As narrative filmmakers we are called to tell engaging and relatable stories. How do we get inspired by our own stories and find, not only the courage but also the commitment to see them through? How do we relay indigenous stories in a way that explore universal themes whilst remaining true to our roots? It’s important for us to recognise that our Caribbean identity, experience and history are strengths which can be used to our advantage to stand out globally. Award-winning Dominican director, José María Cabral, has proven successful in creating compelling films from his uniquely Caribbean perspective.
This two-part masterclass is an opportunity to learn from Cabral’s route to staying true to the Caribbean while also deconstructing his process as a filmmaker. From how we should go about writing a script to working with actors and having them remain authentically Caribbean in their portrayals, to post-production, this is the chance to gain invaluable insight into how he’s able to bring his visions to life – choosing appropriate stories; film financing; techniques on working with a limited budget; editing; marketing; distribution; and festivals. His feature film, ‘Perejil’, which is in competition at ttff/22, will be a case study.
*FILMCO members, filmmakers with a film in the Festival and students with a valid photo ID, can receive a 50% discount on workshops and masterclasses! Please email Nyola at firstname.lastname@example.org for information on payment options and to receive your discount code.