Written by Chantel DaCosta




The 2017 staging of the University of the West Indies’ (UWI) GATFFEST film festival is scheduled to be held from Thursday 15th to Saturday 24th June. GATFFEST was originally known as  the Greater August Town Film Festival.

The festival will be held under the theme, ‘From the Streets to the Screen.’

The film premiere for 2017 is Children of the Incursion, a documentary exploring the psychosocial impact of the 2010 Tivoli operation on the children who lived through the ordeal.

The event will feature workshops and screenings of films in the genres of drama, comedy, action, sci-fi, documentary, animation and suspense. Participants will compete for awards in the following categories:

  • Drama
  • Comedy
  • Romance
  • Animation
  • Documentary
  • Musical
  • Science Fiction
  • Horror


Film showings will be held at several venues in Kingston and Montego Bay, where the festival will also be held. To keep updated visit the GATFFEST website for schedule details.

Tickets range from JMD $1,000 to $1,500. Ticket outlets include the UWI website, New Leaf Vegetarian Restaurant, and Musgrave Pharmacy.

The festival is being organised by the UWI Centre for Tourism and Policy Research.


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