AUGUST 31, 2022: PROVIDENCIALES, TURKS & CAICOS — The official poster for the 4th Annual Turks & Caicos International Film Festival (TCIFF) was unveiled on Wednesday, August 31, at the Shore Club Resort in Long Bay, Providenciales, and featured country music star Jimmie Allen, who offered motivational words to students in attendance.
Building on the legacy of past poster designers, which includes world-renowned artist Bradley Theodore Harvey and brilliant North Caicos-based artist Janella Forbes, this year’s poster took a futuristic approach by allowing students at the Edward C. Gartland Youth Centre to become art directors as they worked with an artificial intelligence (AI) program designed specifically for turning words and commands into art.
Approximately 42 children gathered at the Youth Centre to participate in the 2022 poster competition. Each student was armed with a laptop and a mind filled with detailed descriptions of the image they wanted the program to create.
Chairman of the TCIFF Karen Whitt, said that the film festival posters have become an iconic part of the event since they launched the festival in 2019.
"We were excited to work with the students again for the film festival poster, last year we were rewarded with a spectacular piece entitled Mother Earth by Janella Forbes which perfectly embodied our festival’s theme of ‘Oceans and Environment’ and this year’s poster once again captures the essence of our theme while simultaneously representing the inviting nature of the Turks and Caicos Islands.”
"There were numerous incredible entries, the winning submission truly captured the amazing scenery of the Turks and Caicos Islands in a whimsical and inviting way."
Whitt continued, “Our winning artist, Janiya Harris, is a 10-year-old student at Oseta Jolly Primary School. She created magic by inputting words and phrases such as kids playing, flamingos, seashells, blue fish, crystal clear waters, flowers, and a clean beach, into the AI program and adjusting her description until her vision had manifested on the screen.”
Young Janiya Harris’ winning piece was a culmination of the crystal-clear waters of the TCI, sponges on the seabed, and a flamingo, which appears created from recycled material. “I am so excited to be the winner of the competition. I never thought I would have won because I thought my masterpiece wasn’t really attractive to other people,” said Harris on her win.
Since its launch in 2019, the TCIFF Committee has worked with the Edward C. Gartland Youth Centre to inspire youngsters to get involved while elevating the creative voices on the island.
Festival director Colin Burrows said, "Working with the local youth has always been part of the core mission statement for TCIFF and this year we took it a step further with an AI poster design competition to create the artwork for the 2022 festival. The winner Janiya Harris did an incredible job at creating an amazing poster that depicts our festival’s theme and we’re excited to show it to the world. "
The 4th Annual Turks & Caicos Islands international Film Festival is scheduled for November 11-13, 2022. The multi-day event will combine glitz and glamor with impact and purpose. The festival will also celebrate the best of filmmaking with a focus on safeguarding our oceans and environmental conservation.
For more information on tickets and scheduled events, patrons are encouraged to visit their website at www.tciff.org or the social media pages.