JAMPRO is encouraging local professionals in the screen-based industries to register their film projects, including movies, short films, episodic content, documentaries or music videos, at the Jamaica Film Commission before commencing production.
The Agency says that registration, which is free for local professionals and can be completed online, provides access to permit requests and facilitation services for filming on streets and other public locations.
It also assists with the securing of locations for filming, the advising of stakeholders including the Jamaica Constabulary Force, Municipal Councils and other special bodies, and advocacy to resolve challenges that may occur before and during production. This is especially crucial for film projects that entail the use of explosives, firearms, (real or fake), animals, aerosol, motor vehicles, or drones.
The Jamaica Film Commission is advising persons to visit www.filmjamaica.com for more information on how to register their film productions, and access benefits like the Productive Input Relief for duty-free importation of equipment, as well as professional development and market access opportunities.
Creative professionals in screen-based industries can also access the Guide to Filming in Jamaica, which outlines all the policies and processes required for production, as well as the Return to Set Guidelines at here, which contains protocol for filming during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.