THE WRITE STUFF: Local writers who have not yet submitted their entries for this year’s National Creative Writing Competition have until the end of this week, as the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) has extended the April deadline to May 19. The competition is open to Jamaicans of all ages to compete for top honours (trophies, gold, silver, bronze medals, certificates, among other prizes) in the categories of novels, plays, short stories, essays and poetry. A trophy for Best Overall Writer is traditionally presented to the year’s most outstanding entrant. Visit jcdc.gov.jm for more info or call 926-5726-9.
LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION: Filmmakers taking part in this year’s Greater August Town Film Festival (GATFFEST) will have a chance to win some 14 awards during the awards ceremony slated for June 24. In addition to prizes for Best Local Film, Best International Original Film and Best Directing, trophies will be presented for Original Screenplay, Animation and a Best of GATFFEST award to be named in honour of UWI Mona Principal Prof. Archibald McDonald. Put on annually by the UWI Mona Community Film Project, the film fest (June 15-24) attracted a record 1600 submissions for 2017. With dozens of features, shorts, animated flicks and documentaries jostling for the attractive prizes, festivalgoers are in for a real treat. Among the most anticipated screening nights: Local and International Film Night (June 17), Japanese Film Night (June 21), Caribbean and Latin American Film Night (June 22) and Jamaican Film Night (June 23). Visit gatffest.com for details, including venues, the full schedule and other key information.