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March 3, 2015

ttff heads to Guadeloupe, Curacao film festivals

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Members of the ttff team will be heading out this month to visit two partner film festivals in the region.

First, we head North to Guadeloupe on 13 March for the 21st Festival Régional et International du Cinéma de Guadeloupe (FEMI). This is one of the oldest film festivals in the Caribbean, and a longstanding ttff partner. The festival welcomes industry guests and filmmakers from all over the world to experience Caribbean film, promote the work of filmmakers from the Caribbean, screen art films, and provide a friendly meeting-place for the exchange of ideas about film.

During FEMI, there is also a film market—Marché International du Film et de la Télévision Caribéens—that provides a platform for building and strengthening linkages between cultural operators and all socio-economic actors working in cinema and from the English, French and Spanish-speaking Caribbean countries. The Marché exposes Caribbean film to the international (mainly French) market, through three days of meetings, workshops, presentations and special screenings.

The ttff 2014 selections playing are short film Dubois, and features Pan! Our Music Odyssey, and Art Connect, which are both in competition. (The director of Art Connect, Miquel Galofré, will also attend FEMI.)

The ttff has been a partner of the Curacao International Film Festival Rotterdam (CIFFR) since inception five years ago. Initially organised by the prestigious International Film Festival Rotterdam, CIFFR (which runs 25-29 March) screens international films while supporting the development of Caribbean and Latin American filmmakers, and engendering a culture of film appreciation on the island through programmes with primary and high schools. Through the Yellow Robin Award, CIFFR offers the region’s filmmakers the opportunity for exposure in Europe: the winner receives US$10,000 as well as priority access to developmental IFFR activities, such as CineMart or Rotterdam Lab, and screening of their film at IFFR. A ttff alumnus, Damian Marcano, had this incredible opportunity when he won the award last year, with his feature God Loves The Fighter playing to enthusiastic Rotterdam audiences in January.

Through these visits, the ttff continues to deepen relationships with the festivals in the region, expand our base of contacts, find opportunities for filmmakers, and broaden the audiences for the trinidad+tobago film festival.

Image: A still from Dubois






 
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