It’s hard to believe, but this year marks the tenth year of the Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival.  In the time since its formation, the Festival has become a force to deal with in the Region, as well as internationally.  In the Region, the Festival screens the largest number of Caribbean films of any Festival and is responsible for/has been a major player in the current explosion in creativity being experienced in the Region.  Add to that, it’s growing reputation as a great festival for attendees, being ranked one of the top 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the world, makes it a “must-submit” festival for your film project.  The Festival will be running this year from Sept 15-29.  In addition to films, the Festival has also issued a call for submissions of papers on Caribbean film, and for films in development, for the first region wide Film Mart.

Submissions are now open and close on May 15.  The Festival accepts submissions from Caribbean filmmakers, Caribbean filmmakers in the diaspora, and international filmmakers with films from or about the Caribbean or its diaspora. Films must have been produced after January 1, 2013.  Visit the Festival site to submit and for additional information.

In association with the University of the West Indies (UWI) Film Programme, the Festival is inviting proposals for scholarly studies on the development of Caribbean cinema in the last decade.

Topics of special interest are topics such as:

• Updating the canon of Caribbean cinema: What films have emerged in the last ten years that are worthy of being considered alongside Caribbean classics such as Memorias del subdesarrollo, Rue cases nègres orThe Harder They Come?

• A new generation of auteurs: Filmmakers of note who have emerged or consolidated their reputations during this decade. These filmmakers include Raoul Peck, Leticia Toños, Storm Saulter, Yao Ramesar, Kiki Alvarez and Laura Guzmán.

• National and regional developments: Trends within specific national contexts or as seen across the region.

• Transnational practices: Industrial or artistic collaborations; diaspora filmmakers.

• Institutional developments: the growth and importance of film festivals, film schools and film commissions in specific countries or across the region. Or perhaps the ongoing need for institutional development in many parts of the region.

• New technologies and Caribbean cinema: The role of digital technologies for the production and circulation of Caribbean films.

Proposals should include a title, an abstract (maximum 300 words) and biographical details for the author or authors, and must be submitted no later than April 30th, 2015.  Visit the Festival’s site to submit and for additional information.

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The Festival also has a call out for film projects in development, for its Caribbean Film Mart.  All submissions must be for projects in development or pre-production, and 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.

“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 filmmakers whose projects have been selected, 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 incToolslude panel discussions, networking receptions and a location tour, and participants will also be invited to attend the ttff/15 awards ceremony.

The Submission deadline is May 22.  To submit and for additional information, visit the Festival’s site.