Thursday 9 April, 2020

Film market added to Gatffest

Gatffest founder Professor Ian Boxill (left) with filmmaker Lennie Little White.

Gatffest founder Professor Ian Boxill (left) with filmmaker Lennie Little White.

In an effort to reach a wider market and engage persons who have an interest in exploring the world of film, Gatffest has added a film market, a one -day trade fair that will be staged on Saturday, June 22 at the Assembly Hall,  University of the West Indies, Mona campus.

The Gatffest film market will showcase 25 local and international companies offering products and services for the film industry, organisers said in a press release.

"The reason we’re having the film market is to establish the industry, we need to go beyond just showing our products. What we need to do is create content which people are able to trade, buy and sell, so that we not only become consumers of content. We want to help local filmmakers bring their product to market and connect them with the local and international industry players who know the business of film,” said Professor Ian Boxill, festival founder and director.

Another feature of the Film Market will be workshops with industry players. The first will be on the Business of Film, which will run from 10:00 am to 11:15 am with panelists Lennie Little-White; Kevin Jackson; Sarah Manley; and Alpha Obika. It will be moderated by Dr Lawrence Nicholson. 

That session will be followed by the Social Media Influencers Panel Discussion from 11:30 am to 12:45 pm. The panelists will be Kevin2wokrayzee; Babajaay; Xshancomedy and Fatskull. It will be moderated by Nastacia MacFarlane.

The closing workshop, From Idea to the Screen, will be held from 1:00 pm to  2:15 pm with presenter Andre Newell, a Canadian filmmaker.

Also added to the day is the Gatffest Film Pitch Competition, which is scheduled for 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm. The Gatffest Film Festival is set to help three filmmakers deliver their winning film or TV idea. From 30 submissions, the top 10 projects have been invited to pitch their ideas to a panel of industry veterans including filmmaker Lennie Little White; Renee Robinson, Jamaica’s film commissioner; Deshuna Spencer, Founder and CEO of US-based kweliTV and Sister Menzie William, the communication manager of the Bob Marley Foundation.  The top three filmmakers will receive funding courtesy of the Bob Marley Foundation to produce their films.

All workshops and the film competition are free and will be held at The Undercroft, UWI, Mona.

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