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Bahamas International Film Festival winners

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Competition winners at the 8th Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF) were revealed tonight at a packed awards ceremony held at the Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island. The competition categories at BIFF were Spirit of Freedom: Narrative; Documentary; New Visions: First Look; and Short Film. Special sections included Caribbean and Environmental sidebars as well as a World Cinema showcase. Competition winners were announced by their respective juries. Complete details on all films can be found...

EROTIKOS FILM FESTIVAL INTRODUCES HOSTESS NANCY-SUTTON PIERCE

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The first-ever international Erotikos Film Festival will take place September 15-22, 2012, at the notorious Super-Inclusive Hedonism II Resort and Spa in Negril, Jamaica and will feature Nancy Sutton-Pierce as the hostess. Sutton-Pierce is author of As You Desire Sex column at anewscafe.com and radio personality on The Conscious Living Show.  Her new book “A Guide for Men…10 Keys to Unlock Your Woman’s Sexual Desire” was released November 2011.   Her focus is to educate those...

REGGAE FILM FESTIVAL Update: First entry in the bag for 2012

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PERSONAL VISION: Phillipps set to screen his film at the 2012 RFF. The 2012 iteration of the Reggae Film Festival is already boasting its first entry. Home, Sweet Harlesden, a documentary recording the oral histories of some the earliest Caribbean immigrants to Britain was produced by Anton Phillipps, a Kingston-born actor (he later attended Manchester High) before his family moved him to Washington DC, where he graduated high school. He then moved to England in the 1960s and attend...

JAMAICA REGGAE FILM FESTIVAL, 17th-21st May 2012

JAMAICA REGGAE FILM FESTIVAL, 17th-21st May 2012 The Jamaica Film Academy announces the Call for Entries in the 2012 Jamaica Reggae Film Festival, to be held 17th-21st May 2012 in Kingston, Jamaica.(Venue to be confirmed) In keeping with the format initiated at the inaugural event in February 2008, the Festival will showcase films in which aspects of Jamaica's Reggae music culture are displayed, documented and memorialized in feature, documentary and short films, animation and music videos. In the five years since its inception, the Reggae Film Festival has included films made by Jamaicans, as well as global reggae researchers and fans from the Caribbean, UK, USA, Canada, Spain, Germany, Serbia, Italy, Japan, Iran, France and Ethiopia. The focus of many documentaries on the history of Jamaican music and music makers, ensures an archive of historical material on the genre that preserves the oral memories of a culture that has spread to and been honored by the world. In 2012, in recognition of the 50th year of Jamaica's independence, the Jamaica Reggae Film Festival will be presented internationally in cities of the Jamaican Diaspora, with selected screenings of The Best of the Reggae Film Festival in Toronto, London, Birmingham and New York. In keeping with the objective of the Jamaica Film Academy to increase and improve the output of Jamaican film making, the annual Make A Film In 24 Hours competition has inspired and produced new Jamaican film making talent, while the Festival has discovered a surprising wealth of Jamaican talent in digital animation. The acknowledged expertise and innovation of Jamaican music video makers exposing the talents of Jamaica's powerful musical artists, provides another area highlighted by the Reggae Film Festival. Annual Awards are presented in several categories and and the international interest in the unique music and culture of Jamaica. has given prize-winning films further international awards and distribution. The Festival's identification of the genre of 'reggae films' creates a digital archive of films available for research into a variety of aspects of the Jamaican culture that emerged from the Rastafari movement and spread with the music of reggae legend Bob Marley.

CALL FOR ENTRIES - JAMAICA REGGAE FILM FESTIVAL, May 2012

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The Jamaica Film Academy announces the Call for Entries in the 2012 Jamaica Reggae Film Festival, to be held May 2012 in Kingston, Jamaica. In keeping with the format initiated at the inaugural event in February 2008, the Festival will showcase films in which aspects of Jamaica's Reggae music culture are displayed, documented and memorialized in feature, documentary and short films, animation and music videos. In the five years since its inception, the Reggae Film Festival has included f...

The Rum Diary to open Bahamas festival

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Johnny Depp Starrer “The Rum Diary” and Sports Dramedy “Breakaway” To Bookend Festival as Opening And Closing Night Films, Respectively Festival Founder and Executive Director Leslie Vanderpool today announced the final program details for the 8th edition of the Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF), which takes place December 1-4, 2011 in Nassau. GK Films’ “The Rum Diary” starring Johnny Depp (BIFF’s 2009 Career Achievement tributee and Bahamian home owner) will open the fe...

Bahamas International Film Festival Jury announced

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The Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF) announced today the members of the jury that will preside over the 8th edition of the Festival, which takes place December 1st – 4th in Nassau. The jury was revealed today by BIFF Founder and Executive Director Leslie Vanderpool. The four competition categories at BIFF are Spirit of Freedom: Narrative; Documentary; New Visions: First Look; and Short Film. Special sections include Caribbean and Environmental sidebars as well as a World Cinema showc...

The 16th Portobello Film Festival

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The 16th Portobello Film Festival runs from 1 to 18 September at the Pop Up Cinema and Westbourne Studios, Acklam Road W10. All shows are free admission. Highlights this year include the premiere of Ebony Road by 18 yr old filmmaker Mya Krall Fry and John Tiberi’s Sex Pistols in Stockholm 1977 on the Opening Night (1 Sept, Pop Up), JC Carrol from The Members’ Golborne Road Opera on 2 Sept at the Pop Up, and 6 days of dedicated London premieres from 6 – 11 September at the Pop Up inc...

Line-up complete for the trinidad+tobago film festival 2011

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  The line-up has been announced for the trinidad+tobago film festival 2011 (ttff/11), with more films screening than ever before in the festival's history. The ttff, sponsored by Flow, is a celebration of the best films from the Caribbean, the Caribbean Diaspora and Latin American countries in the Caribbean Basin. This year will see nearly 100 feature-length and short films being screened at the festival, which takes place from September 21 to October 04. Among the many...

ARUBA WITHDRAWALS

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                  Aruba withdrawals. In one month since the 2nd annual Aruba International Film Festival (AIFF) ended, I've traveled to four countries and two festivals, but still I've got Aruba on my mind. Like a sentimental long distance love affair Aruba has captured my heart. Whether it’s the pristine Caribbean blue beaches and powdery sable-blanc or the potpourri Latin tongue and warm welcoming locals or...

Interview with Aruban Director Aaron Hose at AIFF 2011

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Aaron Hose at AIFF 2011 Last year one of the films to premier at the inaugural Aruba International Film Festival was Aruba native director Aaron Hose’s award-winning documentary film VOICES IN THE CLOUDS (2010). This year Hose acted as director of the Caribbean Spotlight Series (CSS) for the 2nd annual AIFF. When I asked Aaron what that was like he said, ‘it was a great learning experience that I hope to repeat next year’. Aaron’s film VOICES IN THE CLOUDS is a poignant...

AIFF Interview with Aaron Hose

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Aaron Hose at AIFF 2011 Last year one of the films to premier at the inaugural Aruba International Film Festival was Aruba native director Aaron Hose’s award-winning documentary film VOICES IN THE CLOUDS (2010). This year Hose acted as director of the Caribbean Spotlight Series (CSS) for the 2nd annual AIFF. When I asked Aaron what that was like he said, ‘it was a great learning experience that I hope to repeat next year’. Aaron’s film VOICES IN THE CLOUDS is a poignant l...

Aruba party nights!

Each night at Aruba International Film Festival, the festival AIFF holds a party in a different location, and each party as entertainment-rich and positive-vibed as you can imagine on an exciting Latin Caribbean island. But this is no ordinary island. This is the magic island of Aruba! The fun never ends at AIFF!!!

Aruba party nights!

Each night at Aruba International Film Festival, the festival AIFF holds a party in a different location, and each party as entertainment-rich and positive-vibed as you can imagine on an exciting Latin Caribbean island. But this is no ordinary island. This is the magic island of Aruba! The fun never ends at AIFF!!!

Aruba party nights!

Each night at Aruba International Film Festival, the festival AIFF holds a party in a different location, and each party as entertainment-rich and positive-vibed as you can imagine on an exciting Latin Caribbean island. But this is no ordinary island. This is the magic island of Aruba! The fun never ends at AIFF!!!

Aruba party nights!

Each night at Aruba International Film Festival, the festival AIFF holds a party in a different location, and each party as entertainment-rich and positive-vibed as you can imagine on an exciting Latin Caribbean island. But this is no ordinary island. This is the magic island of Aruba! The fun never ends at AIFF!!!

Aruba party nights!

Each night at Aruba International Film Festival, the festival AIFF holds a party in a different location, and each party as entertainment-rich and positive-vibed as you can imagine on an exciting Latin Caribbean island. But this is no ordinary island. This is the magic island of Aruba! The fun never ends at AIFF!!!photo by Vanessa McMahon 

Aruba party nights!

Each night at Aruba International Film Festival, the festival AIFF holds a party in a different location, and each party as entertainment-rich and positive-vibed as you can imagine on an exciting Latin Caribbean island. But this is no ordinary island. This is the magic island of Aruba! The fun never ends at AIFF!!!

Ensemble was shown on Tolerance day in Aruba festival along with 3 other films

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Aruba International Film Festival (AIFF) is joining Fundacion Respeta Bida in supporting an Island wide “Tolerance Day” (Sunday, June 12th) by extending the event an extra day to Monday, June 13th to host a special screening series. The announcement was made by Festival founders Giuseppe Cioccarrelli and Jonathan Vieira and AIFF Artistic Director Claudio Masenza. On Monday, June 13th AIFF will sponsor a special screening showcase consisting of four films, free to the public, all deali...

Voices From Mariel

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During the 2nd annual Aruba International Film Festival, the film VOICES FROM MARIEL (2011) screened to a tearful audience. The film ran in competition with five other films in the selection of ‘Caribbean Spotlight Series’ and director Jim Carleton received the CSS Special Jury Award for the film.   When the film had finished, festival producer Jonathan Viera went up to speak to the filmmakers, in tears: JONATHAN: You know, the whole time I was watching the film, ...

Nessuno Mi Puo Giudicare, interview with Paola Cortellesi

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Interview with actresses Paola Cortellesi and Lucia Ocone from the film NESSUNO MI PUO GIUDICARE (2011) by director Massimiliano Bruno. While in Aruba, their film had its international premier and we held an interview on the 5th floor of the Hyatt hotel during the 2nd annual Aruba International Film Festival (AIFF). ME: Can you first speak a little about your film, NESSUNO MI PUO GIUDICARE (2011)? PAOLA: This is a comedy but it’s also quite a serious subject too about a desperate woman w...

Voices from Mariel

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 During the 2nd annual Aruba International Film Festival, the film VOICES FROM MARIEL (2011) screened to a tearful audience. The film ran in competition with five other films in the selection of ‘Caribbean Spotlight Series’ and director Jim Carleton received the CSS Special Jury Award for the film. When the film had finished, festival producer Jonathan Viera went up to speak to the filmmakers, in tears:JONATHAN: You know, the whole time I was watching the film, I had to check my phone ...

Voices From Mariel

Dr. Jose Garcia appears in Aruba for their film VOICES FROM MARIEL (2011), a documentary about returning to Cuba after 30 years and discovering a new Cuba. The film ran in competition for 'Caribbean Spotlight Series' at 2nd annual Aruba Film Festival AIFF.photo by Vanessa McMahon 

Voices From Mariel

Producer Jesse Larson, Dr. Jose Garcia and actor Steve Bauer appear in Aruba for their film VOICES FROM MARIEL (2011), a documentary about returning to Cuba after 30 years and discovering a new Cuba. The film ran in competition for 'Caribbean Spotlight Series' at 2nd annual Aruba Film Festival AIFF.photo by Vanessa McMahon 

Voices From Mariel

Producer Jesse Larson (left) and actor Steve Bauer (right) appear in Aruba for their film VOICES FROM MARIEL (2011), a documentary about returning to Cuba after 30 years and discovering a new Cuba. The film ran in competition for 'Caribbean Spotlight Series' at 2nd annual Aruba Film Festival AIFF.photo by Vanessa McMahon 
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