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GATFFEST 2016 Call For Entries

Published:Wednesday | April 20, 2016 | 12:00 AM
GATFFEST Festival director, Professor Ian Boxill (left), with instructor and filmmaker Marcia Weekes.

Film-makers from across the Caribbean are being invited to submit their entries of short films, and be part of one of the Caribbean's fastest-growing community film festival - GATFFEST (The Greater August Town Film Festival), held under the auspices of the UWI Community Film Project (UWICFP).

GATFFEST, organised annually, is a catalyst for social commentary, expression and community participation. Now in its fourth year, it continues its quest to be a platform for showcasing Jamaican and Caribbean filmmakers, and to harness their talents and works. The grand finale will be in June, when the winners will be announced at an awards ceremony.

"GATFFEST is ever evolving," said Professor Ian Boxill, professor of management studies and director, Centre for Tourism and Policy Research. "This year, we have expanded the scope and introduced a school competition, to encourage and showcase talent of upcoming independent film-makers."




The film festival has expanded its footprints across the shores, the entries are not restricted to a region, and GATFFEST welcomes international entries. Last year, 36 international and regional films were screened and films were received from every continent except Africa.

For the first time, this year's festival is targeting high school students with the GATFFEST School Competition.

"We have seen where these students have the capability and creativity to create entertaining and thought-provoking short films," said Savannah Peridot, business development manager, UWICFP.

"We are targeting 25 high schools in Kingston and Montego Bay," Peridot informed. "We will choose 10 of the best film submissions, which will be shown at the film festival."

Professor Boxill, who is the head of the GATTFEST, reaffirmed the commitment to make a positive impact on the communities, nurture, develop and encourage young and up-and-coming talent.

"This is a platform for Caribbean's budding and emerging film-makers," he said. "The objective is not only for them to get excellent visibility, but make meaning contribution to the communities through the medium," Professor Boxill said.

GATFFEST is an excellent opportunity for film-makers across the board to harness their talent, get a chance to interact with the best of Caribbean creative minds, tell their stories and be recognised for their talent and creativity.

The deadline for submission of entries is April 29, 2016.