Turks & Caicos International Film Festival Announces Dates and Calls for Submissions

Deadline for Narrative & Documentary Feature Film Entries is August 1st

Apr 17, 2008, 01:00 ET from Film Life, Inc.

    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

SOURCE Film Life, Inc.