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‘Caribbean Film Project’ Collaboration Launches In Support of Emerging Caribbean Screenwriters

‘Caribbean Film Project’ Collaboration Launches In Support of Emerging Caribbean Screenwriters

Fresh news on the expanding Caribbean cinema front and a great
opportunity for many throughout the Diaspora. 

Brooklyn, NYC based Caribbean
Film Academy (CaFA), who last August we announced began their own VOD platform
Studio Anansi, has announced a new partnership with Groundation Grenada, Audiovisual Association of Dominica,
ChantiMedia and SASOD Guyana to launch the Caribbean
Film Project
, an initiative which aims to showcase the talent of unknown
and emerging writers in the Caribbean and its Diaspora. 

With
a focus on providing assistance in production for films for countries that have
mostly been absent from the current Caribbean filmmaking renaissance –
Dominica, Guyana, Grenada, and St. Kitts & Nevis –  the Caribbean Film Project also will, “provide an opportunity for
Diaspora filmmakers to have their work included in a Caribbean film
compilation,” according to CaFA.

The initial assistance will be in the form of a script competition.  

Open
for entries now through February, 28 2015, the winner from each country will be
paired with a “coach” who will work with the writer to make their script
production-ready.  With the help of
each producing partner, the films will then be produced. CaFA plans to raise
the funds needed for the project through sponsorship, fundraisers and
crowd-funding.

“This
focus on writing is long overdue”, according to CaFA co-founder, Romola Lucas,
who has led the effort to organize this new project. “Spurred by the
availability and increasing affordability of filmmaking equipment, the
Caribbean is currently experiencing a surge in filmmaking.  More and more people, who may never
have considered filmmaking as an option, are making films encouraged by new
opportunities to have their work screened at the growing number of Caribbean
film festivals.  Many of the films
are excellent, well-written, professionally produced, and visually
appealing.  However, there are many
others which suffer from technical issues and incomplete storytelling.”

Ms.
Lucas continues, “From our perspective, well-written stories underpin every
sustainable film movement, and in order for Caribbean storytellers to be
counted among the best in the world, specific focus and attention must be given
to the development of great writers,” Lucas continues. 

The
competition is open to writers/filmmakers who are residents/nationals of
Dominica, Guyana, Grenada, St. Kitts and Nevis, and to those of Caribbean descent/heritage
living in the diaspora and writing Caribbean stories.  Submissions opened on Friday, January 2, 2015 and close
Friday, February 28, 2015.  To
learn more about the Project and submit a script, visit www.caribbeanfilm.org or email them at submissions@cafafilmproject.org.

We will publish more information on this as it comes.  

  

For
further information, please contact:

Chantal
Miller – ChantiMedia – hello@chantimedia.com

Jessica
Canham – Audiovisual Association of Dominica – jessica@earthbook.tv

Joel
Simpson – SASOD Guyana – manager@sasod.org.gy

Malaika
Brooks – Groundation Grenada – malaika@groundationgrenada.com

Romola
Lucas – CaFA- romola@caribbeanfilm.org

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