Digicel TCI Sponsor The Turks And Caicos International Film Festival

Olympic Games Champion Usain Bolt launches the partnership at the Festival Countdown event in the Turks and Caicos.

Submissions are now open for the inaugural edition of the Festival

The Turks and Caicos International Film Festival (TCIFF), announced today that Digicel, the fastest growing mobile telecommunications operator in the Caribbean will support the upcoming Turks and Caicos International Film Festival (TCIFF), which is dedicated to raising awareness about the conservation of the environment and showcasing local emerging talent.

The official countdown was launched today in an event hosted on the island and was attended by Digicel’s Chief Speed Officer, Olympic Games record holder and arguably the most naturally gifted athlete and legend in world sport, Usain Bolt.

Colin Burrows, TCIFF Festival Director said: “We are extremely honoured to receive support from Digicel TCI, this partnership is fundamental to the Festival and will enable us to celebrate emerging talent, shine a spotlight on environmental issues and bring together filmmakers from around the world to discuss how best to tell compelling stories about environmental change. We are thrilled to welcome Usain Bolt to the Turks and Caicos and to be working together with Digicel TCI to drive change.”

Sinead O Marcaigh, Digicel Regional CEO explained: “We are very excited to come on board as a sponsor of the TCIFF and play our part in the development of young filmmakers and bringing further awareness to ocean sustainability in the Turks & Caicos, where the health of our environment is so closely tied to the health of our nation.”     

The three-day Festival hosted on the beautiful islands will be a platform to showcase compelling and informative cinema focusing on the dual themes of the ocean and the environment from burgeoning and established filmmakers from the island and around the world in the bid to facilitate meaningful discourse and spark action and innovation.

In addition, throughout 2019 the Festival will be working with local school children, teaching filmmaking skills that will encourage them to create short stories about conservation from their unique perspective. 

The idea for a film festival was first suggested before Hurricanes Irma and Maria hit the islands in September 2017, but as the Caribbean islands bounced back, local entrepreneurs and the creative community saw an opportunity to shine a spotlight on environmental issues, highlight the islands offering as a filming location, provide a platform for film talent and offer an invaluable cultural benefit to the people of The Turks and Caicos Islands and beyond.

The Festival will take place in the Grace Bay and Long Bay resort areas of Providenciales, the most populated island in the Turks and Caicos, from November 15 to 17, 2019. Grace Bay beach is regularly voted the best beach in the world. * The TCI tourist board slogan is “Beautiful by Nature.”

TCIFF is now accepting entries for feature fiction and non-fiction; and short films. 

To submit a film and review further information on rules and regulations, please visit https://filmfreeway.com/