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