Saturday, May 17, 2008

Film Festival Moves From The Caves To The Port


The Caribbean's premier film festival has moved into the metropolitan City of Kingston from the scenic auspice of the Caves resort, Negril. Thursday, June 5Sunday, June 8 will see the historical and picturesque setting of Port Royal hosting the 2008 Flashpoint Film Festival, which is guaranteed to be one for the history books.

Now in its third year, the Flashpoint Film Festival is enthusiastic about the new venues at Fort Charles and the Old Naval Hospital, Port Royal . "Although the Caves Resort in Negril is a wonderful location and the festival has been a great success there, in order for Flashpoint to grow we have decided to bring it closer to Kingston, the hub of the emerging film industry, and make it more accessible to the Jamaican people," said Paul Bucknor, principal of Firefly Films, organizers of the festival.

In addition to a new venue, the festival will premiere four new Jamaican feature length films, a first in Jamaica 's history. Two of the films star award winning American actor, Roger Guenveur Smith, who starred alongside Denzel Washington in the screen bio-pic American Gangster. He plays a Jamaican Prime Minister in Better Mus' Come an explosive period film based on true events, set against the backdrop of the political turmoil of late 1970s Jamaica.

Already a film competition was launched that will see the winner directing their very own short film, guided by producers Firefly Films, to also premiere at the Festival. The competition began on Tuesday, April 1 runs until Thursday, May 1.
Film submissions are also being accepted. Visit the website, www.flashpointfestival.com for details on submissions as well as to see some trailers of the Festival's feature films.

Source: Q-Tech Communications

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