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Overview

Jamaica is a creative hub and a cultural superpower! That’s why we have dedicated an entire sector to promote Jamaica’s unique film destinations and artistic flair through digital art and music.

Our Film, Animation and Music (FAM) sector is the third largest contributor to the island’s GDP. It also has a significant multiplier effect on the economy through its seamless linkages with other industries such as tourism and manufacturing.

When it comes to talent, our island is home to exceptional musicians, fine and performing artists and film professionals.

While music has traditionally been Jamaica’s most exportable creative product, the film and animation sectors demonstrate significant economic potential for the future. Our rustic countryside, majestic mountain ranges, white and black sand beaches, secret coves, dramatic cliffs, mini-jungles and historic edifices have made the country an ideal location for filming and creative projects since the early 1900s. In 2019, the high-profile James Bond movie was filmed on the Eastern end of the island- the home of the creator of the series, Ian Flemming.

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Film Location Map

Jamaica has a variety of cities and towns, each with their own unique features, architecture and proximity to natural features, historic sites, great houses, waterfalls (and waterways) and cave systems.

Main cities and towns
Kingston, Spanish Town, Mandeville, Montego Bay, Negril, Ocho Rios and Port Antonio.
Main tourism destinations
Montego Bay, Negril and Ocho Rios feature white sand beaches, hotels, restaurants and other entertainment activities.
Historical cities
Port Royal, Spanish Town and Port Antonio date back to the period of the buccaneers and the colonial era.
Mountainous areas
Cockpit Country, Blue Mountains and Mandeville are mountainous with cool temperatures.
Main cities and towns
Kingston, Spanish Town, Mandeville, Montego Bay, Negril, Ocho Rios and Port Antonio.
Main tourism destinations
Montego Bay, Negril and Ocho Rios feature white sand beaches, hotels, restaurants and other entertainment activities.
Historical cities
Port Royal, Spanish Town and Port Antonio date back to the period of the buccaneers and the colonial era.
Mountainous areas
Cockpit Country, Blue Mountains and Mandeville are mountainous with cool temperatures.
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We Keep Growing

Growing Studios
The number of film and animation studios across the island continues to increase, serving clients both locally and internationally.
Growing Programmes
We’ve developed programmes aimed at enhancing film and animation in Jamaica such as JAFTA Propella, Film Lab and the BOSS Programme.
Growing Talent Pool
An increasing number of graduates of new animation programmes are growing the industry.
Growing Industry
The Jamaica Film and Television Association is the main industry body of authority for film and television products.
Growing Support
The Jamaica Animation Nation Network supports training and development initiatives for the animation industry.
Growing Studios
The number of film and animation studios across the island continues to increase, serving clients both locally and internationally.
Growing Programmes
We’ve developed programmes aimed at enhancing film and animation in Jamaica such as JAFTA Propella, Film Lab and the BOSS Programme.
Growing Talent Pool
An increasing number of graduates of new animation programmes are growing the industry.
Growing Industry
The Jamaica Film and Television Association is the main industry body of authority for film and television products.
Growing Support
The Jamaica Animation Nation Network supports training and development initiatives for the animation industry.

We’re in Demand!

Rich Culture
We are internationally known for reggae music, dance, theatre, art and craft, cuisine, and colourful customs and traditions.
World-class Talent
Our talent pool is highly skilled and have experience working with major film, animation and music projects.
Beautiful Locations
Jamaica is gifted with beautiful and diverse locations.
Strong Business Linkages
We build and maintain strong business linkages with stakeholders from other sectors.
Rich Culture
We are internationally known for reggae music, dance, theatre, art and craft, cuisine, and colourful customs and traditions.
World-class Talent
Our talent pool is highly skilled and have experience working with major film, animation and music projects.
Beautiful Locations
Jamaica is gifted with beautiful and diverse locations.
Strong Business Linkages
We build and maintain strong business linkages with stakeholders from other sectors.

Investment Opportunities

Products
Studios
Develop film and animation studios.
Production
Produce movies and documentaries at beautiful and diverse locations.
Distribution
Market and distribute film, animation and music productions.

Filming Guide

If you are planning a production in Jamaica, there are several things that you will need to consider for smooth processing. We’ll help you figure it out.

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Jamaica Development Screen Initiative

The Jamaica Screen Development Initiative (JSDI) is a financing initiative of the Government of Jamaica (GOJ), which aims to support and strengthen the local screen-based industries by providing a pool of funds accessible for the completion of eligible screen-based projects across various stages of development. Its focus is providing opportunities for new, emerging, and established talent behind the camera to create more, high quality, Jamaican content capable of competing in the global market.

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