REGGAE FILM FESTIVAL DATES
The Jamaica REGGAE FILM FESTIVAL begins its 2012 World Tour with THE BEST OF THE REGGAE FILM FESTIVAL 2-day event on May 18 at the DRUM Festival in Birmingham, UK. This second visit to DRUM will screen 7 films, including RFF 2011 UNESCO Honour Award winner BOB MARLEY: MAKING OF A LEGEND, the documentary by Jamaican award-winning actress Esther Anderson who will attend in person to introduce her film.
The event will present the UK premiere of RED, AMBER, GREEN by director Christopher Byfield, winner of the CINE JAMAICA Best Short Film Award at the April 2012 festival. Other films scheduled are the 2011 Best Feature Film ROCKSTEADY – THE MOVIE co-starring David Hinds of Steel Pulse, the 2011 Best Documentary FIRE IN BABYLON about the victorious West Indies cricket team and WE THE RAGAMUFFIN, a classic rare gem by Jamaican-born British film maker Julian Henriques – winner of Best Soundtrack 2012. The Festival will close with a special screening of BAD FRIDAY, the documentary about the notorious Coral Gardens incident of 1963 when hundreds of Rastafarians were rounded up, jailed and brutalized.
LONDON – JAMAICA 50
In July the REGGAE FILM FESTIVAL is one of the events that will deliver a Jamaican cultural experience at FESTIVAL JAMAICA 2012 to coincide with the London Olympics. The event will last over a period of 17 days from 27th July – 12thAugust in the heart of Stratford just 6 minutes walk from the Stratford Olympic City . The Festival Jamaica 2012 experience will be a fun and celebratory event, educating and entertaining visitors with the experience of Jamaican culture, film, music and food, while also celebrating and showcasing Jamaica’s many achievements.
ONE LOVE FESTIVAL 2012
The UK’s leading reggae festival takes place August 10-12 at Paddock Wood, Kent where thousands of visitors will enjoy leading Jamaican and European reggae artists. The REGGAE FILM FESTIVAL will occupy a movie tent where Peter Gittins, director of the Jamaica Film Academy and host of Reggae Films UK will show films around the clock.
ROTOTOM REGGAE SUNSPLASH
This will be the second year that this well-known European reggae festival taking place at Bencassim, Spain August 16-22, will again feature films from the REGGAE FILM FESTIVAL. In addition, RFF Director Barbara Blake Hannah is invited to present a Lecturer on ‘Reggae In Film‘ in the Rototom Reggae University chaired by RIDIM Magazine Editors Ellen Koehlings and Peter Lilly. Festival headliners are Marcia Griffiths, Morgan Heritage, Sly & Robbie, Freddie McGregor, Etana, Raging Fiya and Beenie Man, to name a few.
SERBIA JAMAICA 50 The REGGAE FILM FESTIVAL established a link with Serbia in 2008, when Belgrade businessman Mirko Miljus unveiled the first statue of Bob Marley in Europe at a reggae festival he organized, then personally brought a film he made of the event to the 2009 Reggae Film Festival. In 2012 Mr Miljus was appointed Honorary Consul for Jamaica in Serbia and to celebrate this, he is organizing a JAMAICA 50 Festival to showcase Jamaican music, arts and culture. The REGGAE FILM FESTIVAL will be a feature of this event, scheduled for August 26-28.
NORTH AMERICAN DATES
Dates are being confirmed for RFF presentations in Florida, New York and Canada to continue the summer tour. Hannah believes the globetrotting festival brand functions as “an international distribution chain for Jamaican films, film makers and musicians,” she says. “Whether it is DVD sales, or direct to cable TV the Reggae Film Festival is helping these films get the exposure they deserve.”
JAMAICA REGGAE FILM FESTIVAL
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