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Film Festival + Nalis team up to bring Carnival Film Series

The trinidad+tobago film festival (ttff) and the National Library and Information Systems Authority (Nalis), in association with the Trinidad & Tobago Entertainment Company and North Eleven, are pleased to present the first ever Carnival Film Series (CFS).

Taking place at the National Library, Port of Spain on 27 (6pm to 10pm) and 28 February (7pm to 10pm), and at the Point Fortin Public Library on 3 March (7pm to 10pm), the CFS will be an entertaining three nights of Carnival-themed movies, live music performances and appearances by traditional Carnival characters.

One of the films being shown is the classic Bacchanal Time (1977), written and directed by Kamalo Deen. A comedy that follows the exploits of a couple of top stick-fighters, the film features acting performances by a number of calypsonians including Crazy and Gregory Ballantine, and a soundtrack featuring original songs by Calypso Rose, the Mighty Shadow and others.

Other films include the documentary Soca Power (2007), which follows the fortunes of four soca stars through a Carnival season, and the short Too Young to Soca (1986), a fascinating portrait of a youthful Machel Montano.

In addition to the films, there will be live performances at the National Library by Black Prince, Sheldon Nugget, North West Laventille Cultural Movement, Kimba Sorzano and various traditional Carnival characters. The MC is Black Sage.

Admission to the CFS is $40 at the National Library, and free in Point Fortin. There will be food and drinks on sale, plus door prizes to be won. Limited seating is provided, so you may wish to bring a cushion.

The ttff, which is in its sixth year, is presented by Flow. The Festival receives leading sponsorship from RBC/RBTT, and supporting sponsorship from the Trinidad & Tobago Film Company, the Tourism Development Corporation, the Tobago House of Assembly and the National Gas Company.

For more information, including each night’s entire schedule, visit www.ttfilmfestival.com or www.nalis.gov.tt, or call 621.0709 or 623.6962.

Call for submissions

Presented by Flow, the trinidad+tobago film festival (ttff) seeks to highlight excellence in filmmaking through the exhibition of films made in the Caribbean region including Latin American countries in the Caribbean Basin, by Caribbean people of the Diaspora, and by international filmmakers that reflect Caribbean culture and way of life both in the Caribbean and the Diaspora.

The Festival screens films in 35mm, NTSC Digi-Beta and NTSC MiniDV formats. Entries of various lengths will be accepted. All initial submissions should be in NTSC DVD format and must be in English or with English subtitles.

Selected films screened at the Festival will be eligible for various awards. There are three jury awards, for best feature film, best local film, and best short film. There are also three people’s choice awards, for best dramatic feature, best documentary, and best short. All awards come with a substantial cash prize.

There is no submission fee.

All submissions must be accompanied by:

* Synopsis
* Running time
* Year of production (not before 2008)
* Country of origin
* Language, and if subtitled
* Genre
* Name of director, producer, and cast (if appropriate)
* Short biography of director
* Festivals screened at/awards won (if any)
* Contact information
* An image from the film (minimum 300dpi)

The deadline for ALL submissions is 30th May 2011.

Submitted materials will not be returned, and only successful applicants will be notified. Please direct inquiries to hello@trinidadandtobagofilmfestival.com.

Visit www.withoutabox.com, trinidad+tobago film festival, in order to submit online.

Or you may submit your entries to:

Annabelle Alcazar
Programme Director
Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival
199 Belmont Circular Road
Port of Spain
Trinidad & Tobago

ttff/11 reserves the right to determine the eligibility of the submissions to be screened at the Festival, the appropriate time slots for the screening of films, and to use excerpts of the films for publicity purposes. All films submitted must have applicable clearances and the Festival will not be held liable.

The ttff seeks to make all screenings at the Festival T&T; premieres. Occasionally, however, the Festival considers films that have already been shown in T&T.; Please contact us if you have a film that falls into this category.

Please note that there are usually many more submissions than spaces available in the Festival line-up and therefore not all films can be accommodated. This does not necessarily imply that a film has not met the Festival’s criteria or is of poor quality. It may be that we have already selected a film on a similar topic, or that a film is deemed to have already received sufficient public exposure.

The ttff, which is in its sixth year, receives leading sponsorship from RBC, and supporting sponsorship from the Trinidad & Tobago Film Company, the Tourism Development Corporation, the Tobago House of Assembly and the National Gas Company.


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