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Flashpoint Film Festival

July
The Caves
Negril
Tel. : 876 957 0270
Genre : Festival
Column : Music, Cinema/tv

Flashpoint Film Festival is an annual three-day Caribbean film festival held at The Caves, Negril designed to maintain focus on developing the Caribbean film industry. With recent advances in the digital diaspora and the advent of affordable hi-definition camcorders, the independent films in the Caribbean reflect the rich cultural legacy of our society and the tremendous social and cultural upheaval of the digital age. Flashpoint Film Festival sparks the impending visual revolution in the Caribbean and resolves to become the region's leading festival for independent films. The festival gives aspiring and existing filmmakers the opportunity to submit original works to be showcased at the festival and be viewed by the local and international public, their peers and invited members of the international film industry.

Flashpoint Film Festival was conceptualised in 2004 by Jamaican filmmaker Paul Bucknor (Firefly Films) and The Caves proprietors, Greer-Ann and Bertram Saulter. The three reminisced the success of Jamaican films such as "The Harder They Come", "Dancehall Queen" and "Third World Cop" however, noticed the lack of new local films emerging. Thus a festival was designed to encourage Jamaicans to make new films and to expose new talent. And with the blessing of the resorts co-owner Chris Blackwell, Flashpoint Film Festival was born. Flashpoint Film Festival aims to be the principal forum for film and television in the Caribbean.

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