Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : December 9th 2013 Contents know how to operate the technology.
So in a sense, the focus comes more
on the content of the film," he said.
"We are a country that has its own
identity," said the 25-year-old,
lamenting that the inability to show-
case that to the rest of the world was
He said while fellow filmmakers
sought out fame and success, they
were also driven by doing something
"I think this generation of people
also look for meaning and self-
expression in what they do. It s not
enough just to get paid...They want
to find something that s fulfilling and
that they believe in."
He said this was attainable, even
with a smartphone, even it was bor-
rowed. "With a couple friends, you
borrow a phone from somebody, you
have a good idea, and you know, you
have a film. That s it."
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The T&T Film Company (TTFC) plans
on making locally-made movies and
short-films a more prominent part of
T&T s entertainment menu.
At the media launch for its newest
competition---the T&T Smartphone Film
Festival---CEO of the company Carla
Foderingham said it was time for local
content to be used by various stakeholders,
instead of foreign material.
"We are in discussion right now with
the Port Authority of T&T about carrying
local content on the ferry to Tobago," she
said during Friday s function at Rossco s
She joked about seeing one foreign-
made children s cartoon in particular every
time she took the ferry, adding, "We need
to see ourselves on television, on all
screens, on all platforms, wherever."
She said the company was also engaging
the Public Transport Service Corporation
(PTSC) about getting locally-made films
shown on its buses.
"Why not, guys? Why not?" she asked.
Foderingham also said it was time for
companies like Caribbean Airlines to "get
with the programme."
"This is a national diversification oppor-
tunity. We re going to spread the wealth
across a wider range of people, a greater
expanse in terms of population, and we
need to start seeing films that look like
us. People like us. Our stories. We need
to get them out there."
Part of this drive includes empowering
young filmmakers to shoot and edit local
content, and for anyone with a smart-
phone and a penchant for making mini-
movies, the TTFC s newest initiative is
offering a platform for those cinematic
aspirations to come to life.
The Smartphone Film Festival invites
all locals to get creative with the video
feature on their Androids, iPhones and
Blackberries, by filming a mini-movie,
no longer than five minutes.
It s a competitive festival for short films,
seeking to encourage the creation of
responsible local content and show bud-
ding filmmakers it s not necessary to have
high-tech equipment to make a quality
"We do not need to have deep pockets,"
The competition will also challenge
seasoned filmmakers to work within that
time constraint and explore other types
of video technology.
"Essentially this is open to all ages, and
it will focus on the culture, the identity,
the stories of T&T," Foderingham said.
Dominic Koo, a recent University of
the West Indies (UWI) graduate with a
degree in film, presented his one-minute
movie Missed Call, saying he had to bor-
row an iPhone from his friend to make
"It s quite easy really. You just have to
T&T Film Company to focus on local content
Details of competition:
• Must use a smartphone or tablet to
film footage of movie
• Multiple smartphones or tablets may
• Use of editing software is permitted
• Films must not exceed five minutes in
length, including credits
• Can be submitted by a group or
• Film must be suitable for all ages
• Submission deadline is March 2014.
Smartphone film-maker Dominic Koo, left, T&T Film Company CEO Carla
Foderingham and T&T Film Company chairman Christopher Laird show off
smartphones to be used to make short films, during the Trinidad and Tobago
Smartphone Film Festival media launch at Rossco's, Ariapita Avenue, Port-of-
Spain, Friday. PHOTO: SHIRLEY BAHADUR
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