Join us for some exciting days of film, filmmakers and networking in beautiful Placencia, be sure to mark your calendars, book your tickets, reserve your rooms and come ready to have a blast while you network! It is the 10th Anniversary Edition of the Belize International Film Festival 2015! Save the date...
Placencia to Host 10th Annual Belize International Film Festival
The tenth annual Belize International Film Festival is set to open with a bang in the next few weeks at the Ocean Club in Placencia. The festival is competitive and showcases innovative films with a focus on cultural diversity. It features high quality, unique productions from around the world in various genres that provide a glimpse into the lives of others through filmography. A record breaking one hundred and eleven films from thirty-eight countries were submitted this season. In the end, fifty films from twenty-three different countries made the cut. The Belizean films and music videos are highly anticipated during the screening at the festival. Film Director, Suzette Zayden, says that Belizean embassies abroad, helped to push the festival.
Suzette Zayden, Director, Belize International Film Festival
“We were very happy to count on our Belizean embassies abroad, especially the Belize Embassy in Mexico to motivate other foreign embassies to nominate films this year. Due to their efforts primarily we were able to get about a hundred and eleven submissions from thirty-eight different countries in the world. We had a lot of work, a lot of films to watch. We spent, I would say, over a month trying to figure out which one of these films will make the cut. We ended up with fifty films from twenty-three different countries and in these categories. We have eight feature narratives that made the cut; we have ten feature documentaries; four short documentaries; ten short narratives and three TV dramatic series. The narratives, those are the full length featured films are called: Awaken from the U.S.A. and Belize; Elizabeth Ekadashi from India; Fiddle Sticks from Germany; Half of a Yellow Sun from Nigeria; Maconda from Austria; Naked Screen or La Pantaya Desnuda from Nicaragua; Revere or Espejisimo from Costa Rica and the Games Maker, El Inventor de Juegos from Argentina. The feature documentaries come from a variety of places as well. One Point Five Alive is a campaigning film for the Climate Change Center; it comes from Spain and Belize. Kongo Beat the Drum is from Jamaica and Israel; Deal With It is from the Netherlands/Aruba; Dreadlock Story is coming from the U.S.A.; Forward Ever is coming from Trinidad and Tobago; Gorba is coming from the Saharawi Republic; Maximon – Saint or Devil is coming from Guatemala; Pan, Our Music Odyssey is coming from Trinidad and Tobago; the Agreement is coming from Denmark and Poetry is an Island is coming from the Netherlands/Aruba. In the Short Documentary Category, we have Muchula, Hope for the Hawksbill; that’s coming from Gales Point, Belize. Santa Cruz Del Islote is coming from U.S.A. and about an island in Colombia. Tengo Talento, Bailando on Corazon is coming from Cuba and Without Words is coming from Canada. Our short narratives, of which we have two from Belize, Her Beast is a short animation piece from Shelty Castillo. Home Invasion is coming from Australia. I had to do it is also from Belize; Pork Chops is coming from Mexico; Ramona is coming from Mexico; Recuarda Esto is coming from Mexico; Soft Spot and the Contreras Family…these are also shorts from the Mexico and the Letter and Ocean Maker from U.S.A. The TV Dramatic series…we have three—two in competition—a story about Wendy from Trinidad and Tobago and La Isla Bonita also from Belize. And Mad Dogs which is not in competition, but a film that talks about Belize; that’s based in Belize.”
Film Director Discusses Award Categories
The categories for which trophies will be awarded are for Best Narrative Feature, Best Documentary Feature, Best Short Film and Best Short Documentary and Best Animation. A new category introduced this year is the Best TV Dramatic film which is opened to Belize and the rest of the Caribbean as well as the Youth Audience Award. There are also several areas which are exclusive to Belizeans – those are Best Video for Sensational Belize 2015, Most Notable Belizean Film and Best Music Video. Thirty-five submissions were made by Belizean artists in the Best Music Video category and fifteen were selected that will be aired during the festival. Among the list of artists are Tanya Carter, Ernestine Carballo, Ras Indio, TR Shine, Nello Player and Supa G.
Suzette Zayden, Director, Belize International Film Festival
“We have selected fifteen: those are Can’t Touch from the artist Ras Indio; Lighters Dem from the artist Fobi; Love you Mama from Ras Indio; Dah Belize Ih Deh from nello Player; Police Chancey from Ty and Et Dan; Party Insane from Supa G; Bullie from Tanya Carter; Pretty Face from Tanya Carter; Thnak You Lord from Kendawg; Kick off the Carnival from TR Shine; Borderline from TR Shine; Uptown from Avilanch; Chaos Sequence Verge of Umbra; Soca Party, Ernestine Carballo and Money Have to Make from Ras Z feature Dice. So those are the music videos that are competing. We congratulate everyone who got selected to be a part of the official selection and we are appreciative to everyone who submitted to the festival.”
The Festival is set to run from July thirteenth through to the twentieth.
The 10th Belize International Film Festival opened on Friday, July 17, 2015 with a red carpet event at Placencia’s Belize Ocean Club. The festival showcased movies, shorts, documentaries, music videos and even seminars for attendants to enjoy throughout the weekend. The film festival concluded on Sunday, July 19th with the second annual Award Banquet, where the winners of the top films were announced. Below is the list of this year’s winners.
* Top honors for Best Narrative Feature was given to Nicaraguan submission, “Naked Screen” directed by Florence Jaguey.
* Best TV Dramatic Series - Matthew Klinck’s “La Isla Bonita Telenovela”
* Most Notable Belizean Film and Special Mention Short Film - “I Had to Do It” directed by Eas Pin.
* Best Documentary Feature - The Netherlands “Deal With It” directed by Shamira Raphaela; Special Mention Documentary was the submission from Trinidad and Tobago “Forward Ever- The Killing of a Revolution” directed by Bruce Paddington.
* Best Short Film - Mexico’s “The Contreras Family” directed by Alejandro Becerril Elias
* Best Short Documentary - “Santa Cruz del Islote” directed by Luke Lirentzen from Columbia
* Best Animation - “Oceamaker” directed by Lucas Martell of the United States of America.
* Youth Award - “Fiddlesticks/Quatsch” directed by Veit Helmer from Germany.
* Best Music Video – Tie between Tanya Carter’s “Pretty Face” and Verge of Umbra’s “Chaos Sequence”
La Isla Bonita Telenovela Winner At Belize Film Festival
San Pedro, Ambergris Caye residents were excited and proud when they heard of the announcement that La Isla Bonita Telenovela has won Best TV Dramatic Series over the weekend at the 10th Annual Belize International Film Festival that was held in Placencia at the Belize Ocean Club.
With all the hard work put on by everybody to bring together one immensely entertaining and professional production, it was great to hear that La Isla Bonita Telenovela was honored at this year’s film festival. With a full cast of local actors, the telenovela was a huge success in San Pedro ‘La Isla Bonita’ during production and post launch of the first episode.
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