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Call for papers: Caribbean Cinema Now

Over the last decade, there has been an unprecedented upsurge in film production across the nations of the Caribbean, yet little has been said in scholarly circles about these works or the nascent institutions that have helped facilitate their production and circulation. In September 2015, as part of the celebration of the tenth anniversary of the trinidad+tobago film festival (ttff), The ttff, in association with the University of the West Indies (UWI) Film Programme, is inviting proposals for papers to be presented in Port of Spain, Trinidad, from September 24–26, during this year’s edition of the Festival (September 15–29).

Proposals for 30-minute presentations are welcome on any topic related to Caribbean cinema over the last ten years, but of especial interest are topics such as:

• Updating the canon of Caribbean cinema: What films have emerged in the last ten years that are worthy of being considered alongside Caribbean classics such as Memorias del subdesarrollo, Rue cases nègres or The Harder They Come?

• A new generation of auteurs: Filmmakers of note who have emerged or consolidated their reputations during this decade. These filmmakers include Raoul Peck, Leticia Toños, Storm Saulter, Yao Ramesar, Kiki Alvarez and Laura Guzmán.

• National and regional developments: Trends within specific national contexts or as seen across the region.

• Transnational practices: Industrial or artistic collaborations; diaspora filmmakers.

• Institutional developments: the growth and importance of film festivals, film schools and film commissions in specific countries or across the region. Or perhaps the ongoing need for institutional development in many parts of the region.

• New technologies and Caribbean cinema: The role of digital technologies for the production and circulation of Caribbean films.

Proposals should include a title, an abstract (maximum 300 words) and biographical details for the author or authors, and must be submitted no later than April 30th, 2015. The organisers anticipate using the event’s proceedings as the basis of an edited scholarly publication.

Additionally, delegates will be able to attend many of the events and screenings happening during the ttff, one of the region’s premier film events.

Proposals should be sent via email to BOTH Dr Christopher Meir (Christopher.meir@sta.uwi.edu) and Dr Bruce Paddington (bruce@ttfilmfestival.com), no later than 30 April 2015.

Caribbean Cinema Now is being held in association with the UWI Film Programme during the Caribbean Film Mart, which is being made possible with the financial contribution of the European Union (European Development Fund) and the assistance of the ACP Group of States.

Image: a still from Jean Gentil (Laura Amelia Guzmán and Israel Cárdenas, 2010)

Call for projects for first Caribbean Film Mart

The call for submissions for the inaugural Caribbean Film Mart, which will take place from 24-27 September 2015, is now open.

The Caribbean Film Mart will be held in Port of Spain during the 10th edition of the trinidad+tobago film festival (ttff), and is seeking Caribbean fiction feature films and creative documentaries in development or pre-production.

The primary goal of the Caribbean Film Mart is to foster direct relationships between the Caribbean and the international film industry, by stimulating and creating viable cinematic co-productions.

The selected filmmakers will have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with, and pitch their projects to, international film producers, film commissioners, sales agents and film funds, forging partnerships that can lead to the production and distribution of their films. The Mart will include panel discussions, networking receptions and a location tour, and participants will also be invited to attend the ttff/15 awards ceremony.

All applications must be for projects in development or pre-production to be made in the Caribbean. Either the producer or the director must be a Caribbean citizen or resident, or from the Caribbean diaspora, or an international filmmaker living and working in the Caribbean.

All submissions for the Caribbean Film Mart must be made online here, no later than 22 May 2015. There is no submission fee.

The Caribbean Film Mart will be held in English, with interpreters provided as needed. Application materials should be submitted in English.

If you have any other questions, visit our FAQ page.

The project is co-financed by the ACP Cultures+ Programme, funded by the European Union (European Development Fund) and implemented by the ACP Group of States.

Additional details of the Caribbean Film Mart
The 22 May deadline for all submissions will be strictly followed. Filmmakers should not submit projects that do not fulfill the stated criteria. The ttff reserves the right to determine the eligibility of the submissions. Selected projects will be notified by the end of June.

Filmmakers are advised that the chances of making successful contacts during the Caribbean Film Mart are increased by a clear presentation of your project and a concrete description of the support or participation required.

Selection criteria
The main criteria for selection are the viability and quality of the projects and the demonstrable talent of the directors and/or producers.

Each project will be considered on its own merits.

If selected for the Caribbean Film Mart, a complete screenplay (for fiction projects) must be submitted to the ttff by August 15th.

Again, the project MUST be made in the CARIBBEAN and either the producer or the director must be a Caribbean citizen or resident, or from the Caribbean diaspora, or an international filmmaker living and working in the Caribbean.

Specific conditions
For selected projects, one representative, either the producer or director, must be present for the duration of the Caribbean Film Mart.

Selected projects will receive industry accreditation for the Caribbean Film Mart.

Economy class airfare and accommodation will be provided for one representative per project for successful overseas participants.

You may only apply if your film is still in the development or pre-production stage. However, if you have shot a teaser or trailer, you may still be eligible to apply.

If you are selected, you must submit your completed script by August 15th.

Each applicant may submit only one project.

Information required
Title of film
Director, producer and writer
Estimated running time
Logline
Synopsis
Treatment
Notes of intention from the director and the producer
Script (if completed, in original language)
Top sheet of the budget in local currency with the US exchange rate
Financial plan including financing secured for the project if any
Director’s résumé
Producer’s résumé
Links to work of the director and producer

The Caribbean Film Mart is being implemented in association with the Fundación Global Democracia y Dessarollo from the Dominican Republic, the Association for the Development of Art Cinema and Practice in Guadeloupe, the Foundation of New Latin American Cinema and the Festival Régional et International du Cinéma de Guadeloupe.

The trinidad+tobago film festival (ttff) celebrates films from and about the Caribbean and its diaspora, as well as from world cinema, through an annual festival and year-round screenings. In addition, the ttff seeks to facilitate the growth of Caribbean cinema by offering a wide-ranging industry programme and networking opportunities.

Caribbean Film Mart and Database to launch in September

The Caribbean Film Mart and Caribbean Film Database will be launched this September during the 10th annual trinidad+tobago film festival (ttff), which takes place from 15-29 September 2015.

The project is co-financed by the ACP Cultures+ Programme, funded by the European Union (European Development Fund) and implemented by the ACP Group of States.

According to Emilie Upczak, ttff’s Creative Director, “The Film Mart is poised to introduce the unique voices and aesthetic of Caribbean film and filmmakers to the international film industry, through four days of meetings, presentations, and networking events. International producers, sales agents and film funds will meet one-on-one with filmmakers who will have opportunities to forge partnerships that could lead to the successful funding and distribution of their films.”

The Caribbean Film Mart’s call for projects will open on 24 March and close on 22 May 2015. Project applicants (producers or directors), must be Caribbean citizens/residents, members of the Caribbean diaspora, or international filmmakers living and working in the Caribbean, and the projects must be narrative features or creative documentaries that will be made in the Caribbean.

In addition to the Caribbean Film Mart, the ttff will also unveil the Caribbean Film Database—a website of feature-length independent Caribbean fiction, documentary and experimental feature films from 2000 to the present. The Database will also include a selected number of Caribbean classics, contain a bibliography of film resources, a Caribbean Women in Film page and links to other film festivals, film commissions and schools in the region.

“We wanted to create an online resource that was easily accessible, well organised and reflected the visual palette of the Caribbean film movement. This resource will allow filmmakers in the region to more easily collaborate, will give audiences greater ability to access films and filmmakers from the region, and provide the international industry with a one-stop shop for Caribbean film,” said the ttff’s Art Director, Melanie Archer, who is coordinating the Caribbean Film Database.

In an effort to spread the word about the two initiatives and to select the 30 participating industry guests, the ttff team has been travelling to key international film festivals and markets, including Sundance and Slamdance in the US, Rotterdam and Berlin in Europe, and Guadalajara in Mexico. In the next few weeks, the ttff will attend two regional festivals—Festival Régional et International du Cinéma de Guadeloupe (FEMI), an associate partner on the project, and the Curaçao International Film Festival Rotterdam (CIFFR). These interventions are intended to engage the regional industry and to use an inclusive approach to the development of the two projects.

The ttff’s External Relations Director Nneka Luke will attend FEMI to participate on a panel in the Film Market on 14 March, and give a presentation to FEMI’s industry guests on 16 March; she will also promote the Caribbean Film Mart call. The films Art Connect, Dubois and Pan: Our Music Odyssey, which all premiered at the ttff 2014, are also official selections at FEMI this year. The ttff’s Programme Director, Annabelle Alcazar, will attend CIFFR to work with the Curaçao team to finalise the Dutch-language films that will be included in the Caribbean Film Database, and to promote the Caribbean Film Mart call.

The Caribbean Film Mart and Caribbean Film Database are being implemented in association with the Fundación Global Democracia y Dessarollo from the Dominican Republic, the Association for the Development of Art Cinema and Practice in Guadeloupe, the Foundation of New Latin American Cinema from Cuba, and the Festival Régional et International du Cinéma de Guadeloupe.

For more information on the Caribbean Film Mart, send an email to rhian@ttfilmfestival.com; for the Caribbean Film Database, contact database@caribbean-film.com.

Call for submissions for ttff/15 now open

The call for submissions for the tenth edition of the trinidad+tobago film festival (ttff), which takes place from 15 to 29 September, is now open.

The ttff seeks to highlight excellence in filmmaking through the exhibition of fiction and documentary feature and short films made in T&T, the Caribbean and its diaspora. The Festival therefore accepts submissions from Caribbean filmmakers, Caribbean filmmakers in the diaspora, and international filmmakers with films from or about the Caribbean or its diaspora. Submissions must have been produced after 01 January, 2013.

The Festival screens films of different lengths in various digital formats.

Films screened in competition are eligible for one or more jury prizes. There are also several people’s choice awards. All awards come with a cash prize.

All submissions must be made online, here.

There is no submission fee.

THE DEADLINE FOR ALL SUBMISSIONS IS 15 MAY 2015. THIS DEADLINE WILL BE STRICTLY FOLLOWED. PLEASE DO NOT SUBMIT FILMS THAT DO NOT FULFILL THE STATED CRITERIA.

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

If you have any other questions, visit our FAQ page.

The ttff reserves the right to determine the eligibility of the submissions to be screened at the Festival, the appropriate venues and 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.

Image: A still from ttff/14 selection Cristo Rey (Leticia Tonos, Dominican Republic)

ttff heads to Guadeloupe, Curacao film festivals

Members of the ttff team will be heading out this month to visit two partner film festivals in the region.

First, we head North to Guadeloupe on 13 March for the 21st Festival Régional et International du Cinéma de Guadeloupe (FEMI). This is one of the oldest film festivals in the Caribbean, and a longstanding ttff partner. The festival welcomes industry guests and filmmakers from all over the world to experience Caribbean film, promote the work of filmmakers from the Caribbean, screen art films, and provide a friendly meeting-place for the exchange of ideas about film.

During FEMI, there is also a film market—Marché International du Film et de la Télévision Caribéens—that provides a platform for building and strengthening linkages between cultural operators and all socio-economic actors working in cinema and from the English, French and Spanish-speaking Caribbean countries. The Marché exposes Caribbean film to the international (mainly French) market, through three days of meetings, workshops, presentations and special screenings.

The ttff 2014 selections playing are short film Dubois, and features Pan! Our Music Odyssey, and Art Connect, which are both in competition. (The director of Art Connect, Miquel Galofré, will also attend FEMI.)

The ttff has been a partner of the Curacao International Film Festival Rotterdam (CIFFR) since inception five years ago. Initially organised by the prestigious International Film Festival Rotterdam, CIFFR (which runs 25-29 March) screens international films while supporting the development of Caribbean and Latin American filmmakers, and engendering a culture of film appreciation on the island through programmes with primary and high schools. Through the Yellow Robin Award, CIFFR offers the region’s filmmakers the opportunity for exposure in Europe: the winner receives US$10,000 as well as priority access to developmental IFFR activities, such as CineMart or Rotterdam Lab, and screening of their film at IFFR. A ttff alumnus, Damian Marcano, had this incredible opportunity when he won the award last year, with his feature God Loves The Fighter playing to enthusiastic Rotterdam audiences in January.

Through these visits, the ttff continues to deepen relationships with the festivals in the region, expand our base of contacts, find opportunities for filmmakers, and broaden the audiences for the trinidad+tobago film festival.

Image: A still from Dubois

Call for papers: Caribbean Cinema Now

Call for projects for first Caribbean Film Mart

Caribbean Film Mart and Database to launch in September

Call for submissions for ttff/15 now open

ttff heads to Guadeloupe, Curacao film festivals

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