12ºN 61ºW Grenadian Film Festival - Wrap up


The 12ºN 61ºW Grenadian Film Festival (1261GFF) has set a new precedence in Grenada during its inaugural three-day cinematic debut May 3rd-5th, 2019.

Mprojekts Creative Group, launched the 12°N61°W GRENADIAN FILM FESTIVAL(1261GFF), to provide a platform within Grenada for filmmakers to celebrate the art of cinema while allowing audiences to enjoy independent films, which otherwise they would not have the chance to see outside of the festival in Grenada.

This year’s programming was lead by Eva Minemar, assisted by Dolores Diaz and Princess Donelan. Through the films selected, 1261GFF affirm the relevance of cultural representation in relations to identity, diversity, and inclusion within the industry and the Caribbean & African diasporic communities, primarily through Visual Arts, which mimics life.

Attendees had the opportunity to network with visiting International and Regional filmmakers and Industry professionals. The 1261GFF schedule included a Children Matinee program, LGBTQ program, Caribbean Women in Films, and screenings of some the most contemporary independent films and post-screening conversations with filmmakers Nadege Ptah, director of Do Do Ti Ti, Andy Smart, director of Home Invasion, and Lauren Sowa, producer of Marisol.

A staggering lineup of fifty (50) films -8 feature-length and 42 short films- from around the world was featured, which drew attention to Black experiences and culture globally. Thirteen (13) countries were represented, with several films making Grenadian and Regional premieres. The festival schedule can be accessed here.

Almost 40% percent of the films programmed came from female filmmakers. The Children Matinee and Teen Program constituted approximately 35% percent of the films. The Breaking Barries/ LGBTQ program accounted for about 10%, which was co-hosted by GrenChap. Sixteen (16) percent of the films featured were produced in Grenada or featured Grenadian artist/content creators both in front and behind the camera.

(L-R) Camika Mc Letchie, receiving the award for “Breaking the Cycle” and Meschida Philip, 1261GFF Festival Director. Photo by Wayne Williams

(L-R) Camika Mc Letchie, receiving the award for “Breaking the Cycle” and Meschida Philip, 1261GFF Festival Director. Photo by Wayne Williams

The festival opened with a welcoming cocktail hour supported by Cannes Brûlées Rum.

Five rising Caribbean Female Filmmakers was featured at the opening: Elizabeth Franciso (Curacao), Meschida Philip (Grenada), Shari Petti (Trinidad), Nadhege Ptah (Haiti) and Danae Granison (Jamaica). The evening concluded with live entertainment by Jenny J Entertainment.

The second day of the festival featured the Children Matinee program, the general screenings and the LGBTQ program. This years award winning films Breaking the Cycle (Trinidad), Kinto (Jamaica), Jab Jab (UK), including Academy Award Nominated Short Film My Nephew Emmett (USA), Marisol (USA), WAX Print (UK), Valentina (USA) and Crystal (Grenada) was amongst the audiences favorite.

The festival’s final day included a Filmmakers Award Brunch at Lavo Lanes, where winning films Breaking the Cycle (Trinidad), Kinto (Jamaica), Jab Jab (UK) , Black Doll (St. Vincent) and A Kalabanda Ate My Homework was presented with our 2019 filmmakers awards, which was customized and sponsored by Maria McClafferty of Paradise Glass Grenada and a voucher from Paracademia for film scoring for their next project. The best of the Festival shorts was shown and the festival closed out with the film Not Black Enough (USA).

The overall experience was very welcoming and community focused. The following are the 12ºN 61ºW Grenadian Film Festival 2019 Festival partners who’ve participated in the success of the festival. Presenting Partner– Mprojkets Creative Group; Partners – Byron Heavy Trucking and Equipments,  Lavo Lanes, Deluxe Cinema, Movie Palace-Excel Plaza, Paracademia Center Inc, Maria McClafferty-Paradise Glass, Map Media International, FIXERfilm Studios Media Partners – BossFM Grenada, Ridealonglive, KG9, Grenada Broadcast. Friends of the Festival Grenada Ministry of Youth Development, Duty Free Grenada, Trevor St. John, Concepts Advertising, La Boucan Creative Center, Seed & Spark, Film Freeway, Amalgama Studio, Beautiful Events Gnd, Nice Auto Services Inc., RazorBumps Entertainment, Stones Customs, Andy’s Soup Kitchen, Grenada Tourism Authority (GTA), Coconut Beach, GrenChap, Cannes Brûlées Rum.  

Looking forward to seeing you in 2020!

Recap of the 2019 films