St. Lucian filmmaker Davina Lee awarded OECS screenwriting prize


St. Lucian filmmaker, Davina Lee, was awarded by the OECS for outstanding work at a regional screenwriters’ retreat recently held in Antigua and Barbuda. Lee’s film—The Knot—is a magical realism love story is. Lee was one of four filmmakers to be awarded. The other awardees are Clement Richards from Dominica, Michelle Robin Clerc from Guadeloupe, and Khris Burton from Martinique who received an honorable mention from the jury. The award will help support production of their films. [Many thanks to Loretta Collins for bringing this item to our attention.]

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 screen writers were part of a group of thirteen writers from St Kitts & Nevis, Antigua & Barbuda, Dominica, St. 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 program 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 program 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. [. . .]

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