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Antiguan Filmmaker, Howard Allen, to Host OECS Film Production Webinar

by: - February 12, 2020
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(OECS) Award-winning Antiguan filmmaker, Howard Allen of HAMA Films, will facilitate a film production webinar for OECS film practitioners this Thursday, 13 February 2020, from 10:00am via online technology.

The film webinar, which is the second in a series of online trainings organised by the OECS Competitive Business Unit (CBU), is aimed at sensitising filmmakers in the region to modern practices in film production and sharing best practices. The first webinar was facilitated by Saint Lucian filmmaker, Davina Lee in September 2019, focusing on her work on the award-winning film, “The Knot.”

For Thursday’s webinar, Mr. Allen, who has produced five (5) films so far under his production company HAMA Films, will lead participants through the processes that he and his team have successfully employed over their many years of film making.

Working as a husband and wife team, with wife, Mitzi, HAMA Films has produced, “The Sweetest Mango”“No Seed”“Diablesse”“The Skin” and is now completing work on their fifth feature film, “Deep Blue”.

The team has been called the most prolific filmmakers in the Eastern Caribbean producing four feature films in ten years.

In 2001, HAMAfilms became the first indigenous company in the Eastern Caribbean to produce a feature length film with the release of “The Sweetest Mango” a romantic comedy, based on how the couple met and fell in love.

The film has been embraced throughout the Caribbean Diaspora. “The Sweetest Mango” is now a part of the TIFF Bell Lightbox Film Reference Library in Toronto, Canada. The Film Reference Library maintains the world’s largest resource of English-language Canadian film and film-related materials as well as a wide range of local, national and international film resources.

In 2002 HAMA released their second film “No Seed” a political drama. Both films have since made their world television premiere on CaribVision, the Caribbean Media Corporation’s (CMC) cable channel, which is seen in 21 countries in the Caribbean and on DirecTV in the US. Their third film “Diablesse” based on Caribbean Folklore was released in 2005.

In 2011 HAMA released its fourth film, “The Skin” a supernatural thriller based on Caribbean mythology. It has been screened with tremendous success in film festivals in Toronto, Washington, Trindad & Tobago, and Belize.

Howard will be sharing his vast experience in the field with other OECS film makers and expects this to be a lively and very interactive session with regional film practitioners and persons interested in learning techniques in film production and generally developing a better understanding of the film industry in the region.

The CBU is looking forward to another highly educational forum and for much sharing of experiences among participants during the half-day webinar.