Kingston, Jamaica – It is competition time again. Art lovers can get their piece of the action by participating in the Flashpoint Film Festival Poster Competition. The posters are to illustrate a central theme from one of the three Jamaican feature films premiering at the festival this year.
The competition began Thursday, May 1 and runs until Wednesday, May 21. Interested artists can watch the movie trailers online at the festival website (www.flashpointfestival.com) and submit their entries to [email protected].
Now in its third year, the 2008 Flashpoint Film Festival will now occupy a new home on June 5 – 8 at Fort Charles and the Historic Royal Naval Hospital , Port Royal and takes place from. There will be a separate competition for each film and the winners will have their entries mounted in an exhibition on the festival grounds.
The three lead features films are Candy Shop, Pothole and Better Mus’ Come. Critiques say Candy Shop is the “hilarious” Jamaican comedy for the new generation. It is the first teen comedy and explores concepts of sexuality, relationships, urban youth and “coming of age” for young men in present day Jamaica .
Better Mus’ Come is an explosive urban love story that unfolds against a backdrop of the political turmoil of 1970s Jamaica . The story follows a young man from an inner city community escaping the prevailing hardships of life in the ghettos of central downtown Kingston . He is haunted by the recent tragic death of his devoted young wife and desperately tries to navigate his way through the political minefield created by the constant social upheaval that seems to be ubiquitous in his community.
“I’m looking for an artist who can review the material on the website (www.bettermuscome.com) and conceptualize a poster of any form that makes commentary on the film and reflect its elements, in whatever way, no matter how abstract,” said director Storm Saulter.
The poster competition is the last of a series of competitions that Flashpoint launched this year to increase participation in the festival. Entries closed for their filmmakers’ competition on Thursday, May 1 and the winning director will soon commence production on a short film to also premier at the festival.