is some exciting news today coming out of the Caribbean film-centered
non-profit film organization the Caribbean
Film Academy (CaFa), whose mission of sharing and promoting the art of storytelling through film from the unique
perspective of the Caribbean, and by extension increasing the visibility of Caribbean diasporic
filmmakers, has announced the launch of Studio Anansi Films, their own Video-On-Demand
Studio Anansi Films (studioanansi.tv) will feature narrative short and feature-length
live action and animated films and documentaries, as well as web-series created
by Caribbean filmmakers from throughout the diaspora. The new VOD platform will add to the already exciting catalog of fresh and cutting edge films by some of the Caribbean’s best
emerging filmmakers, already enjoyed by viewers familiar with CaFa’s film blog CineCaribés
(cinecaribes.com) and monthly CaFA Film Nights community film screenings in
As Romola Lucas, co-founder of CaFA
comments, "With the launching of this site, CaFA has achieved one of its major
goals – providing an outlet for the work of emerging regional and diaspora
based Caribbean filmmakers, as well as access for global and regional audiences
to some of the best film content coming out of the Caribbean." She adds that, "In
recent years, there has been an explosion in filmmaking in the Caribbean,
mostly spurred by the greater affordability of equipment and the growth of
regional film festivals. As one of
a handful of VOD sites designed exclusively for Caribbean content, the platform
will provide a tremendous opportunity for increa"ed visibility of the work of
our emerging filmmakers."
Key to the launch will be Studio
Anansi’s distribution deal with New Caribbean Cinema (NCC) producers Michelle
Serieux and Storm Saulter, whose highly anticipated film Ring di Alarm recently opened to rave
reviews and large audiences in Jamaica, and will be the newest addition to the site. "With the addition of Ring di Alarm," remarks Lucas, “we are
slowly but surely putting together a site to be enjoyed by viewers and
cherished by filmmakers."
Ring di Alarm is available on the site beginning today, Tuesday, August 26.
Studio Anansi, named
in honor of master Caribbean storyteller Anansi the Spider, draws on the
Caribbean’s collective and unique perspective, and the high regard held for its
storytelling traditions. It will
offer films in a variety of genres made by filmmakers from a wide range of
Caribbean countries, with the capacity for the films to be viewed in high
definition, on any device.
Audiences will be able to choose from a selection of free or paid
content, with film prices averaging about $5.
An often forgotten and neglected
audience by American and European filmmakers, the steady growing Caribbean
audience is like any other – they crave to see their stories and themselves
onscreen, and for them to be accessible.
It looks like Studio Anansi can be a major player in delivering premium
Caribbean film content worldwide and shining a light on this emerging film