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May 31, 2012

RBC Focus Filmmakers’ Immersion 2012

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RBC Focus: Filmmakers’ Immersion
Presented by the ttff + RBC Royal Bank

25 – 28 September 2012

Ten Caribbean filmmakers—spanning the region from The Bahamas in the north all the way down to French Guiana—will come together in Port of Spain during the upcoming trinidad+tobago film festival (ttff) to be part of a unique training opportunity.

Entitled RBC Focus: Filmmakers’ Immersion, the initiative is being presented by the ttff in association with RBC Royal Bank. This is the second year running the Immersion is being held, and the focus is documentary filmmaking.

The participants are: Tyler Johnson (The Bahamas), Willy Rollé (French Guiana), Olivia McGilchrist (Jamaica),  Michelle Serieux (Jamaica/St Lucia) and John Barry, Mariel Brown, Sonja Dumas, Francis Escayg, Abigail Hadeed and Natalie Wei (T&T).

Chosen from numerous entrants who responded to an open call for applications, the participants will spend four days (25–28 September) working on an original concept for a feature-length documentary. They will engage in group discussions and exercises on a range of documentary filmmaking techniques and strategies, opening them to the creative possibilities of the art form.

The facilitators for RBC Focus are two internationally respected film-industry professionals: Jamaican-American filmmaker and teacher Alrick Brown, and documentary story consultant Fernanda Rossi, born and raised in Buenos Aires and based in New York for the past 17 years.

At the end of the four days, the facilitators will choose their top five participants to pitch their concept to a jury at a public event on 29 September. The participant with the best concept and pitch, as determined by the jury, will win a cash prize of TT$20,000.

“RBC Royal Bank is proud to continue to support the RBC Focus: Filmmakers’ Immersion and the ttff,” said Mr Suresh B Sookhoo, CEO, Caribbean Banking, RBC. “We have seen first-hand the strides these emerging filmmakers have made after participating in the programme. Improvement in their skills ultimately means growth of the film industry in the region.”

 






 
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5 Comments


  1. Nneka Luke

    Focus: Filmmakers' Immersion: The call is out for Caribbean documentary filmmakers!


  2. I am Mathurine Emmanuel, producer of the award winning film ‘Ribbons of Blue’ ‘ ,Troubled Waters and’. Nana’s Paradise’.

    I was very excited when I came across the news of your upcoming festival but received a blow when it was realized that I do not qualify based on the merit that I have produced more than two films.I would love to participate and gain more knowledge in the field.Is there any room for producers like me?


  3. Jonathan

    Hi Mathurine,
    Please e-mail me, jonathan@ttfilmfestival.com and let’s discuss.
    Best,
    Jonathan


  4. Aletha Dale

    Aloha Jonathan,
    I will be in Trinidad from 9/23- 10/8. I have completed one short film and I’m working on another project with a Hawaii based aid organization that works in Marigot, Haiti. As I no longer live in Trinidad I’m not eligible for this course. However, I was wondering if there would be any other opportunities to participate in workshops, etc. I did submit to the festival but I did not get in . My short is titled, “Bacchanal Lady”. I am also willing to audit the course, I will sit quietly in the back and not say one word.
    SIncerly, Aletha Dale


  5. Way cool! Some very valid points! I appreciate you penning this write-up and also the rest of the website is also very good.



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