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The Audiovisual Sector

This inaugural issue of Caribbean Creatives, sponsored by the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO), UNESCO and the Caribbean Export Development Agency, puts the spotlight on the region’s Audiovisual Sector. The main focus is on documenting some of the key global and regional trends as well as some of the initiatives being pursued by creative entrepreneurs and organizations.
In a question and answer segment select filmmakers, including Howard Allen (HAMA Productions), Frances-Anne Solomon (CaribbeanTales Worldwide Distribution) and Christopher Laird (Gayelle - The Channel), provide their outlook on the film and audiovisual industry in the Caribbean and offer advice to aspiring professionals.

Included in this issue is a comparative analysis of the film commissions, film schools and film festivals in the English, French and Spanish-speaking Caribbean. The focus is on the main functions of these agencies in the audiovisual industry and their role in the advancement of the regional sector.

The article also identifies best-practices that can be used as a model for like bodies to emulate. In this regard, a thorough breakdown of the process required to film in the Caribbean is outlined in the section on Film Commissions. The analysis also highlights and emphasizes the need to document the financial contributions of “on location” filming and film festivals.

The segment entitled “Rough Cuts” features the work of filmmakers that pitched their projects at an international panel of buyers and distributors at the CaribbeanTales Marketplace which was co-hosted by the Shridath Ramphal Centre. Also included is an analysis of the visitor and audiovisual producers’ survey, conducted at the Caribbean Tales Film Festival in Barbados, March 2010.

Caribbean Creatives concludes with a broad strategic look at the future of the audiovisual sector in the Caribbean and proffers some recommendations.