The annual Women’s International Film & Arts Festival (WIFF) celebrates women in film around the world and their contributions to the movie industry. This year, Jamaicans.com will be one of the proud sponsors of the unique event.
“We are honored to be a sponsor of this event celebrating film and art by Caribbean women,” said X. Murphy, CEO and founder of Jamaicans.com. “The film industry in the Caribbean is growing and it is great to see women playing a major part of this growth!”
The sixth annual event will be held at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Hollywood, Florida. It kicks off on Wednesday, March 30, 2011 with a red carpet event and continues through Sunday, April 3, 2011. The festival runs at various theaters in Broward and Miami-Dade counties. Over 50 films from more than 25 countries will be screened during the festival, including those from Argentina, Austria, Brazil, France, Haiti, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Palestine, Spain and more.
Opening night will be dedicated to “Latin Music USA: Divas and Superstars.” The film focuses on the many ways in which Latin culture has influenced all aspects of the music industry, from rap to rock. The film highlights the talents and success of artists that include Ricky Martin, Jennifer Lopez, Shakira, and Emilio and Gloria Estefan.
The festival offers feature films, student film musicals, short films, international documentaries and narrative shorts. Writer Gregory Allen Howard will also conduct workshops during the festival. He’s best known for penning “Remember the Titans” starring Denzel Washington, and “Ali,” starring Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith. Other activities include a pool party and fashion show, panel discussions, and exclusive luncheons.
Screenings will be held at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, located at 201 SW 5th Ave. in Ft. Lauderdale, FL; the Hollywood Central Performing Arts Center at 1770 Monroe St. in Hollywood, FL; and AMC Aventura at 19501 Biscayne Blvd. in Miami, FL. Tickets for opening night are $65 and include the screening and reception. Tickets for the five-day event are currently on sale and range from $15-$65 per day. A schedule for screenings and programming can be found at http://www.womensfilmfest.com
The Women’s International Film & Arts Festival was founded by Yvonne McCormack-Lyons. She has spent the past 20 years in communications and women-based art and cultural programs. The festival is dedicated to becoming the premiere international festival to recognize women and their many accomplishments.
For more information about the festival, visit http://www.womensfilmfest.com. For more information about Jamaicans.com, visit the website at http://www.jamaicans.com.
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