Conch Shell International Film Fest, May 21 - May 23, 2021
Conch Shell Productions will host the first-ever Conch Shell International Film Festival [CSIFF] from May 21 - May 23, 2021. The online festival promotes short films and screenplays written by artists from the Caribbean and the Caribbean Diaspora. Also, CSIFF will house integrative panels, artist Q&A's, networking events, and informative Master Classes. This event offers a unique opportunity to connect creatives, influencers, and the people that love films. All are invited.
This year CSIFF has enrolled an All-Star lineup of judges that include: Anslem Richardson (Writer/Actor/Filmmaker "The Boys" and "Timeless"), Marquis Smalls (Writer/Producer/Director), Regina Taylor (Actress/Writer/Director "Love Craft". Golden Globe and NAACP Image Awards winner), Odley Jean (Actress Star of "Grand Army"), Keith Randolph Smith (Actor "The Good Fight" and numerous Broadway productions), Tanya E. Taylor (Writer/Filmmaker), Martin Majeske (Producer of New Voices in Black Cinema Festival), Sergei Burbank (Writer/Literary Manager at Conch Shell Productions). This jury of talented film, television, and theatre artists is committed to recognizing and celebrating the distinct and bold voices of Caribbean Diaspora and Caribbean filmmakers.
Conch Shell International Film Festival (CSIFF) was founded by playwright, director, and actress Magaly Colimon-Christopher. When asked why she created the festival, Magaly states, Film festivals are a great place to meet like-minded, passionate artists and bond with a community of film lovers who share common interests and tastes. Founding Conch Shell International Film Fest is my way of saying Welcome. We see you. We honor your brilliance to talented artists of the Caribbean diaspora and the Caribbean. She says; it's a means by which to empower, encourage, and celebrate the cultural influences of the 26 Caribbean nations and the creativity of generations of artists. It is a space for us to remind each other our voices are vital and essential.
We had a moment to speak to the founder of CSIFF, Magaly Colimon- Christopher, about the upcoming film fest. Please take a moment and listen to the energetic interview with host, Samuel Archer