15 Participants In Film Script Workshop


Following a rigorous application process, 15 local film-makers were selected to participate in the British Council's script development workshop for experienced film professionals, held in partnership with JAMPRO and the Jamaica Film and TV Association (JAFTA) from March 1-5, in Kingston.

The five-day workshop is designed to introduce the concept and practice of good script development by focusing on the role of the story editor and how they work with screenwriters and producers. International script development consultant Ludo Smolski, who is also a tutor for the National Film and Television School's postgraduate diploma in script development, is facilitating the sessions. According to the British Council, "The programme will enable participants to gain the skills necessary to enhance their own film-making and that of their peer community and wider industry."

Jamaica's Film commissioner, Renee Robinson, said "JAMPRO, through the Film Commission, is pleased to be partnering with the British Council and JAFTA on the delivery of this workshop. We are always exploring partnerships that will further the development of the industry and this programme is one such. We look forward to the positive outcomes and look anticipate our continued partnership".

JAFTA's president, Gabrielle Blackwood, also noted that JAFTA is proud to share in this partnership with the British Council. "As the organisation tasked with representing and developing the film industry in Jamaica, we look forward to the mentorship and training that will come from this workshop, and anticipate the ultimate production of the feature length scripts", she explained.

Affirming their support of the development of arts in the region, the British Council's Caribbean director and country director for Jamaica, Olayinka Jacobs-Bonnick, stated that the organisation has more projects in the pipeline to support the development of the arts and the creative economy.

The Jamaica Gleaner
Published Date: 
Friday, March 3, 2017