Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : September 11th 2015 Contents 4 Friday, September 11, 2015 • Issue 187
Ten years is a long time. Ten years in the creative industry
can almost be classified as an eternity. For too long, The Arts
has suffered blows of Achilles-like propensities -- often a re-
sult of funding challenges and shortsightedness from the
powers-that-be into the potentialities of economic diversifica-
From fashion to the multimedia arts, staying the course as an
artist in the Caribbean cam unfailingly be likened to being
garbed in an invisible cloak of existence that only Harry Potter
Nevertheless, when you present the trinidad + tobago film
festival as an industry brand and benchmark, an eternity be-
comes illuminated with promise.
With title sponsors Flow, the creative, qualitative platform
impacts a generation of inquisitive, hopeful and talented minds
-- both as industry professionals and consumers - inclined to do
more and be better, largely thanks to the offering much-needed
moral and financial support.
The tenth edition of the festival series kicked off at the Hyatt
Regency Trinidad earlier this month, and the anticipation was
set at an all-time high, as the #ttff15 team announced a series
of collaborations, initiatives and films that would not only high-
light the burgeoning film industry in the Caribbean, but would
place Trinidad & Tobago as a formidable game-changer on the
regional and international platforms.
From local and international film offerings to swanky fringe
events, this year's stage is set for September 15-29. Enthusi-
asts are preparing for a whirlwind of activity across the island
Republic, and we want you to indulge in the social as the festi-
val goes global!
Here are a few insider tips from Metro Magazine that can
help you maximise your festival experience:
PRE-FESTIVAL LIME @ DRINK
We'll have a film trailer as our appetizer, please!
In conjunction with Drink Lounge and Bistro, trinidad + to-
bago film festival will convert Woodbrook into a hub of festival
activity. Tonight from 6:00pm , the second edition of the Pre-
Festival Lime happens at 63 Rosaline St., which is open to the
general public. There's no cover charge, and attendees can look
forward to receiving a complimentary copy of the ttff/15 guide.
Did we also mention that you receive a free drink on entry? A
delicious incentive indeed!
CARIBBEAN FILM MART AND DATABASE
Opportunities are abound: The Caribbean Film Mart is provid-
ing a unique opportunity for selected filmmakers as they inter-
face with globally-recognized film producers, sales agents and
film funds. The goal is simple and clear: ttff wants to foster
meaningful relationships and partnerships that will give a
much-needed boost to the production and distribution arms of
a variety of film projects.
Special commendation must go to the organisation's regional
partners in the Dominican Republic and Guadeloupe for recog-
nizing the importance of and seeing the value in providing these
Following a dream can start with something as simple as the
magic of inspiration.
In celebration of a decade of commitment to the Arts, the
trinidad + tobago film festival is giving its patrons the opportu-
nity to pay the way forward with this philanthropic initiative.
This year, boys from the St Dominic's Children's Home and St.
Michael's Home for Boys, as well as girls from the St. Jude's
Home for Girls will have an opportunity to attend screenings of
family-friendly films for the 14 days of the festival. For more in-
formation, visit http://www.ttfilmfestival.com/dreamticket/,
CARIBBEAN CINEMA NOW SYMPOSIUM
If "Great minds discuss ideas" as Eleanor Roosevelt so elo-
quently affirmed in the 1900's, then the ttff is on the right track
with this symposium initiative.
Organised in conjunction with the Film Programme of the Uni-
versity of the West Indies, Caribbean Cinema Now will use two
days of interactivity to explore the work of our filmmakers and
identify pressing issues that drive, impact and inspire contempo-
rary cinema in the Caribbean. Head down to the Hyatt Regency
Trinidad from September 24-26 from 1.30 pm, mingle with a
renowned group of regional and international academics and be a
part of history. Best of all, the seminar is free to the general public!
• Support local to go global! For more information on ttff/15,
visit the Web site at http://www.ttfilmfestival.com/. Addi-
tionally, look out for the Metro Magazine 2015 ttff film
reviews in our next issue!
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