In a move that will help strengthen the Caribbean’s presence in the global film market, the trinidad+tobago film festival (ttff) has been invited to join Eye on Films, a global film network developed by the French sales and distribution company Wide Management, with the support of the European Union’s MEDIA Mundus programme.
Founded in 2011, Eye on Films guarantees the circulation of a selection of feature films by first-time filmmakers in partner film festivals in Europe and around the world, as well as the commercial exploitation of these films.
The project aims to implement a selection of recent films, first or second features (fiction, animation or documentary), never screened or released outside their country of origin. Selected by the members of the Eye on Films network, the films will have the opportunity to be screened in the different festival partners and to be released via the distributors of the network.
One main aspect of Eye on Films is the idea of reciprocity between Europe and non-European countries. Within the framework of Eye on Films, European film festivals are encouraged to screen non-European titles. Reciprocally, non-European festivals are encouraged to screen European titles under the Eye on Films banner.
Eye on Films further aims to create synergies between its partners, in order to maximize the visibility, promotion and marketing of its titles. Currently the network has 31 international partners—15 film festivals and 16 distributors—and includes festivals and distributors in Europe, Asia, Latin America, Australia and North America.
The ttff is the only film festival in the Caribbean to be a part of the Eye on films network.
More information about Eye on Films, including a full list of its network partners, may be found here.