REGAL AIR: Sinclair, who voiced Queen Sarabi (inset) in 1994's The Lion King.
With the promise of a mega-sized staging this year, the Reggae Film Festival is set to take place during Independence Week in Kingston from August 1-5, with an exciting raft of screenings, seminars and other activities sure to delight and edutain festivalgoers. The Gardens of the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel will once again play host.
This year, very special tribute will be paid to women in film, with a posthumous honour being presented in memory of Jamerican actress Madge Sinclair (Coming to America, The Lion King). Among the invited guests who might put in appearances are entertainment icon Grace Jones and American filmmaker Ava DuVernay, CEO of the AAFFRY film distribution network.
According to the Jamaica Film Academy (JFA), this year’s festival will place greater emphasis on reggae and will feature live performances by local acts. The inclusion of an award category for music videos will add a second venue to the festival. Sure to add a fancy touch to the whole thing, resort screenings will be hosted in the tourist meccas of Montego Bay, Ocho Rios and Port Antonio, thereby bringing the RFF to hotels on some of the island’s finest beaches.
Meantime, the JFA is partnering with EuroChannel, an international film-streaming website, in a bit to attract more entries in the International Award category and accordingly provide visibility of RFF news and activities across their network of some 11 million viewers worldwide.