Film Festival Season is an annual film industry event that occurs from September – November when this country’s three major film festivals take place – trinidad+tobago film festival (ttff), Animae Caribe Animation and Digital Media Festival and Green Screen Environmental Film Festival. This year, the season runs from 4th September to 30th November.
For FilmTT, strategically investing in film festivals is one direct way of facilitating industry development, through structured, well-managed partnerships, while encouraging T&T’s mass audience’s growing tastes for more indigenous content.
As a strategic marketing communications campaign, Film Festival Season seeks to not only create greater awareness of the activities taking place within the film and animation sectors, but also to create a sense of anticipation and pride in local creative products.
What are the Details of these Three Festivals?
- trinidad+tobago film festival: 18th – 25th September
This festival is the premiere regional festival for T&T, Caribbean and diaspora film and industry events. Founded in 2006, the ttff has screened and awarded many notable T&T films, developed audience tastes for content, been a platform to connect Caribbean filmmakers to each other and to international industry professionals, and hosted industry development labs, workshops and presentations. www.ttfilmfestival.com.
Within this festival, FilmTT will sponsor a 2-day business/industry development seminar for content creators, producers and corporate citizens, which will cover several areas, including the screen-based media value chain, financing opportunities and production matters. There is no cost attached to attending this seminar but interested persons at asked to register prior since space is limited. Stay tuned to ttff and FilmTT social media pages for those details.
- Green Screen the Environmental Film Festival: 31st October – 3rd November
This festival is focused on increasing environmental awareness and behaviour change through film screenings and discussions. Green Screen is now in its 8th year and recently held its Very Short Shorts Mobile Film Competition, with selected films being screened during this year’s festival. FilmTT will be sponsoring the winning prize in the 18 years and over category. www.greenscreentt.com.
During this festival, FilmTT will be sponsor a 2-day workshop entitled Art of the Interview for aspiring filmmakers and journalists. Details will be provided as this festival nears.
- Animae Caribe Animation and Digital Media Festival: 19th – 23rd November
An animation and digital arts event focused on teaching through workshops, demonstrations, and connecting T&T animators to international industry; it has been a primary platform for the growth of the animation sector during its 17-year history. Animae Caribe has been connecting international animation professionals to youths and budding animators through workshops and presentations and continue to build bridges in the sector across the region. www.animaecaribe.com.
FilmTT will partner with Animae Caribe to host the Digital Media School Day, a forum for students to learn about and explore their interests in this field, as well as the Great 8 industry event. Details will be provided as this festival nears.