Caribbean filmmakers wanted for new festival

A special film festival is being set up to help develop Caribbean filmmakers. 

The Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival said it is inviting applications from the region for the third annual “RBC Focus: Filmmakers’ Immersion”, which is held over four days during the festival. 

It is billed as “an intensive development programme that provides 10 selected filmmakers from the Caribbean and its Diaspora with the opportunity to learn from film professionals”, during the festival which is from Tuesday, 17 September until Tuesday, 1 October. 

“Focus will include group discussions on a range of topics concentrating on the artistic side of narrative filmmaking, sharpening the skills and abilities of participants. There will be a particular emphasis on enhancing the filmmakers’ creative voice and storytelling capabilities,” organisers say. 

Each filmmaker will enter Focus with a concept for a feature-length narrative film, from which they will be expected to develop a detailed treatment. 

Five participants will then be selected to pitch their project to a jury at a public event. The winner will receive a cash prize of TT$20,000, which is slightly more than $2,500. 


Focus is open to Caribbean filmmakers (citizens of Caribbean countries living and working in the Caribbean); filmmakers of the Diaspora (persons of Caribbean descent resident outside of the Caribbean who intend to shoot at least part of their prospective project in the region); and international filmmakers living and working in the Caribbean. Applicants must have completed at least one narrative film (short or feature-length), but no more than two narrative features. 

All applicants must submit a maximum five-minute excerpt of a previous film (narrative short or feature) on DVD, stating their role(s) on the film (writer, director and/or creative producer). They must also submit their résumé and a cover letter stating, in 100 words or less, the concept of the project they would be bringing to Focus and what makes it unique. Participants will be determined based on the strength of all three of these items. 

All selected participants will be provided with the materials for the immersion, lunch, a festival pass (which provides access to all film screenings and industry events), and invitations to festival-related activities. Participants not residing in Trinidad and Tobago will be allocated accommodation (inclusive of breakfast), and local transport to and from festival-related activities. 


Applications should be sent via email to [email protected] 


Trinidad is hosting a Caribbean film fest in October. – Photo: File

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