Ten participants from across the Caribbean have been selected for the sixth annual RBC Focus: Filmmakers’ Immersion at the trinidad+tobago film festival (ttff), it was announced today.
An intensive development programme for emerging Caribbean filmmakers, the Immersion will take place from 23–26 September, during the ttff/16, which runs from 20–27 September.
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:
Dominic Koo, T+T – Ana
Juliette McCawley, T+T – Avalon
Christopher Guinness, T+T – Goat Runner
Renaldo Matadeen, T+T – Born Again
Kyle Sahadeo, T+T – Back to Freeport
Kaleb d’Aguilar,Jamaica – The Fisherboy
Aisha Porter Christie, Jamaica – Lost Boy
Alwin Bully, Dominica – Oseyi and the Masquerades
Sunil Mokkestrom, Curaçao- Sunset Blossom
Khris Burton, Martinique – Nanny
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, given leading sponsorship by Trinidad and Tobago Film Company (FilmTT), and supporting sponsorship by RBC Royal Bank, The National Gas Company of Trinidad and Tobago, the Tourism Development Company and the Embassy of the United States of America.