Third Horizon Caribbean Film Festival Opens Call for Submissions

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This fall, the inaugural Third Horizon Caribbean Film Festival will be held in Miami, bringing the best in film from the Caribbean and its diaspora to South Florida, thanks to the support of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. The festival will take place from September 29 to October 2 at O Cinema Wynwood, and will feature a curated slate of Caribbean feature films.

A call for submissions for short films by Caribbean filmmakers and/or about the region and its diaspora was recently announced, and are being accepted via thirdhorizonfilmfestival.com through August 12. For centuries, the Caribbean has been a place where people from the Americas, Africa, Europe and Asia have converged, and its stories are far richer and more nuanced than tourist brochures would have you believe. As film production becomes less prohibitive and more democratic, a new generation of Caribbean filmmakers are seizing the moment to bring these stories to the screen. And with the current drive for diversity in film, the time has never been more ripe to share these stories with the world. The Third Horizon Caribbean Film Festival aims to celebrate and empower the filmmakers leading this charge.

The festival was founded by Third Horizon, a Miami-based collective of Caribbean creatives whose first short film, Papa Machete, had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2014, and its US premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in 2015, before going on to screen at more than 30 film festivals worldwide. It is being staged in partnership with the Caribbean Film Academy, a Brooklyn-based not-for-profit organization whose core mission is to support and distribute the work of Caribbean filmmakers. Sponsorship for the festival is also being provided by Flow, the leading telecommunications company in the Caribbean, and the Green Family Foundation, a private, nonprofit organization that provides funding and resources to organizations that support education, global health and community development.

WHEN          September 29 through October 2, 2016.

WHERE        Films will take place at O Cinema in Wynwood. located in Miami, Florida. Festival events will take place in various locations around the city.

ABOUT        Third Horizon is a Miami-based Caribbean artist collective and media company dedicated to capturing the sights and sounds of the Caribbean. The festival had its genesis in 2014 when Third Horizon was one of the winners of the Knight Arts Challenge. Knight Foundation supports transformational ideas that promote quality journalism, advance media innovation, engage communities and foster the arts. The foundation believes that democracy thrives when people and communities are informed and engaged. For more, visit knightfoundation.org.

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