Focus on Chris Browne, Jamaican filmmaker

This workshop celebrates the work of Chris Browne, award-winning film director, director of photography and screenwriter. In a career that began with work on the classic Caribbean film, The Harder They Come, Browne has directed several feature films, including Jamaica’s most popular film, Third World Cop, and been the director of photography on scores of music videos. His latest film, Ghett’a Life, won a screenwriting award at the Cannes Film Festival. Browne will show selections from his films and explain the various techniques he has used throughout his work.

Saturday 24 September, 9am-3pm

University of the West Indies, St Augustine

$200. 40 spaces available. Pre-registration required. Call 621-0709 to register.


Character acting for writers, directors and actors

This two-day workshop will focus on developing authentic, need-based characters, with a further focus on acting for the screen. The workshop will help writers create truthful characters, and assist directors in understanding how to help actors shape these characters with clarity. All those participating will also gain a better understanding of the differences between acting on camera, on stage, and in a casting office. The workshop will be led by Kirk Baltz, a US-based acting coach with 15 years of teaching experience.  Baltz has studied extensively with such noted teachers as Susan Batson,Tony Greco, Sandra Seacat, Greg Zittle and Penny Allen, who have been responsible for the training of such actors as Nicole Kidman, Jessica Lange, Harvey Keitel and Phillip Seymour Hoffman, among others.

Saturday 24 & Sunday 25 September, 10am – 5pm

UTT/Academy for the Performing Arts (APA)
Queen’s Park Savannah South, Port of Spain

$300 per day (both days strongly recommended). 20 spaces available. Pre-registration required. Call 621-0709 to register.


Participatory filmmaking for community development + cultural affirmation, with Ikaweba Bunting

Participatory filmmaking involves training communities, at a grassroots level, to tell their own stories. This workshop, specially designed for implementation in Tobago’s rural communities, will take place over two days. On day one, participants will engage in technical training and story development. Day two will see participants working in production teams, making short videos.

 Saturday 01 and Sunday 02 October


Free of charge. Open to select participants only. Call 621-0709 for details.


Master Documentary Workshop with Adam Low

What do painter Francis Bacon, filmmaker Satyajit Ray and writer VS Naipaul have in common? They are all subjects of documentary portraits by London-based, award-winning BBC filmmaker Adam Low. Using examples from his recent work, Adam will give his unique take on the art of directing documentaries, from the
commissioning process through to the final cut. As he does so Adam will ask: What makes a good documentary? How should it be organised? In what way is it Art?

Sunday 02 October, 9.00am-12.30pm

ttff office, 199 Belmont Circular Road, Belmont

$150. 20 spaces available. Pre-registration required. Call 621-0709 to register.



Every year the festival provides a public platform for local and visiting filmmakers to discuss their craft, from the creative idea to production to the business of financing, marketing and, ultimately, distributing their films. The two filmmakers’ panels last up to 90 minutes and provide a rare opportunity to see local, regional and international filmmakers come together to discuss the shared experience of making films within a Caribbean context. Sponsored by Flow.

 Friday 23 & 30 September, 10am

Jetsam Room, The Carlton Savannah, Cascade

Free and open to the public


Getting It Out There: Marketing, Exhibiting and Distributing Your Film

Addressing problems and finding solutions for financing, marketing and distributing Caribbean films has always been an annual offering of the ttff. This year we give filmmakers the opportunity to hear from and interact with internationally known experts in the fields of film marketing, exhibition and distribution. Topics will include non-traditional and multi-platform distribution and marketing, including online marketing and social networking. Sponsored by the Trinidad and Tobago Film Company.

Saturday 01 October, 10am

Jetsam Room, The Carlton Savannah, Cascade

Free and open to the public

 One-on-one consultations

Filmmakers will have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with guest experts to further develop contacts, project ideas and share information.

Saturday 01 October, 1pm

Jetsam Room, The Carlton Savannah, Cascade

Space is limited. For an appointment call 621-0709.


Mike Maggiore, Programmer and Publicist, Film Forum
Mike Maggiore is a programmer at New York’s Film Forum, an independent cinema specialising in foreign arthouse and American independent films. He has served on the committee of the Sundance Documentary Fund, and on the juries of various film festivals, including the Miami International Film Festival.

Loïc Magneron, General Manager, Wide Management

Guillaume Pierre, Director for Africa, Canal France International
Over his 20-year career, Guillaume Pierre has taught television production and direction, as well as directed numerous TV features and documentaries. He coordinates Canal France International’s policy in Africa, aimed at providing support for the development of African media.

Beto Giraldo, Festivals Manager, Ondamax Films
In addition to being Festivals Manager for Ondamax Films, Colombia’s Beto Giraldo, a former production assistant with MTV Networks, is a member of the Screening Committee for the Miami International Film Festival.



The culmination of the three-day Focus Filmmakers Immersion is a pitch session in which the top five participants will be given an opportunity to pitch their project to the film festival’s five-member awards jury at a public event. The participant with the best project and pitch, as determined by the jury, will win a cash prize of TT$20,000. The winner will be announced at the Awards Receptionon 02 October. Sponsored by RBC Royal Bank.

Friday 30 September, 1pm

Jetsam Room, The Carlton Savannah, Cascade

Free and open to the public


ttff/11 Filmmakers’ Q&As

One of the most important elements to the ttff is the presence of guest and local filmmakers at film screenings. Filmmakers are invited to address the audience before and after the screening of their film, and to engage in an informal Q&A session. Sponsored by Flow.

MovieTowne and Little Carib Theatre