Wednesday 2 December, 2020

Deadline extended for Green Screen Film Festival competition

Monday September 14 is the new deadline for submissions to this year’s Green Screen Film Festival micro shorts mobile film competition “Very Short Shorts”.

'We received several requests from participants to extend the deadline due to COVID-19 restrictions,' explained Festival Director Carver Bacchus.

He also said that filmmakers who have already submitted projects can continue to work on their films during the extension and re-submit in time for the new deadline.

The theme for submissions is “The New Normal” and it taps into the uncertainty the world faces in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Bacchus said: “We’re hearing a lot about this New Normal. But what does it really mean? For us, it presents an opportunity to build or rebuild systems, institutions, spaces and businesses to better serve people and improve lives. We are hoping to inspire filmmakers to explore the many possibilities that lay before us now. What kind of world do we want? These are the ideas I'd like to see explored in these 1-minute pieces. And almost everyone has the only equipment required to shoot one - a smartphone.”

Filmmakers are encouraged to explore the impact of the global pandemic on food security, energy security, technology and transportation.

The competition, which officially opened on June 5, World Environment Day, is accepting submissions from T&T nationals whose films will be judged in the following categories:

  • Overall Jury Winner (All ages) with a $12,000 TTD prize courtesy The National Gas Company of Trinidad and Tobago (NGC)
  • Youth Jury Winner (12 to 25 years) with a prize of $5,000 TTD
  • The People’s Choice Award (All Ages) with a $3,000 TTD prize courtesy the Solid Waste Management Company Ltd (SWMCOL)
  • #PlantYuhROOTS Category (12 to 25 years) where submissions must be focused on issues related to tree planting and agriculture. The competition will be open to filmmakers of all levels of experience.

This year’s competition features a new category in collaboration with the Caribbean Philanthropic Alliance. #Plantyuhroots is a local response to a regional movement to mobilise youth and people around climate action and environmental awareness by planting ONE MILLION trees by 2021 across the Caribbean.

Green Screen will take place fully online this year due to COVID-19 restrictions is supported by Lead Sponsor, the National Gas Company of Trinidad and Tobago (NGC) and Supporting Sponsor, SWMCOL.

Patron of the Festival is FilmTT and Digital Media Partners are Trend Media and LoopTT.  For more information on competition guidelines click here.

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