The UK’s first Windrush Caribbean Film Festival (WCFF) will run from 17 October to 8 November, 2020. The six-day digital festival of screenings, discussions and masterclasses aims to celebrate the contributions and impact of the Windrush generation on life in the UK today. It is the brainchild of Frances-Anne Solomon, inspired by her award-winning film HERO, a biopic of WW2 and Windrush hero Ulric Cross that toured the UK to critical acclaim in 2019.
Awards and prizes at the festival will include: Best Feature Film, Best Documentary Feature, Best Short Film and Best Short Documentary.
“As a child of the Windrush generation, I am passionate about sharing the stories and struggles of the men and women who paved the way for me and for all of us who are Black in Britain,” said festival co-founder, Garry Stewart of ‘Recognize – Black Heritage and Culture’. “Our partners from across the UK have worked tirelessly to turn a planned physical festival into a dynamic virtual event.“
The festival will also see the launch of the first ‘Paulette Wilson Windrush Award’, to be given in memory of the prominent Windrush campaigner who was wrongly detained by the Home Office, and who went on to become the face of the Windrush Scandal campaign. The award will be presented to an individual who has been instrumental in advancing the narrative to achieve justice for the Windrush generation. “We’re thrilled, and I know my mother would be too, to have this prestigious award named after her,” said Natalie Barnes, Paulette’s daughter. “My mother was a humble woman, but she was passionate about seeking justice for everyone caught up in the Windrush scandal. To see her honoured in this way is truly a wonderful legacy for her to have left.”
Over the six days of the festival, audiences will have the opportunity to watch films, engage in discussions and participate in master classes, all from the comfort and safety of their own homes. Each screening will be coupled with Q&A with major filmmakers, activists and actors. Patrick Vernon OBE, Windrush campaigner and co-author of 100 Great Black Britons, said, “The timing of this festival in the context of the official recognition of Windrush Day and the ongoing plight of the victims of the Windrush Scandal is important to record, share and celebrate this history. The festival has the potential to promote this legacy.”
The full festival schedule and trailers is available at www.windrushfilmfestival.com