New Leader of Government Business McKeeva Bush lauded the Cayman Islands Film Commission for its efforts to attract investment into the islands and to create new jobs in an industry that could become a possible third pillar to Cayman’s economy.
In a statement released on Friday, Mr. Bush said: ‘Part of my economic recovery plan involves the creation of new jobs and business opportunities as well as the attraction of more international investment to our three Islands.
‘The Film Commission was a concept initially proposed by my government as it is a perfect vehicle to attain both these objectives simultaneously. The Commission is still in an embryonic stage but I am pleased with the progress so far.’
He added that ‘to drive growth and keep it sustainable, the film industry has to be guided strategically and developed via a focused but gradual process. My administration looks forward to working with [Film Commissioner] Dax Basdeo to build this potential third pillar and position our jurisdiction as an ideal location for filming’.
The Cayman Islands Film Commission launched on 30 January to facilitate film, television, video and other media projects. Its main objective is to provide a one-stop service to both local and offshore producers, financiers, studios and production teams.
The Film Commission hosted its first Crew Certification Training workshop to help prepare Caymanians and locals for jobs in film industry.
Presenters were David Lyman from Media Workshops International and Bob Del Valle, line producer and production Manager of television shows including ‘Six Feet Under’ and ‘Ally McBeal’.
Comments by attendees at the workshop included one from Yvonne Warwick who said: ‘The CIFC certification workshop was educational, informative and produced a platform for those interested in pursuing a career in film.’
Another attendee, Tedrick Green said the media workshop was ‘very informative on the film industry and the development that Cayman and our workforce would have to undergo to become a viable part of it.’