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After a whirlwind weekend of movies, movies, and more movies, CayFilm organisers are already brainstorming ways to make next year’s festival bigger and better.

CayFilm’s festival director Tony Mark admits 2016 will be a tough act to follow, but says the festival is committed to building on its success.

“It was much bigger and greater than I even imagined,” said Mr. Mark. “How do you top Zoe Saldana and Star Wars? I don’t know how I ‘m going to do it, but my team and I are already looking ahead.”

The CayFilm team is already rolling up its sleeves to focus on next year’s festival. Mr. Mark told Cayman 27 he expects to be up to his neck in submissions as CayFilm carves a niche for itself in the film festival circuit.

“We had about 700 submissions this year, I’m sure we are going to get over a thousand submissions next year, and we have thirty local films, about 45 submitted. I hoping that doubles,” he said.

Mr. Mark told Cayman 27 CayFilm will always value quality over quantity. He said CayFilm is making good on its vision of being a true film lover’s film festival…

“One of the things that I’ve always been a believer on, kind of any art is, to be true to yourself and really put it out on the line,” explained Mr. mark. “I’ve been really formulating a film festival that I would want to go to. That’s why I have films from 50 different countries. I want to see films from all around the world.”

He said to expect a few tweaks for next year, hoping to draw more families out to the festival.

“I want to do some more tracks for families so kids, we can get more children there, these films and maybe some more workshops specifically for them, like maybe a green screen workshop or a little acting workshop,” said Mr. Mark.

So which Hollywood movie stars will be bringing their red carpet starpower to next year’ s festival?

Mr. Mark said to stay tuned for the sequel.


CayFilm said the industry feedback received on this year’s festival will generate more interest in next year’s iteration of the festival.

CayFilm expects to start accepting submissions for 2017 in the new year.

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