CineGuyana Inc. and the Ministry of Education recently launched the ‘Golden Jubilee Short Film Festival’, aimed at promoting Guyanese culture. The film festival forms part of the calendar of activities for the celebration of Guyana’s 50th Independence anniversary, according to GINA.
Minister within the Ministry of Education, Department of Culture Youth and Sport, Nicolette Henry, delivering the feature address, pointed out that the collaboration is not new since in 2011 the PPP/C Government provided a grant to stimulate the local film industry. This was done to support the sustainability of the film industry while enhancing public interest, and appreciation of the art form.
“Our Government is committed to promoting a sustained local film industry and we would certainly like to reduce inequalities and increase opportunities. Our vision for every Guyanese irrespective of skill set is to be able to enjoy the good life,” she emphasised.
According to President of CineGuyana Inc, Phillip Williams, “he is grateful for the many people that made this occasion possible, the occasion of celebrating 50 years for the celebration and preservation of Guyanese culture.” He added that the board of directors of CineGuyana can boast of persons who actively contribute to Guyana’s culture such as educators, writers, actors, and musicians.
CineGuyana will host film festivals in seven regions showing eight films produced by Kross Kolor Productions. In the coming weeks, Guyanese would have the chance to experience these local films, which will be shown in areas such as St. Ignatius, Anna Regina, and New Amsterdam.
CineGuyana, a film company which was founded in 2010 by local artistes, has been making strides for the past five years, during which it has produced 11 short films, eight of which were shown internationally.