Flashpoint Film Festival
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The Flashpoint Film Festival is a four-day Caribbean film festival with regional and international film submissions that have at least one strong Caribbean element (cast, writer, director, location, etc.) or explore subjects that resonate with the Caribbean experience.
Flashpoint is a forum for the Caribbean film and TV production industry. The festival seeks to attract new, experienced and aspiring film makers. It is a place where local film and TV professionals have the opportunity to meet international film industry professionals, and be kept up to date on developments in the global film industry.
The Flashpoint Film Festival provides an annual platform for feature films, short films, documentaries, animated feature/short films, music videos, and video art created by the region’s emerging artists. It features workshops, seminars, and panels hosted by professionals from the local and international film industries. Although the focus is to showcase the works of Caribbean filmmakers or those with Caribbean-flavoured films, international films are also welcome.
In August 2004, at the Island Outpost resort The Caves in Negril, Jamaica, Paul Bucknor sat down with The Caves proprietors, Greer-Ann and Bertram Saulter, and together they hatched the concept for the Flashpoint Film and Music Festival. With the subsequent blessing of resort co-owner Chris Blackwell, the founders planned for an Easter 2005 festival.
From September 10–12, 2004, Hurricane Ivan roared over Jamaica, leaving a trail of damage across the island and heavily pounded The Caves. After extensive repairs to The Caves were completed, the Flashpoint concept was revived and the date was pushed back to Emancipation Weekend, July 30–31, 2005.
Greer-Ann set about bringing together the logistics, Bertram designed and prepared the location, Flashpoint Village, and Paul sought the film and music content. With support from Roderick Gordon’s company, Kindling, Inc., Jamaican sponsors quickly signed on.
In 2008,the festival included the film premier of three Jamaican feature films, original sound tracks featuring producer Jay Will, a star-studded film line-up with budding actors Everaldo Creary, Sheldon Shepherd, and super model Nicole Grey, and other on screen appearances from old favourites like Rohan Daley, Ragashanti, and the Godfathers of Jamaican performance art, Oliver Samuels and Charles Hyatt.