Kingston, Jamaica: – Firefly Films, co-founders of Flashpoint, has again produced original Jamaican films for the Flashpoint Film Festival which will run from Friday, December 1 – Sunday, December 3, 2006 at The Caves, Negril.
Firefly Films has produced 3 films for presentation at the 2006 Flashpoint Film Festival: ‘The Candy Shop’, a comedic short film written and directed by Joel Burke; ‘Scoundrel’, a comedic short film written and directed by Nile Saulter; and the 1 st chapter of the feature film ‘Better Mus Come’, a political drama written and directed by Storm.
Firefly Films was born in 2002 when Creative Director, Paul Bucknor started production on ‘Goathead’, a romantic comedy, written and directed by Bucknor, set in rural Jamaica. With the need for post-production facilities for ‘Goathead’, construction of Firefly Studios in Mount James, St Andrew, was initiated and was completed in 2003. The Firefly Films team was complete when young Jamaican filmmakers Storm, Joel Burke and Nile Saulter joined as directors.
In 2005, Firefly Films partnered with The Caves resort in Negril and staged the 1st Flashpoint Film Festival, a forum for new Caribbean films, and set about putting together an appropriate programme. With few new local films available, Firefly Films produced 3 original Jamaican films for the festival: 2 short films, ‘Bad Lucky’ (Joel Burke), and ‘Forward’ (Nile Saulter), and the feature film, ‘Twang!'(Storm). ‘Goathead’ was also premiered at the festival.
Firefly Films plans to produce a minimum of 4 films per year, every year for the foreseeable future and will premiere their films at the Flashpoint Film Festival. This, they hope, will encourage more Jamaican filmmakers to produce original films each year. The 2006 staging of the annual Flashpoint Film Festival runs from Friday, December 1 – Sunday, December 3 at The Caves, Negril.
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