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ttff/19 Call for Submissions

The call for submissions is now open for filmmakers wishing to have their films screened at the fourteenth edition of the trinidad+tobago film festival, 2019 – ttff/19 carifesta edition. The Festival takes place from 17–23 August 2019.

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 in the region and in the diaspora; and international filmmakers with films from or about the Caribbean or its diaspora.

Submissions must have been produced after 01 January 2017.

All submissions must be made via email to hello@ttfilmfestival.com

All submissions must include:
• Online screener link + password
• Synopsis
• Running time + Year of production (not before 2017)
• Country of origin
• Language, and if subtitled
• Genre
• Name of director, producer and cast (if appropriate)
• Short biography of director
• Festivals screened at/awards won (if any)
• Contact information

The deadline for all submissions is 29 April, 2019. This deadline will be strictly adhered to and late submissions will not be considered. Please do not submit films that do not fulfil the stated criteria. Visit our ttff/19 submission FAQs 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 hello@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.

Please note that there are usually many more submissions than spaces available in the Festival lineup and therefore not all films can be accommodated. This does not necessarily imply that a film has not met the Festival’s criteria or is of poor quality. It may be that we have already selected a film on a similar topic, or that a film is deemed to have already received sufficient public exposure.

Announcing ttff/19 Carifesta Edition

Port of Spain, Monday 11th March 2019: The trinidad+tobago film festival is pleased to announce that we will be partnering with CARIFESTA XIV to hold the 2019 edition of the film festival – ttff/19 carifesta edition.

The annual ttff, now in its fourteenth year, has become a mainstay of Trinidad and Tobago’s cultural calendar, and is well-established as the premiere film festival of the English-speaking Caribbean. This year’s iteration of the festival, ttff/19 carifesta edition will be held in August – rather than September – to coincide with the largest regional celebration of culture in all its forms, CARIFESTA XIV. The film festival will run from 17–23 August, with free screenings at NAPA, APA, SAPA, Naparima Bowl and Shaw Park Cultural Complex.

Festival Director, Dr Bruce Paddington, notes, “CARIFESTA is a time when the whole country is alive with culture and creativity – visitors come from all over the region and internationally too. The ttff is very excited to be able to partner with CARIFESTA XIV to bring the best Caribbean films into this important celebration of regional culture.”

For more than four decades, the Caribbean Festival of Arts (CARIFESTA) has been a catalyst for the strengthening of regional integration among our Caribbean countries, artisans and cultural practitioners. CARIFESTA showcases a multi-talented cultural display in the visual and literary arts, storytelling, fashion, body art, craft, theatre, dance, music, film and new media from participating countries. Trinidad & Tobago… will showcase and market the culture of our country to the Caribbean region as it hosts CARIFESTA XIV. As host nation, it is Trinidad and Tobago’s intention to create the space, avenue and hub for participating nations to flourish and “Connect, Share, Invest” in the arts and culture of the Caribbean.

Caribbean films are a dynamic and all-encompassing expression of what it is to be from this place, in this moment. Film brings together diverse cultural forms, including music, art, writing, fashion design and so much more; it is a medium that can transport viewers around the Caribbean (from the comfort of their cinema seats) as they explore, confront and celebrate key issues affecting and engaging the region.

ttff/19 carifesta edition will include new shorts, and features, narrative films and documentaries from around the region and its diaspora – which explore the Caribbean experience; the festival will include some classic films as well. The majority of the films to be exhibited will be from CARICOM countries, as well as from the wider Caribbean, the Caribbean diaspora and a few guest countries.

This year’s call for submissions will open 11 March – we look forward to reviewing submissions from filmmakers in Trinidad and Tobago, the Caribbean region and the wider diaspora.

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