Let's Talk about it

Gambian journalist Olimatta Taal (left) and Jamaican producer/director Tanya Taylor skimmed the Jamaica Film Festival’s programme for the week of scheduled screenings and workshops.

UWI, Mona social sciences student Adam Cummings (right) in convo with Michael Holgate (centre), tutor/coordinator at the Philip Sherlock Centre for the Creative Arts, UWI, Mona, and Michael Sean Harris, assistant director at the School of Music at the Edna Manley College for the Visual and Performing Arts.

Sandra Rose (right), senior producer at Television Jamaica, handed her business card to Jamaica Film Festival workshop panellist Nicole Bernard (left) as JAMPRO Film Commissioner Carole Beckford (second right) looks on.

Cue the excitment. In-between screenings of a slate of 43 short and feature films, sporting biopics and documentaries, the Jamaica Film Festival was also rich with opportunities for self-development for creatives in the local film industry thanks to 14 workshops hosted at the JAMPRO and Courtleigh Auditoriums, and the Creative Production and Training Centre over the course of the festival's five days. Talking topics at the sessions ranged from script writing for film and television, and the key to financing your film project, to what's unique about the Caribbean's film industry and pitching and making the right move at the right time, and participants eagerly devoured the knowledge gleaned. SO sat in on last Tuesday's directors and writers intensive workshop hosted by 21st Century Fox Executive Vice-President, Audience Strategy, Nicole Bernard and her creative manager colleague Gina Reyes.

Published Date: 
Sunday, July 12, 2015