NEW YORK, April 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Film Life, Inc. announced the 2008 dates of the 4th Annual Turks & Caicos International Film Festival (TCIFF). The festival will be held Wednesday, October 15, through Sunday, October 19, 2008, on Providenciales, one of the Turks & Caicos Islands, located in the Caribbean. A world-class industry retreat, the TCIFFs mission is to celebrate and reflect on cultural diversity through cinema, and honor and recognize filmmakers who use their art to celebrate humanity while educating, entertaining and enriching audiences around the world. Sponsored by the Turks and Caicos Board of Tourism and produced by Film Life, Inc., the festival will recognize and reward the best in international independent cinema. "Unlike many of the other major international festivals that function as high-pressure buyers markets, the TCIFF will offer a relaxed, creatively charged atmosphere ideal for networking and industry deal making. Additionally, we intend to prove that good movies are universal and can be a vehicle to foster cultural awareness" said Jeff Friday, CEO of Film Life and producer of the TCIFF. "In addition to promoting the cultural and artistic mission of the festival, we are looking to stimulate film production in the Turks and Caicos, a spectacular Island group comprised of over 40 islands and cays," said the Honorable Wayne Garland, Executive Chairman for the Turks and Caicos Tourist Board. "Our Island has evolved in recent years into a world-class destination and a favorite of celebrities and the jet-set crowd. We are confident a partnership with Film Life will help us to continue in that tradition," he added. The TCIFF will kick-off its four days of activities with a Welcome Reception, followed by a major studio premiere on the beach. The festival will also feature Turks Unplugged, an acoustic or "unplugged" concert performance by a leading musician, and "A Conversation with ... ," an event similar in structure to the acclaimed Inside the Actors Studio, as well exclusive parties. The festival will close with the TCIFF Awards Gala, where the Best Narrative Feature and the Best Documentary will receive the Premier's Trophy and $30,000 each in cash prizes. Additionally, the festival will present the TCIFF Visionary Award to a filmmaker whose career and achievement in cinema has spanned more than two decades, and who has used his/her celebrity to promote international humanitarian causes. The TCIFF will also present the Young Turks Award to an actor who has distinguished themselves through groundbreaking and critically acclaimed work over the past five years. Passes for the 4th Annual Turks & Caicos International Film Festival will be available online beginning May 1, 2008. The TCIFF Festival Pass, priced at $700 USD grants the holder admittance to the daily film screenings, opening night activities, "A Conversation with ... " and the TCIFF Awards Gala. The TCIFF Ambassador Pass, priced at $2,500 grants the holder admittance to all public and private events including the VIP Ambassador (Gifting) Suites, as well as preferred seating at all events. The Festival also offers discount travel and hotel accommodations and information can be found online at www.turksandcaicosfilmfest.com About Turks & Caicos The 40 islands of the Turks & Caicos, of which eight are inhabited, are renowned for its award-wining beaches, diving and array of world-class resorts. Additional activities include tennis, golf and horseback riding. The Islands feature a variety of renowned spa and body treatment services and is home to the world's only conch farm. There are three daily 90 minute direct flights from Miami, a US Airways direct flight from Charlotte, and weekly flights from New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Atlanta and Toronto. For more information, visit the Turks & Caicos Islands Tourist Board web site at www.turksandcaicostourism.com. About Film Life, Inc. Founded in 1997, Film Life, Inc. is a New York-based film marketing and distribution company. Its mission is to spearhead the global distribution of quality Black films and be the leading American brand producing Black movies, television, events and digital content. Film Life's key properties include the American Black Film Festival (abff.com); The Black Movie Awards (blackmovieawards.com); and the ABFF DVD Series (thefilmlife.com), a partnership with Warner Home Video. About Turks & Caicos International Film Festival The mission of the festival is to celebrate and reflect cultural diversity, and further global awareness and understanding through cinema, while promoting and stimulating film production in the Turks & Caicos Islands. The Turks and Caicos International Film Festival will present a world-class industry retreat in an exotic paradise, to recognize and honor artists and filmmakers who, via the medium of film, celebrate humanity while educating, entertaining and enriching audiences around the world
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