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Mark: “Cayman almost a film destination”

Winners at the Cayfilm 2017 awards have been announced summing up a weekend of work shops and movies.

Cayfilm Director Tony Mark said the Cayman Islands are on the way to becoming a top-class film destination after famous film creators and movie experts provided educational information to movie enthusiasts on island at workshops held at the Ritz Carlton, Grand Cayman.

Mr. Mark said getting Cayfilm on track was phase one of developing Cayman’s movie scene and said the next step is infrastructure.

“I’m really eager to get a film industry down here this is phase one for me, the film festival now it’s aware people know about us now in the world, next thing is infrastructure, we need to have our people  trained that a producer doesn’t bring down a hundred people he brings down 20 and he hires 80 locals that’s what I’m gunning for,” Mr. Mark explained.

Wes Studi who is famous for his role as the father in the movie Avatar conducted one of the workshops over the weekend  and Oscar winner Peter Stern hosted a special effects workshop on Sunday (02 July).


Below are the Winners and awards for Cayfilm 2017.

  • Best Feature Film – D-Love directed by Elena Beuca
  • Best Animated Film – White Tunnel directed by Chien Lan-Chi
  • Frank E. Flowers Best Local Film – Hotel directed by Trevor Murphy
  • Best Feature Documentary – Out of State directed by Ciara Lacy
  • Best Documentary Short – Disney Cartoon Camera directed by Dave Bossert
  • Best Short Film – All The Marbles directed by Michael Swingler
  • Best Environmental Film – Straws directed by Linda Booker
  • The Paul Schrader Best Screenplay Award – The King’s Inn written by Lorraine Portman
  • Best Music Video – Dan Sultan – Magnetic directed by Jonathan Chong
  • Best Underwater Film – Dive To Be Alive directed by Florian Fisher
  • Best First Film – Sea Of Life directed by Julia Barnes
  • 48 Hour Film Project – The Last Act directed by Cassandra Shea
  • Lifetime Achievement Awards – James V. Hart and Loren Carpenter



About the author

Mario Grey

Mario Grey

Mario Grey's passion for journalism has been long intertwined with his love of people and culture from his days as a youth growing up in the Cayman Islands. He captained his debate team whilst at John Gray High School and graduated as Head Prefect. He also worked at KVHU FM in Searcy, Arkansas, United States and worked and interned for Radio Cayman News before graduating from the University Of Arkansas at Little Rock in May 2015.

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