It’s been 4 years since we first ran the Caribbean Film Project, a project designed to encourage content creation in countries in the English-speaking Caribbean where there is not much in terms of film production.
From the scripts submitted in the call, 4 were selected for production. The directors were assigned a writing and directing coach and worked on their scripts for several months, to get them production ready.
Two of the films are complete – “Adero,” by Kojo McPherson (Guyana), and “Oseyi and the Masqueraders,” by Alwin Bully (Dominica). The third film, “Jeb,” by Klieon John (St. Kitts & Nevis) is in post production, and we are beginning pre-production on the fourth film, by Guyanese-Canadian, Karen Chapman.
The first step in this process, is our casting call. The producing crew will be in Guyana for the next few days, auditioning actors and scouting locations.
Interested in being a part of the production? Check out our casting call below and submit:
Elise and Ryan are tired of keeping their love a secret. But tensions are high between their very segregated Afro and Indo Guyanese communities. As Elise’s move to Canada approaches, the couple is forced to take one last stand to be together. Ryan must decide if he will abandon his traditional family for true love and risk becoming an outcast and Elise must decide if she is willing to live with that burden.
[ELISE] [GENDER: FEMALE] [AGE 17-30]
Afro-Guyanese. Natural hair. Beautiful.
Elise is a talented and confident young woman who wholeheartedly believes in the love she shares with Ryan. She believes her character will be the basis on which people judge her. Instead of confronting the race issues she confronts daily, she proudly smiles and bides her time to prove them wrong.
[RYAN] [GENDER: MALE] [AGE: 17-30]
Indo-Guyanese. Tall, lanky but muscular. Sharp, neatly cut hair. Handsome.
A well-meaning, dutiful son. A wide-eyed young man who has the world ahead of him. Armed with good looks and loads of talent, Ryan is naive to those willing to take advantage of him.
[SHARLENE] [GENDER: FEMALE] [AGE: 17-30]
A well-meaning ally who keeps Elise’s secrets and wants what’s best for her.
[RYAN’S MOM] [GENDER: FEMALE] [AGE: 45-60]
Ashamed of her son’s choice in Elise, she enforces an arrangement for Ryan to marry a neighbour’s daughter instead.
[MR. CHOWDRY] [GENDER: MALE] [AGE: 55-68]
A jovial funny man who often is running out of jokes and excuses.
[RYAN’S GRANDMOTHER] [GENDER: FEMALE] [AGE: 70plus]
A small but intimidating woman determined to maintain family tradition at all costs.
[RYAN’S WIFE] [GENDER: FEMALE] [AGE: 25-30]
[STORE OWNER] [GENDER: MALE] [AGE: 46-60]
A meddling gossip who hits on women.
ACTING EXPERIENCE NOT REQUIRED.
Submissions are due on July 23rd, 2019, must be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org, with the subject heading, “Casting Call for E.R.,” and must comprise the following:
Role submitting for
Short Biography (50 words or less)
Brief statement stating your interest in the project.
Auditions will be held on July 24th, beginning at 6:00PM at The National School of Music, Brickdam & College St, Georgetown.
Production Company: Caribbean Film Academy
Director: Karen Chapman
Producer: Romola Lucas
Project Length: 20 minutes
About the Caribbean Film Project
The Caribbean Film Project is a scriptwriting competition. To be eligible, writers must be from one of the English-speaking Caribbean countries, underrepresented in the current surge in Caribbean filmmaking – Antigua & Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, St. Kitts & Nevis, Montserrat and St. Vincent & the Grenadines. The winning writer from each country will be paired with a writing coach to make the script production ready, then participate in a directing workshop, before the story is turned into a film.
Learn more about the Caribbean Film Project at: caribbeanfilm.org/caribbean-film-project-2015.
About the Caribbean Film Academy
Established in 2012, CaFA, is a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion and support of Caribbean filmmaking and filmmakers, in the region and the diaspora. CaFA’s work is focused on promoting and sharing the art of storytelling through film from the unique perspective of the Caribbean.
Learn more at: caribbeanfilm.org