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JAMPRO, JAFTA name film project finalists

Jamaica Observer 2018-08-07 23:26:46

KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO) and the Jamaica Film and Television Association (JAFTA) are today announcing the selection of the 2018 finalists for the national film development programme, JAFTA Propella.

The finalists are currently developing their short films which will premiere at the Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival (TTFF), in Port of Spain, Trinidad come September.

The selected projects, Agwe (Ina Sortiva), Flight (Kia Williams), Lovers in the City (Mezan Morrison) and Safe Harbour (Kaiel Eytle), will be developed into films and will represent Jamaica's growing film industry at a special block showing the JAFTA Propella projects at TTFF.

The programme is focused on empowering the filmmakers with the business and creative skills needed to ensure the success of their creative work, and to further boost Jamaica's film industry. In preparation for the premiere of their projects, JAMPRO delivered boot camps for the selected creators on script development and directing as well as producing, the release says.

"Since its launch in 2016, the programme has been a dedicated vehicle for developing Jamaican stories and skillsets for film. JAFTA recognizes that there is so much local talent and tales to be nurtured and showcased and this year's batch of films continues to demonstrate the diversity of local content,” JAFTA president Analisa Chapman said, describing the impact of the JAFTA Propella programme on the country's film sector.

While at the festival, the filmmakers will be marketing their films for distribution and widening their networks in the international film circuit, with the aim of expanding the reach of Jamaican content globally.