Friday, December 04, 2009

Reggae Film Festival Call's for Entries.........

The REGGAE FILM FESTIVAL Planning Committee has launched a call for entries for the staging of the event to be held, February 2010 in Kingston. The REGGAE FILM FESTIVAL screens feature films, documentaries, shorts, music videos and animation that include reggae music as soundtrack or subject. In 2010 the event will for the first time present Awards in several categories including Best Jamaican Film, International Documentary Award and Best Actress.

Members of the REGGAE FILM FESTIVAL Planning Committee are: Barbara Blake Hannah, Chair; Michael Barnett, Peter Gittins, Jerome Hamilton, Lloyd Laing, Colin Leslie and Lesley-Ann Welsh. Entry Forms and further information on the REGGAE FILM FESTIVAL can be downloaded at the JFA website

Films already scheduled for the RFF2010 include a Japanese reggae documentary, a new Caribbean feature film, a British feature film and the premiere of Jamaica’s own documentary on Black hair by talented young film maker Kamala Bennett.

The 2009 REGGAE FILM FESTIVAL, presented by the Jamaica Film Academy, was postponed due to the economic crisis. Nevertheless, the organizers presented a series of programmes in collaboration with CPTC and Island Village in Jamaica, as well as in the UK, where a ‘Reggae Film Festival Highlights’ programme was presented in August at the Boss Sounds Music Festival in Newcastle.

In another international event, on December 12-13 the Reggae Film Festival organisers will present the first ever Jamaican film event at the brand new 'International Carnival Arts Centre' in Luton, England. The Center is an impressive, multi-million Pound state-of-the-art facility funded by the Lottery that opened in April.

Four films will be screened, including the tribute to Jamaica’s Olympic athletes “Why Do Jamaicans Run So Fast”, and a cash payment to the film makers has been negotiated for the ICAC screenings, fulfilling the REGGAE FILM FESTIVAL mandate to act as a marketing and promotion agency for Jamaican films and film makers. In return, the film makers wwill donate 10% of their payment to the Jamaica Film Academy Fund being established to raise funds for Jamaican film productions.

The REGGAE FILM FESTIVAL has also secured an exceptional deal with an international Internet Provider to offer free web hosting to anyone wishing to build a website with a reggae theme. Film makers and music industry personnel who sign up as members of the Jamaican Film Academy, will receive a free JahWeb site and hosting account to assist them to promote their work as part of a global online mall marketing Jamaican film and entertainment. The package offers many options with easy set-up instructions, including free website templates, instant forum setups, access to free streaming TV website and online TV studio, and an information page. JahWeb sites will earn income and cover hosting costs with ads from Google’s host server, while sites can also add their own advertising and online stores and pay for upgrades.

Film makers using JahWeb can choose to direct their sales and enquiries through the Reggae Film Festival marketing partner Reggae Films UK, which offers DVD and internet download sales and marketing of Jamaican and reggae-themed films.

More Info: BARBARA BLAKE HANNAH * * 876-536-1646

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