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Growth & Jobs | JAMPRO brings Film Commission Open House to Montego Bay

Published:Tuesday | February 20, 2018 | 12:00 AM
Film Commissioner Renee Robinson (left) speaks to JAMPRO Board Director Zachary Harding at 2017 Film Commission Open House in Kingston.

JAMPRO will host the Film Commission's Open House Forum in Montego Bay on February 22 and 23 following the Kingston leg, which was held at the agency's headquarters a few weeks ago.

The open house forum, created specifically for industry professionals, provides information on film and animation production in Jamaica. Participants can access tangible solutions for issues encountered in the industry including: accessing public- sector benefits, a guide to filming in Jamaica, production taxation, business planning for creatives, and filming in Montego Bay.

The Government has identified the sector as critical to boosting the country's investment and export of (creative) services. This forum seeks, therefore, to empower professionals in the industry with the knowledge to create their projects and contribute to Jamaica's economic development. With this goal, JAMPRO has been working with industry stakeholders to create strategies that will build sustainable growth in the film, animation and music sectors.

 

Targeting Creative Professionals

 

The creative sector was identified as the third largest contributor to Jamaica's gross domestic product (GDP) and has made significant contributions to the economy through its interactions with other industries such as tourism and manufacturing. The industry is , therefore, high on the priority list for sector development, including plans to create and sustain information transfer among industry professionals.

Film Commissioner at JAMPRO Renee Robinson said that the agency is "being very strategic and intentional in facilitating forums that advance business in the creative sectors, while building capacity with industry professionals and informing the public about legislation and policy, which is crucial to formalising Jamaica's creative economy."

Robinson said, "At the macro level, we have been working with government ministries, departments, and agencies, and other stakeholders whose partnerships are crucial to building the industry.

This includes work with the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport; the World Bank; the Jamaica Film and Television Association; Jamaica Animation Nation Network; the Youth Employment in the Digital and Animation Industries Project; the British Council and others. We recognise that this approach is needed for professionals in the industry who must interact with multiple agencies in advancing their projects."

Explaining the targeted approach of the open house, the film commissioner said, "The Open House Forum approach was started by former film commissioner Carole Beckford, and I am thrilled to continue the mandate.

This is the third year that we have delivered this initiative, and our JAMPRO Western Regional Office, led by Conrad Robinson, has been integral in bringing the forum to Montego Bay.

"This will help us to get feedback and make the necessary modifications to improve our support for the sector all across the island."