Caribbean show Goombay Kids lands Cannes Film Festival awards and Best Actress nomination for Leah Eneas – Reuters

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Goombay Kids, the Bahamas-produced children’s show, has created an international buzz with five international awards to its name, now including the Cannes World Film Festival awards for Best Web/TV Series and the top producer for Stephanie K Nihon, who created the Show.

The wins follow Leah Eneas winning Best Actress for her character Mama DLo at the Multidimensional Film Festival (UK) and Goombay Kids winning Best TV Pilot.

Javien Rankine (Netflix’s Mighty Express), Ravyn White and Keara Jones, all with CMM Talent Agency in the Bahamas, are the child stars of Goombay Kids. (CHILDREN OF GOOMBAY)

Nihon said, “Congratulations to the incredible writers, directors, producers, crew and cast whose entire last summer was dedicated to making this final season of Goombay Kids a reality.

“We could not have done this without the dedication and support of REV Cable Bahamas, MoVi Group, Valley Boys Junkanoo Group, Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture Cultural Grant and LFD Productions .”

The groundbreaking educational show features stunning Bahamian sights as well as Atlantis, the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas, the Pirate Museum, all the islands of the Bahamas and even Junkanoo.

The executive producer of Goombay Kids is Rowena Poitier-Sutherland, niece of legendary Bahamian-American actor Sir Sidney Poitier.

She is also the force behind the Caribbean’s leading film and theater school, Bahamas Artist Movement and the former Executive Director of the Ministry of Culture.

As lead producer, Leslie Ellis-Tynes, known for starring and producing the hit Bahamian talk show The Stew.

Lanthro Munroe is directing an episode of Goombay Kids. (CHILDREN OF GOOMBAY)

Nihon said, “The very talented all-Bahamian cast and crew brought this vision to life and I am absolutely thrilled that they have been recognized internationally for their hard work and dedication.

“It’s a great honor to be awarded Best TV Series and Best Producer by the Cannes World Film Festival, which regularly rewards well-known faces through its prestigious awards ceremony.”

Nihon continues to provide opportunities for creatives, using a local cast and crew, including the show’s three stars – child actor Javien Rankine (Netflix’s Mighty Express), Ravyn White and Keara Jones, all with CMM Talent. Agency in the Bahamas – as well as actress Leah Eneas (Beneath The Blue, Miracle at St Anna) and director/filmmaker Lanthro Munroe (Coco Studios, Tyler Perry Studios).

Movi Group (Orbitz, Miss Universe, HGTV, Atlantis) worked with Goombay Kids to provide crew, equipment and editors.

Eneas said: “It’s going to sound cliché, but it feels surreal and I still can’t believe it.

“I didn’t even know I had been entered into the category at so many film festivals to begin with, so this was a huge surprise.

Famous Bahamian actress and Fisk University graduate Leah Eneas has been nominated for Best Actress at the Multidimensional Film Festival (UK) for her role as Mama DLo in Goombay Kids. The character has drawn comparisons to Queen Quet of the Gullah Geechee and West African ocean deity Yemaya. (CHILDREN OF GOOMBAY)

“I feel ‘legitimate’ now, even though I literally have a degree in performance.”

Eneas received a Bachelor of Arts in Theater and Speech/Dance and Communications from Fisk University, where she pledged Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc in 2005.

Her character on Goombay Kids has been compared to Queen Quet of the Gullah Geechee people and Yemaya, a West African motherhood and ocean deity.

“This character felt very natural to me to play. Mama DLo sings, crochets and tells stories like me,” Eneas said.

“She protects children, while protecting the legends and stories of the African Diaspora in the Bahamas and the Caribbean.

“I feel as the actress who plays her, I am passing on the legacy and the stories to all future Bahamian children in the arts.

“She is very important to me and my development as a performer.”

For more information and auditions for next season, visit @goombaykids on Facebook or Instagram.

Other awards and recognitions of the festival:

  • Winner of Best TV Series award at 2 11 17 International Film Festival in Tamil Nadu, India.
  • Winner of the Multidimensional Film Festival Award for Best Television Series.
  • Winner of the Multi Dimension Film Festival award for best actress.
  • Saint Petersburg Television and Film Festival Finalist for Best TV or Web Series.
  • Official selection in the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival (Coalition for Quality Children’s Media) for Best Episode.
  • London Indie & Short Film Festival semi-finalist for best episode.
  • Quarter-finalist at the Vancouver Independent Film Festival.

Darcy J. Skinner