Magazine article Screen International

First Jamaica Delegation Hits TIFF

Magazine article Screen International

First Jamaica Delegation Hits TIFF

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Renee Robinson, former industry programmer at Toronto International Film Festival, is back at the festival in her new role as film commissioner of Jamaica.

JAMPRO, Jamaica's national investment and export agency, is spearheading a 20-strong delegation of Jamaican film professionals coming to Toronto. There is also a Jamaica stand at the industry centre in the Hyatt Regency for the first time.

Robinson said the size of this first Toronto delegation is notable. "It's an indication that Jamaica is ready to be a global film player," she told Screen. The delegation includes the filmmakers selected for the Propella! short film development initiative, plus other experts including Kamal Bankay of Creative Marketing Associates, Paul Bucknor of Firefly Films, Carleene Samuels of Creative Source Productions, Damien Baddy of Lookyah and Delano Forbes of Phase 3.

Nick Cannon's US-Jamaican production King Of The Dancehall premieres at TIFF tonight (sept 11) and its newcomer actress Kimberly Patterson is taking part in the festival's new International Actors Programme. …

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