All the spotlights are currently on carnival that takes place “normally” every weekend after all the restrictions due to the Covid-19 epidemic in the archipelago. Because of all this popular jubilation in the streets to the sounds of drums and other musical instruments and despite all the local media presented as partners by the organizers, the inauguration of the 5th edition of the CineVision Sud Film Festival went almost unnoticed. However, the opening ceremony took place on Sunday, January 15 at the Cine-Theater of Le Lamentin.
The Seychelles being the guest of honor of this cinema event, two of its representatives were present, namely : Miera Savy, Executive Director and Director of the cooperation division of the Seychelles National Institute for Culture, Heritage and the Arts and Secretary General of the Seychelles National Commission for Francophonie. Miera Savy is the festival’s patron and jury chair. Lucie Jean-Albert, employed since 1992 by the Seychelles National Institute for Culture, Heritage and the Arts, is the other representative of this archipelago of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean.
Three films were screened during this opening ceremony: “Joël Nankin” by Silvestre Bary (France), a 12’03 documentary; “Zorey” by Swann Arlaud (Reunion Island), a 17’33 fiction; “Bonjour Minuit” by Élisabeth Silveiro (France), a 20′ fiction.
The association Mission Cinéma Caraïbe claims to have received more than 3,000 films from directors wishing to take part in the festival. From Monday, January 16 to Thursday, January 19, moviegoers will be able to see the 37 selected films, including a large majority of short films. These productions come from Guadeloupe but also from Guiana, Haiti, Jamaica, Senegal, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Reunion, France, India.
On Friday, January 20, the winners will be announced at the closing ceremony.
As for the 14th professional meeting of the Antilles-Guiana Caribbean Cinema, it will host on Tuesday, January 17 between 9:30 am and 1:00 pm a symposium on “The role of cinema in the rapprochement of cultures” and “Cinema and Territory”.
According to the organization, these professional meetings are intended to “help Caribbean film professionals (directors, producers, young authors, middle and high school students in film option) and make them benefit from expert advice and training”.