Tuesday 4 August, 2020

Barbados Independent Film Festival launched!

Walled Garden Theatre described as ‘a dream come true’.

The Barbados Museum and Historical Society has unveiled its Walled Garden Theater which will host the opening gala of the Barbados Independent Film Festival (BIFF).

A little over a year since the groundbreaking ceremony to mark construction of the island’s lone exterior theatre space, The President of the Barbados Museum and Historical Society, Sir Trevor Carmichael has described the facility as a "dream come true".

The official unveiling of the theatre, as well as the launch of the BIFF was held at the museum on Thursday and he said the linking of the two events was a "partnership for progress".

"This is a partnership with philanthropy, business, with government, with university. Progress of the film industry, progress for the cultural industries as a whole, progress for the export of cultural industries and a progress which leverages on the vast amount of money this country has spent in educating young people and not so young people which can now be leveraged into productive activities.”

The film festival will run from January 11-15, 2017 and the opening red-carpet event will feature an America film titled ‘Beyond Glory’ which is a film about the story of eight war heroes. The Walled Garden Theater will also host the World Preview of ‘A Caribbean Dream’ on January 14, 2017.

Deputy Director of the Barbados Museum and Historical Society, Kevin Farmer, said the theatre will now function as the focal point of the development of the arts in Barbados, adding:

“This is the centerpiece of our community engagement in the development of the arts in Barbados - music, dance theatre and film. This project has been almost a love affair of the Museum over the last eight years supported by fantastic benefactors as well as local Barbadians in ensuring we have this developmental theatre space here at the museum.

What in fact the Walled Garden Theater has done is bring back home to Barbados theater. It is about developing the arts and ensuring that engagement between young aspiring film makers and musicians, being able to collaborate and discuss projects.”

Farmer also said the BIFF will ensure local and regional film makers have an avenue for their work to be known.

First Citizens has come on board as a major sponsor of both the Walled Garden Theater and the BIFF and Interim Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Carole Eleuthere Jn Marie said the contributions will assist greatly in the development of local as well as international film makers. 

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