Written by on January 3, 2017

Barbados has started the new year by launching its first ever national film festival.

The first edition of the Barbados Independent Film Festival will run for 5 days beginning next Tuesday January 11.

To manage the Festival and its theatrical programs, the Walled Garden Theatre was constructed in the Barbados Museum and Garrison District.

During its 5-day run, Barbados’ Film Festival will feature nightly special events – including a gala celebration, filmmaker receptions, Q&A sessions, and workshops.

The Festival program will include short and feature-length films, environmental documentaries, and short adventure documentaries by local, regional, and international filmmakers that specifically celebrate the power of mankind overcoming adversity.

One of the biggest films to be featured is a local adaptation of Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummers Night’s Dream, entitled “A Caribbean Dream”, which is set under a full moon during Crop Over, and completely spoken in Bajan dialect instead of Shakespearian.

Following the Barbados Independent Film Festival, “A Caribbean Dream” will have a Caribbean regional premiere and a World Premiere on January 26th.

For the Barbados Independent Film Festival, U.S. actor and director Andrew McCarthy will be a welcomed judge alongside founder of the Washington DC Environmental Film Festival, Flo Stone, and Nancy Rosenthal, Founder & Executive Director of the New York WILD Film Festival.

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