Local films to screen on ferry from February 14
From February 14, hundreds of passengers taking the ferry between Trinidad and Tobago will be treated to local films as on-board entertainment.
The Trinidad and Tobago Film Company (TTFC) has entered into an agreement with the Trinidad & Tobago Inter-Island Transportation Company, which runs the ferry service under the Port Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (PATT).
“We can start the screening on the T&T Spirit which departs from Tobago daily,” said Vilma Lewis-Cockburn, Manager of Marketing and Public Relations of the
Trinidad & Tobago Inter-Island Transportation Company.
Each sailing transports hundreds of passengers between Trinidad and Tobago. Many passengers pass the voyage by watching programmes on the ferries’ on-board screens. TTFC has agreed to provide films for screenings on each sailing. The respective filmmakers will be paid royalties for the screenings.
“The screening of these local films will give passengers the opportunity to view the talent and production of our local people. Also, it allows our passengers to recognise that our local film industry is developing and can be compared with [work made by] foreign producers.” Lewis-Cockburn added, “It is also our company’s support and promotion of all things local.”
The TTFC initiated discussions with PATT, offering to partner with them to allow the screening of suitable local short and feature films on sailings. This was agreed to in principle in November.
Such a move represents an incredible opportunity for T&T film, as it will expose thousands of viewers to local content. It also represents an opportunity for filmmakers to earn additional income from their products, a representative of the TTFC said.