The workshop will take place at the Terra Nova Hotel in St Andrew from 8:00am – 5:30pm. The experts are Gabrielle Blackwood, a Jamaican director and cinematographer; script consultant Blanca Escoda and film editor Cedric Zoenen, from Europe.
Blackwood, the co-convenor of Women in Film Jamaica, has written, directed and shot short films, documentaries and commercials in both Jamaica and New Zealand.
Escoda is from Spain and works as a script reader for Filmarket Hub and scriptwriting tutor for Cineuropa. Through her script consultancy she reads and edits scripts for freelance writers and production companies, mostly across Spain, the UK and Latin America. She has worked as adjudicator at The European Independent Film Festival (Paris) and as a speaker at the New York Independent Film Festival.
"This will be an intensive one-day workshop. For us, it's a key value added because we are not just about the competition but building skills and providing exposure, too. The participants will be introduced to a range of film production techniques and good practices in the industry in a very practical manner. This is also why we targeted young and aspiring Jamaican filmmakers who could benefit from basic but fundamental exposure needed to create quality films," Malgorzata Wasilewska, the EU Ambassador to Jamaica.
Danielle Mullings, one of the shortlisted candidates said she entered the competition to support her passion for documentary making. "I entered the competition because I see it as a good way to hone my craft whilst getting valuable insights from leaders in the field like Gabrielle Blackwood. I am also excited to meet fellow film makers and content creators around my age."
Following the workshop, the participants will have up to November 16, to submit their 3-5 minute films on the theme: 'My Environment: a heritage to be protected'.
The winners will be announced on December 12, 2019. The competition for Jamaicans aged 18 – 25, started on September 9.