Friday 12 October 2018


Commffest community film and arts festival celebrates Antigua and Barbuda Sunday October 14, 2018

Commffest community film and arts festival presents, as part of its thirteenth year, "Antigua and Barbuda Day" of film screening, live music, poetry and food, on Sunday, October 14, 2018, from 3 to 7 pm at the Lucy and Thornton Blackburn Conference Centre, 80 Cooperage St. in Toronto's historic Distillery District.
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In Toronto Sunday: Antigua Minister of the Arts Darryl Matthew

A number of Antiguan and Barbudan artists and government officials will be on hand, including
New York based filmmaker Dr. Noel Howell screening his film "Little Rude Boys", as well as answer audience questions; Antigua and Barbuda Minister of Sports, Culture, National Festival and the Arts Darryl Matthew, alongside the island's Director of the Festival Commission and it's head of Marketing and Toronto Consul-General Ann Marie Layne. Poet Clifton Joseph and musicians Naomi Smith, Dylan and Edan Smith will perform, in addition to discussions on the Antigua and Barbuda Film and Arts Festival 2019 and Antigua and Barbuda's hosting of regional arts festival "Carifesta" in 2021.
Award-winning Dr. Howell is a key part of the burgeoning film industry in Antigua and Barbuda.
Howell graduated from the Film School of New York University. His 2009 feature film Redemption of Paradise was named best Caribbean film at the 2010 Jamaica International Reggae Film Festival.
In February 2010, he was appointed roving film ambassador for the Motion Picture Association of Antigua & Barbuda.  In 2014 Howell established a mathematics award with the Ministry of Education in Antigua and Barbuda, providing nine outstanding public school students with $500 each for outstanding performance in mathematics.
"Little Rude Boys" is a coming of age family drama set in Antigua in which a sick grandmother is duped into taking care of her fourteen grandchildren over the summer as numerous situations there's then to destroy her family.
This will be Dr. Howell's first screening in Canada