Up until a couple of days ago when Jo Spalburg of Caribbean Media Partners posted a link to this event on our Facebook page, I had no idea there was awards event like this taking place in the Caribbean. It took quite a bit of searching, but I was finally able to find the event’s Facebook page and through that, find out what the event is about and what films and who was being honored in the film section. The event, initially scheduled for Jan 11 and 12, ended up happening all on the 12th. We were unable to find any reports on it, so at this point, we can’t share with you who performed nor who won awards – when this information is available, we’ll update the post. What we can do, is share a little about the festival, and the film category.
The Barbados Music, Fashion and Film Awards is Barbados’ longest running and most prestigious music awards event. It has been in existence as a music awards show for the past 8 years – this year, it also encompassed Fashion and Film awards. By all accounts, it is a well-attended event, attracting awardees and performers from all around the world, as well as showcasing local talent. You can read more on the event’s Facebook page. The information provided was taken from the Event’s Facebook page.
Film Award Nominations –
The Lifetime Achievement Award:
Marietta Carter-Narcisse (Makeup Artist/Makeup Designer) – Marietta, is an Emmy-nominated makeup artist / image consultant and is truly a living legend. Her credits include- Sparkle- starring the late Whitney Houston (Makeup department head), Baby Boy, The Long Kiss Goodnight, A Time To Kill, Dangerous Minds, Beverley Hills Cop, Out Of Darkness, What’s Love Got To Do With It, Malcom X, Ghost, After Midnight and numerous other classics. Her astounding talent has been utilized by the likes of the late Whitney Houston, Denzel Washington, Angela Bassett, Samuel L. Jackson and many, many others. She has been featured in VOGUE, Glamour, Essence and numerous major global publications.
Earl Maynard (Actor/Producer) – Barbadian bodybuilding phenomenon turned Hollywood star, Earl Maynard has made an indelible mark in the global film industry. His major motion picture credits include The Sword and the Sorcerer, The Big Brawl, The Nude Bomb and The Deep among other box office smashes. He has shared screens and credits with the likes of Jackie Chan, Beau Bridges and Angelica Houston.
Alison Sealy-Smith (Actress) – With dozens of high profile credits to her resume, including the massively successful television series Spider Man, X Men and Silver Surfer, Alison Sealy-Smith truly brought pride to Barbadian viewers mainly through her major, recurring role in the award-winning series Street Legal. IMDB lists 65 major film and television credits to her name, clearly and profoundly heralding her success and impact on the global television and film industries.
Award of Merit –
Marcia and Dave Weekes (Producers / Writers/ Directors) – Having written and produced Barbadian box office hits Hush, Hush II and Hush III in addition to the record-breaking Chrissy the team of Marcia and Dave Weekes have certainly revolutionized the Barbadian film industry, delivering box office smashes which have also successfully been packaged and distributed as DVDs to retail.
Alison Saunders-Franklyn – (Writer, Director, Producer, Advocate) – With the release of Hit For Six a new era was ushered in for film in Barbados. The BBC stated that Hit for Six was indeed the first big budget film written and produced by a Barbadian. With a budget of US $770,000 (according to the BBC) the film was groundbreaking, and has, over the years, been screened across the globe. Saunders-Franklyn in 2013 delved deeper into television, more specifically reality television, with the highly rated series Bank On Me, and works around
the clock as a film industry advocate.
Mahmood Patel (Cinematographer, Director, Advocate) – Known profoundly as the producer of the Bridgetown Film Festival, Mahmood Patel has worked behind the lens, on
stages, poured his thoughts on paper and generally poured his heart and soul into the film industry of Barbados. The visionary behind the Bridgetown Film Festival, he played a significant role in unifying and galvanizing the exponents of the island’s film industry, as they pressed for access to funding, input in legislation and greater respect within the domestic business arena.
Awards of Recognition –
Keeping Up With The Joneses (Television/Film)
Cornerstone Award –
Bajan Bus Stop – In recent years the World has lauded the ingenuity of Tyler Perry for his utilization of his scripts for stage plays, which he records and releases for DVDs, television shows and films. While this is indeed genius, this is by no means a business model which is foreign, or new to us here in Barbados, thanks largely to the famous Bajan Bus Stop production. Staged as a play, the long-running series was a highly rated television show viewed weekly by thousands on the Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation, and was massively successful as a touring production as well. While our focus is not on stage plays within the mandate of the BMFFA, we wish to acknowledge and recognize the sterling contribution made by Bajan Bus Stop to the industry, through its role as a major television series which stood as testament that if provided with quality productions, Barbadians will quite willing enjoy watching our own on screen.
Of course, we were aware of some of these nominees beforehand – we screened Hit for Six and saw Chrissy during its Brooklyn run and we’ve covered Payday and read reports about Keeping up with the Joneses, in the media – but putting all this information together was great. Congratulations to the nominees and to the winners – hopefully we can learn who they are soon.