Lights, camera, action! Filmmaking workshops ahead

The Cayman National Cultural Foundation is inviting creative youngsters ages 10 to 17 to register for its free Introduction to Filmmaking workshops. Skills learned during the workshops will help those who want to enter the YIM Short Film competition early next year.

According to CNCF’s programs and information manager, Rita Estevanovich, the deadline has been extended to allow anyone interested in the workshops to sign up. There are 25 places on the course, which starts Saturday at the Mind’s Eye, South Sound, from 9 a.m. to noon. No prior experience is necessary.

Held on consecutive Saturdays throughout October, the workshops will cover all aspects of pre-production, production and post-production.

“The[y] will be such a valuable tool for any child who has an interest in making movies, or being in movies,” said Estevanovich. “The workshops will encourage kids to explore their creativity, experiment with their ideas under the guidance of professionals and work as part of team.”

She explained that participants would receive useful resources to help them make their short films afterward.

“The instructors are open to maintaining correspondence with kids as they work on their individual pieces. No matter the level of experience, this is a great opportunity for personal development.”

A snack and drinks will be given to participants and a fridge and microwave will be made available.

The workshops will take place on Oct. 10, 17, 24 and 31.

Local award-winning film professionals, including Judy Singh of Apex Productions, Ben Hudson and Mari Abe (“The Cayman Story”) and Tony Mark (CayFilm), will alternate leading the workshops.

To register, email [email protected] for a registration form or stop by the CNCF offices in the Harquail Theatre, off Lawrence Boulevard, George Town.

For further information, call 949-5477. For more details about the Young Image Makers Short Film Competition, visit Films from previous Young Image Makers competitions can be found on


Young filmmakers are encouraged to sign up for free workshops being offered by the Cayman National Cultural Foundation.