While Hollywood’s movers and shakers are getting ready for a red carpet welcome at this weekend’s Cayfilm festival, its director Tony Mark said he wants Cayman’s role in the film industry to grow.
His big dream of starting a film school complete with a sound stage could bring more productions to our islands, and Cayman Enterprise City is on-board to help bring the companies here.
“Hollywood is really got their finger-pointing to Cayman right now. They are looking at us and saying, OK, hold on, there’s something here,” said Cayfilm Festival Director Tony Mark.
He told Cayman 27 the notion of a thriving film industry in our little islands isn’t as far-fetched as it may seem.
“They want to come here, we want them here, we just have to put it all together,” he said.
He’s working towards his dream of starting a film school and soundstage.
“If we have that here, and we are striving to make that happen, then yeah, that’s going to attract every type of filmmaker, from low-budget to big budget,” said Mr. Mark.
Mr. Mark told Cayman 27 he’s working with production companies, filmmakers, and the media park at Cayman Enterprise City to help make the dream a reality.
“We bring the business side to the Tony’s vision, and offer the opportunity for the businesses that would come here and do some of these very exciting things, we offer them the opportunity to do it in a cost-effective and time efficient manner,” said Cayman Enterprise City CEO Charlie Kirkconnell.
Mr. Kirkconnell said the advantages the Special Economic Zone can offer are competitive to film incentives offered elsewhere.
“The opportunity is to create a full industry here and that means the jobs,” said Mr. Kirkconnell.
“That means more locals getting hired, that means more businesses being able to work with these film companies,” added Mr. Mark.
And that, is the Hollywood ending this blockbuster partnership is hoping for.
Cayfilm kicks off Friday (1 July) with the opening night gala, a 10-year reunion for the film “Haven”.
Mr. Mark said at least 75 directors from the festival’s more than 200 films will be here in Cayman.