Inaugural Turks And Caicos International Film Festival To Lead The Way In Ocean Conservation And Climate Change

The first edition of the Turks and Caicos International Film Festival (TCIFF) is four months away from opening its doors for the first time; 15 – 17 November.  The Festival is dedicating itself to raising the awareness of the environment and the oceans.


Its theme is Blue and Green – the Oceans and the Environment.  It hopes to use the world popular medium of film to shine a light on issues that are threatening our planet.  Festival director Colin Burrows will screen films at the Festival including features, documentaries and shorts with discussions and panels, all focusing on environmental issues.  There will also be a strong emphasis on showcasing the filmmaking work of local emerging talent.

 Producers, directors, actors, cameramen, writers and industry executives from all over the world will attend the Festival and enjoy the incredible hospitality, crystal clear waters and vistas that the Turks and Caicos has to offer; a reminder to conserve our oceans and care for the planet. Olympic Games world record holder Usain Bolt already turned out in support of the Festival when they announced their main sponsor, Digicel.  Guests will be able to experience one of the finest resort hotels in the world, The Shore Club, which will be the Festival hub this year.  The hotel was recently named #1 in top 25 resort hotels in the Caribbean by Travel + Leisure Magazine.

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To date, environmental issues are largely not included in Hollywood films, so the Festival hopes to bring filmmakers together to find a way to change the narrative and discuss how to tell compelling stories about the oceans and the environment.  The plan is to spark action and innovation in filmmaking for the future.

Education is an important consideration for the TCIFF too; throughout 2019 the Festival will be working with local school children, teaching filmmaking skills that will encourage the next generation to create short stories about conservation from their unique perspective.

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 About The Turks and Caicos International Film Festival (TCIFF)

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.”

Submissions for the festival are now open.

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 About The Turks and Caicos

The Turks and Caicos comprise eight islands and more than forty cays that lie at the southern end of the Bahamas, a region known for its striking water clarity. Coupled with pristine white sands and variable water depth, the islands are blessed with some of the most dramatic and mesmerizing colours on the planet. In addition to the impressive beaches, a spectacular deep reef ‘wall’ runs around the perimeter of the banks and shallower offshore barrier reefs create a protected lagoon seaward of the islands. Vibrant and extensive mangrove wetlands in the lee provide a valuable habitat for bird and marine life, and together they are part of an integrated ecosystem that is essential to the growth of

it is to the life that they support. * Voted #1 beach in the World by Trip Advisor in 2018

Drew Scrymgeour