Jamaica Continues Legacy Of Excellence In Film Industry, Sponsors Inaugural Realvibez Film Festival

Jamaica Tourist board logo spelling Jamaica in the color pink

Festival to showcase region and give voice to emerging Caribbean filmmakers 

KINGSTON, JAMAICA – August 2, 2021 – Furthering the reputation of Jamaica as a force in the film world, and with an eye towards developing established and emerging Caribbean filmmaking talent, the Jamaica Tourist Board has signed on as lead sponsor of the inaugural RealVibez Film Festival, taking place in Miami and broadcast virtually August 25 – 27, 2021.  

The first event of its kind for the regional film industry uniting sports and entertainment, the RealVibez Film Festival will bring global attention to the many unique filming locations in Jamaica and throughout the Caribbean. It will also give emerging filmmakers a platform  to assist with the distribution and development of their films and create a database of  visual content that will inspire producers from around the world looking for picturesque  locations like Jamaica to film their next motion picture.  

“Famous directors have long looked to Jamaica as a setting for some of the most popular films of all time,” said Jamaica’s Director of Tourism Donovan White. “The RealVibez Film Festival will not only showcase the heartbeat of Caribbean culture and our many beautiful filming locations to the global community, but it will also aid in the development of Jamaican talent who will carry on the destination’s rich legacy in film, music, sports, and entertainment.” 

Jamaica’s history as a premier filming location dates back nearly 60 years to when the  island was prominently featured in the first James Bond movie, Dr. No. In the decades  since, its beautiful scenery has continued to serve as a popular backdrop in prominent  productions, including the new James Bond film, No Time to Die, premiering this fall.  

Jamaica’s white-sand beaches, dramatic mountainous terrain and iconic backdrops such  as Dunn’s River Falls provide filmmakers with a gold mine of options to serve as the setting for their next film. RealVibez will spotlight some of Jamaica’s most picturesque  locations to lure international production companies and will become the place where  Caribbean filmmakers get their start, while setting the pace for others.  

“RealVibez stands ready to collaborate with the Jamaica Tourist Board to facilitate the  development of content to attract greater support for the destination,” said Carole Beckford, CEO RealVibez Entertainment & Festival Director. “Jamaica’s destination and  the rest of the region can only be better from support of this kind. Sport and Entertainment  content are of tremendous value to any destination.” 

For more information on Jamaica, please go to www.visitjamaica.com

About Jamaica Tourist Board  

The Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB), founded in 1955, is Jamaica’s national tourism agency  based in the capital city of Kingston. JTB offices are also located in Montego Bay, Miami,  Toronto and London. Representative offices are located in Berlin, Barcelona, Rome,  Amsterdam, Mumbai, Tokyo and Paris.  

Last year, the JTB was declared the Caribbean’s Leading Tourist Board by the World  Travel Awards (WTA) for the thirteenth consecutive year and Jamaica was named the  Caribbean’s Leading Destination for the fifteenth consecutive year as well as the  Caribbean’s Best Spa Destination and the Caribbean’s Best MICE Destination. As well,  Jamaica copped the WTA’s World’s Leading Wedding Destination, the World’s Leading  Cruise Destination and the World’s Leading Family Destination. Additionally, Jamaica  was awarded three gold 2020 Travvy Awards for Best Culinary Destination,  Caribbean/Bahamas. The Pacific Area Travel Writers Association (PATWA) named  Jamaica the 2020 Destination of the Year for Sustainable Tourism. In 2019, TripAdvisor®  ranked Jamaica as the #1 Caribbean Destination and #14 Best Destination in the World.  Jamaica is home to some of the world’s best accommodations, attractions and service providers that continue to receive prominent global recognition.  

For details on upcoming special events, attractions and accommodations in Jamaica go  to the JTB’s Website at www.visitjamaica.com or call the Jamaica Tourist Board at 1-800- JAMAICA (1-800-526-2422). Follow the JTB on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and YouTube. View the JTB blog at www.islandbuzzjamaica.com.  

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