About Us


Meet The Hairouna FF Team

Festival director

Aiko Roudette

Aiko Roudette is an award-winning filmmaker of Trinidadian, Dominican and British ancestry. Born in the UK, her family moved to Trinidad when she was just a year old, and then to St. Vincent and the Grenadines when she was two. At 18 a scholarship took her to New York where she would achieve a BA and MFA in Film and Media Studies. During nine years in New York she made the most of every opportunity (working as a cinematographer, sound tech, gaffer, archival researcher, PA, editor). While in NY she also donated her filmmaking skills to various social rights groups advocating for global workers rights, justice for black lives, and the liberation of Palestine. Roudette considers the arts an effective and powerful sphere to generate vibrant culture and societies. In 2018 along with a group of young Vincentian creatives, she founded the Hairouna Film Festival, a free annual film festival in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Now the Director of the film festival, she also works as a freelance film editor, videographer and director. Her work has been screened in 25 festivals/screenings worldwide including in Toronto, Berlin, New York, Trinidad and London.

Head of development

Beth Gallagher

Beth works sourcing and transforming physical spaces for the creative industries. Her career started working for the owner of Ealing Film Studios and she has gone on to work with London performing arts venue The Roundhouse and global membership and hospitality brand Soho House Group. She studied steel pan at the University of West Indies and is passionate about supporting the Arts in St Vincent.

Programming Director

Shane Slater

Shane Slater is a freelance film critic based in Jamaica. Born in Kingston, he lived in St. Vincent and the Grenadines from age 6 to 17 before pursuing his Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies at Franklin & Marshall College and his Master of Philosophy in Environmental Management at the University of Cape Town. While living in South Africa, Shane followed his lifelong passion for film by starting his blog Film Actually. Subsequently, he became a contributor for various North American-based online publications, including Awards Radar, The Spool and That Shelf. His journalism work is particularly focused on drawing attention to independent, non-English and non-fiction filmmakers through interviews, podcasts, reviews and other opinion pieces. In his role as Programming Director for the Hairouna Film Festival, Shane hopes to similarly champion the unique voices of Vincentian and Caribbean filmmakers. As an avid festival-goer himself, he believes that film festivals are vital to creating a passionate film culture and celebrating the next generation of visual storytellers. He is also a member of the African-American Film Critics Association and is a Rotten Tomatoes-approved critic.

Festival Manager

Indira Layne

Formerly, Indira worked as Festival Coordinator for the CaribbeanTales International Film Festival, Windrush Caribbean Film Festival and the CineFAM Film Festival and in her role as Festival Coordinator, was responsible for overseeing all festival logistics. Indira went on to work with Black Women Film Canada where she assisted in producing, managing and executing BWF’s highly sought after programs and events. In 2022, Indira co-founded the Toronto based production company Look At Us Productions. The goal of which is to champion the representation of women and people of colour in front and behind the camera. Indira trained as an Actor and has appeared in national commercials, TV productions and indie films. Indira is interested in projects that seek to explore the Vincentian experience locally and within the diaspora today. Indira is dedicated to supporting, promoting, and amplifying Vincentian and Caribbean Artists.