Pregones/Puerto Rican Traveling Theater presents the 3rd edition of its growing 21 Islands International Short Film Fest to take place on February 7-10, 2019, in the South Bronx. The film festival is curated by filmmaker and media producer Melisa Ramos, in partnership with Louis E. Perego Moreno (Tío Louie) of Prime Latino Media, the largest network of Latino multimedia-makers on the East Coast. Distinguished past partners include Cinefiesta de Puerto Rico and the New York State Regional Economic Development Councils.
A diverse cross-section of the community served by Pregones/PRTT participates in the festival selection process. Artists, activists, scholars, audience members, and neighbors of diverse age and cultural heritage evaluate over 1,500 multilingual film submissions from more than 200 islands worldwide. Each finalist competes for both Festival Jury and Audience Choice awards.
The festival shines a spotlight on island life in all its richness and diversity. What are the particular and distinguishing features of island life and creative expression? Are there cultural, philosophical, and aesthetic preoccupations shared by island artists and audiences? How do the histories of different islands from around the world resemble and contrast each other? What imprint, if any, does island life leave on film genre, style, and tone?
21 Islands 3rd Edition will feature animation, experimental, and live action films from: Australia, Canary Islands, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Hawaii, Indonesia, Ireland, Ischia, Islas Malvinas, Japan, Kalamata, Montreal, Philippines, Princes’ Islands, Puerto Rico, Sardinia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Tenerife, and United Kingdom. Each festival screening is a kaleidoscope of the real and the imagined, bursting with memorable stories and characters, and plenty of audiovisual brio. 5 fun-packed screenings over 4 days including a special selection of past festival winners!
THANK YOU: This program is made possible, in part, with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council, and from the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. Southwest Airlines is the Official Airline of Pregones/PRTT.