The fifth annual Caribbean Youth Film Festival will open later this month. Since its inception the popularity of the festival, has traversed local boundaries, piquing the interest of young filmmakers in the wider Caribbean.

Colin Weekes, founder and director of the festival, said participation has grown from a local event, into a regional festival with an abundance of interest from the youth of the Eastern Caribbean and beyond.

"The festival is now open to the Caribbean and more people are aware of it and are participating, and it shows you the strength and eagerness that budding artistes have, and the potential for this industry to grow," Mr Weekes said. "We do not have any problems in respect to people wanting to participate, infact we may well be a little too slow, but its important to take things in stride, and that's what we are doing. We want to ensure that we have a solid foundation, and that we are not overwhelmed with activities that we can not handle."

Weekes said the process for entering the festival is simple.

"It has always been a free festival so that everybody can be exposed. The rules are easy. Technology is at our finger tips and we want the youth to use it in a positive way." He explained that entries, can be recorded using a phone or DSLR camera. Weekes continued, "Applicants will make a film no longer than 15 minutes, upload it through any medium or send it via email, and voila, you are part of the festival."

A range of free workshops will be held throughout Saint Lucia, as part of the festival, where participants can become acquainted with all aspects of film making, including acting, lighting and screen writing. The festival is open to anyone aged 35 or younger, from and is held between, July 24th to August 12th.

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The Great Haiti Tech Awards Are Here Again

The Haitian Caribbean Information Technology Council proudly announced that the upcoming Haiti Tech Awards are almost here. This year's event has been slated for July 27th and the Marriot Hotel will be the venue for the great Haiti Tech Awards Gala night.

The awards were established in 2015 to showcase the incredible contributions of women, men and youths who have made an impact and shaping the technology community. Over the years, the Haiti Tech Awards have recognized over 40 professionals from across the country.

The Haiti Tech Awards platform recognizes technology-focused individuals who are driving innovation, influencing technology companies, and are passionate about the community. Nominees must be Haitian residents and those who have ties with Haiti.

A number of nominees have been proposed for the various categories, which include:

The Youth Award, Women in Tech, Men in Tech, Media Online Leadership Award and The Give Back Leadership Award.

The Haitian Caribbean Information Technology Council is a private and nonprofit organization that provides business support, networking opportunities, information, advocacy, and recognition of technology companies and their leaders.

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CTU Holds 13th Caribbean Internet Governance Forum Tortola BVI

The Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU) is to hold the 13th Caribbean Internet Governance Forum (CIGF), from the 21st to 23rd August 2017, at the Government's Training Division, Betteto Frett Building, in Road Town, Tortola, British Virgin Islands.

The CIGF is historic in that it was the first regional Internet Governance Forum in the world to be established as a result of the work of the World Summit of the Information Society (WSIS) Geneva 2003 and Tunis 2005.

The CIGF is a regional, multi-stakeholder forum initiated by the CTU and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat in 2005 to coordinate a regional approach to Internet Governance for the WSIS. The forum has met annually and the primary products of its work have been the formulation of a Caribbean Internet Governance Policy Framework, the proliferation of Internet exchange points and capacity building in Internet Governance (IG) Principles across the Caribbean.

The 13th CIGF will assess the status and effectiveness of the new thrust, being pursued since 2014. Enhancing Internet governance expertise and capacity at the national level in the Caribbean, through the development of local multi-stakeholder structures to facilitate national implementation mechanisms for regionally derived/harmonised approaches.

The 13th CIGF will also provide a regional platform to highlight and address the current IG issues of Caribbean and global prominence, towards building consensus on appropriate Caribbean approaches and formulating action plans for advancing Caribbean interests.

You may view the agenda and register for the 13th CIGF online see the show notes for details.

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