trinidad+tobago film festival (ttff), in association with RBC Royal Bank,
invites applications for the fifth annual RBC Focus: Filmmakers’ Immersion, to
be held in Port of Spain, Trinidad, from 23–26 September 2015, during ttff/14 (
15–29 September). The
application deadline is
Focus: Filmmakers’ Immersion is an intensive development programme that
provides 10 selected filmmakers from the Caribbean and its diaspora with the
opportunity to learn from internationally respected filmmakers and other film
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.
filmmaker will enter Focus with a concept for a feature-length fiction film,
from which they will be expected to develop a detailed treatment.
session and competition
the end of Focus, all participants will be given an opportunity to pitch their
project to a jury at the ttff/15. The participant with the best project and
pitch, as determined by the jury, will win a cash prize of TT$20,000.
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, as a screenwriter and/or director.
applicants must submit a maximum three-minute excerpt of a previous film
(narrative short or feature) via Vimeo link, stating their role(s) on the film
(writer and/or director). They must also submit their résumé and a cover letter
stating, in no more than 100 words, 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 criteria.
should be submitted online here: https://vp.eventival.eu/ttff/
deadline for applications is
5pm EST on
Friday, 10 July, 2015. Successful
applicants will be notified by
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 T&T will be allocated shared accommodation (inclusive of breakfast) at the official
festival hotel, and local transport to and from Festival-related activities.