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16 for British Council Script Workshop

SIXTEEN local film-makers and writers have been selected to participate in the British Council’s script development workshop, to be held in partnership with the trinidad+tobago film festival (ttff).

The participants were chosen after an open call for applications, in which they had to submit their own script or write a critique of someone else’s.

The selection panel comprised a representative of the British Council, the ttff and an independent adjudicator. In keeping with the British Council’s transparency policies, the identity of the applicants remained unknown to the judges until their final selections were made.

ttff + Canadian High Commission team up to support emerging scriptwriters

The trinidad+tobago film festival (ttff) has joined forces with the Canadian High Commission to offer a three-day intensive, basic screenwriting workshop for emerging filmmakers  who have already written at least one short screen play (film script). The workshop will be held from 24 – 26 March 2017.

Under the guidance of Canadian-Jamaican film professional, Annmarie Morais, ten – fifteen participants will be given the opportunity to develop the craft of screenwriting, to international standards.

According to Bruce Paddington, founder and festival director of the ttff: “The overall aim of the workshop is to provide support in an area that has been identified by local filmmakers, and to strengthen the capacity of Caribbean films to hold their own in an international market.”

Also commenting on the project, Canadian High Commissioner, Carla Hogan Rufelds,  said: “As an exponent of social and economic development through culture and knowledge exchange, Canada has a long history of supporting initiatives that encourage closer people-to-people ties. This training workshop provides another opportunity to help bring Canada and Trinidad and Tobago closer together, and to support the development of high quality screenplays that explore a variety of issues impacting Caribbean and world communities.”

While there is no fee for participation, filmmakers must submit their CV to submit@ttfilmfestival.com no later than 13 March 2017. Selected participants will be notified within three days of the close of submissions.

ttfilm festival and Canadian High Commission Team Up to Support Emerging Filmakers

The trinidad+tobago film festival (ttff) has joined forces with the Canadian High Commission to offer a three-day intensive, basic screenwriting workshop for emerging filmmakers who have already written at least one short screen play (film script). The workshop will be held from 24 – 26 March 2017.

Under the guidance of Canadian-Jamaican film professional, Annmarie Morais, ten – fifteen participants will be given the opportunity to develop the craft of screenwriting, to international standards.

According to Bruce Paddington, founder and festival director of the ttff: “The overall aim of the workshop is to provide support in an area that has been identified by local filmmakers, and to strengthen the capacity of Caribbean films to hold their own in an international market.”

Announcing participants for the British Council script development workshop 8-12 March

 

Following a tough application process, 16 local filmmakers and writers have been selected to participate in the British Council’s script development workshop for experienced film professionals. The workshop will be held in partnership with the trinidad+tobago film festival (ttff).

The participants were chosen after an open call for applications, in which they had to submit their own script or write a critique of someone else’s. The selection panel comprised a representative of the British Council, the ttff and an independent adjudicator. In keeping with the British Council’s transparency policies, the identity of the applicants remained unknown to the judges until their final selections were made.

The five day workshop, from 08 – 12 March, is designed to introduce the concept and practice of good script development by focusing on the role of the story editor and how they work with screenwriters and producers. It will be facilitated by international script development consultant, Ludo Smolski, who is also a Tutor for the National Film and Television School’s Postgraduate Diploma in Script Development.

The 16 selected participants are:

Georgia Popplewell
Karen Martinez
Juliette McCawley
Jared Prima
Kim Johnson
Sonja Dumas
Lesley Ann Macfarlane
Michael Rochford
Rhonda Chan Soo
Sean Hodgkinson
Rae-Ann Smith
Andre Bagoo
Caroline Taylor
Jamil Agard
Janine Mendes-Franco
Lisa Allen-Agostini

The British Council creates international opportunities for the people of the UK and other countries and builds trust between them worldwide. It is a Royal Charter charity, established as the UK’s international organisation for educational opportunities and cultural relations.

Call for submissions for ttff/17 now open

The call for submission is now open for filmmakers wishing to have their films screened at the twelfth edition of the trinidad+tobago film festival, 2017 (ttff/17). The Festival takes place from 19 – 26 September 2017.

The ttff seeks to highlight excellence in filmmaking through the exhibition of fiction and documentary feature and short films made in Trinidad and Tobago, 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 2015.
Films screened in competition are eligible for one or more jury prizes. There are also several people’s choice awards. The Festival screens films of different lengths in various digital formats.

All submissions must be made online, via the ttff Visitor Page at https://vp.eventival.eu/ttff/2017

THE DEADLINE FOR ALL SUBMISSIONS IS 15 MAY 2017. THIS DEADLINE WILL BE STRICTLY FOLLOWED. PLEASE DO NOT SUBMIT FILMS THAT DO NOT FULFIL THE STATED CRITERIA.

Visit our ttff/17 Submission FAQ’s here: https://ttfilmfestival.com/call-for-submissions

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, or if you have any other queries, at submit@ttfilmfestival.com

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.

Horace Ove’s King Carnival still reigns after 44 years

The highly acclaimed 1970s documentary King Carnival stands after all this time, as a love letter to T&T.

Made for the BBC in 1973, by legendary Trinidadian-British director, Horace Ové, the film is still acclaimed as one of the best ever made about the history of Trinidad and Tobago Carnival. The UK’s Times newspaper had this to say at the time: “…beneath the fantastic spectacle there lies a history of cultural struggle. The influences of Europe, of India, and above all Africa are reflected in customs and ceremonies still alive in Trinidad today. The insistent, joyful music, stunning costumes and immense crowds make it a perfect TV spectacle; Horace Ove’s film shows it to be that, and much more.”

Horace Ove, Director King Carnival

He had pitched the idea of a film on carnival to the BBC’s The World About Us – a highly regarded documentary series that approached its productions from an anthropological point of view. Ové had of course never made a film in Trinidad or about carnival up until then, though he longed to. He did, however, have a strong body of documentary work in his portfolio including Baldwin’s Nigger (1969) and Reggae (1971), and he would go on to cement his reputation as one of the leading Black, independent filmmakers in Britain, with seminal films such as Pressure (1975) and Dream to Change the World (2003).

Carnival was undoubtedly a great creative influence on him and Ové often cItes his childhood in Belmont as having had a major impact on his life as a filmmaker – with ‘No Teeth Harry’ the projectionist at the local Olympic cinema, at the centre of it all.

Post-war Trinidad was packed with over 100 cinemas – a legacy of the war-time American bases – and local audiences were exposed to a wide range of cinematic offerings from European avant-garde, to the latest Hollywood cowboy spectacular. The Olympic Cinema was a gathering place for budding film aficionados like Ové and his friends. And they’d found a kindred spirit in No-Teeth Harry – a serious film buff, who entertained them with seminars on the latest blockbuster, on the sidewalk outside the theatre, after a show.

As Ové would later recount, if he and his friends arrived late for a screening or had the urge to see part of the movie a second time – all that was required was a shout out to Harry from the pit and he would run it again, much to the annoyance of the rest of the audience. As his fascination with film grew, Ové decided to move to the UK to study it.

He would eventually see Caribbean cinema as being of critical importance in defining the region in a more meaningful and authentic way, urging Caribbean film-makers to explore and give voice to their own independent Caribbean vision, laying waste the re-writing of our history and aesthetic by foreign media. It was for this reason that most of his television features and documentaries were based on socio-political themes that told stories of real people and their lives, regardless of whether he made them in the UK, India or the Caribbean.

Ové has won several awards over the years – including being made Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in 2007, by Her Majesty The Queen, for his contribution to the British film industry; Best Director for Independent Film and Television by the British Film Institute in 1986; the Scarlet Ibis medal for service to culture from the Government of Trinidad and Tobago in 1992, and was the only non-Jamaican to be given a Dr. Bird award by the film industry of Jamaica for his contribution to Caribbean film-making.

King Carnival screens this Saturday (11 February) at the NALIS Amphitheatre, Abercromby Street, Port of Spain from 7pm. It will be followed by a panel discussion with Dr.Hollis Liverpool (the MIghty Chalkdust) and Ray Funk, and chaired by Tony Hall.

The screening of King Carnival is presented by the trinidad+tobago film festival and sponsored by bpTT, as part of the Festival’s Carnival Film Series. Admission is free.

Grace Jones and D’Angelo for 2017 Tobago Jazz Festival

Grace Jones, Shabba Ranks, and D’Angelo are the notable names headlining the 2017 Tobago Jazz Experience.

The festival which runs from April 22 to 31 at venues across Tobago, will also feature for the first time a film component as the T&T Film Festival hosts a fringe film festival that will run alongside the Jazz Experience. The organisers said 2017 “will bring film, music and networking of the creative industry together in one space”.

Speaking to the T&T Guardian, festival organiser John Arnold said because of the cuts in the festival’s budget, they sought collaborations with other stakeholders to present an interesting and more diverse package.

16 for British Council Script Workshop

ttff + Canadian High Commission team up to support emerging scriptwriters

ttfilm festival and Canadian High Commission Team Up to Support Emerging Filmakers

Announcing participants for the British Council script development workshop 8-12 March

Call for submissions for ttff/17 now open

Horace Ove’s King Carnival still reigns after 44 years

Grace Jones and D’Angelo for 2017 Tobago Jazz Festival

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