scriptAntigua and Barbuda will this week host a Regional Script Writers Development Retreat at Jolly Beach Resort & Spa on Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd August, 2015.

The two day script writers’ retreat is the second of a multi-phased programme executed by the OECS Competitive Business Unit (OECS/CBU) in collaboration with the Independent Association of Cinema of Guadeloupe (APCAG) in an effort to enhance the skills of regional screen writers for the development of the cinema and television industry in the OECS and the French West Indies.

The activity ,part of the CBU’s Creative Industries Sector Development programme, is funded under the 10th European Development Fund (EDF) Regional Integration and Trade for the OECS and the Regional Council of Guadeloupe.

Head of the Dominica based OECS Competitive Business Unit, Vincent Philbert has expressed delight at the staging of the retreat and called for greater effort and collaboration among audio-visual professionals to create a truly OECS film industry: “This retreat represents a major step towards building the capacity needed to tell our own stories in the OECS and the French West Indies and to create an indigenous film industry. Our collaboration with the FCORs in this exercise is a strong indication of the cooperation that is being forged between the OECS and our French speaking neighbours especially in the Creative Industries Sector. We hope that our film industry professionals will seize on the moment and use this as a platform for continuous action in building our film industry.”

Eight (8) writers from the OECS and five (5) from Martinique and Guadeloupe are to attend the Retreat which will focus on progress made by the script writers since the initial workshop in Guadeloupe in January, 2015. The Retreat will allow for a review of the work done so far and for each writer who have completed the process to present their final script to a panel of judges for selection among the top five screen plays. The OECS Commission and the APCAG will provide technical and financial support to the top screen plays in an effort to have their works developed for regional and international exposure.

While the Guadeloupe workshop focused attention on technical aspects of writing for television and screen and introduction to international best practice in film production, the retreat will however provide pointers to each writer to help them advance their screen play and guide in the overall development of story-telling among OECS and FWI writers on themes and issues impacting the lives of their citizenry.
It is hoped that the Regional Script Development Retreat will serve as a further impetus for developing a cadre of screen writers and in building the film and television industry in the OECS and the French West Indies.