A Positive Step for the Regional Film Industry

Four Screenwriters received Production Awards at the end of a Regional Screenwriters Retreat in Antigua and Barbuda over the week-end.The Production Award winners are Clement Richards from Dominica with his short film entitled “The Gangsta”, Guadeloupian Michelle Robin Clerc with “Florentin”, St. Lucian Davina Lee with “The Knot” and Chris Burton from Martinique who received an Honorable Mention for his film entitled “Can’t You Do Anything Good (Dear Mom)”.

The OECS and the French Overseas Territories in the Caribbean (FCORs) will provide financial and logistical support to the four Awardees to produce their films, which are expected to be of a high production quality. The completed films will subsequently be screened at regional and international film festivals including the Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival (TTFF), and the Guadeloupe International Film Festival (FEMI) among others, as well as distributed to content buyers and consumers regionally and internationally.  This is the most significant production and marketing support package awarded for film production within the OECS to date. It is also the first time that our French neighbors were so intimately integrated within a regional training programme, which is a good omen for the future.

The four screen writers were part of a group of thirteen writers from Saint Kitts and Nevis, Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Saint. Lucia and Grenada, as well as Guadeloupe and Martinique. These persons participated in an intense eight month training programme in story and script development for short films, with a focus on social and lifestyle issues in the region.  At the concluding session in Antigua the Script Assessors gave high commendation for all screenplays submitted, and were very impressed with the varying styles and film genres which were employed. They also praised the pitches made by each participant in support of their script, especially since the latter was a new experience for each presenter. In addition all participants in the Regional Screenwriters Retreat were praised for their insightful and well-crafted stories by the assessors and workshop organizers, and were declared to be all winners.
– See more at: http://www.oecs.org/media-center/press-releases/1056-four-writers-awarded-for-outstanding-work-at-regional-script-writers-retreat-in-antigua-and-barbuda#sthash.ZBBVc2LQ.dpuf

Post note: If any one knows who the participants were, especially the Antiguan and Barbudan participants, please give them a shout out in the comments section. And congrats to the filmmakers from Dominica, St. Lucia, Martinique, and Guadeloupe on being tapped for development of their scripts. This is how we need to do it (technical, developmental, financial, practical support of the arts). – JCH

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