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Reggae Film Festival

The Annual Reggae Film Festival, Kingston, Jamaica will take place on 23rd-27th May, 2011. Entries are now being accepted, please visit our official website for further info

Closing date for entries 20th March.2011


The Jamaican Reggae film Festival
With a tradition established over three years since inception by the Jamaica Film Academy, the Reggae Film Festival announces the staging of the 2011 event to be held in Montego Bay, Jamaica March 23rd - 27th, 2011.
The REGGAE FILM FESTIVAL has continued to attract productions from all over the world that are part of a growing genre of films depicting aspects of Jamaican culture, music and history and the ways in which this music culture has impacted the world. The event includes premieres, seminars, competitions, new digital media work, live music performances and star-studded gala events.

In the decades since 1972 when Jamaica’s first feature film “THE HARDER THEY COME” exposed reggae to the world on its soundtrack, a growing number of films have continued to be made that showcased some of the films that have been made about Jamaica’s reggae music and culture. In 2008 these films were gathered together in one place for the first ever REGGAE FILM FESTIVAL -- a showcase of international films incorporating aspects of Jamaica's music, culture and film-making talent. Organized by the JAMAICA FILM ACADEMY with screenings in Jamaica's capital city Kingston over 5 days, the event was organized through a collaboration with Jamaican film maker and film festival organizer, BARBARA BLAKE HANNAH, working with British film archivist PETER GITTINS of REGGAE FILMS UK, and with support from private sector sponsors and the Ministry of Information, Culture, Youth & Sports.
The Jamaica Film Academy

The 2008 REGGAE FILM FESTIVAL inaugurated the JAMAICA FILM ACADEMY that inducted six film pioneers to guide and inspire the development and production of more Jamaican films and increase the nation’s creative expressions in film. Chair of the JFA is noted Jamaican actor CARL BRADSHAW, and members include SALLY HENZELL (widow of Perry Henzell), documentary film maker CYNTHIA WILMOT and Producer MARCIA FORBES. General membership is composed of film fans, friends and film makers.


Reggae Film Festival 2009 Invites Entries

Kingston, Jamaica – November, 2008

Engouraged by the enthusiasm and interest with which the first Reggae Film Festival was received earlier this year, the Jamaica Film Academy invites entries for the second Reggae Film Festival to be held in Reggae Month 2009.  

The Reggae Film Festival 2009 will follow the format of the first, screening feature and documentary films that use Jamaica’s reggae music and aspects of Jamaican culture as a central theme or soundtrack. Premieres of several documentaries and at least two feature films will be part of the 5-day event, which will also include a Film Seminar, Music Video Competition and a Retrospective of some of the feature films made in Jamaica over the past 20 years.

The 2nd Reggae Film Festival will add new features, including daytime screenings and the introduction of online downloads of selected films. Films in the Music Video Awards competition will be screened on television, with viewers invited to phone or text their award selections. The Jamaica Film Academy Pioneer Members will form an Awards Committee to judge the films and present awards in several categories. Entry Forms for the Reggae Film Festival 2009 can be downloaded from the Festival Website:  

The first Reggae Film Festival held in February 2008 featured 22 entries from local and international film makers. The well-attended event opened at Emancipation Park on February 22 and moved to the Courtleigh Auditorium for two nights of screenings. Among the films screened were Jamaican premieres of feature films “Roots Time” (Argentinia) and “Almost Heaven” (Germany), documentaries “Stepping Razor Red X: Peter Tosh” (Jamaica) and “The Legend: Rico Rodriques (Spain), “Dub Echoes” (Brazil) as well as retrospectives of Jamaican films “Countryman” and “Kla$h”. Film festival guests included Hollywood producer Arthur Gorson, Generoso Fierro of Boston, USA, ‘Jungle George’ Tait of Canada and Jep Jorba of Spain, while the festival honoured Jamaican film makers Carl Bradshaw, Wayne and Dickie Jobson. 

In an announcement at the end of the Reggae Film Festival 2008, Minister of Information & Culture Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange said that the impact and importance of the event signalled it was time for a new focus on Jamaican film making. She therefore inducted six film pioneers into a newly created Jamaica Film Academy to heighten awareness and drive development of the industry. The Reggae Film Festival will help raise funds for Jamaica Film Academy projects and activities.

The Reggae Film Festival 2008 will once again be co-ordinated by Barbara Blake Hannah, Special Consultant to the Minister of Information & Culture, with film archivist Peter Gittins of Reggae Films UK and a Jamaica Film Academy management committee drawn from the Ministry’s film and cultural divisions CPTC, JIS, PBCJ, and the JCDC, as well as inputs from the Ministry of Tourism and Jamaica Trade & Invest. The event will be one of several activities taking place in February 2009, which last year was proclaimed Reggae Month in perpetuity by the Governor General and the Prime Minister of Jamaica.  


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