7th Chelsea Film Festival Is Back In NYC

From October 17h to 20th 2019, this year’s edition of the Chelsea Film Festival showcases the French Caribbean
From October 17h to 20th 2019, this year’s edition of the Chelsea Film Festival showcases the French Caribbean
From October 17h to 20th 2019, this year’s edition of the Chelsea Film Festival showcases the French Caribbean
Press release

NEW YORK, NY (October 11, 2019) – The Chelsea Film Festival is back for a 7th edition in New York, from October 17th to 20th 2019. The four-day international film festival showcases the work of emerging filmmakers, producers and actors from around the world with screenings of independent shorts, feature-length films and documentaries.

Founded by the talented Ingrid & Sonia Jean-Baptiste, both originally from Martinique, this film industry duo’s main goal is to discover new talents and broaden the reach of independent film makers around the world.

The 7th annual Chelsea Film Festival proudly presents for the fourth year in a row the ‘FRENCH CARIBBEAN Program’ scheduled at AMC Loews at 34th Street in New York City on Friday, October 18th at 6:30 pm.

This French Caribbean Program includes:

From Shade To Light

by Jean-Michel Loutoby (WORLD PREMIERE) - Martinique

Fatso !

by Gautier Blazewicz (US PREMIERE) – Guadeloupe

American Dream

by Nicolas Polixene and Sylvain Loubet (WORLD PREMIERE) - Martinique

My Lady of The Camellia

by Edouard Montoute (NY PREMIERE) - Guyane

The French Caribbean Program will be followed by Q&A with the filmmakers.

This year, the festival will feature 100 films (short & feature films) from 21 countries including the U.S., UK, Germany, South Africa, Philippines, Israel, Turkey and India. Among the 3 directors from Martinique listed in the French Caribbean Program, Nicolas Polixene won the 2016 Chelsea Film Festival “Petit Prix” award with his moving short Papé.

“Martinique has everything to become the next film powerhous on the international scene” said Muriel Wiltord, Director Americas of the Martinique Tourism Authority. The birthplace of Euzhan Palcy, the brilliant filmmaker who marked history, is blessed with a breathtaking natural environment, a top-notch infrastructure and high-tech equipment, well-trained technical crews and most importantly, a new generation of talented filmmakers with great stories to tell the world. A big “thumbs up” to the French Caribbean Program at Chelsea Film Festival.”

For information about Chelsea Film Festival https://www.chelseafilm.org/

For information about The Caribbean Program https://www.chelseafilm.org/2019-short-film-series-5/


The French Caribbean Island of Martinique is also known as the Isle of Flowers, The Rum Capital of the World, the Birthplace of coffee in the New World, The Isle of the Famed Poet (Aimé Césaire) – Martinique ranks among the most alluring and enchanting destinations in the world. As an overseas region of France, Martinique boasts modern and reliable infrastructure – roads, water and power utilities, hospitals, and telecommunications, services all on par with any other part of the European Union. At the same time, Martinique’s beautifully unspoiled beaches, volcanic peaks, rainforests, 80+ miles of hiking trails, waterfalls, streams, and other natural wonders are unparalleled in the Caribbean, so visitors here truly get the best of both worlds. The currency is the Euro, the flag and the official language are French, but Martinique’s character, cuisine, musical heritage, art, culture, common language, and identity are of a distinctly Afro-Caribbean inclination known as Creole. It is this special combination of modern world conveniences, pristine nature, and rich heritage that has earned for Martinique several notable distinctions in recent years.


Géraldine Rome
Martinique Promotion Bureau