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Commonwealth Shorts Screenings

Posted on 31/08/2014
By Commonwealth Foundation

The premiere, 2013 Commonwealth Shorts at Bristol Encounters Film Festival

Commonwealth Shorts PremiereCommonwealth Shorts filmmakers joined hundreds of other filmmakers and producers for the international premiere of Commonwealth Shorts. Three of the five filmmakers – Kareem Mortimer from the Bahamas, Oscar Kightley from New Zealand and Jules Koostachin from Canada – watched their films shown publicly for the first time at Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival in Bristol.  They joined the audience for a Q&A afterwards.  Sadly, Lisa Harewood from Barbados was unable to be there.  Wanjiru Kairu from Kenya also could not be in Bristol because she was showing her film the following day at the 2013 Storymoja Hay Festival in Nairobi, Kenya

Storymoja, Nairobi

Untold-Stories-680New Year’s Eve by Wanjiru Kairu was also discussed as a part of a Commonwealth Writers Conversation at Storymoja, enititled ‘Queer Life Stories’.

Havana Film Festival

Photo Credit: Lisa Harewood’s blog from Cuba
Photo Credit: Lisa Harewood’s blog from Cuba

Auntie by Lisa Harewood was presented in a showcase of Caribbean films by the Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival at the Havana Film Festival 2013.  You can read about her experience of the festival on her blog.


Commonwealth Shorts; Commonwealth WritersA London screening of the 2013 Commonwealth Shorts took place at the Soho Hotel on 11 March 2014, with all of the filmmakers present. The screening was also the occasion of a Commonwealth Writers Conversation asking whether a common story could be found within their separate films.

Bahamas High Commission and Barabados High Commission, London

Bahamas High Commission; Commonwealth Shorts; Kareem Mortimer
Full house at the Bahamas High Commission

In March 2014 the Bahamas High Commission in London presented a special screening of Kareem Mortimer’s film Passage.

Lisa Harewood answers questions from the audience
Lisa Harewood answers questions from the audience

The Barbados High Commission presented a screening of Lisa Harewood’s film Auntie, with a lively debate that followed.
Barbados High Commissioner; Lisa Harewood; Commonwealth Shorts; Commonwealth Writers
Lisa Harewood and H.E Mr Donville Johnson

Belize Film Festival

Kareem Mortimer; Jules Koostachin
An audience gathers for a screening of Commonwealth Shorts at the Belize International Film Festival, 2014

Belize Film Festival
The five Commonwealth Shorts were screened at three different venues during the Festival. Kareem and Jules also appeared on Love FM, a radio station in Belize broadcasting nationally, as well as on Channel 7, a Belize City based TV station.

More Screenings:

Pan African Film Festival, Los Angeles
Pan African Film Festival, Atlanta
Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival
Pride of the Ocean Film Festival, Hawaii
Caribbean Tales Film Festival, Toronto
OUTwest Film Screening
Caribbean Studies Association in Merida, Mexico
Miami Film Life Center
National Art Gallery of The Bahamas, Nassau
Levy Preserve, Governor’s Harbour, Eleuthera Bahamas
College Of The Bahamas, Nassau Bahamas
Camelot, Lyford Cay, Bahamas
CaixaForum, Girona, Spain
CaixaForum, Tarragona, Spain
CaixaForum Barcelona, Spain
Doongalik Studios, Nassau
Pan African Film Festival, Los Angeles
Pan African Film Festival, Atlanta
Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival
Women’s International Film Festival, Miami
Muestra Joven Youth Film Festival
Black Harvest Film Festival, Chicago
University of Indiana Cinema
Embassy of Barbados reception, Beijing
Groundation Grenada Community Film Series
Cine Caraibes Community Film Series, Brooklyn
Global Studies Association Conference, Glasgow
Caribbean Studies Association Conference, Mexico
NYU-Abu Dhabi – Migration Conference
Government Industrial School (facility for at-risk teen girls)
Female Eye Film Festival, Canada
Asinabka Film Festival, Canada
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Integrated Opposition Installation, Nipissing First Nation, Canada
The film also appears on the website of the National Aboriginal Council of Midwives, Canada
Tom’s Dairy 
Warioa Film Festival, New Zealand
Melbourne Human Rights Arts and Film Festival, Melbourne and Sydney, Australia
Hawaii International Short Film Festival
Featured as one of New Zealand’s Best at New Zealand International Film Festival