Windrush Caribbean Film Festival announce programme in Bristol, Birmingham, Newport, Southampton and London for the fourth film festival opening on June 6 in Southampton with the closing awards ceremony in London on June 30.
This year’s event is presented by CaribbeanTales Media Group, Integriti Capital and Recognize Black Heritage & Culture with the support of the BFI, awarding funds from the National Lottery in order to develop festival audiences, focusing on those aged 16-25.
Co-Festival founder, Oscars Academy member Frances Anne Solomon says she wants WCFF 2023 to be the “best attended” event and aims to sell out the opening night at Mast Mayflower Studios in Southampton. Solomon said: “They were our parents, grandparents, uncles and aunties. We inherited their courage, their struggles, their cultures of resistance. We are proud to stand on their broad shoulders and carry forward their stories.”
It is the 4th time that the Windrush Caribbean Film Festival has been held with over 40 screenings and talks taking place across 24 days at 11 venues in 5 cities, a move that Artistic Director Emmanuel Anyiam-Osigwe says “demonstrates the festival’s intent, ambition and purpose”.
Additional partners announced for the festival include The Voice newspaper, The Collective at Channel 4 – Channel 4’s Employee Network Group, Westminster UNISON, Kamo Vodka and ALT A Review – a bespoke print newspaper and online media outlet which celebrates diversity and inclusion in the arts. Editor-in-chief/Founder, Joy Coker will host an afternoon of screenings on 24 June in honour of Barbadian filmmaker Menelik Shabazz at the Rio Cinema in London.
Cinema Golau, a regional festival partner, will be hosting a weekend of events in Newport, South Wales from 16-18 June. In a statement, Yvonne Connikie said: “Cinema Golau has always championed inclusivity at a grassroots level. We are proud to celebrate 75 years of Windrush in Wales and are grateful to our ancestors for all they have done to get us here”.
Laura Glanville, Audiences Manager at the BFI, said: “We are proud to support this incredibly important Festival through the Audience Projects Fund. It is fantastic to see it growing its geographical footprint in cities across the UK and we believe with the support of our BFI National Lottery funding, they can reach new audiences – particularly younger people.”
Southampton, a city with historical ties to the Windrush generation will host film screenings from the festival for the first time ever on June 6 at Mast Mayflower Studios and also on June 21 at Harbour Lights Picturehouse, the day before National Windrush Day which this year marks the 75th anniversary since the Empire Windrush ship arrived at Tilbury Docks, the first stop en route to London for Caribbean citizens who were invited to live in the UK. Many Caribbean had already arrived in the UK a year prior, docking at Southampton on board The Almanzora.
2023 Windrush Caribbean Film Festival host cities and partner venues: click on links for tickets
Tue 6 June, Southampton – Mast Mayflower Studios;
Fri 9, Sat 10 June, Bristol – Watershed Cinema
Tue 13, Wed 14, Thu 15 June, Birmingham – Midlands Arts Centre
Fri 16, Sat 17, Sun 18, Newport – Riverfront Cinema
Wed 21 June, Southampton – Harbour Lights Picturehouse
Thu 22 June, Picturehouse Central (Piccadilly Circus);
Fri 23 June, Ritzy Brixton.
For full details of all screenings visit www.windrushfilmfestival.com
2023 Windrush Caribbean Film Festival official selections (subject to change)
After the Flood: The Church, Slavery and Reconciliation (Sheila Marshall)
Asunder (Janet Marrett)
A Very Brit(ish) Voice (Jaha Browne)
Black & White Duppy (Thomas Blackman)
Black and Welsh (Liana Stewart)
Buckra Maassa Pickney (Lal Davies)
Death of England: Face to Face (Clint Dyer)
DỌLAPỌ̀ is Fine (Ethosheia Hylton)
Falsehood (Leo Powell)
Grief, Loss and Bereavement (Nicola Zawadi Cross)
Hostile (Sonita Gale)
HunmaniTree (Urban Circle Productions)
I am Light (Julia Schönstädt)
I Love St. Lucia (Leee John)
Menopause in Sisterhood, (Nicola Zawadi Cross)
No Regrets (Krik Krak Productions)
Pattern (Ivan Madeira)
Rea’s Men (Aaron James Robertson)
Rushed (Nadine O’Mahony)
Strictly Prohibited (Freddie Stewart)
Shantaye’s World (Matherine Emmanuel)
Small Island Stories 2 (James Batchelor, Benjamin Harrap)
Spirits Run Deep (Gavin Porter)
Standing Firm: Football’s Windrush Story (Theo Lee Ray)
SUS (Robert Heath)
The First Black Train Driver (Glenn Clarke)
The Homemaker (Joanna N V Alexander)
The ID Project: My Dominica Story (Richard Etienne)
The Roll Out (Dewayne Force)
Ultraviolence (Ken Fero)
V.Rocket International: A Sound System Dynasty (Marcus Hall)
When I was a Younger (Noella Mingo)
Other selected titles: 501 Not Out (Sam Lockyer)
And Still We Rise (Chris Smith)
The Ballad of Olive Morris (Alex Kayode-Kay)
Hero (Frances-Anne Solomon)