In addition to on-demand screenings of thought-provoking experimental, narrative, documentary, animated short films (each screening was followed by pre-recorded artist Q&A), CSIFF2021 online film festival hosted a live masterclass led by legendary producer/filmmaker Monty Ross; 9 live/interactive panels and artist chats, nightly after parties (featuring the talents of DJ Q-Nice), and on May 23rd attendees witnessed as we presented both the Audience Choice Award, and and Jury Awards (Best Directing; Best Screenwriting; Best Performance By an Actor; Best Cinematography; Best Film) to our winning artists. The CSIFF2021 Jury Awards were sponsored by Final Draft.
This plenary session is one of many insightful panel conversations that took place during Conch Shell Int'l Fest - May 21-23. To view the other enlightening, lively, information filled panels, click on link below.
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Ten years after a tragic accident claims the life of his mother, Luke Singh struggles to make ends meet while working as a fisherman. Unable to take care of himself and his sick grandmother, Luke is presented with an opportunity to make a lot of money, but the decision comes at a much greater cost.
Paris Blues in Harlem is the story of a young woman and her attempts to save her grandfather’s failing Harlem jazz club. She has mere hours to convince her rigid elder to accept a realtor’s briefcase with mounds of cash in exchange for his nightclub. But, as time runs out, he struggles to let go. With only a few seconds left, she is faced with a choice between legacy and money.
Elsie holds Algie captive in the basement of her father’s unfinished church. Algie, the mastermind of a notorious scamming operation in Jamaica, executed her sister, brother-in-law and nephew. Her death was as a result of trying to expose Algie’s attempt to extort her father.Using maroon combat tactics, Elsie captures Algie. She administers heavy-handed punishment, juxtaposed with a lesson in Jamaican history, while sewing a quilt.She struggles with the notion of forgiveness as justice may not be served to her satisfaction by the penal system; ending his life seems more.
Alias is tricked into a hard life with no way out. When she finds an unlikely sisterhood with Gloria and Felicia, the dream of freedom can become a reality.
Fear is a thought-jerking drama about the deadly effects of being fearful. John only wants the comfort and peace in his own space. Unfortunately, his busy neighbor, seven-year-old Danny, won’t let him have things his way. Danny’s relentless efforts to borrow a toy from John proved fatal. Unknown to John, Danny enters his and innocently leaves a piece of rope on the floor.
John, on returning home grapples with what he believes is a snake in his home. The fear of that snake crashes John to the floor, dead.
GREED. PRIDE. BETRAYAL… A love story gone wrong. Pilar Lopez, hires a hitman, Felix, to kill her husband, Mark Lopez.
A mistreated wife plots revenge when she discovers her husband prefer pies over her cake.
Traumatized by his experience of war, Eric struggles to adapt to civilian life. Sudden noises and everyday frustrations elicit abnormal, sometimes violent responses whilst flashbacks increasingly intrude into real life.
On her way to meet her dad, a woman reflects on her life. Along the way, the country looks empty to her and, slowly, memories of past lives are coming back to her. Is it real ? Or is it only a dream ?
A black, bantu-knot-headed woman goes for a job interview and is left to question the institutionalization of Afro-Centric hairstyles.
"Whirlwind," an Artistic Statement. Concept, Creation, and Direction for multi-disciplinary artist, Synead.
We offer this work as an outlet to heal. Experience reality without outside influence and continue to release performative behaviors. Be bold, brave and harness your energy in these times of uncertainty. Let us honor truth in which capitalism denies. Root in the work that people choose to neglect. Evolution is afoot.
Sam gets on the subway to get home. He catches the eye of April. The two of them discover they have way more in common than where they’re heading. Sometimes you need a noisy place to have a quiet conversation.
An impatient man enters a patty shop. All he wants is one patty. Instead he learns a valuable life lesson... the hard way
When social distancing goes wrong...
Content Creator Monty Ross is not afraid of social media. In fact he has embraced all forms of storytelling: Iconic Hollywood Movies. Major Commercials. Disruptive Music Videos. Engaging documentaries.
Producer/director/filmmaker - Mr. Ross was a part of the vanguard that took the independent filmmaking industry by storm and presented new and engaging stories about the African-American experience that are known throughout the world. As a co-producer, from the early 1980s through to the 2000s, Ross's collaboration with Spike Lee brought to worldwide audiences critically acclaimed films: Do The Right Thing, Malcolm X, School Daze and Keep The Faith Baby (The Life and Times of Adam Clayton Powell, Jr.)
This is a unique opportunity to gain insights for one of the original disruptors.
Sharing Caribbean narratives. This is the motto Maëlla Kancel lives by since 2019 with Karukerament, her podcast about the representation of the Caribbean in cinema and television. As she explores films and tv shows, she documents her journey to define her Caribbean identity as a French Black woman from Guadeloupe. (Karukerament Podcast is a CSIFF Media Partner)
Panel - Caribbean Films & Language: Strategies to Highlight Authentic Narratives in a Multilingual Setting (May 22 at 12pm EST)
Meschida Philip is a Grenadian-American filmmaker, founder of the 1261 Film Festival, and Mprojekts Creative Group CEO. Meschida amplifies the work of people of color and women from the Caribbean and African diaspora.
Panelist: Caribbean Films & Language: Strategies to Highlight Authentic Narratives in a Multilingual Setting (Saturday, May 22 at 12pm EST)
About MCS Q-Nice: Cleveland,Ohio native, and known to his friends and associate’s as Q, this ambitious entrepreneur used his love for hip-hop to create a lifestyle brand that will change the world. (@djqnice)
(Co-Sponsored by TRILLVISION.COM)