The GATFFEST Film Festival (formerly the Greater August Town Film Festival) originated from the Greater August Town Film Project, now rebranded as the UWI Community Film Project. The GATFFEST film festival was created as an outlet for graduates of the UWI Community Film Project to showcase the films that were produced during the course, or any other films that they would like to produced and would like to enter into the festival. The inaugural annual Greater August Town Film Festival (GATFFEST) was held on June 20-23, 2013, and included films from community residents who graduated from the film project. The event screened their work along with that of other local and international independent filmmakers. The four-day festival was jointly held at The University of the West Indies and the Edna Manley School for Visual and Performing Arts.
Since then, the festival has grown significantly, receiving numerous international and local submissions every year. GATFFEST serves as a platform for the exposure of film making talents of– directors, producers, casts and crews. It is an opportunity to showcase new and emerging filmmakers who are telling stories through a mix of short films and documentaries. The film festival features premieres, and special events and panel discussions with stakeholders in tourism, academia and the film industry.