Participants announced for RBC Focus: Filmmakers’ Immersion at ttff/15


Ten participants from across the Caribbean have been selected for the fifth annual RBC Focus: Filmmakers’ Immersion at the trinidad+tobago film festival (ttff), it was announced today. A special shout out for my friend Sandra Vivas from Dominica.

An intensive development programme for emerging Caribbean and diaspora filmmakers, the Immersion will take place from 23–25 September, during the ttff/15, which runs from 15–29 September.

“Once again we’re excited to be offering Caribbean filmmakers this important opportunity to interact with and learn from some of the top professionals in the international film industry,” said ttff Programme Director Annabelle Alcazar.

“We’re pleased as always to have a cohort of women and men from across the region, including participants from Dominica and Guyana—countries which will be represented in the Immersion for the very first time.”

The facilitator for the Immersion will be Academy Award-nominated screenwriter Christina Lazaridi.

The participants were chosen after an open call for applications. They will enter the Immersion with a concept for a feature-length fiction film, which they will develop into a full treatment.

The ten selected filmmakers and their projects are:

Luis Ernesto Doñas, Cuba – Havana Essence

Sandra Vivas, Dominica – Shameless

Dulcita Lieggi, Dominican Republic – Crown of Thorns

Kojo McPherson, Guyana – Adero

Bradley Bixler, Puerto Rico – Caribe

Javier Colón, Puerto Rico – Dance Machine

Nicholas Clarke, T&T – The Continued Misadventures of Brian and Sachin

Sonja Dumas, T&T – Angels Live in Tunapuna

Michael Rochford, T&T – Andrea

Ernest Che Rodriguez, T&T – Insurrection

At the end of the Immersion the participants will all be given a chance to pitch their project to a jury. The participant with the best project and pitch, as determined by the jury, will win a cash prize of TT$20,000.

The ttff celebrates films from and about the Caribbean and its diaspora, as well as from world cinema, through an annual festival and year-round screenings. In addition, the ttff seeks to facilitate the growth of Caribbean cinema by offering a wide-ranging industry programme and networking opportunities. The ttff is presented by Flow and given leading sponsorship by bpTT, and supporting sponsorship by RBC Royal Bank, The National Gas Company, National Lotteries Control Board, Ministry of the Arts and Multiculturalism, the Embassy of the United States of America and FilmTT.

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