Calling all film enthusiasts and documentaries; The Jamaica Film Academy has recently announced their submission entries for the upcoming Jamaica Reggae Film Festival. Earlier this week, organizers of the film festival had made their announcement to the press. The Jamaica Film Festival, which will be in its fifth year in 2012, has ambitions to make next year’s film festival unlike any other.
In showcasing over two hundred films since the festival began in 2007, the Jamaica Film Academy is still going strong. Usually showcasing Reggae culture, filmmakers are from various parts of the global Reggae community. In the capital Kingston; where the festival will be held next year, local filmmakers have also participated in a festival that showcases Reggae music and culture.
When the Jamaica Film festival began five years ago, only a small circle came out to showcase their work. But now, things have changed. For next year’s Reggae Film Festival, event organizers are inviting all animation, short film, music video, features and documentary submissions that focus its content on Reggae music. The Jamaica Film Academy is planning to have the Fifth Annual—Jamaica Reggae Film Festival in April 2012.
The film festival focuses primarily on the history of Jamaican music; but is also open to other approaches that can possibly help to re-interpret Reggae music history. At previous festivals, submission entries have used oral history; as a way, to articulate and explain that island’s past and its music. In doing this, The Jamaica Film Academy has developed a large film collection about Reggae Music. Given the popularity of Reggae music around the world; organizers of the event are prepared to welcome, a large and diverse selection of film and animation talent.
To make The Jamaica Reggae Film Festival more exciting; organizers came up with the ‘Make a Film in 24-hours’ competition. This was their way to encourage filmmakers, who attend the festival—to challenge their film colleagues. For those who participate, the film competitors have to make a five minute film in only twenty-four hours. The Jamaica Reggae Film Festival will award prizes in several different categories, and the event is a guide for veteran and rookie filmmakers to earn their place in the Reggae Film industry.