Caribbean Script Development Workshops
28th September 2017
Screenwriters move to the next level with film workshops hosted by British Council, TTFF, JAMPRO and JAFTA
Following on from the first capacity building film workshops which took place last March, international film consultant Ludo Smolski is back in the Caribbean for "Making Development Work II", working with selected film professionals in Trinidad and Tobago (21-24 September) and Jamaica (28-30 September).
Ludo Smolski, a tutor for the UK’s National Film and Television School’s Postgraduate Diploma in Script Development, is focusing on the role of story editors and how they collaborate with screenwriters and producers. He will be working with the filmmakers to review scripts and improve pitching and marketing of scripts and finished projects.
The goal of this partnership between British Council, Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival (TTFF), JAMPRO (Jamaica Trade and Investment) and Jamaica Film and Television Association (JAFTA), is to develop a long-term programme with local filmmakers to strengthen their skills in film and TV production. Annalee Davis, Caribbean Arts Manager at the British Council, explained that the workshops were part of the organisation’s plans to have sustained efforts to strengthen the sector rather than engaging in short-term interventions. She said, “After conducting a film scoping mission in late 2016, the British Council saw an opportunity to work with local partners and to contribute to the growth of the local film sector through investment in local talent. We are delighted to continue our partnership and we are heartened by the impact of this training over the past seven months. The key players in the film and television industry have responded very positively to the extended programme.”