I wanted to give you all an update on the CayFilm Cayman International Film Festival.
As you know, after announcing the cancellation of the 2018 Festival this past April, we were able to pull together a mini-CayFilm in June which showcased some amazing local short films and filmmakers. It was truly a special night; the support for this event and for local talent, the excitement about the filmmaking industry in Cayman, the camaraderie, was intense. It made me more determined than ever to find a way to keep CayFilm afloat.
The plan for 2019 was to regroup and come back even stronger. Sadly, that has not happened. We are still struggling financially to make CayFilm 2019 a reality and we’ve had to make the devastating decision once again to cancel next year’s Festival.
Having said that, we’re still not ready to say “that’s a wrap” on this event that is good for Cayman on so many levels. Therefore, we’re putting all our energy and resources into CayFilm 2020.
I really wish we could make it happen for next year as I think the momentum for this Festival was building quickly. Even though we are a ‘young’ Festival, we quickly gained a reputation for being well-organised, fun and friendly, and we had experts and professionals in the industry calling and asking us to come down and be a part of the excitement. I am hoping that skipping one year will not impact us too bad.
I hope that we will continue to have your support when the time comes. Until then, I will continue to do whatever I can to help bring film to Cayman.
We are thrilled to announce our Partners for 2015! The Partner level of support is reserved for companies or institutions that are instrumental in the success of the festival in an exceptional way. Thank you to Cayman Islands Tourism Association; Cayman Islands Department of Tourism; The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman; The National Gallery of the Cayman Islands; The Cayman National Cultural Foundation; Cathy Church Underwater Photo Centre and Sunset House. A huge thank you also, to our first overseas Partner Virgin Produced who have been remarkable in their unwavering support and enthusiasm.
On behalf of the Ministry and Department of Tourism, we are pleased to support the CayFilm Cayman International Film Festival, launching in 2014.
The Cayman Islands has long been noted for its creative expression through various art forms. From painting to sculpture to performing arts, the diversity of talent is renowned.
We look forward to seeing the development and growth of the Film Festival as a new forum for the continued growth of our artistic endeavours in film. It is our hope that this event will not be limited to the Cayman Islands but help our fellow Caribbean artists to shine outside our country as well.
Councillor Mr. Joseph Hew, MLA
Ministry of Tourism
Welcome and thank you to our first International Partner Virgin Produced. They have, and continue to be, a huge inspiration to the development of CayFilm and are just great people! Visit their website and find out more about all the innovative and exciting media projects they’re working on.