Oseyi and the Masqueraders, the second film produced as part of the Caribbean Film Project, is enjoying some festival action.

The film, written and directed by Dominican, Alwin Bully, made its premiere at the 2018 Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival.  Since then, it has played at the 2019 Hairouna Film Festival, 2019 Timehri Film Festival, will be playing on the opening night of the 2019 Caribbean Tales Film Festival, and making an encore appearance at this year’s Carifesta Edition of the Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival.

SYNOPSIS: Oseyi, (age 10) lives in Colihaut, a remote village in Dominica where an ancient carnival/masquerade art form called “Bann Mové” (Bad Band) is still practiced. But Oseyi has a great fear of these masqueraders due to his mother’s constant repetition that “Bann Mové kill your father”. When, with his uncle’s insistence and his friend Tamika’s assistance, he forces himself into the costume, he discovers an astonishing truth about his mother, the actual circumstances surrounding his father’s death and his uncle’s role in it. With this new knowledge he overcomes his fear, begins to understand his world and starts becoming a man.

Alwin Bully was born and raised in Dominica where he established and developed the Department of Culture and was its first director. Apart from gaining a BA from the University of the West Indies, he has received numerous awards for his work as playwright and director, graphic artist, set designer, poet and short story writer, carnival designer and composer. From 1986 to 2006 he was resident in Jamaica where he worked as UNESCO’s Caribbean Culture Advisor. He was inducted into Jamaica’s Culture for Development Hall of Fame, received the University of Technology’s 2006 Arts Award and was honoured with the National Drama Association of Trinidad and Tobago’s 2007 Cacique Award for Regional Theatre. In 2011 the University of the West Indies conferred on him an Honorary Doctor of Letters Degree in recognition of his work in arts and culture. He also received Dominica’s Sisserou Award of Honour for his cultural and artistic leadership and for his design of the national flag. His work focuses on issues of social transformation and the preservation and promotion of Caribbean culture.

The Caribbean Film Project is a scriptwriting competition.  To be eligible, writers must be from one of the English-speaking Caribbean countries, underrepresented in the current surge in Caribbean filmmaking – Antigua & Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, St. Kitts & Nevis, Montserrat and St. Vincent & the Grenadines.  The winning writer from each country will be paired with a writing coach to make the script production ready, then participate in a directing workshop, before the story is turned into a film.