Film festival looking for young people to serve on youth jury
Are you a young person who loves movies? If so, the trinidad + tobago film festival (ttff) invites you to apply to be a member of the jury for the bpTT Youth Jury Prize at the ttff/15, which runs from September 15–29.
Established in 2014, the youth jury prize seeks to stimulate interest in cinema among young people. In particular, the prize is meant to foster critical appreciation of independent films from around the world.
The jury will comprise five young people living in T&T, both young women and men from the ages of 16 to 21 (inclusive). You must be enthusiastic about watching movies with a critical eye, with a view to gaining a better appreciation of the cinematic artform.
Prospective jury members must fill out the online application form stating their name, date of birth, gender and school or occupation. You must also submit an essay of no more than 250 words saying what your favourite movie is and why.
Selected jurors will meet at the ttff/15. Under the guidance of an experienced film critic, the jury will watch a selection of feature-length fiction films with young protagonists, films that deal with themes and issues affecting young people.
After the jury has viewed all the films in competition, it will choose the winning film. The director of this film will receive a trophy plus a cash award of TT$5,000, to be presented at the ttff/15 awards ceremony on 27 September.
For being a participant, each jury member will receive a ttff/15 pass (which provides free entry to all film screenings), invitations to the opening gala and awards ceremony, and invitations to selected social events during the Festival.
To be considered for the youth jury, please fill out and submit the form here no later than Friday 14 August. Successful jury members will be notified by Friday 28 August.
Image: the 2014 youth jury, with mentor BC Pires
Film festival looking for volunteers
The trinidad+tobago film festival (ttff) is looking for volunteers for the tenth edition of the annual Festival, which takes place from 15-29 September in Trinidad, and from 23-29 September in Tobago.
We welcome people of all ages who love movies and who share a commitment to supporting the growth of a vibrant film culture here in Trinidad and Tobago.
There are opportunities to help us in a number of areas—working with our public relations team to promote the films and the festival; working with the brand and events team to plan and execute the festival’s events; distributing postcards and posters; working with our hospitality team to take care of our visiting guests, and much more.
As a volunteer, you will receive an official Festival pass that gives you free access to film screenings, an official T-shirt and as much verbal appreciation as we can muster.
You’ll also get the chance to meet filmmakers and other film industry professionals from the region and around the world.
In short, we can promise you an exciting experience you won’t soon forget.
If all this sounds like something you’d love to be a part of, then fill out the online application form.
We can’t wait to welcome you to our team!
call for applications for rbc focus: filmmakers application 2015
RBC Focus: Filmmakers’ Immersion 2015
Presented by ttff + RBC Royal Bank
23–26 September 2015
Application deadline: July 10
The trinidad+tobago film festival (ttff), in association with RBC Royal Bank, invites applications for the fifth annual RBC Focus: Filmmakers’ Immersion.
Mission and objective
RBC Focus: Filmmakers’ Immersion is an intensive development programme that provides ten selected filmmakers from the Caribbean and its diaspora with the opportunity to learn from internationally respected filmmakers and other film professionals. It will be held from 23-26 September 2015, during ttff/15 (15–29 September).
Focus will include group discussions on a range of topics concentrating on the artistic side of narrative filmmaking, sharpening the skills and abilities of participants. There will be a particular emphasis on enhancing the filmmakers’ creative voice and storytelling capabilities.
Each filmmaker will enter Focus with a concept for a feature-length fiction film, from which they will be expected to develop a detailed treatment.
Pitch session and competition
At the end of Focus, all participants will be given an opportunity to pitch their project to a jury at the ttff/15. The participant with the best project and pitch, as determined by the jury, will win a cash prize of TT$20,000.
Focus is open to Caribbean filmmakers (citizens of Caribbean countries living and working in the Caribbean); filmmakers of the diaspora (persons of Caribbean descent resident outside of the Caribbean who intend to shoot at least part of their prospective project in the region); and international filmmakers living and working in the Caribbean. Applicants must have completed at least one narrative film (short or feature-length), but no more than two narrative features, as a screenwriter and/or director.
All applicants must submit a maximum three-minute excerpt of a previous film (narrative short or feature) via Vimeo link, stating their role(s) on the film (writer and/or director). They must also submit their résumé and a cover letter stating, in no more than 100 words, the concept of the project they would be bringing to Focus and what makes it unique. Participants will be determined based on the strength of all three criteria.
Applications should be submitted online, here.
The deadline for applications is 5pm EST on Friday, 10 July, 2015. Successful applicants will be notified by 03 August.
All selected participants will be provided with the materials for the Immersion, lunch, a Festival pass (which provides access to all film screenings and industry events), and invitations to Festival-related activities. Participants not residing in T&T will be allocated shared accommodation (inclusive of breakfast) at the official festival hotel, and local transport to and from Festival-related activities.
Image: Canadian-Jamaican filmmaker Clement Virgo (right), facilitator of the 2014 RBC Focus: Filmmakers’ Immersion