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2nd Annual Timehri Film Festival Announces 2017 Dates and Call for Submissions

Returning for its second year, the Timehri Film Festival (TFF), presented by the Caribbean Film Academy (CAFA), Rewind and Come Again (RACA) and Studio Anansi (SA), will be held from May 31 to June 4, 2017 in Georgetown, Guyana. 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.

Continuing its mission of highlighting the work of Guyanese and Caribbean filmmakers, TFF 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 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. “We see Green Screen as a vehicle for regional and international exchange.” says Bacchus, “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.”

Photo: TFF Crowd

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. To this end, TFF announces the opening of their 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 See our submission deadlines below:

  1. January 17, 2017: Submissions open
  2. February 28, 2017: Early deadline
  3. April 15, 2017: Official entry deadline
  4. May 2, 2017: Notification Date

Complete information regarding eligibility, and rules and regulations for the 2017 Timehri Film Festival are available at Questions regarding submissions may be directed to

The Timehri Film Festival (TFF)

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.

The Caribbean Film Academy (CaFA)

Established in 2012, CaFA is a New York not-for-profit organization, dedicated to the promotion and support of Caribbean filmmaking and filmmakers, in the region and the diaspora. CaFA’s work is focused on promoting and sharing the art of storytelling through film, from the unique perspective of the Caribbean.

Studio Anansi Studio

AnansiTv, is a digital platform designed to share Caribbean films worldwide. Films are available on demand, and two new films are released each month. We are building an amazing collection of Caribbean stories, one film at time.

Rewind and Come Again (RACA)

Founded in 2008, RACA began as an online conversation about Caribbean-American life. The site has since grown to include content covering the expression of Caribbean culture throughout the diaspora. Dedicated to digging beneath stereotypical representations of the region, RACA works to shine a light on, and spark conversations about, the evolution of the Caribbean experience.

Green Screen TT

Established in 2011, Green Screen brings environmental and sustainability issues to the public through the medium of film. The festival also engages communities in Trinidad and Tobago through seminars, workshops and panel discussions aimed at informing audiences about environmental issues that affect them and encourages lasting behavior change. Sustain T&T, producers of Green Screen, also produces documentary content addressing local issues and highlighting leaders in the sustainability sector.


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