Saint Lucian filmmaker off to Cannes Filmfest

The Coming of Org, a film produced in Saint Lucia has just been accepted into the Short Film Corner at this year’s Festival de Cannes.
The Film’s Executive Producer/Director Davina Lee is one of the faces of the new wave of Caribbean creatives that express their artistic vision through film, video and experimental art.
In 2009 she received a Cinematic Entrepreneurial Motivational Award (a technical grant) from the United Nations Development Organisation (UNIDO) for the film.
In the last ten years, Lee has been producing and directing television shows, documentaries, commercials and music videos.             The filming of the Coming of Org is now complete and the young filmmaker is on the way to showing the world Saint Lucia’s unique culture.
This recognition of her film at this year’s festival in May means that the Coming of Org will be screened for industry professionals and various film companies.
Before she jets off to Cannes, Davina will be premiering her film at the 3rd Annual Caribbean Tales Film Festival in Barbados on
April 14th at the George Washington House on Bush Hill at 2pm.
“Being in Cannes
will be a great experience.
The Short Film Corner is
situated in the Marche Du Film, the biggest film market in the world. This will give me the opportunity to network and meet with film buyers and festival programmers from around the world, my film will also be made available to all festival goers via the festival’s digital film library,” explained Lee.
The movie is based
on two short stories written
by veteran Saint Lucian writer, John Robert Lee and is
mainly in Creole (kweyol). The story takes a look at three different people who come face to face with their inner demons in separate ways.
“I wanted the film to be a slice of Saint Lucia, the music, the language and the scenery. It was very important to me to use the Creole language because it is a huge part of who we are as Saint Lucians,” Davina said.
With an increase in
film making in the region,
how does the director see the industry developing in the Caribbean? “The film
industry in the Caribbean is bubbling, it is just a matter of time before the lid gets blown off the pan,” Lee explains with excitement.
“There is a great awareness of film and the power it has. We will definitely see a Caribbean film at the Oscars, in fact we will definitely see a Saint Lucian film at the Oscars. It is harder to get a Nobel Prize than an Oscar and Saint Lucia has two so far!’
An official Launch is planned for Saint Lucia in late May presented by the Alliance Française.
The movie is currently being entered into film festivals around the world.

Davina Lee’s film has been picked for the Short Film Corner.

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