Film Festival to be launched with record number of entries
Fans of the cinema will be happy to know that the Belize International Film Festival is on the horizon. The seventh installation of the country’s only festival that praises the art of movie making, will take place from the thirteenth to the seventeenth of July. This year, a record number of films have been submitted for consideration by the judges in different award winning categories. News Five spoke to Shari Williams, the Communications Officer for NICH who says that in addition to a few notable international names, opening night will feature a full feature length film made in Belize.
Shari Williams, Communications Officer, NICH
“This year is the seventh Annual Belize International Film Festival and the Film Commission has been working very hard in getting this year’s up and coming. For the first time this year we have had a record number of applications to be included in the Film Festival—some one hundred and twenty films were submitted from all over the world. Tomorrow at ten-thirty a.m., we are going to release the sixty-seven featured films which have been selected to be a part of the Film Festival this year.”
“Now the Film Festival is part of our local culture. Will we have any local productions at the Film Festival?”
“The opening night will feature a Belizean film. It’s a movie length featured film. It is called 2012 Curse of the Ixcabai. It was produced by Make Belizean Film. The producer is a Canadian, Mathew Clink, but it is an all Belizean cast. It is starred by Belizean, Nihanda Higenio along with an all Belizean crew. This year, we have a very high profile list of actors, musicians, producers coming in the country. One of the ladies from the Grammy Award Duo Mary Mary along with her husband, Warren Campbell, is coming in. We have Hock Islam, Jack Long—he is an actor, writer, producer, comedian. So these people are coming in for the Film Festival. And for the first time this year, we are bringing in a panel of jurors to grade the films and to give out some awards.”
On Wednesday morning, the Belize Film Commission will release the official selection of sixty seven featured films which will be a part of this year’s festival.