Prim e Minister, Gaston Browne gets briefed on the Wadadli Short Film Festival 2019


Bob Foster, Lead Consultant for the Wadadli Short Film Festival met with the Prime Minister
of Antigua and Barbuda, Gaston Browne on the 23rd May, 2019. Dr Noel Howell (Motion Picture Association of Antigua and Barbuda) was also in attendance.

The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the launch of the inaugural Wadadli Short Film Festival.

This event will be held on the beautiful twin island state of Antigua & Barbuda in the Caribbean and will run from 25th – 27th October 2019. The theme of this inaugural festival will be ‘New Beginnings’.

The Wadadli Short Film Festival will be a celebration of creative film, live performances, radical debates and visionary concepts surrounding sound and image. Bringing the islands of Antigua and Barbuda to the forefront of independent filmmaking will ensure that the Wadadli Short Film Festival will become an annual event, aimed at promoting emerging talent within the territories that form the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS).

The Prime Minister was very supportive of the Festival’s ambition to work closely with the Motion Picture Association of Antigua and Barbuda. Dr Noel Howell added that he was excited at the opportunity of forging a long-term collaboration with a focus on funding and upskilling Antigua’s up and coming film-makers so that they can reach a wider market.

Daryll S. Matthew, Minister with responsibility to Sports, Culture, National Festivals and the Arts enthused: “Antigua and Barbuda is well-known for its dynamic culture and creative arts industry, which over the years, has seen an explosion of great talent from our young, emerging artists as well as the pioneers of the various cultural disciplines.

Specifically, in the film industry, this is an area where the opportunities are immeasurable. Therefore it is important that we continue to use filmmaking as an avenue to showcase our authentic island’s history and culture, while simultaneously increasing the growth and versatility of our local filmmakers.

This year, it is indeed a pleasure that the organizers of the Wadadli Short Film Festival chose Antigua and Barbuda as the doorway to generate more awareness of this industry by featuring filmmakers, and their work, from Antigua and Barbuda, and around the region.
On behalf of the Government and people of Antigua and Barbuda, and on my own behalf as Minister with responsibility to Sports, Culture, National Festivals and the Arts, it is an honour to welcome the launch of the Wadadli Short Film Festival, which promises to shine a spotlight on both the talent of our citizens, as well as the beauty of our beloved twin-island Nation.”

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