Timehri Film Festival returns

The Timehri Film Festival (TFF) is getting ready to host its second annual screening and is inviting persons to make submissions for the festival billed to be held from May 31 to June 4, in Georgetown.

The TFF is presented by the Caribbean Film Academy (CAFA), Rewind and Come Again (RACA) and Studio Anansi (SA) and this year, in an effort to ensure that there are many other opportunities for the films to be seen, the TFF will travel to various locations around the country.

A release from TFF said that continuing its mission of highlighting the work of Guyanese and Caribbean filmmakers it will again showcase the work of local filmmakers as well as that of their peers in the Caribbean diaspora.

Alysia S Christiani, RACA founder and TFF Marketing & Logistics Director said, “The Caribbean as a whole has a rich storytelling culture with stories we can all enjoy, so the festival is also a way of bringing the stories and cultures of other Caribbean countries to Guyana.” This year as well, TFF will be partnering with Trinidad & Tobago’s Green Screen the Environmental Film Festival, to present a day of film screenings highlighting environmental issues of particular significance to Guyana and the Caribbean. Carver Bacchus, founder and director of Sustain T&T, the environmental and sustainability education non-profit behind Green Screen, will lead a panel discussion following the screening.

“We see Green Screen as a vehicle for regional and international exchange,” Bacchus said in the release adding, “With climate change already impacting us, all communities must become better informed, and empowered, to make decisions about their future. We’re keen to partner with Timehri for the opportunity to connect with Guyanese audiences and forge stronger regional alliances, in both the environmental and creative sectors.”

Meantime, Romola Lucas, CAFA co-founder and TFF Director added, “Partnering with Green Screen, affords us the opportunity to open up conversations about preserving Guyana’s traditional practices, protecting our environment, and using our resources in a sustainable manner, in the film context, without duplicating efforts already begun in other places. Our hope is to not only inform and inspire the work of future narrative filmmakers in Guyana, but also the documentarians, painstakingly working in aspects of Guyanese culture and environment.”

One of TFF’s primary missions is to encourage, support and celebrate the work of Guyanese filmmakers, as well as to shine a light on films that speak to the country’s history, landscape and culture. To this end, TFF announced the opening of its call for submissions for narrative and documentary features and short films – including films on the environment, music videos and animations – made in Guyana and/or by Guyanese filmmakers

The early deadline for submissions is February 28, while the official deadline is April 15, and notification date will be May 2. Complete information regarding eligibility, and rules and regulations for the 2017 Timehri Film Festival are available at filmfreeway.com/festival/ TimehriFilmFestival.    Questions regarding submissions may be directed to info@timehrifilmfestival.com.

To stay up to date with the Timehri Film Festival, and for information on the films being screened and the screening schedule, persons can visit the website, like TFF on Facebook, and follow on Instagram and Twitter @TimehriFF, using the hashtag #TimehriFF17.

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