Should have posted this earlier so rather than adding it to the schedule on the Opportunities page where you may not see it, I decided to give it its own post. It came to my inbox from the Coalition of Service Industries. Here it is:
OECS/COMPETITIVE BUSINESS UNIT (OECS/CBU) solicits expressions of interest in the following Business Training Activity:
The OECS in collaboration APCAG (Association for the Development of Independent Cinema in Guadeloupe), ten (10) day Screen Writers Workshop in Guadeloupe from January 19-30, 2015.
The OECS/French Overseas Territories (FCORs) Regional Screen Writers Workshop will be held in Guadeloupe from January 19 to 30, 2015, and will be hosted by the Association for the Development of Independent Cinema in Guadeloupe (APCAG). This is part of a collaborative effort between the APCAG and the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) in an effort to increase the competitiveness of the audio-visual and film sectors in the OECS and Guadeloupe. This initiative is a direct result of the OECS Business Mission to the FCORs in May 2014 and is expected to form part of future collaboration between the OECS and Guadeloupe in the creative Industries sector.
This exercise will be carried out in several phases; starting with the training programme in January 2015, to be followed by a support phase to deserving top performers from the workshop over the period February – June 2015, a refresher course/presentation of best scripts from top performers in an OECS Member States in June 2015, and a promotional phase in December 2015.
Phase One & Two of the exercise will be the theoretical or training component of the programme and will involve the following:
January 19-30, 2015
• Film analysis
• Basics of screen writing
• Accompaniment of screenwriting
• Status of the writer in the chain of film production
• Knowledge of the economics of cinema
EXPRESSION OF INTEREST
COURSE OUTLINE & PRESENTERS
Analysis film, screenwriter status in the chain of film production, knowledge of the film economy
Presenter: Lucius Barre (New York)
Public Relations consultant, promoting the international distribution of films of different cultures. He specializes in strategic planning from the beginning of production, creation of campaign materials, and the Protocol on the markets and festivals. Barre was the first international publicist for Pedro Almodovar, Shinji Aoyama, Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, Atom Egoyan, Zacharias Kunuk, Jean-Claude Lauzon, Guy Maddin, Johnnie To, and Tom Tykwer; and worked with established filmmakers such as Lee Chang-dong, Alain Resnais, Carlos Saura, Volker Schlöndorff and Hiroshi Teshigahara. He served for eight years as press secretary in English at Cannes, and has worked in communication and protocol for projects with the European Commission and festivals in Abu Dhabi, Berlin, Buenos Aires, Ghent, New York and San Francisco. He is part of the staff since 1997 Rotterdam Film Festival and the Locarno Festival since 2011.
Presenter: Tony Coco-Viloin (Guadeloupe), Film Commissioner
Presenter: Nina Vilus (Guadeloupe), Producer Art & Visions for Film and TV
Basics of screenwriting, Support for writing
Presenter: Amba Chevannes (Jamaica)
Originally from Jamaica, Amba is a screenwriter and script doctor and a part-time teacher at Edna Manley College for the Visual and Performing Arts and the University of the West Indies. Amba Chevannes is a graduate of the University of the West Indies and the Tisch School of the Arts in New York. She has a Master’s degree in Playwriting. She teaches Screenwriting at the Edna Manley College and the Institute for Media Training. She has written screenplays and acted in several plays. Some of them have arrived on the small screen. Two of her plays have received rave reviews in 2007 and 2008, she is also a partner and producer to produce MADKOW. She will be on the technical aspects of writing a script and its development plan.
Critical analysis of scenario
Film Commission of Guadeloupe
February – June
Practice portion for each of the candidates on his/her return through monitoring
by the facilitators
b) Followed by the work of a script doctor who will help in giving guidance
and script solutions
Phase Three: Return
June – in an OECS Member State. This will involve the selection of the top five scripts for presentation
a) Presentation of scenarios to industry professionals from the Caribbean
b) Choosing of the Best Screenplay by a professional jury
Phase Four: Promotion
July to December 2015
a) Presentation of scenarios to television professionals and producers
b) Send scenarios to festivals dedicated to the theme/topic
Date and Location
Fort Royal in Deshaies, Guadeloupe from January 19-30, 2015.
• Increase and share your knowledge and experience with regional and international industry leaders.
• Networking and making business contacts with key industry stakeholders across the OECS region.
Who should attend?
Fifteen candidates, ten from the OECS and five from Guadeloupe/Martinique will be selected to attend this very important training exercise. To be selected candidates should possess the following:
• Have completed at least one film (short film or documentary) and have a taste for writing or have written a book or have a particular interest in the cinema
• Be nationals of OECS member states or from Guadeloupe, Martinique, Saint Martin and Saint Barthelemy
• Speak and write English
Persons interested in participating in the above activity please fill in the attached form (EOI Template Regional Screen Writers Workshop ) and return to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Deadline for receipt of applications is
December 12, 2014. Please note that the OECS and APCAG will meet the cost of travel to Guadeloupe as well as accommodation for the ten participants selected to attend. All other information and participation requirements will be provided after final selections.
In addition, all persons wishing to be considered for selection should provide the following:
- The synopsis of a story which will be used by the participant to develop his/her script during the workshop. The story should have a Caribbean flavour and should be a least five minutes in length for the making of a short narrative film
- A Script in development containing story plots and the development of the key characters in the story for the making of a short narrative filmPersons interested in participating in the above activity please fill in the attached form and return to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Deadline for receipt of applications is extended to December 19, 2014. Please note that the OECS and APCAG will meet the cost of travel to Guadeloupe as well as accommodation for the ten participants selected to attend. All other information and participation requirements will be provided after final selections.