CALL for projects: Caribbean Film Festival

The call for submissions for the inaugural Caribbean Film Mart, which will take place from 24-27 September 2015, is now open.

The Caribbean Film Mart will be held during the 10th edition of the trinidad+tobago film festival (ttff), and is seeking Caribbean fiction feature films and creative documentaries in development or pre-production.

The primary goal of the Caribbean Film Mart is to foster direct relationships between the Caribbean and the international film industry, by stimulating and creating viable cinematic co-productions.

The selected filmmakers will have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with, and pitch their projects to, international film producers, film commissioners, sales agents and film funds, forging partnerships that can lead to the production and distribution of their films. The Mart will include panel discussions, networking receptions and a location tour, and participants will also be invited to attend the ttff/15 awards ceremony.

All applications must be for projects in development or pre-production to be made in the Caribbean. Either the producer or the director must be a Caribbean citizen or resident, or from the Caribbean diaspora, or an international filmmaker living and working in the Caribbean.

All submissions for the Caribbean Film Mart must be made online here, no later than 22 May 2015. There is no submission fee.

The Caribbean Film Mart will be held in English, with interpreters provided as needed. Application materials should be submitted in English.

If you have any questions, visit our FAQ page.

The project is co-financed by the ACP Cultures+ Programme, funded by the European Union (European Development Fund) and implemented by the ACP Group of States.

The 22 May deadline for all submissions will be strictly followed. Filmmakers should not submit projects that do not fulfill the stated criteria. The ttff reserves the right to determine the eligibility of the submissions. Selected projects will be notified by the end of June.

Filmmakers are advised that the chances of making successful contacts during the Caribbean Film Mart are increased by a clear presentation of your project and a concrete description of the support or participation required.

Selection criteria:

The main criteria for selection are the viability and quality of the projects and the demonstrable talent of the directors and/or producers.
Each project will be considered on its own merits.
If selected for the Caribbean Film Mart, a complete screenplay (for fiction projects) must be submitted to the ttff by August.
Again, the project MUST be made in the CARIBBEAN and either the producer or the director must be a Caribbean citizen or resident, or from the Caribbean diaspora, or an international filmmaker living and working in the Caribbean.
Specific conditions:

For selected projects, one representative, either the producer or director, must be present for the duration of the Caribbean Film Mart.
Selected projects will receive industry accreditation for the Caribbean Film Mart.
Economy class airfare and accommodation will be provided for one representative per project for successful overseas participants.
You may only apply if your film is still in the development or pre-production stage. However, if you have shot a teaser or trailer, you may still be eligible to apply.
If you are selected, you must submit your completed script by August 15th.
Each applicant may submit only one project.
Information required:

Title of film
Director, producer and writer
Estimated running time
Notes of intention from the director and the producer
Script (if completed, in original language)
Top sheet of the budget in local currency with the US exchange rate
Financial plan including financing secured for the project if any
Director’s CV
Producer’s CV
Links to work of the director and producer
The Caribbean Film Mart is being implemented in association with the Fundación Global Democracia y Dessarollo from the Dominican Republic, the Association for the Development of Art Cinema and Practice in Guadeloupe, the Foundation of New Latin American Cinema and the Festival Régional et International du Cinéma de Guadeloupe.
The trinidad+tobago film festival (ttff) celebrates films from and about the Caribbean and its diaspora, as well as from world cinema, through an annual festival and year-round screenings. In addition, the ttff seeks to facilitate the growth of Caribbean cinema by offering a wide-ranging industry programme and networking opportunities.



Dir.: Ian Harnarine | 2011 | Canada/Trinidad & Tobago

WINNER: Best Live Action Short Drama at the Genie Awards 2012 (the Canadian Academy Awards)
Selected as one of Canada’s Top Ten Short Films 2011
WINNER: Best Canadian Short Film at the Toronto International Film Festival 2011

Presently being screened at the Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival.

Who’s ready for the Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival 2014?! With almost 150 feature-length, short and experimental films screening at this year’s Festival, you don’t want to miss it! Here are some event details about this year’s festival:

Scheduled: September 16th - 30th
Film Guide:
Contact: +1 868-621-0709 or


Another Film premiering at the Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival this year that I can’t wait to see!


Told by a vagrant, the film profiles several characters and their fight to live in their community of east Port Of Spain. Their circumstances effect their decision making; leading to moments of triumph and moments of tragedy.. Description

TRINIDAD - King Curtis, a vagrant on the streets of Port of Spain, is constantly ignored by passersby. He speaks and if he has to - sometimes shouts the truth about the stories behind the newspaper headlines. As the conductor of our story, King Curtis introduces us to a young man named Charlie…

Charlie, a resident east of the lighthouse, is trying his best to stay on the right path. However, with no job in sight, he is finding it hard to say no to other “opportunities”. A chance of redemption presents itself when Dinah, a professional streetwalker, crosses his path in need of help.

As the story unfolds, King Curtis reveals the ripple effect created by a person’s decision making; leading to moments of triumph and moments of tragedy.


GOD LOVES THE FIGHTER twitter: @GLTFthemovie



FISH Written & Directed by Shaun Escayg



Dir.: Dominic Koo | 2012 | Trinidad and Tobago

“Down on his luck, under confident and owing money to two bumbling gangsters (Cecil and Anders), Brian attempts a kidnapping to get the cash back fast, but ends up kidnapping the worst possible guy, Jonah who doesn’t have a care in the world, or a cent to his name.”

Presently being screened at the Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival.

It’s time for some movies! What better way to watch then attend the Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival? Check out this overview of the films and events that will take place at this year’s film festival! Who’s excited for some great movies?! I know we are

Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival 2013: Overview

“The short and medium-length films that will screen at the 2013 Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival (ttff) have been announced. Fifty-six of these films will be shown in all at the ttff/13, which runs from September 17th-October 1st.The 56 films—both fiction and documentary—represent 18 countries in the Caribbean and the diaspora. Twenty-eight films (exactly half) come from from T+T. In addition, 13 of the films will be in Competition, for either Best Short Film or Best Local Short Film.”

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Showing at the Trinidad Film Festival 2013

Dance is the story of the ballerina Dai Ailian (1916–2006), who was born and raised in Trinidad before emigrating to China. Considered China’s mother of modern dance, she was the first person to bring western ballet to the country, in 1940, and would go on to co-found the National Ballet of China and the Beijing Dance Academy.

Type: Documentary Short
Director: Janine Fung
Region: Trinidad + Tobago
Year: 2013
Minutes Running Time: 10
Language: English
Showing At: Little Carib Theatre, Movietowne POS
Premiere: World Premiere
Rating: GA

Director, Janine Fung:
Writer/Producer/Director/Editor. Based in Toronto and Trinidad. Janine’s critically acclaimed short films LEFTOVERS (1994) and 4AM (2011) both had their World Premieres at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2011 and 1994.

Her films have been internationally screened in London, New York, LA, Toronto, Berlin, Paris, Munich, Frankfurt, Helsinki, Montreal, Vancouver, Trinidad, Toulouse and Croatia. LEFTOVER’S was sold to the Women’s Television Network (WTN) in Canada.



Dir.: Darisha Beresford / 2012 / Trinidad and Tobago

“After enduring a terrifying robbery, Joanna falls into the dangerous grasp of a sociopath, and is taken into the depths of the secluded jungle. She finds herself isolated in a world of natural beauty as she musters the courage to emotionally battle the unsettled mind of her kidnapper.”

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival 2011 Exhibitions

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Focus: Filmmakers’ Immersion
Presented by the ttff + RBC Royal Bank and the Commonwealth Foundation
20 – 22 September 2011
Facilitators: Fina Torres + Damon D’Oliveira
Application deadline: July 31

The trinidad+tobago film festival (ttff), in association with RBC Royal Bank and the Commonwealth Foundation, invites applications for Focus: Filmmakers’ Immersion and a subsequent pitch session and competition, with an ultimate prize of TT$20,000.

Mission and objective
Focus: Filmmakers’ Immersion will be an intensive three-day development programme that provides 10 selected Caribbean filmmakers with the opportunity to learn from professional film artists. It will be held from 20–22 September 2011, to coincide with the opening of the ttff/11 (21 September–04 October), and takes place at the beautiful Ajoupa Pottery in central Trinidad.

Focus will include group discussions on a range of topics concentrating on the artistic side of dramatic filmmaking, sharpening the skills and abilities of participants. There will be a particular emphasis on enhancing the filmmakers’ creative voice.

Each filmmaker will enter Focus with a concept for a feature-length dramatic film, from which they will be expected to develop a detailed treatment (not a shooting script).

Lab facilitators
The facilitators for Focus are two experienced, award-winning, international film-industry professionals: Venezuelan director and screenwriter Fina Torres, and Guyanese-Canadian producer and actor Damon D’Oliveira. Ms Torres is the writer, director and producer of several feature films, including Woman on Top (2000), starring Penelope Cruz. Mr D’Oliveira’s films as a producer include Poor Boy’s Game (2007), starring Danny Glover.

Ms Torres and Mr D’Oliveira will lead participants through various creative exercises, and will bring a sensitivity to the context in which Caribbean filmmakers are creating work.

Pitch session and competition
At the end of Focus, the facilitators will choose their top five participants. These five participants will be given an opportunity during the ttff/11 to pitch their project to the film festival’s five-member awards jury at a public event. The participant with the best project and pitch, as determined by the jury, will win a cash prize of TT$20,000.

Focus is open to emerging Caribbean filmmakers (citizens of Caribbean countries living and working in the Caribbean), who have completed at least one dramatic film (short or feature-length).

All applicants must submit a maximum five-minute excerpt of a film project (dramatic short or feature) on DVD, stating their role(s) on the film (writer, director, or creative producer). They must also submit a cover letter stating, in 100 words or less, what they hope to achieve if selected for Focus. Participants will be determined based on the strength of both these submissions.

Applications should be sent via mail or delivered in person to:

Emilie Upczak
Creative Director
Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival
199 Belmont Circular Road
Port of Spain
Trinidad and Tobago

The deadline for applications is 31 July, 2011. Successful applicants will be notified by 15 August.

Only successful applicants will be notified. Submitted materials will not be returned.

If you have any questions about Focus and the application process, please contact us at

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Dir.: Roger Alexis | 2012 | Canada/Trinidad & Tobago

“A terrifying bedtime draws on the folklore of Trinidad and Tobago. But is the truth stranger than ficiton?”

Presently being screened at the Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival.



Dir.:  Hélène Lee | 2012 | France/Mauritius 

“acclaimed documentary chronicling the life and achievements of Leonard ‘Gong’ Howell, the man credited as the founder of the Rastafarian movement through both his political and spiritual ideologies.”

Presently being screened at the Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival.

We highly suggest to attend the Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival; however, if you are on the other end and would like to apply check out this article for more details on how to submit:

“Trinidad+Tobago Film Fest Call For Entries For 3rd RBC Focus: Filmmakers’ Immersion

Applications should be sent via email to”