Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : June 12th 2013 Contents The Trinidad Tobago Film Company (TTFC) is tar-
geting producers of documentaries for its Production
Assistance and Script Development (PASD) programme.
Citing the considerable success T&T s filmmakers have
had with documentaries, a release from the TTFC stated
that documentaries were the specific target of the pro-
Dalton Narine s, Mas Man, about Carnival designer
Peter Minshall; Natalie Wei s Chinee Girl; and Tracy
Assing s The Amerindians are but a few of the TT-pro-
duced documentaries that have drawn international
attention and have been screened at festivals around the
T&T filmmaker Alex DeVerteuil s popular and award-
winning documentaries include Jab! The Blue Devils of
Paramin and 70: Remembering a Revolution, examine
cultural and historical aspects of T&T.
DeVerteuil notes that "documentaries are a very effective
way of delivering a message, as people don t read as
much any more." He said that these films can be very
powerful if they are well done, and can be distributed
through schools and universities.
The film company s PASD call encompasses docu-
mentaries, docu-dramas, documentary TV series and
animated documentary shorts, preferably for general
Preference will be given to projects that explore subjects
relevant to T&T and the Caribbean region, the TTFC
said in the submissions criteria.
PASD submissions are adjudicated by an independent
jury, which does not include board, executive or staff
members of the TTFC.
Feature-length documentaries are eligible only for
post-production funding, but films up to 60 minutes
and TV pilots more than 15 minutes are eligible for other
Projects must have a total budget of no more than TT
$500,000, and must be of T&T origin.
Eighty per cent of the production must be shot on
location here, with 50 per cent of the key cast being
The applicant for the PASD must be a T&T
national or permanent resident, however, students
are not eligible. Projects with new and emerging,
intermediate and experienced key production
members will be considered.
Key production members in this instance are
producers, directors, directors of photography,
cinematographers, editors and animators.
This call for submissions intends to provide
increased opportunities for local filmmakers and
producers in film development, production, mar-
keting and distribution.
Other objectives are to foster the professional
development of new and emerging creative talent,
and to create and stimulate employment, invest-
ment and growth in the local film and AV indus-
• More information about the criteria is
available on the Web site
The deadline for submissions is July 31, 2013.
Interested persons are invited to attend a
workshop on the application process and can
contact the TTFC at
firstname.lastname@example.org by June 21 to
sign up for the workshop.
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Wednesday, June 12, 2013
The third Trinidad and
Tobago World Peace Festival
(TTWPF 3) takes place on
Saturday at the National
Academy for the Performing
Arts (NAPA), Port-of-Spain
The festival is designed to
promote peace, health, spiri-
tual consciousness and social,
environmental and spiritual
TTWPF 3 will host interac-
tive, wellness and stress man-
agement workshops; a food
court featuring organic and
vegetarian delicacies and med-
A section will be specifically
dedicated to children for face
painting, yoga as well as pup-
pet and magic shows. Infor-
mation, as well as an oppor-
tunity to purchase of an array
of items targeted to healthy
and holistic living will also be
Entertainment will also be
provided by Nigel Rojas, Nalini
Akal, Uku and Douglas Demko.
This year s TTWPF 3 also
includes Spoken Word per-
formances by many of T&T s
upcoming poets and drama-
Hosted by Bliss Yoga, the
peace festival has been con-
ceptualised to afford citizens
an opportunity to learn more
about peaceful and healthy liv-
ing. The organisers aim to
inform the average citizen of
the businesses, support groups,
therapists, prayer and medi-
tation groups, and healers
engaged in promoting more
healthy and harmonious living.
The TTWPF is a non-profit
event. This year the focus is
on highlighting the different-
ly-abled population and the
professionals, services and
organisations that are available
Admission is free and more
information and videos of pre-
vious festivals are available on
the TTWPF Facebook page.
TTWPF 3 hosts peace festival at NAPA Film Company to
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