Locally produced films highlighted at Timehri Film Festival

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DPI, GUYANA, Friday, June 1, 2018

Guyana’s Timehri Film Festival, on its third year journey, is seeking to promote local cinematography and screenings of Caribbean films.

The festival, which opened on May 29 at Moray’s House, features local and Caribbean films. Founder Romona Lucas said, “It’s a platform for Guyanese filmmakers to showcase their work and it allows us to bring films that are being made by other Caribbean film producers to Guyana so that you can see their films.”

According to Lucas the festival aims to give viewer the experience of “being in another country without actually leaving your seat.”

The show opened to a packed house with the screening of Guyana’s own Gavin Mendonca and Derrick Denhart short film “How to Build a tree house.”  Mendonca explained that “his game-changing piece” was shot at the iconic Kaieteur Falls.

Production of the piece began some five years ago as a music video then developed into a short film, incorporating the Patamona language, he added, “to strengthen Guyana’s rich culture and diversity.  “One of the goals is to take this film and use it as a marketing tool for Guyana to boost tourism, not just to Kaieteur Falls but to the interior as well,” Mendonca explained.

Screenings are being held tonight at Moray House and on June 2-3 at the Dutch Bottle Café from 2pm. Lucas is inviting all to come out and support this unique festival. “This is a great opportunity to visit multiple countries in the Caribbean without ever leaving your country and learn and enjoy some really great stories”, the founder stated.

By: Zanneel Williams.

Images: Shane Clement.