Call for submissions for ttff and bpTT Film in Development Award


If you’re the Caribbean producer of a narrative feature film or creative documentary in pre-production, then the trinidad+tobago 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.

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, you must be a citizen or permanent resident of a Caribbean country producing a film in the region. You must provide:

  • A producer’s statement
  • A treatment between five and ten pages long
  • An estimated budget
  • 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. Please note the Lab is conducted in English and airfare and per diem are the responsibility of the producer.

Send your submission to (subject line: Film in Development Award) no later than Monday 01 September. Shortlisted candidates will be notified by 14 September and the awardee will be announced at the ttff/13 awards ceremony on 28 September.

Founded in 2006, the ttff is an annual celebration of films from and about Trinidad and Tobago, the Caribbean and its diaspora. The Festival also screens films curated from contemporary world cinema. In addition, the ttff seeks to facilitate the growth of the Caribbean film industry by hosting workshops, panel discussions and networking opportunities. The Festival is presented by Flow, and given leading sponsorship by bpTT and TTFC.

Caption for photo: The 2012 Film in Development Award went to Deresha Beresford and Teneille Newallo for their film, The Cutlass

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