Participants announced for RBC Focus: Filmmakers’ Immersion at ttff/13

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The participants for the RBC Focus: Filmmakers’ Immersion have been selected, the trinidad+tobago film festival (ttff) announced today.

Now in its third year, RBC Focus: Filmmakers’ Immersion is an intensive          development programme for ten selected emerging filmmakers from the Caribbean and its diaspora. Every year the Immersion alternates between fiction and documentary filmmaking; this year, the focus is on fiction.

The Immersion takes place from 24–27 September, during the ttff/13, which runs from 17 September–01 October. The main facilitator will be New York-based Argentinian filmmaker Julia Solomonoff.

The ten selected participants for the Immersion are:

Gabrielle Blackwood, Jamaica
Shakirah Bourne, Barbados
Ivette Davila, Puerto Rico/Cuba/USA
Pierre de Fréro, Haiti
Ian Harnarine, T&T/Canada
Ivan Herrera, Dominican Republic
Ryan Khan, T&T
Maharaki, Barbados/Martinique
Damian Marcano T&T/USA
Storm Saulter, Jamaica

The participants enter the Immersion with a concept for a feature film. At the end the top five participants as decided by Ms Solomonoff will be chosen. These participants will then pitch their project to a jury at a public event on 28 September. The participant with the best project and pitch, as determined by the jury, will win a cash prize of TT$20,000.

“The film festival is encouraged by the sheer number of applications this year and the level of the selected participating filmmakers,” said Emilie Upczak, Creative Director, ttff. “The Immersion has become a significant offering in the development of the Caribbean film industry and we are pleased to be able to continue to support the emerging filmmakers in the region through the generous support given by RBC Royal Bank.” 

About the trinidad+tobago film festival

Founded in 2006, the ttff is an annual celebration of films from and about Trinidad and Tobago, the Caribbean and its diaspora. The Festival is presented by Flow and given leading sponsorship by RBC Royal Bank, bpTT, The Trinidad and Tobago Film Company and the Ministry of Tourism. The ttff/13 takes place from 17 September–01 October. For further information visit www.ttfilmfestival.com.

Photo caption: Participants in the 2012 RBC Focus: Filmmakers’ Immersion

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