrap up with an Awards ceremony. This year, in addition to handing out the coveted Paulette Wilson Award, we will also introduce several new categories, including an Audience Choice Award.

During the Festival, audiences will be able to stream films and engage in discussions from the comfort and safety of their own homes. Patrons can get a festival pass, which provides instant access to WCFF 2021 and throughout the Festival at their convenience.

The festival forms part of a series of events organized by Caribbean Tales Media Group. The CaribbeanTales International Film Festival (CTFF), www.caribbeantales.org. This is now in its sixteenth year. CTFF continues its focus on promoting outstanding filmmakers who practice their craft across the Caribbean Diaspora including Canada, the Caribbean, Europe, the Americas, Africa, China, India, and the Middle East. CineFAM, www.cinefam.ca  is a Haitian Creole word meaning “films by women.”  The festival’s mandate is to support bold, original stories by Women of Color Creators around the globe.

Annual initiatives include the film festival, a short film challenge for emerging filmmakers, and a partnership with the Durban Filmmart to develop South Africa/Canada co-production led by African women.  2021 is an exciting year for CineFAM, with the launch of an interactive e-portal, showcasing & connecting 150+ Canadian Women of Color creators. Key Dates: Media Launch – August 31, Opening Night – September 15, CineFAM Networking Mixer – October 23, Closing Night – October 24.

We had the opportunity to speak with the Caribbean Tales Media Group’s founder Frances-Anne Solomon about the events, Caribbeantales-tv, and her experience working in film and television.

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