The director of the Reggae Film Academy in Jamaica has said her concept for a film festival in London during the Olympics has been copied by British organisers.
Barbara Blake-Hannah had been in talks with representatives of Festival Jamaica 2012 and claims she had been waiting for a contract since last October.
The promoters of Festival Jamaica 2012 - an 11-day festival celebrating all aspects of Jamaican culture - have since denied this claim. The festival kicked off on Friday in Stratford and also includes live performances from THE ACES and THE GLADIATORS.
Blake-Hannah told the Jamaica Observer that word reached her just over one week ago that the group was going ahead with its own plans to organise a film festival showcasing Jamaican films.
She said: "This piracy of the Reggae Film Festival concept is a real slap in the face for the indigenous Jamaican film industry that is struggling to survive and find resources to capture and tell Jamaican stories.
"Imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery, but not honourable."
The organiser of the UK event, Ziggi Golding, said no rights had been infringed on by her organisation: "To set the record straight, there is no agreement made nor signed. No concept has been copied. We had our own concept. The Reggae Film Festival was simply an addition to our already formulated film programme."
Read the full article in the Jamaica Observer.