BFM International Film Festival, now in its 12th year, is the first and largest film festival of its kind to highlight black films and directors from the UK and those from a global perspective. Festival Founder and filmmaker Menelik Shabazz said they are proud to be able to offer a platform to showcase important films from a variety of countries, directors and film talent. Adding, that the workshops and screenings provide opportunities for homegrown British talent to network and form global connections.
The Skin, which was released in 2011 by Howard and Mitzi Allen of HAMAFilms Antigua had its UK debut in December 2014. The directors were one of a select few who were invited to screen at the festival, which runs from Thursday, July 2 to Sunday July 5th, 2015.
Director Howard Allen said “we believe having Carl Bradshaw in the film has given it international traction as he has a strong following in the UK.”
The iconic Jamaican actor Bradshaw stars in the supernatural thriller, which is a modern story filled with Caribbean folklore about Michael and Lisa (Brent Simon & Aisha Ralph) who are a young married couple on the verge of losing their home. Their luck changes when Michael, while on a photo‐shoot at the historic Betty’s Hope Estate discovers an ancient vase and sells it to an antique dealer played by UK actor Jeff Stewart. The couple get little time to celebrate their good fortune before strange things begin to happen. They are introduced to a Jamaican mystic (Bradshaw) who informs them that the ancient relic was not really a blessing but a curse.
Meanwhile, The Skin and HAMA’s first feature The Sweetest Mango will be a part of the Film Caribbean UK Summer Season. Executive Producer Mitzi Allen believes acquiring a UK distributor has been key to prolonging the exposure for their work and has been instrumental in garnering more international attention.
Screening times for The Skin are: Saturday 4th July at 11AM and Sunday July 5th at 7PM at the Bernie Grant Arts Centre in Haringey, London.
The other Caribbean film to be screened at BFM is Mary Wells’ Kingston Paradise. Find out more about the BFM International Film Festival at http://www.bfmmedia.com/