19-y-o wins Digicel Mobile Movie Competition Category at Jamaica Film Festival
Youngster inspired to pursue film-making career
With a steady arm, a Samsung Galaxy S3 and self-taught editing skills, amateur movie-maker Hodeano Dixon copped the top prize in the Digicel’s ‘Mobile Movie’ category at the Jamaica Film Festival awards.
Dubbed, ‘The Delivery’, the nineteen year old from Spanish Town, wrote, directed, produced and even played a lead role in the three-minute movie, a tongue-in-cheek suspense flick set in his hometown.
“This competition has really motivated me to pursue a career in film-making,” Dixon shared. “I heard about the competition from a friend of mine and I decided to just take a chance and enter. I’ve always been making dance videos with my friends, and playing around with editing and trying new things but this competition pushed me to take it to another level and I really enjoyed it. I think I have talent but I’d love to work on developing that and building something out of it.”
Dixon also added that since entering the competition, he was compelled to pursue studies in film-making or working with a production company to start garnering some experience in the field.
Kimala Bennett, managing director of the production lab, who sat on the panel of judges, shared, “We selected ‘Delivery’ as the overall winner because it was leading in all three areas of story development, overall production and best picture. Its quality was impressive but more importantly, the story had us anticipating the outcome from the start and the flow and structure was very strategically built.”
Director of Marketing at Digicel, Peter Lloyd, shared Bennett’s sentiments, saying, “It’s amazing to see the quality of work that this young man managed to pull off with a smartphone. It was a great story, fun to watch and very creatively done.”
Lloyd added, “As a Jamaican company and one that is evolving into a full-service telecommunications and entertainment provider, we rely very heavily on the creative industry. As such, we’re very happy to support any initiative that is focused on the development of that area and we commend JAMPRO on this first staging of the Jamaica Film Festival. Jamaica is home to huge talent and we want to help ensure that Jamaica continues to be the creative hope of the Caribbean.”
The week-long annual event culminated in an awards show held at the Courtleigh Auditorium on Saturday, July 12.