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Hairouna Film Festival (HFF) proudly returns for its third year. From May 6 – 21, 2022, Vincy’s film festival takes on a hybrid format, combining its free online events with in-person screenings in St. Vincent at Carib-Beans SuperFoods Coffee House (May 9, 11 & 20), Flow Wine Bar (May 9 & 11), and The Sky Gallery in Jamaica (May 15, 18 & 20).

The festival returns with support from Soho House, its presenting partner, for a second year in a row. HFF 2022 ‘Coming Home’ honors the sanctity of the home, and more specifically the place within all of us that longs for safety and security. The festival’s theme was inspired by the strength and resilience exhibited by Vincentians in the aftermath of the 2021 La Soufrière eruptions. Its two-week-long event strives to make audiences feel at home while connecting over familiar stories shared through Caribbean films.

HFF 2022 opens on May 6th with Kyle Chin’s latest short film Easy Go and the sports drama feature film, Sprinter, directed by Jamaica’s Storm Saulter. Sprinter, which boasts Will and Jada Smith as executive producers, premiered in 2018 and won several best-of-festival awards including Best Director, Best Narrative Feature and the Audience Award at the American Black Film Festival. The opening night event will be available for online streaming to people in the Caribbean islands only.

Vincentian filmmakers take the spotlight on May 7th! HFF is pleased to screen the work of Akley Olton, Colin Browne, Javed DaSouza, Juanita Phillips and Kamillo Edwards. Vincentians are invited to attend the free in-person screening and participate in the live discussion at the Kingstown Cruise Ship Terminal this Saturday at 7 pm. The ‘Vincentian Film Spotlight’ event will also be available for online viewing.

HFF’s official selection boasts a total of 48 amazing films from across the Caribbean community covering a range of topics, from the impact of climate change on the region to intimate insights on the migrant experiences in the diaspora. This year, the festival also includes two nights dedicated to stories from the local and international Garifuna community. The ‘Garifuna Heritage: Vincentian Focus’ film screening, streaming on May 8th, features Akley Olton’s Hairouna, Land of the Blessed and the 2017 documentary feature Yurumein: Homeland which was directed by Andrea Leland and shot in SVG. On May 19th Wayunagu 2: Amunedahani (Honduras) directed by Christopher Miles and Liremu Barana (Guatemala/Norway) directed by Elvis Caj Cojoc will be available online as part of the ‘Garifuna Heritage: Diaspora Focus.’

A special virtual screening of Horace Ove’s 1976 drama, Pressure, is scheduled for May 14th. Hailed as “Britain’s first Black feature film,” Pressure sheds light on the West Indian migrant experience during the Windrush era. The virtual screening will be followed by a conversation with historian Fiona Compton, founder of Know Your Caribbean.

Friday, May 20th, is dedicated to animated films! A series of animated shorts will precede Martinican filmmaker Alain Bidard’s latest fantasy feature film, Opal, which has won 18 international festival awards since its 2021 world premiere at Animae Caribe.

HFF 2022 closes out its festival run with Ivan Hererra’s Bantu Mama (Dominican Republic), the first Dominican feature to premiere at the prestigious SXSW Film Festival in Texas (2021). The virtual film screening is available in Jamaica, Barbados, Trinidad & Tobago and SVG. It will be followed by a post-screening Q&A with producer, writer and lead actress Clarisse Albrecht.

Streaming alongside the official selection of Caribbean films are four free panel discussions with exemplary industry professionals from around the region and the diaspora:

  • Saturday, May 7th, ‘Your Turn – BARB RoundTable Conversation’ with Vincentian content creators and Marva Ollivierre, CEO of Doe Eye Media Productions/ Business Affairs Resource Booster, focused on covering all things related to the production of film, TV and screen content.
  • Tuesday, May 10th, ‘The Film Festival Marketplace: Strategies and Tips for Filmmakers and Distributors’ get insight on successfully navigating the international film festival market from Locarno FIlm Festival’s Jonathan Ali, Zsuzsi Bankuti and Delphine Jeanneret.
  • Saturday, May 14th, ‘Film Business: Development and Distribution for the Caribbean’ with guest speakers Howard and Mitzi Allen, founders of HAMA Films in Antigua and Rivelino Simmons, president of the Barbados Film and Video Association.
  • Sunday, May 15th, ‘Film School 101: Opportunities and Benefits of Studying Film’ featuring guest panelists Kaleb D’Aguilar, Melanie Grant, Adjani Salmon and Yao Ramesar.

More details about HFF 2022 virtual and in-person events can be found on www.hairounaff.org. Follow HFF on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn @hairounaff for regular updates.

HFF 2022 was made possible thanks to the support of:

Soho House, Argo Development Studio, Grow In Time, Island Rebel Media, North Eleven, Beachcombers Hotel, Carib-Beans SuperFoods Coffee House, Flow Wine Bar, The Sky Gallery and Own Voices.

About Soho House & Co:

Founded in 1995 by Nick Jones, Soho House is a place for our diverse membership to connect, grow, have fun, and make an impact. Today, there are members and Houses around the world, as well as restaurants, spas, workspaces, and cinemas. Soho House is a platform that fosters creativity in all its forms; a place where people can share ideas and make connections in physical and digital spaces. 

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