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AMAA AWARD FOR PASSAGE

AMAA AWARD FOR  PASSAGE

The cast and crew of Passage are grateful for the honor of its recent win at the Africa Movie Academy Awards.
... The award for Best Diaspora Short film went to ‘Passage from Bahamas’...

It was a gathering of stars on Saturday at the 10th edition of the Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA). The Gloryland Center in Yenogoa, Bayelsa State was filled with filmmakers, actors, actresses, and other stakeholders in the Africa cinema from all over the world. For the ten years it has been in existence, AMAA has shown the strong effect Nigeria cinema nay African cinema has on the world. Hence this year’s award was a special celebration of some of the finest films of Africa cinema and its positive contribution to world cinema.

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US Distribution for Passage

Passage has found a home in the U.S. The film has been picked up for distribution by the National Black Programming Consortium and will stream exclusively on it sites blackpublicmedia.org and PBS.org. Passage premieres June 2nd.

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Los Angeles Premiere for Passage

Passage will have it's Los Angeles Premiere at the Pan African Film Festival. Screenings are February 8th, 13th and 17th

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Berlinale 2014

The Berlin International Film Festival, also called the Berlinale, is one of the world's leading film festivals and most reputable media events. The European Film Market (EFM), a film trade fair held simultaneously to the Berlinale, is a major industry meeting for the international film circuit once a year. The trade fair serves distributors, film buyers, producers, financiers and co-production agents.

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PASSAGE BECOMES THE FIRST BAHAMIAN FILM TO SCREEN IN CUBA

PASSAGE BECOMES THE FIRST BAHAMIAN FILM TO SCREEN IN CUBA

Nassau, Bahamas – Three-time award-winning short film Passage, by Kareem Mortimer became the first Bahamian film to screen in Havana, Cuba at the International Festival of New Latin American Cinema in the festival’s 35 year history. Passage tells the story of a young woman and her brother fighting for survival while being smuggled into the United States on a fishing vessel.

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BAHAMIAN FILMMAKER MAKES SPLASH IN CANADA

TORONTO, Canada - Bahamian film director and producer Kareem Mortimer recently held a reception in Toronto during the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) and under the patronage of His Excellency the High Commissioner of The Bahamas to Canada, Dr. Calsey Johnson...

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PASSAGE WOWS AUDIENCES IN PORTLAND, MAINE

More from the film scene for the Caribbean, this time a director’s choice award for Bahamian film maker Kareem Mortimer. 
The Bahamian film, simply called: Passage wowed audiences at the Portland Maine Film Festival… Passage’s win in Maine was the latest in a string of laurels that the short has earned. 
Its success on the festival circuit includes a win in the open category of the Ft. Lauderdale International Film Festival, On Location: Grand Bahama Island and Best Short at the Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival. 

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PASSAGE IN THE TRIBUNE

PASSAGE IN THE TRIBUNE

By JEFFARAH GIBSON
Tribune Features Writer
jgibson@tribunemedia.net

AWARD winning filmmaker Kareem Mortimer anticipates 2014 will be a very busy year between the world wide screenings of his latest film Passage, closing the financing for a new film and producing more work. Kareem recently became the first Bahamian filmmaker to screen in Havana, Cuba at the International Festival of New Latin American Cinema in the festival’s 35 year history. He has been travelling the festival circuit with the short film and is also in the process of developing a feature film, Cargo. 

Passage tells the story of a young woman and her brother fighting for survival while being smuggled into the United States on a fishing vessel. “Passage has been quite successful. It was made through an initiative of the Commonwealth Foundation. Passage was one out of six films given the grant out of over 3500 applicants. It has won three film festival awards and has been screened in over a dozen venues around the world. Additional support was received through BTC, Endowment for the Arts, RBC and The Ministry of Tourism,” he told Tribune Entertainment. Passage screened in New Zealand at the Commonwealth Writers Forum, The Aruba International Film Festival, Encounters Film Festival-Bristol, Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival, FLIFF Grand Bahama (Winner, Best Film), Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival (Winner Best Short), Portland Maine Film Festival ( Winner), Havana Film Festival. 

It will also be showcased in the upcoming Pan African Film Festival (Los Angeles), Clermont Ferrand (TTFF ShowCase), CBA Worldview Showcase London, Pride Of The Ocean Film Festival. 

The film’s success surpassed Kareem’s expectation and with every screening its message is communicated to more people, he told Tribune Entertainment. Kareem also said several years has passed since he did a narrative project, with the last being the feature film “Wind Jammers” (2011) directed with Ric Von Maur. 

“With the critical success of Children of God which had a three year festival run I decided to take time to focus on my documentary work. This included my work as an editor on Womanish Ways; my work as an editor on A Man With A Voice: The life of Norman Solomon; my work as an editor and producer on the When A Man Dreams Dreams the Life of Winston Saunders; and the short documentary that I made called SHE. It was a real treat to get back into the groove of working with actors and crew members. I had not realized how much I missed it and for the film to be as successful as it has so far has exceeded my expectations,” he said. 

While Passage is still making its rounds at international film festivals Kareem has other plans for the film. He said he has been presented with several distribution opportunities and is currently in negotiations with several international companies. “For the Bahamas, I am planning a series of screenings in Nassau, Grand Bahama, Abaco and Eleuthera. The first screening is at the NAGB January 23 at 6.00pm followed by a panel discussion on immigrant rights. FirstCare Medical Plan has graciously given us the opportunity to share our film in Grand Bahama and Abaco. The most important thing to me is to get as many eyeballs on this film as possible. 

“Passage is also a pre-cursor to my upcoming feature film Cargo. This year I am attending Film Markets to package and arrange financing for that film. Next month I am attending the European Film Market at the Berlinale in Germany and later on this year I will be producing another short film” he said. Kareem said fans can expect a lot from him as the year progresses

PASSAGE A TOP TEN CARIBBEAN FILM OF 2013 CINE-CARIBES

PASSAGE, Directed by Kareem Mortimer, Narrative Short, Bahamas, 2012 
Winner of the Director’s Choice Award at the 2013 Portland Maine Film Festival, Best Short Film Award at the 2013 Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival and an Open Category winner at the 2013 Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival Grand Bahama, Passage was one of five film proposals chosen by the Commonwealth Foundation’s Commonwealth Shorts, beating out thousands of applicants from around the Commonwealth in 2012. 

The trailer/teaser for this film is one of the best we’ve seen this year – watch it here and see for yourself. This film will continue to wow audiences in 2014.

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TOP STORIES OF 2013 FROM THEBAHAMASWEEKLY

As for film it was one of biggest and best years ever!
PASSAGE by Kareem Mortimer and Margot Bethel both award-winning examples. 

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Warren Brown to Star in Bahamian Film “Cargo”

Warren Brown to Star in Bahamian Film “Cargo”

British Actor Warren Brown known for his roles in “Luther”, “The Dark Knight Rises” and “Byzantium” will star in Bahamian film “Cargo” written and directed by Kareem Mortimer. The film explores the miry world of human smuggling and stars Brown as a humble fisherman who gets sucked into life as a prolific human smuggler to pay off a debt.

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BAHAMIAN FILMMAKER MAKES SPLASH IN CANADA

TORONTO, Canada - Bahamian film director and producer Kareem Mortimer recently held a reception in Toronto during the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) and under the patronage of His Excellency the High Commissioner of The Bahamas to Canada, Dr. Calsey Johnson... 

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