St. James YIC Targets Future Film Makers

Date Published: 
Saturday, May 20, 2017

Young people in St. James now have the opportunity to access training in film-making through the St. James Youth Information Centre. Currently, 17 young persons are enrolled in the programme, and are accessing training in screenwriting, cinematography, directing, pre-production, post-production and the art of acting.

The initiative is being faciliated by young filmmaker Dario Shields, with training for the current cohort ending in July 2017. 


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Young persons engaged in the Filmmakers of the Future Training Course


Damian Green, Youth Empowerment Officer for St. James, noted that the training programme provides an opportunity to engage both attached and unattached youth in creative activities for their empowerment. According to Mr. Green, "YIC users have been extremely receptive to the training. It exposes them to the basics of filmmaking and provides them with a solid platform for exploring further training and a career in media and film production". 

Jamaica's entry into the film industry dates back over 100 years. Despite this lengthy engagement, the local film-making industry is still considered to be in need of some stimulus for the country to truly emerge as a film-making mecca. Green asserts that by engaging young people through the St. James YIC, youth will be placed in a position to explore, and contribute to building the local film-making industry.

Additionally, Green notes that the training is also aimed at building the entrepreneurial spirit and capacity of the participants.

"The participants will be encouraged to create content for small businesses and explore other opportunities for generating income from their new skills", explained Mr. Green. 


Young persons engaged in the Filmmakers of the Future Training Course

A key focus of the initiative is also the building of employability skills. According to Mr. Green, "the programme is designed to ensure that the participants build soft skills such as teamwork, self-reliance, time management, responsibility and accountability and taking the initiative." Green further explains that while participants have been able to garner the technical skills relating to film-making, growth is also clearly evident as it relates to their acquisition of these soft skills.

The St. James Youth Information Centre is located at 1 Humber Avenue in Montego Bay. Young persons interested in the film-making initative, or other opportunities for their personal development can visit the YIC, or call 952 3034 to speak with a Youth Empowerment Officer.