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GATFFEST 2016 Grand Finale Tomorrow

Published:Saturday | June 25, 2016 | 6:00 AM

The highly anticipated four-day festivities of the 4-D GATFFEST will culminate at a grand award ceremony tomorrow.

Not only did the interest spike in this path-breaking community initiative locally and regionally, the number of international entries to the Caribbean's most happening community film festival reached record numbers.

"We are proud of GATFFEST's achievements," said Professor Ian Boxill, professor of management studies and director, Centre for Tourism and Policy Research. "It is through perseverance, hard work and, most important, a dedicated and focused team, which has made us grow strength to strength every year."

Tonight, the spotlight shines in Kingston and the Second City of Montego Bay. At Courtleigh Auditorium in Kingston, there will be an engaging panel discussion, which will look into Movie Techniques and The Film-maker's Trials and Tribulations. UWI Western Jamaica Campus comes alive with Jhon Narvaez Escudero giving Tips for the Independent Film-maker.

Both events are followed by film nights at Courtleigh Auditorium in Kingston and Wexford Hotel in Montego Bay.

Tomorrow is the grand finale, wherein a gala awards ceremony will be organised, which will recognise and reward the works of the top films.

"We are not merely a film festival," Boxill said. "GATFFEST is fast becoming the catalyst and the medium for storytellers converging in Jamaica, exchanging thoughts and ideas and critically advancing the film-making techniques at par with the best in the world."