Run by the non-profit filmmakers' collaborative, FILMCO, the ttff celebrates films from and about the Caribbean and its diaspora, as well as from world cinema, through an annual festival and year-round screenings. In addition, we seek to facilitate the growth of Caribbean cinema by offering a wide-ranging industry programme and networking opportunities.

ttff programmes films under a range of sections as follows:

The Caribbean section comprises feature-length films from the Caribbean, the diaspora, and films by international filmmakers made in and about the region.

made in t+t is a developmental programming strand for new and emerging filmmakers who reside in Trinidad and Tobago, and are making films in and/ or about Trinidad and Tobago.

The Panorama section consists of short and feature-length films from world cinema. The films in this section come from North America, Latin America, Europe, India and Africa.

short + medium-length films: This section comprises films under 30 minutes in length (shorts) and films between 30 and 59 minutes in length (medium-films) from the Caribbean and its diaspora.

The New Media section comprises avant garde and experimental film and video works from artists and filmmakers in the Caribbean and its diaspora.

Student films are narrative and documentary films with a Caribbean focus made by student filmmakers (whether secondary or tertiary) in the Caribbean and its Diaspora.

Jury Prize: Best Narrative Feature
Jury Prize: Best Documentary Feature
Jury Prize: Best Narrative Medium-length
Jury Prize: Best Documentary Medium-length
Jury Prize: Best Narrative Short
Jury Prize: Best Documentary Short
Jury Prize: Best Student Film
Jury Prize: Best New Media Work
Youth Jury Prize for Best Film (with a youth focus)
Best Trinidad & Tobago Film
People's Choice

The ttff seeks to highlight excellence in filmmaking through the exhibition of fiction and documentary films and new media works made in T&T, the Caribbean and its diaspora. • • We therefore accept submissions from Caribbean filmmakers, Caribbean filmmakers in the diaspora, and international filmmakers with films from or about the Caribbean or its diaspora.
• Submissions must have been completed after 01 January 2021.
• Films screened in competition are eligible for one or more jury prizes.
• All submissions must be made online, via FilmFreeway and Eventival.
• Films must be Caribbean or Trinidad and Tobago Premieres (Note: preference will be given to the former). Occasionally, however, the Festival considers films that have already been shown publicly in T+T. Please contact us directly if you have a film that falls into this category, or if you have any other queries, at
• Films cannot be screened at other Caribbean-focused film festivals during September 2023.
• For online screenings the Festival must be allowed to geo-tag for the entire CARICOM region. See CARICOM country-listing here:

The ttff reserves the right to determine the eligibility of the submissions to be screened at the Festival, the appropriate venues and time slots for the screening of films, and to use excerpts of the films for publicity purposes. All films submitted must have applicable clearances and the Festival will not be held liable.

Visit our ttff/23 Submission FAQ’s here:

Overall Rating
  • Preston Chase

    Thank you for selecting my project! I was thrilled and honoured to be a part of this great festival. I look forward to entering future projects. It was amazing to be selected for my first film Mr. Emancipation:The Walter Perry Story

    October 2022
  • Eric Barry

    This was my second time in the festival and there were vast improvements since my 2009 entry. The event is well organised and communication with the friendly team is nothing but perfect. I wish I could have attended more of the industry events. That which I did was very informative and motived me to push myself to upgrade from doing short films to features. I like how the drive is for us Trini filmmakers to stop seeing what we do as a hobby and transition into doing it as a business. I'm fired up. The only issue I had was the scheduling where my film and Q&A session was simultaneous with the Prize Giving Ceremony. This denied me from enjoying the climax of exciting week.

    October 2022
  • Christophe Rolin

    Conversations très intéressantes avec le public après la projection de mon film, rencontres avec des réalisateurs et réalisatrices du monde entier et une équipe vraiment à l'écoute et sensible à notre confort. Quand on vient de loin, c'est parfois difficile de se faire une idée sur la qualité d'un festival mais celui de Trinidad et Tobago a dépassé mes attentes. J'ai adoré l'expérience et j'ai surtout aimé voir le monde depuis les Caraïbes. J'espère y revenir pour de prochaines éditions.

    October 2022
  • The Film Festival is top class. Social media presence was A 1. They really know how to promote the artist's on the bill. Very communicative and straight forward with information. I loved being included in the Festival.

    October 2022
  • We were unable to attend, but impressed with the social media presence of the festival. Our documentary was featured in a social media post with a handful of similarly themed projects. The request for the video file for exhibition screening caught us unprepared, with a tight deadline to deliver after receiving specs. Staff is accommodating. Thank you for screening our documentary!

    October 2022