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JAFTA’s Shot List back on the mission

Jamaica Film and Television Association (JAFTA) is about to host Shot List — an unprecedented cultural showcase — on Sunday, March 26 on the Sunken Gardens (Hope Gardens) commencing at 2:00 pm.

The short film showcase is a collaboration with the UK-based ‘We Are Parable’ and British Council.

Shot List is about showcasing creativity in film-making and sensitising each industry players in regards to the countless possibilities and business opportunities that exist inside the Caribbean and the Diaspora after we collaborate through sharing effective business practices and technical expertise indicated Saeed Thomas, president of JAFTA.

“We’re excited to partner with We Are Parable, who shall be showcasing works of black film-makers within the UK, and we also get to show our patrons to Jamaican film-makers who’ve had success internationally with writing and pitching their movies for television and other distribution channels,” Thomas continued.

President of the Jamaica Film and Television Association Saeed Thomas

The event will showcase two workshops commencing at 2:30 pm. One features Jamaican British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) winner and Emmy-nominated Author/Actor/Director of Dreaming Whilst Black, Adjani Salmon, who shall be leading the conversation of writing for television. Opal Levy, strategic planner and business transformation specialist, will give insights on effectively pitch movies for funding and distribution.

Subsequent to the workshops, there shall be three blocks of short film screenings from film-makers in Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica and the UK. Each block will feature three movies. The Jamaican block will showcase three short movies from the 2022 JAFTA Propella Programme — Parolytic, Time to Go and A Shade of Indigo.

Parolytic directed and produced by Nadean Rawlins and written by Maylynne Lowe is a psychological thriller about coming to your senses by going out of your mind. Time to Go, directed and written by Gemmar McFarlane and produced and written by Brandy Royal, is a story about how a young woman’s reality begins to unravel when a young woman claiming to be her daughter arrives on her wedding anniversary. A Shade of Indigo, directed and written by Hanif James and produced by Tanya Batson-Savage, explores the problems of beauty and trauma.

“Shot List represents an ideal opportunity for film-makers across the Diaspora to speak with one another via their work. We Are Parable is enthused about this collaboration with JAFTA and British Council to attain this goal and thru the UK Showcase we hope to present much more exposure to the film-making talent from Jamaica and Trinidad,” said We’re Parable co-founder and Director of Operations Teanne Andrews.

This yr’s staging of Shot List may also feature videos and a conversation with Jamaican music video directors Damaniac Visualz, Jay Will (Game Over), RD Studios, and Xtreme Arts.

“Music videos are a vibrant element of our creative culture here in Jamaica. It’s how the world immerses in our dances and the visual aesthetic of our music genres. It is usually a singular art because music videos tell a story in an excellent shorter timeframe than a brief film. Essentially, it’s where two cultural genres (film and music) converge for added business opportunities,” said business development and initiative chairperson at JAFTA, Lesley-Ann Wanliss.

Dancehall recording artiste Stalk Ashley, whose music video was a component of the 2022 video screening of Shot List, will perform live at this yr’s event.

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