Jamaica’s Prime Minister, The Most Honourable Portia Simpson Miller is scheduled to sign a co-production treaty with The Rt. Honourable Richard Caborn, Minister of Sport from the United Kingdom on Monday, April 23, 2007. This treaty will allow Jamaica’s film industry to benefit from expanded avenues of financial support and increased access to a broader and extensive pool of expertise.
According to Film Commissioner Del Crooks, “This signing is the result of many months of negotiations spearheaded by Jamaica Trade and Invest (JAMPRO) and we have worked in close collaboration with other government agencies and members of the film industry to make this happen.”
Such partners include the Ministry of Tourism Entertainment and Culture, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, the Attorney General’s Chambers and the Jamaica Film and Video Producers Association. The process was ably facilitated by the legal advice of Myers, Fletcher and Gordon, She added that the treaty will result in the transfer of skills to members of our local film community and open up opportunities for sharing production services.
Jamaica Trade and Invest saw the success of similar co-production treaties undertaken by other countries, including Australia, Canada, New Zealand and France and vigorously pursued closing this deal anticipating that it will result in innumerable economic gains for the country.
Workshop to explain Treaty arrangement
A workshop, which will focus on what the Treaty has to offer, will be subject of a Jamaica Trade and Invest workshop also on April 23, 2007. The workshop is scheduled to take place between 10:00 am – 12:30 pm at the agency’s headquarters at 18 Trafalgar Road and will target all members of the local film industry.
Presenters will include Del Crooks, Jamaica’s Film Commissioner; Clare Wise, Head of the UK International Film Council and Natalie Thompson of Cinecom Productions in Jamaica.
Jamaica Trade and Invest has been given the mandate to promote the development of the local industry as well as support efforts by overseas production companies to use Jamaica as a major film site.
In 2005-2006 the industry Jamaica was estimated to have earned over J$900M from overseas production companies that used Jamaica as a location, and about J$200M from local projects. The local industry employed over 1,000 persons during the same period.