Fundacion CINEARUBA presents ‘Playa Film Festival 2022’ in October

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Everything is ready for the second edition of the Playa Film Festival. This year, CINEARUBA Foundation prepared an extensive program filled with workshops, masterclasses, films and networking sessions.

The film festival will take place during the school break in October, starting on Thursday the 6th of October until Sunday the 9th of October at Ateliers ’89, which is situated in dominicanessenstraat 34, across Maria College Mavo.

All films participating this year in Playa Film Festival went through an evaluation before they became part of the official selection, a process that started on the 28th of January this year, through a process of film submission, where they received films from all around the world. On the 15th of August the possibility to submit films ended and the process of evaluating all the films received began.

The first night of the festival will begin with the inauguration of a film exhibition based on the cinematographic work of filmmaker Juan Francisco Pardo, who this year is celebrating 30 years as content creator. Visitors will be able to experience various art installations inspired by the stories in each of Pardo’s movies.

The night will continue with the documentary “New Light – the Rijksmuseum and slavery” of filmmaker Ida Croes, from the Netherlands. Other movies which will also be presented during the first night include “Rasha” by Melissa Strangio of the Netherlands and “The Last Resource” by Kaylee Reeberg and Juan David Villar from Aruba.

The second day of the festival will begin with the masterclass Script Breakdown, where participants will learn how to break down a script in production requirements. This will be followed by the masterclass Production Schedule, which is focused on talent programming, human team and location. In the afternoon, workshops will be available for children, including Foley Sound Effect which teaches children aged 7 to 12 how to make sound effects for a movie. Another workshop for kids is Play Doh Stop Motion, where they will make a film using Play Doh.

The films that will be presented on the second day are “You and What Army” by Jim Menza from the USA; “Dande di Aruba” by Cindy Kerseborn from Aruba; “Why we are unhappy in cities” by Zhao Gang from China; “Beyond Masks” by Leticia Lopez from Brazil; “Donna” by Sonia Commandeur from the Netherlands; and “Online Crush” by Ronney Dotel from Aruba.

On the third day there is the masterclass Film Language, which will offer a view on the technical names and meaning of each image or scene in a movie. Pardo will give a masterclass where he will discuss the cinematic formula that he was to keep costs down.

For children there is a Green Screen Acting workshop where the kids will explore and act in front of a green screen.

The films that will be presented during the third day are “Opal” by Alan Bidard from Martinique; “Malpelo mountain of shark” by Kevin Mannens from USA; “The greatest of all Tina” by Brody Gusar from USA; “The Sands of Time” by James Hughes from the UK; “Perspective” by Rovendley Welvaart from Curaçao.

On the last day of the festival there will be repetitions of various masterclasses, workshops and films. Sunday night the winner of short film and long film will be announced, where the public will be in charge of voting for their favorite short and long film in order to select the winning films of the Playa Film Festival.

Tickets are available online via and every ticket works as a day-ticket which allows the public access to all the activities for the whole day. The contribution made by the public by buying a ticket will help CINEARUBA Foundation with other projects focused on artistic and personal development of children and youth.

In one room there will be activities for Children while in another room there will be films for adults to watch, so that parents can go watch the films while the children partake in the various workshops. There will be a combination of various activities and suggestions from the public last year were taken into consideration to repeat some activities, so that attendees can have the chance to take part in activities they might have missed.

Juan Francisco Pardo said: “I invite the community to come on the 6th of October until the 9th of October. This is a good initiative to visit with your children and youths.”

Playa Film Festival would not be possible without the support of Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds Caribisch Gebied, Setar N.V., Ateliers ’89 and Smart and Fast Cargo. For more information, visit