With just under two weeks left before the start of the 2019 Barbados Visual Media Festival, the Barbados Film and Video Association this evening released the list of nominees for this year’s Visual Media Awards (VIMAS). The awards will take place on October 27th, the final day of the festival, at Accra Beach Hotel. There are eleven categories overall: Best Actress, Best Actor, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Music Video, Best Original Story, Best Director Non-Fiction, Best Director Fiction, Best Sound, Best Film Non-Fiction and Best Film Fiction.
A total of fourteen films – ten fiction and four non-fiction – and five music videos have been nominated.
Leading the nominees with a total of eight nominations is Things Tough. It is nominated in the Best Actress category, twice, (Portia Blackman and Nelisa Layne), Best Cinematography (Kevin Bowen), Best Editing (Damien Pinder), Best Original Story (Shakirah Bourne), Best Director Fiction (Damien Pinder), Best Sound (Romario Hunte) and Best Film. Behind Things Tough are Mama’s Story and Tales From the Script: Mission Improbable with seven and six nominations, respectively.
The individual with the most nominations is Rommel Hall (creator of Keeping Up With The Joneses) with six nominations for Best Cinematography (Liquid Gold), two nominations for Best Editing (Liquid Gold and Tales From the Script: Mission Improbable), Best Original Story (Welcome Home), Best Director Non-Fiction (Liquid Gold) and Best Director Fiction (Tales From the Script: Mission Improbable). Damien Pinder is just behind Hall with five nominations and Chukwuemeka Iweze has four.
The five music videos nominated for Best Music Video are “Runaway” by Ch’An directed by Mosi Daniel, “Tiney Winey” by Joaquin directed by Jamar Harding, “She Always Bend Over” by King Bubba directed by Scenes Entourage, “Darlin'” by Shaquille directed by Shaquille Layne and R&M Inc and “Not Your Enemy” by Trinity Clarke directed by Joel Brooks.
See the image below for the full list of nominees. For more information on the Barbados Visual Media Festival and its awards, visit its Facebook page and that of the Barbados Film and Video Association.