A Film Festival with a Mission! Join us in Jamaica's beautiful Capital City, Kingston, where Caribbean rhythms and faith come together for the Jamaica International Faith Film Festival 2021.

Hosted by the Jamaica Youth for Christ, the festival will screen Christian and faith-based films from all over the world, bringing the message of God's love, hope and peace to the people of Kingston, Jamaica. The festival will be free to the public and include opportunities for the filmmakers to participate in an evangelistic or social mission while on the island. PLUS enjoy an uplifting concert featuring some of Jamaica's finest gospel ministers.

About the Festival


Please note however, that the festival takes place on the property of a Christian Ministry therefore NO PROFANITY, NO NUDITY, NO HORROR OR INAPPROPRIATE CONTENT WILL BE ACCEPTED.

What to expect

After a weekend of free workshops for local filmmakers and off-site screenings in various parts of Jamaica, the main festival begins on Thursday, with a welcome party with film screenings that inspire hope, encourage dreams, and tell stories about courage and faith in the midst of challenges.

Day Two
On Friday morning, JYFC hosts Student Day. Then head back to Festival Central for another evening of wonderful faith films and interaction with friendly locals.

Day Three
Saturday morning, join us for a morning tour of Kingston or beach trip all before lunch time. Then save the afternoon for more great films and interactions followed by Awards night and an a rousing concert.

Categories are: Mini, Short, Middy, Feature, Student, Documentary and Animation.

Give your faith-based and inspiring films an audience in Jamaica and help us change lives with your film! .

Most Inspirational Award
The National Director's Award
Best Narrative Short
Best Documentary
Best Animation
Best Mini
Best Student
Best Femle Director
People's Choice Awards

Rules & Terms

1. This festival takes place on the grounds of a Christian Ministry. Films containing profanity, nudity, sexually explicit scenes, simulated sex or excessive violence will NOT be accepted. NO horror films will be accepted. Submissions containing such materials are ineligible for screening.
The following films are ideal for this festival
- Faith-based films with Christian values
- Inspirational films with themes that exemplify moral standards in accordance with traditional family values
- Films that inspire faith, courage, hope
- Films that promote good moral standards and behaviors

2. Films created in or containing any language other than English must be subtitled in English.

3. Competition is open to anyone who wishes to enter.

4. Films produced, primarily financed, or initiated by a major Hollywood film studio are ineligible for competition.

5. Films must have been completed no earlier than January 1, 2010. Films currently in progress must be completed at the time of submission. No rough cuts accepted.

4. Films must be available for screening during the festival, February 7-10, 2019

5. By submitting a film to the JIFF Festival, the filmmaker agrees to allow the film to be screened at the festival, and to allow short portions of the film to be used by BarriVision Productions, the producer of the festival and the JIFF Festival for promotional purposes.

Overall Rating
  • Anne Lakhdar

    Thank you for the organisation and for choosing to show and award our film "Josiane, a passion for others" with the Missions award. This has been a real encouragement to us and to Josiane!

    March 2020
  • Shelia Wofford

    I'm Shelia Wofford/filmmaker, director and writer from Chattanooga, TN of the short film Michael Valentine that was selected for the Jamaica International Faith Film Festival. My first time in Jamaica I was welcome and showed great hospitality. This was the most professional well organized festival that truly reached out to the Jamaican community.

    Opening Night Ceremony was energetic, explosive and fun meeting volunteers, Jiff team and movie goers to screen movies ranging from documentaries, shorts, features etc. It was so great supporting other filmmakers films and cheering them on. This film festival did a lot of outreach to the community where filmmakers had an opportunity to participate in different activities each day starting with the schools. Students were able to screen films and ask questions afterwards. Filmmakers had an opportunity to speak to students about film making, writing and encourage them to follow their passion with the arts.

    Later that evening I along with others were asked to judge an open mic contest with talented kids and adults from the community. What great fun we all had supporting and getting to know each other. The next day Filmmakers had an opportunity to visit the Children's Home with the team Jamaica Youth for Christ giving the kids an opportunity to screen Animation films that were submitted in the festival and we were humble to served them. It truly made me feel that I was making a difference in someone's life just by being there and the children truly enjoyed themselves.

    In the evening we got to screen more wonderful films. The Awards Ceremony was on fire!!! We had a concert that truly lifted the name of Jesus Jamaican style!!! At the closing of the night the awards were presented. We were so honored to win People's Choice Award and Director's Award.

    I want to extend a big thank you to the Jamaica International Faith Film Festival, Board Members, Committee, Judith Falloon-Reid and Michael, BarriVision Films, Volunteers, Jamaica Youth for Christ and other filmmakers for showing us so much love the entire run of the festival.

    To any filmmakers out there you want to definitely submit your films next year to the JIFF. This was life changing for me!

    -Shelia Wofford

    March 2019
    Response from festival:

    It was our distinct pleasure to host you Shelia. THanks for your kind words, your effervescence and for fitting in everywhere. JIFF was a better festival because of your presence. We love you! Blessings

  • The Church of Almighty God (CAG)

    It is a great honor to participate in the Jamaica International Faith Film Festival. This is a festival with profound values. Festival Director Judith is a really nice guy and also patient, we appreciate it.

    We feel honored that our film "The Party is Not Done Talking" could be exhibited in JIFF Festival, and won the award of People's Choice Award. We will bring our other films shortly. Thanks to the JIFF Festival team!

    March 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thanks for sharing your wonderful film with us. Our audience left with a sense of the realities faced by Christians in parts of your country but also with the hope of a brighter future. Blessings

  • Jack Foley

    We were very proud to have our film "Mr. Jim" chosen as an Official Selection of the Jamaica International Faith Film Festival. It is a very well run festival and the communication is excellent, start to finish.

    March 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thanks Jack! We showed Mr. Jim to students and it helped them see how they can help the people on their block in a different light. Blessings

  • Andre Joseph

    Part of me wished I could have attended this wonderful festival. But they still managed to keep very good communication with me, allowed me to share a video message before my film, and I was happy to hear that my film was well received by close to 80 people in attendance. It was truly an honor to be part of this event and I really hope to be there in person one day.

    March 2019
    Response from festival:

    THanks for sharing with us Andre. Your family turned out to represent you and we all enjoyed The Saxophonist.