GATFFEST in collaboration with the US Embassy, had their opening night last night, June 25, 2015 and what an auspicious occasion it was. Many stalwarts of the film industry were present for the premier of the UWI Film Project film "Epiphany" directed by Eka Campbell one of the UWI Film Project coordinators.
The launch of JAMPRO’s Jamaica Film Festival went live yesterday with several media houses and members of the industry in attendance. A Red Stripe sponsored bar served the red carpet affair that saw what looked like nearly 200 in attendance filling up both the conference room and the lobby.
Hosted by TV personality Debbie Bissoon and singer/actress Cherine Anderson, the launch was being televised live before the news. This most likely meant a lot of people saw it. After the launch opened with the national anthem Chairman of JAMPRO and Attorney at law Milton Samuda engaged the hosts in a discussion about Jamaica as a destination and the services it provides with its many experienced crew members, actors and equipment painting a very rounded picture of the industry. An industry of experts who have worked on many international films over several years.
Following him was a video speech given by Diane Edwards President of JAMPRO mentioning JAMPRO’s involvement. After which the sponsor’s, Acting Brand Manager Andrew Anguin gave his endorsement then we got a taste of what is in store regarding a film and music work shop, from Marie Bruce the General Manager of the Bob Marley Group of Companies.
Then what we all had been waiting for was an overview of the overall festival from Carole Beckford the Film Commissioner who worked hard to make all this possible. The festival will be from July 7-11 and will feature workshops, premieres, screenings, an award ceremony and networking opportunities. Films from all over the world will be on display including the region.
Closing off the evening was the Hon. G. Anthony Hylton MP, Minsitry of Industry, Investment and Commerce giving his remarks.
The evening ended with cocktails, networking and lots of Red Stripe. Take a look at the pictures while I upload some videos. #jamaicafilmfestival #JaFilmFest
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