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December 13, 2016

 Barbara Blake-Hannah—

AFTER a four-year intermission, the Jamaica International Reggae Film Festival returns February 16-19 at Devon House in St Andrew.

Festival Director Barbara Blake Hannah said, “Film is an excellent way to promote Jamaican culture, especially music, and this is a good time to do so, as UNESCO has just declared Kingston a Creative City of Music. So, a sparkling film festival is a good way to illustrate the reason for the city’s designation.”

Blake Hannah told the Jamaica Observer that there is currently a call for entries.

She said new elements have been added to make the festival more appealing. These include booths promoting reggae-related products such as music, books, craft items and food. Musicians, producers and record labels are invited to showcase their music and artists.


Three nights will be dedicated to feature films, documentaries, animated films and music videos highlighting Jamaican culture.

First held in 2008, the reggae film festival has been presented in Spain at Rototom Sunsplash, London at the O2 Arena, at the One Love Reggae Festival in Kent, England, as well as in Serbia for ‘Jamaica 50’ celebrations.

The event has screened films from the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Canada, Spain, Brazil, Hawaii, Serbia, Cuba, New Zealand, Austria, France, Israel, Italy and the Caribbean.



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