The first in a series of regional workshops on International Film Distribution will take place next week, Saturday November 19, 2011 from 1-5 pm at the University of Trinidad and Tobago, National Academy of Performing Arts, Keate Street, Port of Spain, Trinidad.
Entitled “Taking Caribbean Films to the World” and presented by CaribbeanTales Worldwide Distribution — the Region’s premier film distribution company, the event is aimed at film and television producers, film industry stakeholders and film and animation students.
It marks the Official Launch of an important new partnership between CTWD, the Animae Caribe Film and New Media Festival, and the Trinidad and Tobago Film Company, that envisions Trinidad and Tobago films holding an increased platform and building a stronger profile on the world stage.
Frances-Anne Solomon, CEO of CTWD said: “We are delighted to be working with these two extremely important local organizations in a sustainable partnership that will bridge the gap between local production and the international market and take the local industry to the next stage.”
Carla Foderingham, CEO of the TTFC, said.”The CTWD-led workshop is timely as the commercialization of local content is the next natural area of focus for local filmmakers and by extension the TTFC.”
The workshop will cover principles of marketing and distribution of Caribbean content, and ways to work with international distributors. Solomon added “We know these are areas where local producers can benefit from a deeper and better understanding of skilled practice.”
Last week the TTFC was pleased to increase its sponsorship support of the 2011 Animae Caribe Animation Festival in order to facilitate a two-day CTWD-led intensive mini – incubator called “The Pitching Game”. Some thirty (30) T&T filmmakers were trained in areas including marketing and distribution at the participatory session that was tutored by Solomon, and adjudicated by a panel of international experts. The first prize — a scholarship to attend the well-respected ten-day CaribbeanTales Toronto Film Showcase and Incubator Program (2012) that runs alongside the Toronto International Film Festival, was won by 20-year old Claire Hamel-Smith of Lab206 Studio.
“We worked really hard on our pitch and I am very excited that it paid off. I can’t wait to go to
Toronto to tell the world about Lab206 and all the work we are doing here in Trinidad.” enthused the young animator.
Animae Caribe’s CEO and Founder Camille Selvon Abrahams summed it up: “Our partnership with CTWD is necessary and integral to the development of our industry going forward, as it is exposing producers to the bigger picture.”
The cost of the workshop is $175TT, with with a special discounted rate of $50TT to students.