Entertainment

Spotlight on film industry

By Cecelia Campbell-Livingston Observer reporter livingstonc@jamaicaobserver.com

Saturday, August 09, 2014    

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JAMAICA Promotions (JAMPRO) is currently inviting film submissions with the aim of showcasing them at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), which will run from September 4 to 14.

According to Carole Beckford, JAMPRO's film commissioner, the commission is focused on building the capacity of the local industry and ensuring the finished products get access to international markets.

"To get access to a quality film festival, like that of TIFF, is always another great opportunity for content producers," she told the Jamaica Observer.

Selected local films will be shown across several venues in Toronto including: Isabel Bader Theatre, Roy Thomson Hall, Ryerson Theatre and Visa Screening Room, and the Elgin Theatre.

Filmmakers from over 60 countries are scheduled to be in attendance.

"One of the other reasons for attending TIFF is that the commission is in dialogue with a team to organise a festival in Jamaica, and TIFF presents an opportunity to network with the power houses in the industry," she continued.

Beckford said the latest move is part of "a comprehensive approach to re-connecting the industry from all sides".

She said Jamaica would also be promoted as a film location, as well as a hub for technical crews.

"We know how valuable this event is and it is important for us at this time," she said.

Interested persons are asked to email: atkmafundikwa@jamprocorp.com no later than Wednesday, August 13.

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