CaFA is a non-profit organization, started in January 2012, by Justen Blaize and Romola Lucas. One day, we were sitting around talking and lamenting the dearth of information on Caribbean films and filmmakers and just decided to take matters into our own hands and start our own journey of discovering our films and filmmakers. We started off by just educating ourselves on the industry’s landscape in the Caribbean. Turns out, the industry in the Caribbean is vibrant and dynamic and is experiencing a period of growth right now. All very exciting to us. Since then, we have quickly learned who the players are and have started making connections that would allow us to share information on the wonderful films and talented filmmakers we produce.
Our vision is to increase the visibility of Caribbean films and filmmakers in the global community and to provide tangible support for their efforts.
We have already taken several steps to accomplish this. Through our bi-monthly film screenings in Brooklyn, we have started to build awareness and interest in our films. As more people become involved, we plan to extend this to other cities. We are also working with filmmakers on their fundraising campaigns, as well providing support from a business perspective, pre- and post-production.
Longterm, we hope to continue to support the industry in the Caribbean, by mobilizing audience support in the Caribbean and the diaspora; providing education and training to filmmakers and actors; providing access to equipment; supporting and encouraging filmmaking by the next generation of Caribbean filmmakers, ie, the children; preserving and sharing Caribbean culture and stories with the world; assisting our filmmakers in their marketing and distribution efforts; creating opportunities for Caribbean filmmakers to share their craft with the community; and providing opportunities for Caribbean filmmakers to work with the industry’s leading filmmakers.