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MISSION & OBJECTIVE
Annual event showcasing feature, documentary, short and animated films highlighting Jamaica and Jamaican culture, by Jamaican and international film makers. Special interest in films about the history and personalities of reggae music. Welcoming films of general interest that inspire greater understanding between people of different cultures.
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
In the decades since 1972 when Jamaica’s first feature film “The Harder They Come” exposed reggae to the world on its soundtrack, a growing number of films have continued to be made that focus on Jamaica’s music culture. In 2008 Jamaican film maker Barbara Blake-Hannah and UK film archivist Peter Giggins named this genre 'reggae films' and gathered some of the best in one place, New Kingston, in the first REGGAE FILM FESTIVAL - February 25th-27th.
Organized as a feature of the first Reggae Month, the REGGAE FILM FESTIVAL 2008 presented 20 films over three nights in the presence of film makers and actors from Jamaica, Spain, Germany, the UK, USA, Canada and Britain. On closing night six film pioneers were inducted as the first Executive Directors of a Jamaica Film Academy and the Reggae Film Festival was declared a success.
AWARD WINNING FILMS
Several of the films shown then and in the six succeeding festivals have received international exposure and distribution as a result of the international media coverage of the REGGAE FILM FESTIVAL, and several won Reggae Film Festival Honour Awards before going on to international fame.
In 2010 the RFF introduced the annual Make A Film In 24 Hours competition, which has proved popular and successful in giving new and upcoming Jamaican film makers a chance to test their film skills, and brought them to public attention and new projects. The RFF has also unearthed and showcased the surprising talents of a growing number of 2- and 3-D animators, as well as several ‘urban guerilla’ Jamaican film makers who honed their talents recording weddings, graduations and music videos, before venturing out to make their first experimental, but admirable feature films.
The annual Best of the Reggae Film Festival International Tour has taken films to London, Kent & Birmingham, England; Rototom Reggae Sunsplasy, Spain; and the Jamaica 50 celebration in Serbia, providing international exposure for the festival's films. This year the tour will cover US cities.
Island Village, the festival's venue, is a central open-air mall designed in traditional Jamaican architecture, located on Main Street, Ocho Rios next to the cruise ship pier. Home of the statue of Bob Marley and the Reggae Xplosion exhibition, the venue offers boutique & duty free shops, restaurants, bar, nightclub and white sand beach.
Barbara Blake-Hannah (Festival Registrar); Barbara Blake-Hannah (Festival Registrar)
TERMS & CONDITIONS OF ENTRY:
1. All entries are subject to approval before inclusion in the JIRFF programme.
2. Your production will not be accepted unless you agree to abide by the terms and conditions of the JAMAICA INTERNATIONAL REGGAE FILM FESTIVAL.
3. By submitting a film to the JAMAICA INTERNATIONAL REGGAE FILM FESTIVAL, you agree to allow highlights or excerpts of your film (e.g. a trailer - 60 secs max.) to be placed on the JIRFF website and used for other marketing and promotional purposes. You also agree to allow JIRFF to promote the JAMAICA INTERNATIONAL REGGAE FILM FESTIVAL by using your film, in whole or part, in promotional "Best of" screenings.
4. JIRFF will never solicit or screen your film outside the promotion of the JAMAICA INTERNATIONAL REGGAE FILM FESTIVAL.
5. You may submit as many entries as you like.
6. International films must be either be in English or have English sub-titles.
7. Submitted DVDs will not be returned unless explicitly requested with a pre-paid mailer. JIRFF is not responsible for lost or damaged DVDs.
8. Filmmaker must have obtained all clearances for exhibition and must certify that the work is original and no disputes regarding ownership exist on the film.
9. Finalists will be notified by July 2014 if their film has been accepted and will be considered with the other finalists for the Awards of recognition.
10. By entering the JAMAICA INTERNATIONAL REGGAE FILM FESTIVAL, entrants release, and hold the promoters, hosts, sponsors and other contest entities harmless from and against any and all losses, damages, rights, claims and action of any kind arising in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from the festival. The Jamaica Film Academy accepts no liability for violations of copyright or other permissions not obtained by producers of films entered and screened in the JAMAICA INTERNATIONAL REGGAE FILM FESTIVAL
11. The Festival is not responsible for any claim involving copyright, trademark or royalty infringements related to the work. The applicants are responsible for their own insurance and are not covered by the festival's insurance.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
RULES OF ENTRY
Films should exhibit professional quality cinematography, performances, sound and other qualities of good film making.
Films should be free of profanity, racial/gender/religious prejudice, rated for General Viewing. Exceptions for Adult rating can be considered.
The JIRFF makes no commitment to screen every film entered. Only films accepted by the Viewing/Judging Committee will be included in the final selection of festival films.