Some 30 students from the Cayman Islands Further Education Centre and John Gray High School will attend this year’s CayFilm International Film Festival, thanks to local company The Security Centre.
The CayFilm Cayman International Film Festival, which takes place from June 30 to July 3, includes daily film screenings, question and answer sessions with filmmakers, panel discussions, workshops, a celebrity gala event and an awards ceremony.
The Security Centre has sponsored general passes for the students, giving them access to a wide variety of events.
“CayFilm is an exciting event for everyone on the island but it provides a really unique opportunity for students who are thinking about exploring a career in the film industry,” Keith Jernigan, country manager at The Security Centre.
He added: “There is so much talent among our local students and without exposure to events like CayFilm, we risk it going unnoticed. We’ve been the preferred security partner for the festival since its inception, and it’s been a privilege to watch it grow to the event that it is today. We’ve always enjoyed being involved because it’s such a unique event for Cayman.”
CIFEC Art & Design and Creative Media Production teacher Claire Cox is both excited and hopeful about the opportunity for her students.
“It will be great for students to be exposed to a wide range of films. They are lucky to get the chance to learn from professional filmmakers and take part in some exciting workshops,” said Ms. Cox. “I hope they come away with a greater understanding and appreciation of film, and that they are inspired to get involved in some local productions. Maybe we will see their films at CayFilm in a few years!”
Industry professionals scheduled to appear include actor Wes Studi (Dances With Wolves, Last of the Mohicans, Avatar) who will be conducting an acting workshop; Vincent Versace, one of the top photographers in the world; Loren Carpenter, Oscar winner and co-founder of Pixar Animation Studios; Jim Hart, writer of Hook and Bram Stoker’s Dracula; Calia Brencsons-Van Dyk, Emmy-award winning producer of The
Martha Stewart Show; and Adam Kane, director and producer of such shows as 24, Being Human and Pushing Daisies.
Both VIP and general admission tickets are on sale and available at Cathy Church’s Photo Centre and online at cayfilm.com.