Felene M. Cayetano is a Garifuna writer and librarian. Her migration from Belize to Los Angeles at the age of 9 was a key factor that led her to writing poetry in primary school before easing into writing short stories. This love of writing was balanced by a love of reading which gave her the vocabulary to voice her experiences and an appreciation for libraries. In adulthood, she pursued and attained a Bachelor’s degree in English then a Master’s degree in Information and Library Science from Pratt Institute.
She has published two poetry collections and one anthology of short stories.
On 30th April 2020, Felene was also selected as one of the writer-directors to participate in the upcoming Commonwealth Shorts, Caribbean Voices film workshops. She along with 9 other early-career filmmakers and screenwriters from the Caribbean will attend a one-week skills development workshop facilitated by Commonwealth Writers under the guidance of experienced local filmmakers. On completion of the workshops, the participants will have the opportunity to apply for bursaries to make a short 10-15-minute film to show at local and international film festivals. Her screenplay “Afieni” went through development during the Institute of Creative Arts and Belize International Film Festival‘s (BelizeIFF) Screenwriting Cohort #1.
Since 2007, she has served as Librarian at the National Heritage Library branch of the Belize National Library Service and Information System. She is a founding member of the Belizean Writers Guild and currently serves on the boards of directors of the Belize Book Industry Association (BBIA) and Belize Copyright Licensing Agency (BECLA).
AFIENI (FAITH) Budget: $0 - $100K | Drama A religious middle-aged Garifuna woman must choose whether to embrace or reject her culture amidst a health crisis.