Wednesday 30 September, 2020

New leadership for Jamaica Chapter of Women in Film and Television

A new Board of Directors of the WIFT-Jamaica Chapter (WIFT-JA) was elected to lead the membership of the recently re-convened local arm of the international professional organisation for screen-based professionals last Wednesday.

Coordinator of the UWI Mona’s Bachelor of Cultural and Creative Industries programme, Dr Deborah Hickling Gordon, has been selected as President of the Jamaican Chapter of the international organisation, Women In Film and Television International (WIFTI); a global professional organisation of audiovisual professionals (male and female) from across disciplines in Jamaica.

The new Jamaican executive is comprised of audiovisual producer, actress and talent agent, Sherando Ferril as vice president; Danielle Russell, filmmaker and entrepreneur as secretary; finance executive and entrepreneur, Dainty Wilson as treasurer; and filmmaker and entrepreneur, Kenia Mattis as chair, marketing and communications.

“It is an exciting time to be called to the service of WIFT-JA,” said the new president, Hickling Gordon. “Forging strategic partnerships with our sister organisations from over 50 partner chapters on six continents in relation to the three pillars of WIFTI - Connection, Knowledge and Visibility - is our mandate. Through that mandate WIFT-JA seeks to join existing sector stakeholders in the creation of more and better opportunities for professionals in Jamaica’s emerging audiovisual subsector”, she said.

“Audiovisual, and in particular screen-based sectors are in ‘optimistic mode’. In spite of longstanding structural deficiencies, the sector is ‘buzzing’ with activity and many significant, new projects are in gestation. Through WIFT - Jamaica, we want to make it clear that the cultural economy and its industries in general; but the audiovisual subsector in particular, needs to become an ovular part of our national geo-strategy and to demonstrate ways in which this is possible.” Hickling Gordon said.

New Vice President of WIFT-Jamaica, Sherando Ferrill named training and capacity building as the primary focal points for consideration.

“We are excited to take yet another step towards becoming a part of this global organization as we continue to make great strides in the development of our audiovisual sector. As we meet to decide on a plan of work we look forward to leveraging the global reach that WIFTI provides for our membership.”

The membership of the Jamaican Chapter of the prestigious professional organization, Women in Film and Television International (WIFTI) reconvened in August 2019 is drawn from the cadre of dynamic professionals in Jamaica who represent every aspect of the global audiovisual industry: from producers and directors to accountants and lawyers, from camera and sound technicians to actors and animators. Membership in WIFTI offers a unique opportunity for members from all over the globe to network, share ideas on chapter development and co-production options as well as international work exchange programmes.

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