After a five-year hiatus, the Martinique International Film Festival made its comeback during these past few weeks. "The rebooted Martinique International Film Festival went completely digital this year. It proved to be the best approach for a festival such as ours. No fancy parties or red carpet, just good cinema.", the festival curator Kris De Meester explains, "This allowed us to reach a global audience with our selected films and still keep the carbon footprint to the absolute minimum". About the selection he continued "I was honoured to see so many good entries this year, making the final selection something to be proud of. Because of the digital approach we were also able to select more films than usual. I hope this approach will allow us to select even more new voices for the next edition."
The Martinique International Film Festival is excited to share with you today the winners of the 2023 edition. Out of 50 cinematic gems from around the globe, the jury panel awarded the following films:
Best Narrative Feature Film
Altar (Cuba) by Pablo Villalobos
Best Documentary Feature Film
Dying For Gold (South Africa) by Catherine Meyburgh, Richard Pakleppa
Best Narrative Short Film
Trois machettes (France) by Matthieu Maunier-Rossi
Best Documentary Short Film
Gare aux Coquins (France) by Jean Costa
Best Experimental Film
Water Lily Split (France) by Grégoire Perrier
Best Animated Film
Opal (France) by Alan Bidard
Meilleur Film Francophone
Grounds of Hope (France) by Lionel Bernardin
Best Latino Film
The Land Beneath Our Feet (Brazil) by Fáuston da Silva
Best Music Video
Chicago (Portugal) by João Pombeiro
Congratulations to all!
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
The Martinique International Film Festival is an online streaming film festival meant to showcase innovative world cinema from around the world by up-and-coming artists. The festival hopes to be the voice and representation for films with a unique voice and message, regardless of how low the budget might be.
Aiming to inspire, motivate and award new talent.
Founded as a quarterly online film festival in 2015, the Martinique International Film Festival ran for 8 editions before taking a break in 2018. In 2022 the festival was acquired by Tarkovski Ltd, a global player in the film festival world. New aims were set and a new approach was developed, transforming the Martinique International Film Festival into an online streaming platform, up to speed with present viewing behaviour in an increasingly digital world.