Saint Lucia Wins Big At Film Festival In Switzerland

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Saint Lucian and Caribbean filmmaker Michelle Serieux has been celebrated at the Locarno Film Festival in Switzerland after winning two prestigious Open Doors awards.

Both were for her film project in development, a supernatural thriller called Black Madonna, directed and produced by Michelle through her production company Imagine Caribbean.

The first award presented, “Open Doors – OIF – ACP – EU Award” will provide Michelle “with a mix of story-editing and co-production strategy support, advice on the development and refinement of the film dossier, based on the specific needs of the awarded project”.

The second award, “Open Doors – Moulin d’Andé-CECI Award” offers a “writing residency to an emerging director who took part in Open Doors 2022 (Hub, Lab or Screenings), enabling them to continue working on writing and development of their project”.

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Michelle Serieux is the only filmmaker in that cohort from the Caribbean and the first St. Lucian filmmaker to win these two awards.

Michelle is particularly excited about the residency with a prestigious cultural institution in France, a major source of inspiration for new wave writers.

The Locarno Film Festival “OPEN DOORS” initiative has a new three-year focus dedicated to giving Latin America and Caribbean film projects an opportunity to reach out and engage industry players present at the festival in Switzerland.

Michelle Serieux, who lives in Mamiku on the east coast of St. Lucia a MA in Film and Cinema Studies from Columbia University (with Honours in Narrative Strategies for New Media). She’s earned a BA (First Class Honours) in Media and Communication, Drama and Cultural Studies from the University of the West Indies.

Michelle Serieux is a writer/director/producer and founder of Imagine Caribbeana boutique production company focused on presenting unique screen-stories about the Caribbean.

The most recent non-fiction project is Don’t Come Searching, an international collaboration with Canadian filmmaker Andrew Moir, which recently had its world premiere at HotDocs 2022.

Current projects in development include the supernatural thriller Black Madonna, and a hybrid new media project the Virgin and the Whore.

Michelle is happy to be back home in Mamiku where her production company is based. The award-winning writer and director looks forward to working out of St. Lucia for the immediate future.

 Headline photo: Copyright (c) Locarno Film Festival / ti-press / Massimo Piccol

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10 COMMENTS

  1. It is quite refreshing to see St Lucia projected on the map of film production. This is one of the artistic genres we should be striving for and achieving (We’ve only just begun). We are now seeing the works of Colin Weekes, Mathurine Emmanuel, and so many more. Refreshing indeed. Congratulations Michelle!

  2. I am so inspired by Ms. Serieux and her ambitious work. We plan on filming in Saint Lucia this fall and will contact her about possibly contributing to our island production. Keep local filmmakers working!!

  3. May this be an inspiration to many. We have the talent, both at home and away, it is indeed a breath of good news from the sad and daily dose. Be Blessed for greater ones to come.

    • Congrats to her. Wishing her much success. Don’t want to minimize her accomplishment in any way because I knew nothing about her before reading this. I will be looking out for her work soon, to appreciate and judge it on merit.

      BUT, I am also hoping she is not a “plant.” There is a lot of prize fixing and agenda award-giving in the world of arts and literature in these times. For they to do indoctrination by stealth, using agents from within. THEY create a highly acclaimed plant with a certain tell-tale sign to signal others of same to swarm to new bright light. A familiar method, wherever you have communities showing resistance to the one ONE WORLD view.

  4. Congratulations are in order on your magnificent achievement. May you continue to make progress in your endeavours and make us all proud.

  5. St. Lucians making their mark elsewhere. Let’s always continue to support in wins and losses, not only when they bring home awards.

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