We are Caribbean Film
Welcome to the Caribbean Film Database (CFDb) – the largest single source of information on films produced in and about the Caribbean, defined here as the insular Caribbean plus Belize, Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana. As of its launch in September 2015, the CFDb houses information on more than 500 films from the English, Dutch, French and Spanish-speaking Caribbean. The project is supported by the ACP Cultures+ Programme, funded by the European Union (European Development Fund) and implemented by the ACP Group of States.
How were the films chosen?
Films listed on the Caribbean Film Database meet specific criteria: they are feature films (defined here as 52 minutes and over), they are non-studio films, and they are made in/about the Caribbean. The focus of this database is contemporary, so most of the films listed here were made after 2000. As a nod to the history of filmmaking in the Caribbean, however, we have included a Classics section that comprises of a number of seminal films from the region.
It starts here.
Although we have made what we hope you’d agree is a good start, this is just the beginning. The CFDb is not complete, nor can it ever be – we will continue to add to it as Caribbean films are made. If, however, you can think of a film that has been made that fits the criteria that we’ve missed, we invite you to submit it for consideration. Additionally, on each film page you can suggest an edit, or you can leave us feedback. We’d love to hear from you!
About the team
The Caribbean Film Database was conceived and is being implemented by the trinidad+tobago film festival in association with the Fundación Global Democracia y Dessarollo from the Dominican Republic, the Association for the Development of Art Cinema and Practice in Guadeloupe, the Foundation of New Latin American Cinema in Cuba and the Festival Régional et International du Cinéma de Guadeloupe. All of these entities nominated content for the database.
The trinidad+tobago film festival is implementing the Caribbean Film Mart + Caribbean Film Database in association with the Fundación Global Democracia y Dessarollo from the Dominican Republic, the Association for the Development of Art Cinema and Practice in Guadeloupe, the Foundation of New Latin American Cinema in Cuba and the Festival Régional et International du Cinéma de Guadeloupe. These partners have continuously demonstrated their commitment to the development of the regional film industry, and their contributions have been critical to the creation of the Caribbean Film Mart + Caribbean Film Database.
trinidad+tobago film festival
The trinidad+tobago film festival (ttff) celebrates films from and about the Caribbean and its diaspora, as well as from contemporary world cinema, through an annual festival and year-round screenings. In addition, the ttff seeks to facilitate the growth of Caribbean cinema by offering a wide-ranging industry programme and networking opportunities. http://www.ttfilmfestival.com/
Festival de Cine Global Dominicano (FCGD)
FCGD presents a selection of the best international, dramatic and documentary films to enrich the country’s film culture and to bring the seventh art into all sectors of Dominican society. FCGD uses film as a way to promote and encourage discussion about social issues, politics and economics. The FCDG is facilitated by the Funglode, which was created in 2000 as a think tank and policy center, with the objective of discussing, debating and promoting public policies in the Dominican Republic and in Latin America and the Caribbean. http://festivaldecineglobal.org/2014/sobre-el-festival/
Association for the Development of Art Cinema and Practice in Guadeloupe (APCAG)
APCAG works as a promotion and distribution network for independent art house films from the South and, in particular, Guadeloupe and the Caribbean through cinemas and projection venues as well as through the production of audio-visual materials, by organising regional programming events and through the promotion of local filmmakers and their works at regional and international festivals. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Association-pour-le-developpement-du-cinema-dart-et-dessai-en-Guadeloupe/142777529102397
Festival Régional et International du Cinéma de Guadeloupe (FEMI)
FEMI is a unique Francophone film festival whose mission is to promote the films and filmmakers of the Antilles-Guyana and the wider Caribbean, who are too little honored and often unknown to the general public. FEMI showcases the best of international cinema through a diverse program of films inciting reflection on social issues, as well as exposing audiences to new talent and highlighting existing voices. The festival screens annually 60 local, regional and international – feature films, short films, documentaries and rough cuts. http://www.lefemi.com/index.php
Foundation of the New Latin American Cinema (FNCL)
FNCL is a cultural non-profit organisation with the mission of contributing to the development and integration of the Latin American and Caribbean Cinema, and the strengthening of the cultural identity of the region, founded by the Latin American Filmmakers Committee (C-CAL) and its President Gabriel García Márquez. www.cinelatinoamericano.org