Saint Lu­cian Film­maker Reaps Re­wards

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

Saint Lu­cian film­maker Dav­ina Lee is one of four film­mak­ers awarded by the OECS for out­stand­ing work at a re­gional screen­writ­ers’ re­treat re­cently held in An­tigua and Bar­buda. The ini­tia­tive was con­ceived by the OECS Com­pet­i­tive Busi­ness Unit and the As­so­ci­a­tion for the De­vel­op­ment of In­de­pen­dent Cin­ema in Guade­loupe (APCAG).

The OECS and the French Over­seas Ter­ri­to­ries in the Caribbean (FCORs) will pro­vide fi­nan­cial and lo­gis­ti­cal sup­port to the four awardees to pro­duce their films. The com­pleted films will sub­se­quently be screened at re­gional and in­ter­na­tional film fes­ti­vals as well as dis­trib­uted to con­tent buy­ers and con­sumers re­gion­ally and in­ter­na­tion­ally. This is the most sig­nif­i­cant pro­duc­tion and mar­ket­ing sup­port pack­age awarded for film pro­duc­tion within the OECS to date.

The four screen­writ­ers were part of a group of thir­teen writ­ers from Saint Kitts & Ne­vis, An­tigua & Bar­buda, Do­minica, Saint Lu­cia, Gre­nada, as well as Guade­loupe and Mar­tinique. These writ­ers par­tic­i­pated in an eight month train­ing pro­gramme that be­gan with an in­tense 12 day re­treat in Guade­loupe. The pro­gramme en­tailed story and script de­vel­op­ment for short films, with a fo­cus on so­cial and lifestyle is­sues in the re­gion.

At the con­clud­ing ses­sion in An­tigua the script as­ses­sors gave high com­men­da­tion for all screen­plays sub­mit­ted, and were very im­pressed with the vary­ing styles and film gen­res which were em­ployed. They also praised the pitches made by each par­tic­i­pant in sup­port of their script.

Ac­cord­ing to awardee Dav­ina Lee, the pro­gramme gave her an op­por­tu­nity to fo­cus fully on her script pro­ject and to get feed­back from ex­pe­ri­enced film script doc­tors and tu­tors. “Fi­nanc­ing for film is al­ways an is­sue, es­pe­cially for the types of sto­ries I want to tell. So many films are not able to go be­yond the script or idea stage be­cause of a lack of funds. This gives me an amaz­ing op­por­tu­nity to pro­duce my film and I am for­ever grate­ful to the OECS and APCAG for the fund­ing and tech­ni­cal sup­port” Lee con­tin­ued. Her film is a mag­i­cal re­al­ism love story en­ti­tled “The Knot”.

The other awardees are Cle­ment Richards from Do­minica, Michelle Robin Clerc from Guade­loupe and Khris Bur­ton from Mar­tinique who re­ceived an honourable men­tion from the jury. The pro­gramme was funded partly with funds from the 10th Euro­pean De­vel­op­ment Fund (EDF) Re­gional In­te­gra­tion Pro­gramme for Trade in the OECS and the Re­gional Coun­cil of Guade­loupe.

Dav­ina Lee rec­og­nized for out­stand­ing work on

her film “The Knot”.

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