CaribWorldNews, BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Feb. 24, 2010: The fifth Best of CaribbeanTales Film Festival opened in Bridgetown last night with a reception and inaugural screening at the Frank Collymore Hall.
The festival is being held for the first time in Barbados by Trinidadian-Canadian film maker, Frances-Ann Solomon. `I am proud to be doing this fifth festival in this country,` said Solomon last night at the opening. `We can build a world class industry that sits along side Hollywood, Bollywood and Nollywood.`
Dozens joined the VIP reception, hosted by the Canadian High Commission, and the screening, which featured two films – one by Solomon herself.
Solomon`s `A Winter Tale,` which has played to rave reviews since 2007, left the audience spell bound as it dealt with black on black crime in Toronto, among other issues of the West Indian and black migrant culture.
The other film, Trapped in an Elevator, by Barbadian filmmaker, Rommel Hall, left many in stitches as the fun folk opera touched on many aspect of Barbadian life among a group of strangers stuck in an elevator. From infidelity, to pregnancy, thoughts of suicide and spirituality, the film explored some of the other serious social issues affecting many in the Caribbean while allowing the audience to laugh out loud.
Today, filmmakers and the media will gather at the Hilton Hotel for an opening symposium in a week that will not simply showcase Caribbean films but focus on the business of film, especially distribution. `It is the first time that a Caribbean film festival has been able to also create a market place,` said Keith Nurse of the Shridath Ramphal Center at UWI.
Meanwhile, author George Lamming, delivered key note remarks and urged that an environment be created in which `artists are workers and their function can be visible.`
This is especially important, said the scholar, since independent film makers `return the society to itself by telling us to see society talking to itself.`