The sights and sounds of countries near and far will dominate local screens in a new festival launching in Jersey next year.
The 13th Parish Festival of Independent Film and Music will be held at the Arts Centre between 17 and 19 May 2019. It will be officially launched this Wednesday.
The 13th Parish Festival is a Jersey-based not-for-profit organisation, currently applying for local charity status. It aims to showcase the best of independent world cinema, including short film, documentaries and features.
The local team is working closely with the renowned IndieCork Festival in Ireland and is now open for films to be submitted via FilmFreeway. The plan for May 2019 is to screen new films from all over the world, including from Jersey, the other Channel Islands, France and Ireland.
Chairperson Martin Greene said: "This is a vibrant, new type of festival for the Channel Islands. By creating this festival, we are joining an international community and we hope this will reap creative benefits for Jersey. The role of festivals in developing communities is proven worldwide, and we invite everyone to get involved in the 13th Parish Festival.
"We are partnering with the IndieCork Festival in Ireland, in presenting this first festival, and invite the film and music world to come discover 13th Parish and Jersey. 13th Parish also highlights the substantial creative talent of Jersey. "
Pictured: The 13th Parish Festival of Independent Film and Music will be held at the Jersey Art Centre between 17 and 19 May 2019.
Entries for the festival can be submitted until 29 March 2019. Organisers welcome short films, documentaries and features of all genres, including animation and experimental films. Awards will be handed out to the Best International Film, Made In Jersey, and Emerging Music work. Other awards will be announced soon.
Jersey-born Dr Tony Langlois of IndieCork explained: "From my experience with IndieCork, I know that we will be screening some amazing work next May, and presenting some dynamic local talent both on screen and on stage.
"While bringing international work to Jersey is important, we hold local creative development as absolutely vital to the festival’s success. We look forward to seeking out and working collaboratively with this new talent."
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