CayFilm Cayman International Film Festival Announces Paul Schrader to Receive Award for Outstanding Achievement in Screenwriting

Georgetown, Cayman Islands, March 23, 2015 --( CayFilm Cayman International Film Festival (June 18-21, 2015) will present Paul Schrader with the inaugural Award for Outstanding Achievement in Screenwriting. The Award will be named The Paul Schrader Award for Outstanding Achievement in Screenwriting in his honor thereafter. Schrader is an award-winning screenwriter, film director, and film critic. Schrader wrote or co-wrote screenplays for the Martin Scorsese classics Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, and The Last Temptation of Christ and has directed 18 feature films, including his 1982 remake of the horror classic Cat People, and critically acclaimed dramas American Gigolo (1980), Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters (1985), Affliction (1997) and Auto Focus (2002), as well as The Canyons (2013). Schrader’s most recent film was The Dying of the Light, an espionage thriller starring Nicolas Cage, Anton Yelchin and Irène Jacob. He is currently in production on several films for 2015.

The Tribute will take place on June 20th, 2015 at the Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman during the festival’s Closing Gala and Awards Ceremony.

The Festival is pleased to honor Mr. Schrader with this award and welcome him to the Festival in June. The Festival runs June 18 to June 21, 2015.

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About CayFilm Cayman International Film Festival
CayFilm Cayman International Film Festival is an annual multi-day spectacular event designed to create new interest and excitement about the Cayman Islands as a world-class filming destination. Included in the festival will be daily film screenings, question and answer sessions with filmmakers, panel discussions, workshops, an exclusive premiere screening, and two celebrity gala events. It is our vision to open up the Cayman Islands to the film industry around the world whilst opening up the world to Cayman’s young and aspiring filmmakers.

The Festival team are also working to develop the Cayman Media Academy (CMA) under the CayFilm umbrella to educate Cayman’s youth by offering classes and qualifications relating to different career fields within the industry. This will be run throughout the year with the eventual goal of having a full-time Associate’s degree programme available at the University College of the Cayman Islands (UCCI). Young children will have their own specially designed programmes to inspire and give confidence about their own unique abilities as filmmakers.

About Our Sponsors
CayFilm Cayman International Film Festival is supported by Cathy Church’s Photo Centre, Cayman Islands Department of Tourism, Cayman Islands Tourism Association, Cayman National Cultural Foundation, National Gallery of the Cayman Islands, Shed Brand Innovation, Sunset House Hotel, The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman and Virgin Produced. The 2015 festival is sponsored by Dinner Martin, Cayman Islands Brewery, Cayman Spirits Co, The Security Centre Limited, Inktip, Jungle Software and Divers Alert Network amongst others.
Tony Mark