A Vincentian + Caribbean Film Festival
Hairouna Film Festival
The Hairouna Film Festival is the first festival of its kind in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. It is named after our indigenous island as an important objective of the festival is to bring Vincentians closer to their culture, history and collective Caribbean roots.
At this moment an immense wave of creativity is sweeping across the Caribbean. The community of Caribbean filmmakers is steadily growing, quality of work is progressively improving, new festivals are emerging, more and more opportunities for funding are becoming available. We are in the nascent stages of what will likely become a flourishing Caribbean Film Industry.
HFF aims to bring St. Vincent and the Grenadines into this movement that is occurring across the region. We hope that it will help to inspire, educate and motivate Vincentian filmmakers.
An important objective of this festival is to diversify films available to the Vincentian population. The festival will screen Caribbean films exposing Vincentians not only to an alternative experience to Hollywood, but an alternative specifically rooted in Caribbean culture.
This is important because we know that representation matters. Studies done by cultural theorists such as the Caribbean’s own Stuart Hall have demonstrated the connections between the imagery that we consume and our understanding of the world and our place in it. Exposure to imagery that reflects relatable cultures, characters and scenarios have been linked to higher levels of self-esteem and self-awareness.
Last but certainly not least, the festival will simply be a fun and entertaining experience. Consisting mainly of public open-air screenings entry will be free to anyone who wanders by. Operating like a pop-up cinema with a mobile projection screen we will screen films in Kingstown, Calliaqua, Sharpes, Barrouallie, Arnos Vale, St. Vincent Community College, St. Vincent’s Prisons and Bequia.
Aiko Roudette, Festival Director
Nadia Huggins, Art Director
Olivia Stephens, Marketing and Social Media Manager
North Eleven, Projection Ninjas
Vonnie Roudette, Co-ordinator
Julae Delves-Ross, Grounds Supervisor
Roland Gumbs, Tech
Festival artwork by Olivia Stephens