Flow Renews Sponsorship of TTFF
Flow has renewed its commitment to being the presenting sponsor of the trinidad+tobago film festival (ttff).
The new sponsorship agreement is for a period of three years, and will take the Festival through to its 2013 edition. Flow has been the ttff”s presenting sponsor since 2008.
The ttff was founded in 2006 as a celebration of the best in filmmaking from Trinidad & Tobago, the Caribbean, the Caribbean Diaspora and Latin American countries in the Caribbean Basin.
In addition, the Festival seeks to facilitate the growth of the regional film industry. Every year the ttff hosts a series of workshops, discussion panels and seminars, which are conducted by well-known local, regional and international filmmakers and other film-industry professionals.
According to Mrs Rhea Yaw Ching, Flow’s Group Head for Sales, Marketing & Communications for the Southern Caribbean, “Our relationship with the trinidad+tobago film festival has been truly successful since we first began our partnership in 2008. The recognition they have received has grown with every passing year, and it is safe to say that it has now become the largest film festival in the English-speaking Caribbean.
“We predict that this year will be no different, and look forward to another successful installment. We remain committed to promoting local arts and culture and will continue to do so through our Video on Demand platform, providing an avenue for budding filmmakers to showcase their work.”
The Video on Demand (VOD) service was started in 2009, and offers a library of local and other films from the ttff to Flow customers for viewing. 100% of all proceeds earned go directly to the filmmakers. VOD is available on channel 1000, and new content will be available in May.
Flow also engages every year in ttff ticket giveaways, so look out for giveaways for film screenings at this year’s Festival, which takes place from 21 September to October 4.
TTFF + Flow extend partnership
Some good news: as reported in today’s Trinidad Guardian, we have extended our partnership with our presenting sponsor, Flow. Flow’s initial sponsorship of the trinidad+tobago film festival, which began in 2008 and was set to run for a period of three years, will now be extended for a further three years. This guarantees that Flow will be our presenting sponsor until 2013.
Flow’s director of communication, Rhea Yawching, noted, “We have been very pleased with the success of the festival, which has shown exceptional growth over the past two years, becoming one of the region’s most recognised film festivals.”
Our own Marina Salandy-Brown, the festival’s executive director, said, “Having a committed corporate sponsor such as Flow allows us to achieve our ambition to play an instrumental part in the building of the local film industry, showcasing the work of our filmmakers, providing the opportunity for us to hone our skills and establish a bigger market for our creative output.”
See the full story here.
Lights, Camera . . . Inaction!
Dear readers: as some of you may have noticed, the ttff/09 is now over. We haven’t blogged since October 1, so I just wanted to drop a check-in note to explain our inaction over the past week and let you know that we’ll be back in the swing of things soon. For now, though, Jonathan and I are taking moment to reclaim our respective pre-festival lives. We’re catching up on a few missed deadlines, working hard at our other job(s), spending time with the people we’ve neglected, and even finding a moment to put up our feet and dust off the half-read and now cobwebbed book that has been beckoning since mid-September.
This mini-break of ours won’t last all that long, though. In addition to keeping you informed as to plans for the ttff/10 (I can’t believe we’re already talking about it!), we’ll keep you updated on film in general: we’ll look at other festivals in the region and internationally; we’ll talk about films we’ve seen and liked and directors to look out for, we’ll point you in the direction of good film articles and websites, we’ll let you know of any local film-related educational activities or resources, and Jonathan might even get theoretical and a bit critical from time to time. All good stuff, we hope, so keep checking in with us.
And thanks, as always, for reading.
Extra screenings: the winning films
A shot from Linda Atkinson and Nick Doob’s Carmen & Geoffrey, which won the jury prize for best film at the trinidad+tobago film festival/09
Dear friends of the festival,
Due to the overwhelming demand, we shall we screening all of the winning films of the trinidad+tobago film festival/09 one more time. If you didn’t catch them before, or would like to see them again, here’s your final opportunity to see these films on the big screen.
Date: Monday 5th October
Venue: MovieTowne, Port of Spain
12:45pm Carmen & Geoffrey, best film
2:30pm Coolie Pink & Green, people’s choice award for best short film + Mas Man, people’s choice award for best documentary film
5:00pm The Solitary Alchemist, best locally made film
7.00pm Carmen & Geoffrey (repeat)
8:45pm The Ghost of Hing King Estate, people’s choice award for best dramatic feature