Registration is now open for the 2nd Annual Timehri Film Festival (TFF) that will be held from May 31 to June 4, in Georgetown, Guyana. The deadline for submission for film consideration is April 15, according to organizers of the film festival, who want to ensure there is ample opportunity for film viewing.
The film festival that plans to travel to many locations in Guyana, will continue its mission of highlighting the works of Guyanese and Caribbean filmmakers, to showcase both local filmmakers, and that of their peers in the Caribbean diaspora.
According to Alysia S. Christiani, founder of Rewind and Come Again, (RACA), the Caribbean as a whole has a rich storytelling culture with stories that will enjoyed, as such, the festival is a way of brining the stories and culture of other Caribbean countries to Guyana.
Christiani, the marketing and logistics director of TFF, said, the festival, this year, will partner with Trinidad & Tobago’s Green Screen — the Environmental Film Festival, to present a day of film screenings, and 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 after the screening, said Christiani.
Bacchus in turn, said, Green Screen is eager to partner with Timehri for the opportunity to connect with Guyanese audiences and to forge stronger regional alliances, in both the environmental and creative sectors.
Co-founder of the Caribbean Film Academy, (CAFA) Romola Lucas, and TFF director, explained that partnering with Green Screen, affords ‘us the opportunity to open conversations about preserving Guyana’s traditional practices, protecting our environment and using our resources in a sustainable way, in the film context, without duplicating efforts already began in other places.
“Our hope is to not only tell and inspire the work of future narrative filmmakers in Guyana, but also the documentarian, who painstakingly work in aspects of Guyanese culture and environment,” Lucas added.
Christiani noted that 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.
The festival is inviting submissions of films on the environment, music videos, and animations made in Guyana and / or by Guyanese filmmakers.