The second edition of the Barbados Independent Film Festival continued last evening with the Opening Gala on the still relatively new grounds of the Walled Garden Theatre located at the Barbados Museum in the Garrison.
The red carpet affair was a welcome improvement over the previous night’s activity which was affected heavily by an island wide power blackout. Several members of the film fraternity on the island and international guest stars, such as Deborah Kara Unger, Vincent Spano, Lacey Dorn and Horacio Guerrero, were in attendance.
The director of the highly anticipated Green Days by the River production, Michael Moodleedhar, was also in attendance.
The Caribbean premiere of the new thriller TORCH by the international film maker, Christopher Coppola, was the main event of the night. The film follows the protagonist Clara, who grew up in the jungles of Belize but was sent to live in San Francisco after a traumatic childhood incident.
Before the showing, guests were busy enjoying the evening’s entertainment presented by a steelpan group out of the Barbados Community College. The group was directed by the ever talented Roger Gittens.
Trinidadian soca star Machel Montano was also in attendance, as well as fellow performer and newly installed Barbados cultural ambassador Alison Hinds.
Last year, American actor Stephen Lang, of ‘Avatar’ fame, presented Montano with the first Barbados Independent Film Festival Award for Artistic Excellence.
This year, it seemed fitting that the Like Ah Boss singer presented Hinds, his longtime colleague, with the Opening Night Gala Award for Artistic Excellence.
All in all, the evening was a success, which clearly showed how much the festival has grown in just one year. It promises to present strong diverse films, with showings at Limegrove Cinemas and Olympus Theatres for the rest of the week.