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In Search of the Best TT Film in Development

The Trinidad and Tobago film festival and bpTT have launched a search for the Best TT Film in Development, which comes with the chance to win a cash prize of $10,000, towards the completion of the film.

Sponsored by bpTT, the Award is for a narrative or documentary feature film in pre-production.

Win $10,000 in Best TT Film in Development award

In photo: bpTT representative, Thalia Barnes, presents the 2014 Best TT Film in Development Award to filmmaker Christian James.

The trinidad+tobago film festival and bpTT have launched a search for the Best TT Film in Development. The winner will receive a cash prize of $10,000, towards the completion of the film.

Sponsored by bpTT,  the Award is for a narrative or documentary feature film in pre-production. According to Danielle Jones, Manager, Corporate Communications at BPTT: “The Award is part of BPTT’s continuing investment in the cultural sector of Trinidad and Tobago, as we recognise the enormous social and economic benefits that culture can offer to our country – including helping with economic diversification. Our long history of support for the arts includes the showcasing of local films through the trinidad+tobago film festival, investment in films that speak to, or support, our rich cultural traditions such as this year’s Green Days by the River and To Be a Renegade – and of course, supporting emerging filmmakers with great potential.”

To be eligible, applicants must be a citizen or resident of Trinidad and Tobago, and be working on a film that is to be made in T&T. Applicants can be the director, writer or creative producer of the film, and must provide:

• A director’s statement

• A completed script

• An estimated budget

• A list of key production members and their resumés

• A production timeline

Submissions should be sent to: submit@ttfilmfestival.com no later than 30 August. Shortlisted candidates will be notified within two weeks of the deadline and the winner will be announced at the ttff/17 awards ceremony on 26 September.

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. The ttff is presented by Flow; given leading sponsorship by bpTT and the Ministry of Community Development, Culture and the Arts; supporting sponsorship by the Inter-American Development Bank and UN Women; and contributing sponsorship fromRBC Royal Bank.

ttff is in search of the Best TT Film in Development

The trinidad+tobago film festival and bpTT have launched a search for the Best TT Film in Development, which comes with the chance to win a cash prize of $10,000, towards the completion of the film.

Sponsored by bpTT,  the award is for a narrative or documentary feature film in pre-production.

According to Danielle Jones, Manager, Corporate Communications at BPTT, “The Award is part of BPTT’s continuing investment in the cultural sector of Trinidad and Tobago, as we recognise the enormous social and economic benefits that culture can offer to our country – including helping with economic diversification. Our long history of support for the arts includes the showcasing of local films through the trinidad+tobago film festival, investment in films that speak to, or support, our rich cultural traditions such as this year’s Green Days by the River and To Be a Renegade – and of course, supporting emerging filmmakers with great potential.”

To be eligible, applicants must be a citizen or resident of Trinidad and Tobago, and be working on a film that’s made in Trinidad and Tobago.

In search of the Best TT Film in Development

The Trinidad and Tobago film festival and bpTT have launched a search for the Best TT Film in Development, which comes with the chance to win a cash prize of $10,000, towards the completion of the film.

Sponsored by bpTT, the Award is for a narrative or documentary feature film in pre-production.

tt/ff is in search for the Best TT Film in Development

tt/ff is in search for the Best TT Film in Development

Trinidad and Tobago in Search of the Best TT Film in Development

The Trinidad and Tobago film festival and bpTT have launched a search for the Best TT Film in Development, which comes with the chance to win a cash prize of $10,000. towards the completion of the film.

Ninth Floor re-opens issues student strife Canada

The incident which took place on the ninth floor of Sir George Williams University, Canada, in February 1969 still carries mixed emotions among Trinidadians. For some, it was an event which should not be mentioned, or at least discussed as quickly in the same breath as it was raised. For others, it was an event that represented a time of resistance. For others, it was just an event that occurred without knowing or understanding the underlying tensions that existed. This was a generation of Caribbean people who seemed to have been swept under the rug.

The event is a sensitive one. A riot took place after six Caribbean students, among them Trinidadians, protested against institutional racism. The students believe their failure at a computer exam was as the result of prejudiced lecturer. Their protest snowballed into two weeks of chaos and violence, with riot police storming the occupied ninth floor, and a storm of computer cards came raining down onto the streets below.

Now it has become a film, titled Ninth Floor. Film producer Selwyn Jacob, a Trindadian who resides in Canada, felt the need to tell the story, linking the sequence of events. As a result, he presents different perspectives on what took place. The film was meant to be an opportunity to seek clarification as to what really happened on that fateful day.

The irony is Jacob was in Canada when the incident happened. He was a student but he was not aware or involved in the happenings at that time.

ttff/17 Ninth Floor at UWI

The award-winning film Ninth Floor, a documentary produced by TT-born, Canada-based, Selwyn Jacob, made its cinematic return to Trinidad this July at The University of the West Indies (UWI), St. Augustine. The free screening was presented by the trinidad+tobago film festival (ttff) in partnership with the Department of Cultural Studies, UWI. Images © trinidad+tobago film festival Photography: Digimedia Photo + Cinema

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tt film festival screening ninth floor at uwi

The award-winning film Ninth Floor, a documentary produced by Trinidadian-born, Canada-based,  Selwyn Jacob, will make its cinematic return to Trinidad this Thursday at The University of the West Indies (UWI), St. Augustine. The free screening is presented by the trinidad+tobago film festival (ttff) in partnership with the Department of Cultural Studies, UWI.

Described as addressing, “the most dramatic and violent racial conflict in modern Canadian history” by povmagazine.com, Ninth Floor examines the Sir George Williams University riot of February 1969, when six Caribbean students mounted a protest against institutional racism. It would snowball into 14 days of chaos and violence, with riot police storming the occupied ninth floor, and a storm of computer cards raining down onto the streets below.

The film–which uses never-before-seen footage of the students’ protest and occupation of the ninth floor computer room as well as interviews with several of the students involved–was chosen as one of Canada’s top ten films by the the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF)  in 2016.

Directed by independent filmmaker Mina Shum, Ninth Floor screens Thursday 20 July, 5:30PM at the Centre for Language Learning (CLL), The University of the West Indies (UWI), St. Augustine.  It is rated 14+.

LCCS presents the screening of Ninth Floor

The Cultural Studies Section of the Department of Literary, Cultural and Communication Studies (LCCS) hosts Film Night with a screening of the documentary Ninth Floor followed by a Q&A session with its TT-born, Canada based producer Selwyn Jacob.

The screening and discussion takes place July 20 from 5.30 to 7.30pm at the Centre for Language Learning (CLL) Auditorium.

About the Film

The film, the Ninth Floor viewing is being conducted in conjunction with trinidad+tobago film festival (ttff). The film is produced by Trinidadian Selwyn Jacob who lives in Canada and details the events that occurred at the Sir George Williams University in February 1969, when six Caribbean students mounted a protest against institutional racism. The event is often thought to be the precursor to Black Power revolution in the US and Caribbean.

In Search of the Best TT Film in Development

Win $10,000 in Best TT Film in Development award

ttff is in search of the Best TT Film in Development

In search of the Best TT Film in Development

tt/ff is in search for the Best TT Film in Development

Trinidad and Tobago in Search of the Best TT Film in Development

Ninth Floor re-opens issues student strife Canada

ttff/17 Ninth Floor at UWI

tt film festival screening ninth floor at uwi

LCCS presents the screening of Ninth Floor

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