Seven nights of screening, 30+ Films, 13 years of celebrating Caribbean films and filmmakers wrapped up with the announcement of the 2018 Caribbean Tales Film Festival Award winners:
- BEST Feature – Unfinished Sentences directed by Mariel Brown
- BEST Documentary – Incursion directed by Sasha-Gay Lewis.
“I am really thrilled and delighted and thankful to Caribbean Tales Film Festival for both having the film and this wonderful award,” exclaimed Mariel Brown on learning of her Best Feature win.
Best Documentary winner Sasha-Gay Lewis says, “We had been working on this film for the past two years, and to be able to be recognized in this way means so much to us.”
A full house packed the Scotiabank Theatre for the Closing Night of the Caribbean Tales Film Festival and the screening of It Stays With Youdirected by Cahal McLaughlin and Siobhan Wills. The film returns to Haiti’s Cité Soleil, a severely economically depressed neighbourhood in Port-au-Prince to examine the impact of the 2005-2007 crackdown on criminals that left scores of civilians dead or injured.
Winners were also announced for the following categories:
- Best Short Film: Kinto directed by Joshua Paul
- Intersect Award: Passing directed by Lucah Rosenberg-Lee and J. Mitchel Reed
- Caribbean Spirit: Hearts of Steel directed by Gayle Wilmot
- CineFam Award: Sin Ayo directed by Elizabeth Francisco
“As the 13th annual Caribbean Tales International Film Festival comes to a successful close, I am proud to be a part of the continued celebration of our Caribbean filmmakers and our stories. This year’s theme ‘Light it up’ was a call to change for the darkness we may witness or experience, and the mix of exciting and dynamic films this season did just that; showcasing diverse shared stories and cultures,” says Associate Festival Director Diana Webley, “The winners of this year’s awards encompass everything that our theme calls for by leading the way, spreading their message and focusing their light on change.”
Contact: Roger Dundas or Fennella Bruce at [email protected]
About CaribbeanTales Media Group:
CaribbeanTales Film Festival (CTFF) celebrates the talents of established and emerging filmmakers of Caribbean heritage who practise their art across the Caribbean Diaspora and worldwide. CTFF presents a multi-ethnic mix of exciting and dynamic films that showcase diverse and shared stories and cultures.
CTFF is produced by Caribbean Tales Inc., a registered Canadian charity. The company’s mandate is to foster and encourage intercultural understanding and racial equality, through the creation, marketing and distribution of film, programs, events and projects that reflect the diversity and creativity of Caribbean heritage and culture.