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Visual Media Festival launched

Details of the Barbados Visual Media Festival 2016 were announced on this morning by the Barbados Film and Video Association (BFVA).

The festival which will run from October 1 – 31 is aimed at creating a platform for local filmmakers and developing a culture of watching independent films in Barbados.

President of the BFVA Lynette Eastmond said: “One of the key aspects in developing the festival is to ensure its sustainability.”

Board members of the Barbados Film and Video Association. From left, Terrance Vaughn floor member, Ramiona Gradison Secretary, Lynette Eastmond President and Kishmar Shepherd Public Relations Officer.

Board members of the Barbados Film and Video Association. From left, Terrance Vaughn floor member, Ramona Grandison Secretary, Lynette Eastmond President and Kishmar Shepherd Public Relations Officer.

In this regard, the BFVA has been pursuing the model of engaging in partnerships with select organisations.

Some of the partnerships formed so far include those with the Embassies and High Commissions of Argentina, Brazil, Cuba and Venezuela. Films from each of these counties will be screened during the festival.

Also announced was the much anticipated awards ceremony which will be held at the Frank Collymore Hall on October 14.

A photography category was added to the festival this year along with the category of Best Drone Film.  This category highlights the importance of drones to the film industry in Barbados.

Film screenings will be held every Thursday, Friday and Saturday in October. Most will be free with the exception of those screenings at the Olympus VIP and Sugarland Estates.

Christina Hunte of Kreative Edge and Ramona Gradison of the BFVA.

Christina Hunte of Kreative Edge and Ramona Grandison of the BFVA.

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