Wadadli Short Film Festival - Inaugural Launch 25th 27th October 2019

Friday, 24 May 2019
We are pleased to announce the launch of the inaugural Wadadli Short Film Festival. This event willbe held on the beautiful twin island state of Antigua & Barbuda in the Caribbean. Spanning threedays, this prestigious event will run from 25th – 27th October 2019. The theme of this year’s festival will be ‘New Beginnings’.

The Wadadli Short Film Festival will be a celebration of creative film, live performances, radical debates and visionary concepts surrounding sound and image. Bringing the island of Antigua to theforefront of independent filmmaking will ensure the Wadadli Short Film Festival remains anannual event, aimed at promoting emerging talent within the territories that form the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS).

Daryll S. Matthew, Minister with responsibility to Sports, Culture, National Festivals and the Arts enthused: “Antigua and Barbuda is well-known for its dynamic culture and creative arts industry,which over the years, has seen an explosion of great talent from our young, emerging artists as wellas the pioneers of the various cultural disciplines.

Specifically, in the film industry, this is an area where the opportunities are immeasurable. Therefore, it is important that we continue to use filmmaking as an avenue to showcase our authentic Antiguanand Barbudan history and culture, while simultaneously increasing the growth and versatility of ourlocal filmmakers.

This year, it is indeed a pleasure that the organizers of the Wadadli Short Film Festivals chose Antigua and Barbuda as the doorway to generate more awareness of this industry by featuring filmmakers, and their work, from Antigua and Barbuda, and around the region.

On behalf of the Government and people of Antigua and Barbuda, and on my own behalf as Minister with responsibility to Sports, Culture, National Festivals and the Arts, it is an honour to welcome the launch of the Wadadli Short Film Festival, which promises to shine a spotlight on both the talentof our citizens, as well as the beauty of our beloved twin-island Nation.”

The Wadadli Short Film Festival aims to showcase and cultivate film makers of Antiguan & Barbudan heritage, attract a diverse mix of filmmakers within the region and those heralding from the Caribbean diaspora. This festival will be the first of its kind to create a platform for independent filmmakers operating in the OECS; actively encouraging the involvement of more women and those with disabilities whose stories deserve equal representation. Our ultimate goal is to raise awareness and inspire the next generation of local, regional and international creative filmmakers.

This year’s Festival will present awards to three short films and an overall winner from the OECSdecided by a public vote. We look forward to celebrating the success of these individuals while promoting Antigua & Barbuda as a destination for exploring the Island’s beauty and wealth of creativity.