The full details for this year’s Windrush Caribbean Film Festival (WCFF) were presented at a virtual media launch on, 22 June 2021. Hosted by Juliet Alexander, an Award-winning education and communications specialist. The event gave attendees a sneak preview of the films to be screened during the festival, many of which won’t have been seen in the UK before.
Speaking after the launch, founding member, Frances-Anne Solomon said:
It was important for us to launch this year’s festival on Windrush Day as a testament to the postwar West Indian immigrants who helped rebuild Britain.
The launch introduced this year’s theme – “Carnival for the People”. It highlighted a packed line-up of offerings ranging from drama and action to LGBQT+ focused films. The 2021 festival will concentrate on the history of Carnival in Britain, from the first indoor celebration organised by Claudia Jones in 1959 to last year’s virtual Notting Hill Carnival.
With carnival being uppermost in this year’s offerings, the Festival will be packed with vibrancy, colour and a sense of celebration. There will be a special focus on Carnival Arts including Music, Mas, Costumes, Photography and more.
Opening the festival will be a film ‘Carnival Ah We Ting, produced by Optiks Hamilton. A short film, Carnival and Social Justice, by Kingsway Project, will precede the feature film.
Patrons are encouraged to get hold of their Festival Pass ahead of the Opening Night. This will enable the holder to access on demand the complete WCFF 2021 programme throughout the festival, which runs from 23 July – 29 August 2021 at their convenience. Patrons can also join live events and watch scheduled screenings with other festival-goers.
In keeping with its commitment to education, WCFF also announced that this year’s festival will include the launch of a ‘Windrush Writing Competition.’
The ’Sam King Windrush Award’, named after the Windrush veteran, will be given to a girl and a boy up to the age of 14 who can produce an outstanding piece of written work about the Caribbean men and women who travelled on the MV Empire Windrush and arrived at Tilbury Docks on 22 June 1948.
Sponsored by Windrush Foundation, the participant is expected to submit an essay with no more than 400 hand-written words on A4 paper.
The objective of this competition is to promote literacy, expression, creativity and to celebrate imagination.
Explains Arthur Torrington of the Windrush Foundation.
For further information on this competition, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Windrush Caribbean Film Festival (WCFF) gratefully acknowledges the lead funding received from the British Film Institute (BFI) using funds from the National Lottery and contributions from the BFI towards delivery, marketing, and access to the festival. In addition, funding was received from Arts Council England and UNISON Scotland.
For details of other funders and partners, please visit https://windrushfilmfestival.com