The Windrush Caribbean Film Festival is back for 2022 (17 June to 17 July) and for the first time, lovers of Black film can attend in-person screenings across the capital and Birmingham.
Since its creation in 2020, the Windrush Caribbean Film Festival (WCFF) has been building a legacy celebrating the contributions of the Windrush generation and their impact through festival screenings, talkbacks and workshops. The WCFF is excited to be hosting their programme across cinemas and art venues across the UK, as well as exclusive films online, all with a view to reaching as many festival goers as possible.
This year’s theme is ‘From Empire to Commonwealth: Legacies of the Windrush Generation’ and the focus will be about showcasing not only the original Windrush pioneers arriving in Britain during the 1940s but their descendants who are shaping Britain as we know it today.
Frances-Anne Solomon, Director, WCFF, said: “Our goal is to celebrate legacies of the Windrush generation on Black life and modern Britain. This discussion has never been more relevant.”
Beginning on 17 June in Wales, the WCFF will move to London before ending in Birmingham for the closing night and awards ceremony.
On 25 June at the ‘home of Black Britain’, Brixton, film fans can enjoy the iconic film, Pressure, by Sir Horace Ové, hailed as Britain’s first Black feature film at the Ritzy Cinema. For its final London outing, the festival moves to Genesis Cinema in East London on 1 July.
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“We’re excited to finally be in cinemas, after two years where we were all unable to meet due to the worldwide pandemic but, we’re keen however, not to lose those fans across the world who enjoyed our films via our digital platforms,” said Patricia Hamzahee, Director, WCFF.
As in previous years, a highlight of the festival is the awards ceremony. The ceremony will include the coveted Paulette Wilson Award as well as the introduction of several new categories. All awards will be held as part of the closing ceremony in Birmingham on 17 July.
Interested in the festival but can’t get there in person? You can buy an online festival pass. An online festival pass will give you instant access to WCFF 2022 once the festival starts on 17 June throughout the festival up to the 31 July 2022. Sign in to view the festival schedule, attend virtual workshops and film screenings and participate in discussions with filmmakers at your leisure. Your pass will allow you to re-watch at any time, until the end of July.
Visit the Windrush Film Festival website.