New York, New York – Conch Shell International Film Fest (CSIFF) takes place May 21-23, 2021. The online film festival will feature short films, live panels, masterclasses, and an award ceremony. All events will take on the Filmocracy film streaming platform.
This three-day online event (presented by Conch Shell Productions) is a celebration of the unique voices of filmmakers of Caribbean heritage and a conference for discussing the future possibilities for eliminating barriers for entry into the international film market for current and future filmmakers. Films by Caribbean & Caribbean Diaspora artist from U.S., U.K., Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago, Martinique, and Guadeloupe include experimental, documentary, narrative, and animated films. Fest passes (price range from $25 for film pass to $75 for a 3-Day all access pass) are now on sale online Conchshelliff.com.
Conch Shell IFF short films include: Sweet Rind directed by Andre Wynter (Jamaican); Paris Blues in Harlem directed by Nadhege Ptah (Haitian American); Reflexion directed by Alain Bidard (Martiniquais); Where the Sun Set directed by Ryan Latchmansingh (Trinidadian); Remember When the Clowns Came directed by Tanya Perez (Puerto Rican-American); In the Silence directed by Ethosheia Hylton (Jamaican-Brit); Fear directed by Sosessia Nixon (Jamaican); Love Stings directed by Angela Reynosa (Dominican-American); One Patty directed by Eugene Williams (Jamaican); Noisy directed by Cedric Hill (Dominican American); Plowing the Stars directed by Wally Fall (Guadeloupean); Only Seen as Three directed by Caleb Grandoit (Haitian American); The Rules of Survival directed by Amanda Enzo (Barbadian American); Jelani Ade-Dada: A Celeb’Hait’Tion directed by Chaquille Elliot (Jamaican); and Pie: Apple of My Eye directed by Krystle N. Adams (Haitian-American).
Conch Shell IFF Schedule
The series daily on demand streaming of all festival films and pre-recorded artist Q&A available to film pass and all-access pass holders. Opening Day (Friday May 21) live events include an artist chat moderated by CSIFF founder Magaly Colimon-Christopher (“Antoinette Pierre” of Netflix Series GRAND ARMY); and a plenary session about the festival featuring Award Jury members actress Odley Jean (“Dominique Pierre” of Netflix Series Grand Army), writer Anslem Richardson (Amazon “The Boys”), actor Keith Randolph Smith (CBS Access “The Good Wife”), producer/attorney Martin Robert Majeske, and producer/director Marquis Smalls.
Saturday’s Live panel discussion include – Caribbean Films & Language: Strategies to Highlight Authentic Narratives in a Multi-Lingual Setting; Traditional and Disruptive Film Financing Strategies; The Importance of Film Scoring; Improving the Visibility and Discoverability of Caribbean Films, Creators and Actors. Our festival masterclass – Disrupting the Norms of Distribution in Film and Television – will be led by producer Monty Ross.
Sunday’s live panels include Dismantling Barriers to Entry for Emerging Filmmakers; COVID19 Protocol on TV & Film Sets: Today & Beyond; and Breaking Down the Barriers to Collaboration Between Artists of Caribbean Diaspora and the Caribbean. Details about moderators and panelists are available on fest website: www.conchshelliff.com.
The festival closes on Sunday May 23 with the CSIFF Award ceremony. In addition to the Audience Choice Award (winner will be selected by festival attendees), we will be presenting the following Jury Awards: Best Film; Best Director; Best Screenwriter; Best Lead Performer; and Best Cinematographer.
About Conch Shell Productions
At Conch Shell Productions (CSP), our mission is to infuse new Caribbean Diaspora voices into the American theater and film industry. To do so, we create a space to develop, workshop and present new plays and films; and we host live artist chats/panel discussions to inspire/explore new mindsets and strategies for artists and audiences. We believe that art can and should provoke social change.
About Sponsors and Media Partners
Event sponsors include Final Draft (Official Jury Award Sponsor), Filmocracy.com (Industry Sponsor), TrillVision.com, and Bowie Enterprises. Media partners include Carry on Friends, Karukerament Podcast, HHB Media, and Juliemango.tv