Curtains come down on GATFFES
THE second staging of the annual Greater August Town Film Festival (GATFFEST) came to a close at the Courtleigh Auditorium in New Kingston, last Sunday.
The event, an awards ceremony, was the culmination of the four-day festival which saw the premiere of the docu-drama Alexander Bedward: A Jamaican Legend, a tour of August Town's historical sites and a film workshop.
GATFFEST, an initiative of the University of the West Indies Community Film Project and presented by the UWI Centre for Tourism and Policy Research and the Mona Social Services/University Township, aims to transform and provide opportunities for young people in August Town in St Andrew through training in all aspects of filmmaking.
"This is exactly what was needed in the community. It gave the young people something to work towards. Many of them are not gainfully employed and so they often get caught up in situations that land them in trouble. The film project provided them with an outlet for the natural talent and creativity that are in the community. It has also given them experience of working in a structured environment where timekeeping and deadlines are important," said Mellissa Tulloch, film project coordinator.
From 17 short films submitted from USA, Aruba and Jamaica, eight categories were selected.
Green Acres, an animation by American James Beck, took the Archibald McDonald Award for the Best of GATFFEST as well as the Best International Film award.
Local production Cozenage by Adrian McDonald received the Most Original Screenplay and The Franklyn St Juste Award for Best Directing.
Kevin Jackson's Enter the Blackberri received the Lennie Little White Award for Best Local Film while Aruban Rebecca Roos took the Best Cinematography and the Spirit of GATFFEST awards for By Her Hand. What's Your Story and The Case were selected for the Viewers' Choice Awards.