The 4th Annual International Film Festival of Antiguan & Barbuda will showcase a global array of independent filmmakers and artistic works that will enlighten and inspire its audience on the tropical historical islands of Antigua and Barbuda.
Its mission is to showcase and bring together the works of global indigenous peoples alongside the mainstream celebrating culture and heritage.
It will be seven days of industry seminars, forums, screenings of films from the region and abroad, and culminating in an Award Ceremony and Red Carpet Gala. We will be creating a dynamic week that will bring together filmmakers, Movie stars and enthusiasts from all over the world.
Once home to Amerindian people the Caribs, Arawaks and Ciboney , the island of Antigua, born out of the sea by a volcano about 30 million years ago, is surrounded by 365 lush beaches of white sand and caves. Barbuda is home to a diversity of native habitats, the largest breeding and pink sandy beaches, reefs, lagoons and abundant wildlife surround nesting colony of the Magnificent Frigate Bird in the world. All of which can create a haven for filmmakers.
IFFAB will be collaborating with Commffest Global Community Film festival (COMMFFEST) to bring together the works of North American Aboriginals to showcase alongside the Caribbean and Aboriginal/Indigenous communities from around the world.
This unique blend of film, filmmakers and audiences will create a dynamic atmosphere to provoke thought, and stimulate further understanding and exploration of ideas, attitudes, and emotions that can foster change.
“As of 2018, the global box office is worth $41.7 billion. When including box office and home entertainment revenue, the global film industry is worth $136 billion as of 2018.”
Antigua and Barbuda, along with the rest of the West Indies are poised to benefit from this industry by developing a good local film industry. Apart from financially investing in film production, another method is through hosting of a strong Film Festival. Festivals are opportunities to bring communities together and drum up revenue for local businesses.
There are over 3000 festivals hosted annually throughout the world. Antigua was part of this tradition from 2011 to 2013 but did not continue due to financial constraints. However, immediate financial profit should not always be the standard by which the value of an event should always be measured. Thus the financial cost of this event should not be the only yardstick by which the benefits of this endeavor should be judged.