The Timehri Film Festival (TFF) is back for a second year – from May 31 to June 4, 2017 – in Guyana. With a mission of highlighting the work of Guyanese and Caribbean filmmakers, festival-goers can expect to enjoy films from local filmmakers as well as that of their peers in the Caribbean diaspora. In an effort to ensure that there are many other opportunities for the films in the Festival to be viewed, TFF will travel to various locations around the country. However, the main festival venues include: Moray House Trust, Dutch Bottle Café and Umana Yana.
Presented by the Caribbean Film Academy (CAFA), Rewind and Come Again (RACA) and Studio Anansi (SA), the TFF will showcase 10 feature length films from countries all across the Caribbean, learn more about the feature films by clicking here. Twelve shorts films from Guyana and around the region will also be screened during the Festival, for more about the short films, click here.
Alysia S. Christiani, RACA founder and TFF Marketing & Logistics Director says,
“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.”
Also, this year TFF will be partnering with Trinidad & Tobago’s own 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 & director of Sustain T&T, the environmental and sustainability education non-profit behind Green Screen, will lead a panel discussion following the screening. Bacchus noted,
“We see Green Screen as a vehicle for regional and international exchange. 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.”
Romola Lucas, CAFA co-founder and TFF Director adds,
“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. As part of its outreach this year, the Festival will be screening films at the following locations. These screenings are not open to the general public: Children’s Drop-In Center – Sophia, Berbice Women’s Prison, Lusignan Men’s Prison, and University of Guyana.
To stay up to date with the Timehri Film Festival and for information on the films being screened and the screening schedule, visit our Website, like TFF on Facebook, and follow us on Instagram and Twitter @TimehriFF, using the hashtag #TimehriFF17.
TFF is an annual film festival with a mission of showcasing the work of Guyanese and Caribbean filmmakers in the Region and Diaspora. The Festival will contribute to the continued growth of Guyana’s film industry by working to encourage and inspire emerging Guyanese filmmakers.
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