Trinidad and Tobago is known for its cultural diversity and rich historical roots. The blend of these attributes results in a microcosm of creative talent and best practice models for the island’s creative industries.
The main driver behind the growth of T&T’s creative industry is the Trinidad and Tobago Carnival, which is the largest generator of revenue within the music and entertainment sector. Carnival also has an important export element outside of the local carnival season. Then masquerade bands, soca musicians and sundry support service providers work overseas at carnivals in the USA, Canada and the United Kingdom.
Trinidad and Tobago Creative Industries Company Limited (CreativeTT) stimulates and facilitates the business development and export activities of the creative industries in T&T. It is responsible for the strategic development of 3 niche areas – Fashion (FashionTT), Film (FilmTT) and Music (MusicTT).
FashionTT provides service for local fashion industry stakeholders, primarily fashion designers, in the areas of fashion apparel, functional apparel and accessories.
T&T is a leader in culture, music and entertainment and there are many opportunities for international record labels to invest in the development of new talent.
The Trinidad & Tobago Film Company Limited (FilmTT) provides logistics support and film commission services such as location scouting and research. It acts as a liaison for industry partners, communities, production houses and government agencies.
The local value chain comprises actors and actresses, casting service providers, camera operators, costume designers, film or video producers, set designers, script writers and sound equipment companies. It also includes entertainment attorneys, hotels and transport providers, as well as other pre-production, production and ancillary services.
Reality TV shows, documentaries, commercials, music videos and animation films are also produced in T&T.
The annual Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival celebrates films from around the Caribbean and its diaspora, as well as from world cinema.
T&T is cost effective against other locations for the production of animated features. It offers a nearshore alternative for North American and European animation production studios. The industry comprises:
Since 2001, Animae Caribe’s Animation and Digital Media Festival has raised the awareness of animation in the Caribbean. The festival attracts top animators from studios such as Dreamworks, Cartoon Network, Pixar, Aardman and Nicklelodeon to T&T to present and host workshops for upcoming and professional animators.
There are duty-free concessions for film makers on machinery, equipment and materials for the production of motion pictures in T&T.
Diverse Filming Locations & PeopleT&T is an ideal location for local and foreign film production due to a diversity of cultures and a combination of historical and modern architectural landscapes.
Educated, Skilled Workforcehere are over 7,000 university graduates annually. UTT offers tertiary level training in Performing Arts, Fashion Design, Digital Media Studies and Fashion Management, while UWI offers education in Film Production, Carnival Studies, Dance, Music, Theatre Arts and Visual Arts.
Investment is welcomed in the following areas:
The Tamana InTech Park offers office accommodation for the establishment of animation studios and light manufacturing or assembly type operations within the creative industries.Learn More
“I am thrilled with this great opportunity for Colombia and Trinidad and Tobago with the filming of 'El Desafio 2016'. This is the thirteenth edition of this reality show that has conquered the hearts and loyalty of Colombian viewers with its vibrant photography, scenography and music. El Desafio is in the top 10 of TV shows with the highest ratings in Colombian television history. The production is always impeccable, so Trinidadians and Tobagonians can trust that the best of their country will be seen by Colombians and the rest of the world.”