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Submissions for TTFF and bpTT film award invited

Tuesday, August 5, 2014
The 2012 Film in Development Award went to Deresha Beresford and Teneille Newallo for their film, The Cutlass.

If you’re the Caribbean producer of a narrative feature film or creative documentary in pre-production, then the T&T Film Festival (TTFF) is interested in you.

For the third year running, the Festival is making a call for submissions for its Film in Development Award, sponsored by bpTT. The award is a place in the Rotterdam Lab for producers at the prestigious International Film Festival Rotterdam in January 2015, a release from the Festival said.

The Rotterdam Lab—of which the TTFF is a nominating partner—is designed to provide emerging film producers with assistance in getting their film projects completed and brought to audiences around the world. The lab includes panel discussions organised on different topics, like development, production, sales, financing, distribution, promotion and television.

In these panels, experts from the international film industry provide producers tools on how to present their projects and how to build up a useful international network. In addition to the organised Lab programme, selected producers are encouraged to take advantage of their time in Rotterdam as much as possible by strengthening their network and participate in other events, like networking lunches, cocktails and other panels.

To be eligible for the Film in Development Award, producers must be a citizen or permanent resident of a Caribbean country producing a film in the region. 

They must provide: a producer’s statement, a treatment between five and ten pages long, an estimated budget, and a list of key crew members (if any committed).

In addition to a place on the Lab, the chosen producer will be provided with five nights’ accommodation in Rotterdam as well as a festival pass and invitations to networking events. The Lab is conducted in English and airfare and per diem are the responsibility of the producer.

Send submissions to [email protected] (subject line: Film in Development Award) no later than September 1. Shortlisted candidates will be notified by September 14 and the awardee will be announced at the TTFF awards ceremony on September 28.