The Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival (TTFF), in association with RBC Royal Bank, is inviting applications for the second annual Focus: Filmmakers’ Immersion—an intensive four-day development programme culminating in a competitive pitch session with a prize of $20,000 for one winner. A release from the TTFF said the programme will include group discussions and exercises on a range of documentary filmmaking techniques. Each filmmaker will enter with a concept for a feature-length documentary film to develop a detailed treatment. Programme facilitators are Jamaican-American filmmaker and teacher Alrick Brown, and documentary story consultant Fernanda Rossi. Brown is the writer and director of the award-winning feature Kinyarwanda (2011) and producer of the documentary Death of Two Sons (2006).
Born and raised in Buenos Aires and based in New York for the past 17 years, Rossi has consulted on the Academy Award-nominated The Garden (2009) and Recycled Life (2007). At the end of Focus, the facilitators will choose their top five participants. These five will then pitch their project to a five-member jury at a public event during the TTFF/12. The participant with the best project and pitch, as determined by the jury, will win the cash prize. Focus is open to emerging Caribbean filmmakers (citizens of Caribbean countries living and working in the Caribbean) who have completed at least one documentary film (short or feature-length) but not more than two features. Applicants must submit a maximum five-minute excerpt of a documentary film project on DVD, stating their role on the film, the concept of the project and what makes it unique. Participants will be chosen based on all three points.
Applications should be sent via mail or delivered in person to:
Jonathan Ali—Editorial Director
199 Belmont Circular Road
Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago.
The deadline for applications is July 13. Successful applicants will be notified by July 31.