FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 19, 2016
Timehri Film Festival
THE CARIBBEAN FILM ACADEMY & REWIND AND COME AGAIN LAUNCH THE INAUGURAL TIMEHRI FILM FESTIVAL
Showcasing Caribbean Film & Supporting Emerging Guyanese Filmmakers
Brooklyn, NY: The New York City based Caribbean Film Academy, has teamed up with Caribbean-American culture blog Rewind & Come Again to present the inaugural Timehri Film Festival (TFF), which will run from May 18, 2016 – May 20, 2016 in Georgetown, Guyana, during the country’s Golden Jubilee which celebrates its’ 50th year of independence. Attendance to the three-day event will be free for film lovers and will celebrate Guyanese and Caribbean film with a full slate of short and feature length films, as well as offer a roster of film production workshops to up and coming filmmakers.
“After programming Caribbean films in New York for the past few years, it became evident filmmaking in Guyana is not progressing at the rate it is in other Caribbean countries. In addition, many of the great films being made in the Caribbean aren’t being seen by Guyanese audiences,” says TFF Director, Romola Lucas. She went on to add, “To date, there have been no real film festivals in Guyana. Being Guyanese myself, knowing we have many talented storytellers and wanting film to grow and thrive as an art in Guyana, we thought of starting a film festival there, as a way to fill both voids.”
The Timehri Film Festival is a unique destination festival with both screenings and workshops taking place at one of Guyana’s newest cultural centers, Moray House.
In addition to screening films from established directors and producers, TFF is also opening up a call for submissions. Filmmakers from Guyana, whether at home or abroad, are encouraged to submit their short films for consideration. Interested filmmakers should visit FILM FREEWAY, for more details and to submit their film. Submissions will be accepted until May 8, 2016.
As with many arts related ventures, financing a film festival is a challenge. We have been able to organize the Festival to this point with the help and support of our partner in Guyana, the Society Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination (SASOD) and a US-based sponsor, Blossoms of Guyana, both non-profit organizations working in the Guyanese community.
To help defray the remaining costs, the Festival is also launching a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo. All funds raised will be put toward Festival expenses – venue and marketing costs. Visit our INDIEGOGO CAMPAIGN to view and contribute to the campaign.
To stay up to date with the Timehri Film Festival, and for information on the films being screened and the screening schedule, visit our Website, like TFF on Facebook, Follow us on Instagram @TimehriFF and the hashtag #TimehriFF16.
Timehri Film Festival (TFF): TFF is an annual film festival with mission of showcasing the work of Guyanese and Caribbean filmmakers in the Region and Diaspora. The Festival will contribute to the continued growth of Guyana’s film industry by working to encourage and inspire emerging Guyanese filmmakers.
The Caribbean Film Academy (CAFA): Established in 2012, CAFA is a New York not-for-profit organization, dedicated to the promotion and support of Caribbean filmmaking and filmmakers, in the region and the diaspora. CAFA’s world is focused on promoting and sharing the art of storytelling through film from the unique perspective of the Caribbean.
Rewind And Come Again (RACA): Founded in 2008, RACA began as an online conversation about Caribbean-American life. The site has since grown to include content covering the expression of Caribbean culture throughout the diaspora. Dedicated to digging beneath stereotypical representations of the region, RACA works to shine a light on and spark conversations about the evolution of the Caribbean experience.