Dominican film and video producers form association

cameraAn initiative of former Film Commisioner for Dominica, Anita Bully, is expected to take Dominica’s film and audio industry to another level.

According to Bully a group of persons involved in the film and video industry in Dominica came together and decided to form an association which will seek to develop that industry and meet the needs of members.

The Dominica Audio Visual Association (DAVA) will seek to negotiate incentives for its members and lobby on their behalf; provide training opportunities and promote business opportunities, among other services.

In an interview with DNO, Bully stated that the association was a means through which local programming will be promoted.
“In Dominica local television programming is very limited, there is very little local programmes going on and we do have people involved in filming here and if we could come together as a group and start creating stuff and begin look at the needs of the industry and provide those needs” Bully noted.

She added that DAVA will be calling on the government to assist by providing incentives to film makers.

She said the audio visual sector is one of the fastest growing sectors in the world and we are being left behind in Dominica. “And we need to catch up with the rest of the world. This sector creates employment for people and promotes the island’s people and its culture.” Bully pointed out.

The new association will hold its first General Meeting on Tuesday March 5th, 2013 at the Public Service Training Center from 4:30 pm.
At that meeting the association will be formalised and a Board of Directors will be elected.

The association is facilitated by the Coalition of Service Industries, which will help it to establish itself and to develop programmes that will increase and improve the production of movies, documentaries and videos in Dominica.

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  1. Mash
    March 6, 2013

    Who and what is this DAVA…what have they done in Dominica?

  2. Jamdong lady
    March 6, 2013

    When is BROTHERS COMING??? :-P

  3. SarahKey
    March 6, 2013

    :-D I loved the episode when she was cussing Mathew..I follow Tenants. When we purchase it on the Collywood Pay Per View we have a Tenants club now started in Texas, all our friends from all over the Caribbean come over and we put it up on the big screen..they cant believe that this series is from Dominica lol. I feel so proud. Keep it up Collywood, you guys are on it..things can only get better. Waiting for series 3.

    • Jamdong lady
      March 6, 2013

      I love Tenants ooooooh my god what an exciting series…when it first started the eraly episodes with Slick it was just crawling..but as we started going into Episode 7 on the Pay Per View..things started to hot up..We also have a Tenants sunday every other sunday in the month..friends come over and we purchase our episode and have a ball. Collywood we luv ya baby…dont listen to those negative minds on this site..thats just people who hate ya but they cant be ya..yu know what I mean. 8)

  4. OMA
    March 6, 2013

    All I know is Collywood Tenants is the BOOM! My friends love it over here in New Zealand. OMG that girl M from Grand Bay..wickeeeeeed, I want to meet her one day when I come to Dom.

  5. Arabelle
    March 5, 2013

    Where ignorance is bliss………….. Those of you who opposingly criticise the film commissioner, do you know and understand what is going on? Do you know about our culture, performing arts and the like? Where were you when the Bully’s were up all night missing sleep? Who piloted the film industry in Dominica? Do you think this DAVA happened just because of Collywood? DAVA was in the pipeline long before Collywood came to Dominica. When did Collywood suddenly appear on the Dominican scene? DAVA was conceptualised while the film commissioner was still working out of Dominica. Get your facts straight before commenting on what you do not know and before bashing.

    • Overseas Dom
      March 6, 2013

      All I know is nobody is not tgalking about DAVA but we all know Collywood and I am now able to watch a Dominican soap series on the Collywood Pay Per View network here in the UK. If it was not for this innovation us Dominicans abroad would still be watching USA and UK nonesense. Sorry..its all well forming these organizations, but where is the products..and you should be ashamed that as usual someone from abroad had to come back in over there and up the game…I suspect a lot of faces are now being kicked out of place. Come on Dominicans support each other. Collywood is the best thing to happen to the media over there in Dominica. You can diss it, but I think things are going to get hot hot hot.

  6. anonymous
    March 5, 2013

    Helllooo…Collywood has NOTHING to do with this! This association has been around for quite a while. I am glad that they are now moving to get their act together. That should be commended.

    Get it through your thick skulls..COLLYWOOD is crap! And I cringe at the thought of their work being representative of what Dominican film makers are capable of!

    • AvrilT
      March 5, 2013

      Atleast Collyywood has been doing it..this has been around for sometime….well why have you lot not got it together and do better..lets see yu all work, then we can make comparison with Collywood. Talk is cheap my friend, action takes money…so you can write on here that Collywood is lot must be more crap because you cant even produce anything for the Dominican public to see.

      • AvrilT
        March 5, 2013

        And another seems only a hand full of people on here is negative toward Collywood. The people on the street and who has been watching Collywood TV dont agree that Collywood is crap like you say..I am one of them that is missing that channel so much. Especially the soap series Tenants. I cant wait for the new series. I gone to SAT. So say what yu all want. Its all a matter of personal choice. Jesus christ was a god and they crucified him, even he couldn’t please everybody. God bless the

  7. Facebook Posse
    March 5, 2013

    What am I seeing on dis DNO nuh? All of a sudden we seeing the powers of the old establishment trying to get attention with words. I was read in the chronicle about the protest carried out by Junior Hart of Collywood. Can ask, if someone did not stand up for local talent and take on the so call powerfull Marpin, would Anita Bully have sprung into action and come with this nonesense about developing local talent..People of Dominica, when are you going to wake up to these people..they are not working in our interest, if they were they wouldd have been there for us young people over the years. Let us see how far and how well they do in trying to follow in Mr Hart footsteps. He is doing great things for Dominica in just a short time of 1 year…how long have these so called producers been living here chatting and doing a load of hog wash. Nonesense. :mrgreen:

  8. March 5, 2013

    collywood collywood collywood collywood collywood collywood collywood collywood collywood collywood collywood collywood collywood collywood collywood collywood collywood collywood . leading the way in dominica tv .but watch how they are treating collywood tv .big up collywood tv ,stay strong . :lol: :lol: :lol:

    March 4, 2013

    Bigheat…you are such a big donkey..ops.I mean the other name for donkey.You sit behind your computer and criticise Mr.& Mrs.Bully..WHAT HAVE YOU DONE IN THE FIELD OF CULTURE OR FOR THAT MATTER ANYTHING FOR DOMINICA…Mr.Bully is a legend in Dominica from since his days as a student at the SMA in the 60’s….He’s been involved in Floats,Carnival costumes,designs etc….What have you done…Jack…!

  10. He
    March 4, 2013

    Dominica need action and ideas. Why the film commission is not working with Collywood, as usual, you sit on the wall and watch and wait to see if they would fail or just a passing breeze. I loved Collywood TV and Marpin you lot a full of it…………………let them people in Collywood leave yu all behind…well done Collywood…show dem. I moved to SAT last week same speeeed gascon!

  11. Dom Voice
    March 4, 2013

    Where have Anita Bully and the film commission been all these years..what exactly have this commission been doing for local producers like myself??? sweet nothing……………..Politics. Collywood has blown yu all cover. Since you have to go to government for help..that means yu all dont have money man? same old same old hot air.

  12. Looma
    March 4, 2013

    ….. :-? I have a videocamera and want to join…

    • Smallheat
      March 4, 2013

      I agree with you,try a ting man !!

  13. Anonymous
    March 4, 2013

    :mrgreen: So it had to take the collywood debacle to start something, hmmmm

    • budman
      March 5, 2013

      aren’t you glad that it was started regardless of the reason??

    March 4, 2013

    It about time,what took you guys so long?

  15. Just Me
    March 4, 2013

    Very encouraging development. Would love to see Dominican productions on screen, the next level from stage presentations.

    • AvrilT
      March 5, 2013

      Just keep an eye on Collywood, you are going to see plenty of Dominican talent…not by this so call Dominican Film Commission.

  16. Wow
    March 4, 2013

    I must say this is a very good idea. Congrats!

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