NOTICE: 1261 Film Festival Postponed Over Coronavirus Concerns; New Dates: Oct 30-Nov 03, 2020

The second annual 1261 Film Festival scheduled for May 02 through 09, 2020, has been postponed due to the global coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and rising health concerns. The decision to postpone comes after the Prime Minister of Grenada, Dr the Rt Hon. Keith Mitchell curtailed all regional and international commercial flights and issued a country-wide lockdown in attempts to stop the spread of COVID-19 in the country.

The safety of our local community, filmmakers, partners, and the team is of utmost importance. We empathize with everyone affected by the COVID-19 outbreak and encourage all to remain safe. The dates indicated are tentative and we will update the public accordingly once we receive the green light from the Grenadian Government.

We look forward to coming together as a community soon and presenting our filmmaker's work that inspires, entertains, and empowers.

Stay Safe!

12°N61°W GRENADIAN FILM FESTIVAL (1261GFF) is a Caribbean Destination Filmmaker's Festival organized by filmmakers. 12°N61°W Grenadian Film Festival will take place from May 2 to May 9, 2020, in Grenada West Indies.

1261GFF is dedicated to showcasing, highlighting and promoting the highest quality films from Grenada's emerging independent film community, as well as specially selected films from across the Caribbean and African Diaspora globally. Our goal is to celebrate the multiculturalism and diversity of the Caribbean Diasporic communities through film. Filmmakers will be inspired by the experiences of the Caribbean people's social, political, and cultural aesthetics, using such as the catalysts for their raw, empowering, and innovative narratives.

The festival offers a variety of film screenings, Grenada film premieres, industry workshops, and filmmakers networking events. 1261GFF brings together our filmmakers and our audiences for our annual program, including dramatic, documentary, short films, and animations.

We look forward to welcoming you to our beautiful tri-island state of Grenada, Carriacou, and Petite Martinique, in May 2020!

Best Documentary (feature/short)
Best Fiction (feature/short)
Best Animation
Best Grenadian Film (feature/short)

Submission Eligibility To 1261GFF: 1261FF accepts films and videos made by and/or about people from the Caribbean or the African diaspora. Filmmakers DO NOT HAVE TO BE of Caribbean or African descent to submit their films for consideration. All films should preferably depict positive or realistic images of the multiculturalism and diversity of the Caribbean Diaspora communities globally or and/or has strong associative motifs rooted in cultural, political and social elements that are relatable and representative to people of the of Caribbean diaspora, globally.

FILMS ACCEPTED: Features (doc/narratives) (exceeds 40 minutes - 130 minutes) and shorts (docs/narratives) (10 - 20 minutes). super-shorts (under 10 minutes). Films can be any genre -- children, drama, comedy, horror, adventure, animation, romance, science fiction, experimental, new media, etc.

An independent jury panel judges all films.

Submissions Rules:
- All submissions must be submitted online.
- Every submission must include: 2-3 sentence synopsis, credit sheet, running time & format, and an 8X11 poster is suggested.
- All films are not to exceed the above submission time requirements.
- All submissions must be in English or have English subtitles.

1261GFF will only select films for the festival showcase that meet all submission requirements.

Online Registration:
You must first create an account with FilmFreeway (free to filmmakers). After registering, you will be able to fill to submit to 1261FF at

When you have completed the application, you must pay the submission fee and hit the "Submit Your Film" button. You will be notified that your submission is completed.

- On the online application, make sure to fill out the requested video link
information and provide a valid password.
- Video link passwords must remain active until April 30, 2020.
- If you change the password to your link, before April 30, 2020, you must send a
new valid password by email to

All films submitted to 1261GFF are previewed from start to finish by at least one member of the 1261GFF programming staff. No film can be included for screening at 1261GFF without having been reviewed by at least one of our programmer.

Notification of Film Acceptance:
- Notifications of acceptance will be emailed to the contact person listed in your
application. Please make sure you notify us at immediately if
there are any changes.
- Selection results will be available beginning January 30th, 2020. It is a "roll-out"
notification process with feature-length films being notified first. Other than feature
films receiving notification before short films, there is no significance to the order in
which notification is given.
- All accepted films will be posted on the 1261GFF website, by approximately April 15th, 2020.
- You will be notified that your film has not been accepted only after all screening slots
have been filled.
- All preview copies will be added to 1261GFF's archives for consideration in our year-round programming unless filmmaker indicates in writing that they do not wish it so.

Submissions accepted for exhibition may be screened to audiences in full length one or multiple times during the 1261GFF. Clips of the film may also be used (up to 60 seconds in length) to promote the 1261GFF prior to, during, and after the festival.

Applicant hereby grants 1261GFF the non-exclusive rights to use: part(s) of the film (up to 60 seconds total for all purposes); stills (up to 3 stills) from the film; supplied filmmaker biographical material with the application (name, biography, and photographic likeness) for: 1261GFF promotional purposes; publication in the 1261GFF program; and 1261GFF merchandise.

Applicant agrees to allow 1261GFF to supply copies of the film trailer to journalists under non-publication / non-distribution agreement; to show the trailer at accredited press screenings; and to include the aforementioned promotional clips of the film (up to 60 seconds in length) in pre and post 1261GFF advertising and promotional capacities, including publication of 1261GFF's promotional trailers and media to the internet.

The Applicant also agrees that all films submitted by Applicant have proper clearances (licenses, royalties, release forms, permits which are necessary to present their work). Neither the 12°N, 61°W Film Festival nor any of the 1261GFF venues will not be held liable for any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, or royalty infringement related to the work submitted.

The 12°N, 61°W Film Festival reserves the right to determine the eligibility of the submissions to be screened at the Festival, the appropriate venues and time slots for the screening of films, and to use excerpts of the movie for publicity purposes.

Overall Rating
  • Aiwan O

    It was an absolute honour to have my film 'Wax Print included in the inaugural 1261 Grenadian Film Fest for it's Caribbean premiere. I felt like I was treated with respect and courtesy, every step of the way from acceptance to screening. Meschida is an absolute legend! Unfortunately I wasn't able to attend in person so I cannot comment on Networking and Hospitality, but I'm sure it was great. I believe this festival will grow from strength to strength and I can't wait to showcase my future films at future editions of this great festival. Peace, Aiwan

    May 2019
  • Kevin Jackson

    I did not get to go but I watched the live feed. It looked like a nice cozy
    friendly atmosphere. The venue was immaculate and the beach and after party looked fun.

    May 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thank you, Kevin! Our goal was the make the festival very community focus, and we were able to achieve that. Thank you for submitting your film to this year's festival, and hopefully, you will be able to attend another year.