trinidad+tobago film festival announces call for applications for RBC Focus: Filmmakers’ Immersion 2014

  • RBC Focus: Filmmakers’ Immersion 2014
  • Presented by the trinidad+tobago film festival + RBC Royal Bank
  • 23-27 September 2014
  • Application deadline: July 11

The trinidad+tobago film festival (ttff), in association with RBC Royal Bank, invites applications for the fourth annual RBC Focus: Filmmakers’ Immersion.

Mission and objective

RBC Focus: Filmmakers’ Immersion is an intensive development programme that provides ten selected filmmakers from the Caribbean and its diaspora with the opportunity to learn from internationally respected filmmakers and other film professionals. It will be held from 23-27 September 2014, during ttff/14 (16-30 September).

Focus will include group discussions on a range of topics concentrating on the artistic side of narrative filmmaking, sharpening the skills and abilities of participants. There will be a particular emphasis on enhancing the filmmakers’ creative voice and storytelling capabilities.

Shakirah Bourne of Barbados, winner of the 2013 RBC Focus: Filmmakers’ Immersion pitch session, pitching her eventual prize-winning project, Two Smart, at ttff/13

Shakirah Bourne of Barbados, winner of the 2013 RBC Focus: Filmmakers’ Immersion pitch session, pitching her eventual prize-winning project, Two Smart, at ttff/13

Each filmmaker will enter Focus with a concept for a feature-length narrative film, from which they will be expected to develop a detailed treatment.

Pitch session and competition

At the end of Focus, all participants will be given an opportunity to pitch their project to a jury at a public event at ttff/14. The participant with the best project and pitch, as determined by the jury, will win a prize to be determined.


Focus is open to Caribbean filmmakers (citizens of Caribbean countries living and working in the Caribbean); filmmakers of the diaspora (persons of Caribbean descent resident outside of the Caribbean who intend to shoot at least part of their prospective project in the region); and international filmmakers living and working in the Caribbean. Applicants must have completed at least one narrative film (short or feature-length), but no more than two narrative features, as a screenwriter and/or director.


All applicants must submit a maximum three-minute excerpt of a previous film (narrative short or feature) via Vimeo link, stating their role(s) on the film (writer and/or director). They must also submit their résumé and a cover letter stating, in no more than 100 words, the concept of the project they would be bringing to Focus and what makes it unique. Participants will be determined based on the strength of all three of these items.

Applications should be sent via email to

The deadline for applications is 5pm EST on Friday, 11 July, 2014. Successful applicants will be notified by 01 August.


All selected participants will be provided with the materials for the immersion, lunch, a Festival pass (which provides access to all film screenings and industry events), and invitations to Festival-related activities. Participants not residing in T&T will be allocated accommodation (inclusive of breakfast), and local transport to and from Festival-related activities.

Now in its ninth year, the trinidad+tobago film festival is presented by Flow, and given leading sponsorship by bpTT and the Trinidad and Tobago Film Company. For more information visit or call (868) 621-0709.

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