In honour of the Jamaican sprinters’ recent success at the London Olympics, we are hosting a special free screening of Miquel Galofré’s wonderful documentary Why Do Jamaicans Run So Fast? (ttff/10) on our website over the weekend. The film will be available from 7pm on Friday 17th August until midnight on Sunday 19th August.
Go here to view the film, and enjoy!
Ten Caribbean filmmakers—spanning the region from The Bahamas in the north all the way down to French Guiana—will come together in Port of Spain during the upcoming trinidad+tobago film festival (ttff) to be part of a unique training opportunity.
Entitled RBC Focus: Filmmakers’ Immersion, the initiative is being presented by the ttff in association with RBC Royal Bank. This is the second year running the Immersion is being held, and the focus is documentary filmmaking.
The participants are: Tyler Johnson (The Bahamas), Willy Rollé (French Guiana), Olivia McGilchrist (Jamaica), Michelle Serieux (Jamaica/St Lucia) and John Barry, Mariel Brown, Sonja Dumas, Francis Escayg, Abigail Hadeed and Natalie Wei (T&T).
Chosen from numerous entrants who responded to an open call for applications, the participants will spend four days (25–28 September) working on an original concept for a feature-length documentary. They will engage in group discussions and exercises on a range of documentary filmmaking techniques and strategies, opening them to the creative possibilities of the art form.
The facilitators for RBC Focus are two internationally respected film-industry professionals: Jamaican-American filmmaker and teacher Alrick Brown, and documentary story consultant Fernanda Rossi, born and raised in Buenos Aires and based in New York for the past 17 years.
At the end of the four days, the facilitators will choose their top five participants to pitch their concept to a jury at a public event on 29 September. The participant with the best conceptand pitch, as determined by the jury, will win a cash prize of TT$20,000.
“RBC Royal Bank is proud to continue to support the RBC Focus: Filmmakers’ Immersion and the ttff,” said Mr Suresh B Sookhoo, CEO, Caribbean Banking, RBC. “We have seen first-hand the strides these emerging filmmakers have made after particpating in the programme. Improvement in their skills ultimately means growth of the film industry in the region.”
Image: Four of the participants of the Immersion: from left, Abigail Hadeed, Francis Escayg, John Barry and Mariel Brown
As part of Side by Side, the ttff’s programme of events in celebration of 50 years of Independence, a 50-second film competition was held. The competition—which was launched on 01 July and closed to entries on 01 August—was open to all residents of Trinidad and Tobago, and invited contestants to make a 50-second film on the theme of independence. Five winning films have been selected. These films, and their directors, are:
Kevin Cummings Point of Origin
Miquel Galofré Time to Work It Out
M Jay Gonzalez Golden
Garland Holder Calypso Boys Independence
Kerri Rechier Culture
The films are screening at the exhibition on T&T film currently taking place at the Academy for the Performing Arts in Port of Spain, and will also be in rotation on Flow. The five winners will all receive cable television and Internet service packages from Flow, and out of these films one grand-prizewinning film will be chosen. This film will be announced at the ttff/12 awards ceremony on 30 September, and the winning filmmaker will receive an additional cash prize of TT$5,000.