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About Windrush Caribbean Film Festival

76 Years of Black British Cinema

The Windrush Caribbean Film Festival (WCCF) seeks to engage and educate audiences across the UK about the contributions of the Windrush generation and their descendants to the country through film screenings, talkbacks, interviews and workshops.

 

WCFF 2024 takes place 13-30 June 2024

This year, the Windrush Caribbean Film Festival celebrates its 5th year as a Caribbean-focused film festival in the UK. The theme for WCFF 2024 is Transitions & Travels – The Journey continues.

Caribbean history is punctuated by archetypical movements – From villages to towns, from islands to Metropoles. By ships and planes. A festival of transitions and journeys in film and narratives. This is particularly embodied in the history of the Windrush ship that brought Caribbean people, their hopes and dreams to the UK and their journeys ever since, from home and in the European space they made their own.

 

WCFF History

The 2023 Festival explored the complex relationship between the big screen and the Windrush migrants from the Commonwealth through screening films from across the span of the 76 years of Black British Cinema. This captivating filmic experience, along with interactive workshops and thought-provoking events, once again highlighted the artistic, political and social contribution of the original pioneers as well as their descendants who are shaping Britain today. These descendants form their own cultural and political narratives and identities to shine bright in their own starry night.

WCFF successfully launched in 2020 with a mission to celebrate the contributions of the Windrush generation and their descendants through engaging film screenings, talkbacks and interviews. Originally conceived as a traditional multi-venue film festival — following the successful 40 venue nationwide tour of Festival predecessor film HERO: The Extraordinary Life and Times of Ulric Cross — WCFF 2020 and 2021 pivoted to virtual programming with live streaming and social media.

WCFF 2022 was an exciting year as we returned to live screenings in 3 cities offering a vibrant programme of feature and short films, live and animated, panels and speakers.

Each of the festival themes showcase the rich legacies that the Windrush generation have given to Britain. The theme of WCFF 2020 was Justice, Race and Representation, the theme of 2021 was the History of Carnival Arts, and the theme for WCFF 2022 was From Empire to Commonwealth: Legacies of the Windrush Generation.

Best of the Fest

Celebrating the best films from Windrush Caribbean Film Festival

The Windrush Caribbean Film Festival enriches UK film culture and enhances public awareness about the profound contributions Caribbean immigrants have made socially, economically, and culturally. The best of these films are celebrated at the festival’s “Best of the Fest” online event – a chance to recognize the talent of a unique set of filmmakers, further enhancing cross-cultural understanding and keeping the story of the Windrush generation and their descendants alive.

Meet Our Festival Team

WCFF is produced by a nationwide consortium of community, business and creative arts organisations and leaders, led by CaribbeanTales UK, Recognize Black Heritage & Culture and Integriti Capital. WCFF is a registered CIC. Thank you to all team members and volunteers who make the festival possible.

WCFF Team

Patricia Hamzahee

Co-Founder & Director

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Ansel Wong

Festival Director

WCFF Team

Garry Stewart

Co-Founder & Director

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Diana Webley

Festival Director

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Frances-Anne Solomon

Co-Founder & Director

WCFF Team

Caroline Guespin

Associate Events Producer

STEERING GROUP:

Patricia Hamzahee (Integriti Capital) – WCFF Co-founder & Director of the CIC
Frances-Anne Solomon (CaribbeanTales UK) – WCFF Co-founder
Garry Stewart (Recognize Black Heritage & Culture) – WCFF Co-founder
Evadney Campbell (Shiloh PR) – Public Relations Lead
Joy Coker (Alt_Africa) – Programming Lead & Marketing Consultant
Yvonne Connikie (Cinema Golau) – Film Programming
Charmaine Bryan (CaribbeanTales Ltd.) – Marketing & Logistics Associate
Mandisa Pantin (CaribbeanTales Ltd.)- Event Programming
Ansel wong
P
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Alex D-Great

LOCAL PARTNERS:

Women of Color Scotland (Edinburgh, Glasgow)
Black Cultural Archives (London – Brixton)
Nubian Jak Trust ( London – Brixton)
October Gallery (North London)
Dunja Fehimović (Newcastle)
Cinema Golau (Cardiff)
Black History Studies (North/East London)
Sheffield Hallam University: Academic Network for Women of Colour (ANetWoC) and Narrowing the Gap (Sheffield)
Fairweather Productions (London – Croydon, West Norwood)
Robert Henry (Northampton)

PROGRAMMING GROUP:

Joy Coker (Alt_Africa) – Programming Lead, Curatoral Events & Films
Mandisa Pantin (CaribbeanTales Ltd.)- Event Programming
Yvonne Connikie (Cinema Golau) – Film Programming

ADMINISTRATION COMMITTEE:

Courtney Panchan (CaribbeanTales Ltd.) – Logistics Coordinator
Charmaine Bryan (CaribbeanTales Ltd.) – Marketing & Logistics Associate

MEDIA PARTNERS

Alt-Africa
The Voice
Best Editions

Thank you to our Funders, Supporters and Partners

Thank you to our Funders, Supporters and Partners

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