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Call for applications: Essentials of Book-to-film Adaptations Workshop

From books to film:  
Calling all writers, screenwriters,  playwrights, producers and directors!

The British Council, working in partnership with the Bocas Lit Fest and the National Library and Information System Authority (NALIS), is pleased to announce and invite applications for a book-to-film adaptation workshop aimed at writers, screenwriters, playwrights, directors, producers seriously interested in the craft of adaptation.

Running from 16 to 18 March, 2018, and based at NALIS, Port of Spain, the workshop will bring together up to twelve interested participants for three days of intensive, hands-on training in book-to-film adaptation.

The workshop curriculum will cover:

• an overview of adaptation — what makes a strong screen story?

• the distinctions between adapting for features and short films

• case studies of foreign and local writing

• approaches to adaptation — how would this be a movie/TV production/short?

• rights, copyright and optioning a work

The aim is to explore and unravel the process of adaptation, by looking at some key book-to-film case studies, while also experimenting with some yet-to-be-adapted works. It will pose the questions, “Is this a film?” and “If so, how would you adapt it?” in order to help study the process through practice and cultivate the focus on Caribbean writing as potential material for film.

The workshop will be led by Angeli Macfarlane, founder of Script Cube, a training, development and production consultancy in film and TV. Macfarlane has worked in script development and production with global and boutique brands, including BBC, Pathé, MOFILM, National Geographic Films, 42 Management, and Sony Pictures TV.

There is a fee of TT$650 for each participant. Up to three places will be reserved for Caribbean-based participants from outside Trinidad and Tobago, whose travel and accommodation expenses will be covered.

The deadline for submitting application materials is 16 February, 2018, and selected participants will be notified by 23 February.

Applications should be submitted via email to with the subject line “Application: film adaptation workshop”.

Download more information on this call in PDF format here.