British Council, JAMPRO and JAFTA host workshop to develop Jamaican Film Industry


Following a rigorous application process, 15 local filmmakers have been selected to participate in the British Council’s script development workshop for experienced film professionals, to be held in partnership with JAMPRO and the Jamaica Film and TV Association (JAFTA) from March 1-5, 2017 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, will facilitate the sessions. According to the British Council, “The programme will enable participants to gain the skills necessary to enhance their own filmmaking and that of their peer community and wider industry.”


Jamaica’s Film Commissioner, Renee Robinson, said that JAMPRO was pleased to be supporting the initiative because of its potential to develop the industry’s skills, a major focus of the Agency. Ms. 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 organization 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 had more projects in the pipeline to support the development of the arts and the creative economy. Mrs Jacobs-Bonnick said, “In maintaining our commitment to contributing to the development of a healthy film ecosystem in Jamaica, The British Council is pleased to partner with the Jamaica Film Commission (JAMPRO) and the Jamaica Film and Television Association (JAFTA) to host this workshop. Our arts and creative economy work in Jamaica and Caribbean focuses on skills development, knowledge transfer, artist collaboration and institutional partnerships. This is one of several development workshops in the arts, that we hope will deepen our relationship with the industry in the Jamaica and the region”.


The Jamaica Film Commission’s purpose is to build global relationships and realise business opportunities for the Jamaican film industry through facilitation of activities that increase investment, export, and employment. The Film Commission advocates policy for the Creative Industries, promotes Jamaica as a film location and creates sector development initiatives.

About The British Council:

The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. We create friendly knowledge and understanding between the people of the UK and other countries. Using the UK’s cultural resources we make a positive contribution to the countries we work with – changing lives by creating opportunities, building connections and engendering trust.

We work with over 100 countries across the world in the fields of arts and culture, English language, education and civil society. Each year we reach over 20 million people face-to-face and more than 500 million people online, via broadcasts and publications.


Founded in 1934, we are a UK charity governed by Royal Charter and a UK public body. The majority of our income is raised delivering a range of projects and contracts in English teaching and examinations, education and development contracts and from partnerships with public and private organisations. Eighteen per cent of our funding is received from the UK government.

Published Date: 
Wednesday, March 1, 2017
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