The best of The trinidad & Tobago Film Festival (TTFF)
Whether you are new toThe trinidad & Tobago Film Festival (TTFF) or have become a regular, here is what you need to know to get the most from your festival experience. Panels will comprise local and international experienced and accomplished industry specialists and filmmakers.
The People’s Choice award
The public will get the opportunity to choose the winners of three awards—Best Short Film, Best Dramatic Feature and Best Documentary Film. This year all the awards carry cash prizes. Members of the public are asked to also fill in answers to the simple questions at the back of the People’s Choice award forms so that the organisers of the festival could become more familiar with their audience.
Last year the TTFF started a heritage focus initiative with the screening of a selection of films from India. This year the initiative will continue with a number of films from Africa. Indigenous African cinema has mushroomed in recent years. The festival will be showing a number of films from the Zanzibar International Film Festival, including a heartwarming drama from South Africa, Themba, and a brilliant science-fiction short from Kenya, Pumzi. Two riveting documentaries by George Amponsah, a talented British-Ghanaian filmmaker, will also be screened.
T&T and Brazil share similar histories of conquest and colonialism. This year, in association with the Brazilian Embassy, the festival presents a showcase of Brazilian cinema centred on the work of one of Brazil’s foremost directors, Daniela Thomas, who will be present at the screenings of her films at Studiofilmclub, the Brazilian Embassy, and MovieTowne, Port-of-Spain. Apart from Thomas’ narrative features, the festival will be screening the Brazilian documentary, Waste Land, which won an audience award at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, and Ilha das Flores, a classic Brazilian short.
Among the many excellent features being screened at this year’s festival are Moloch Tropical, the latest offering by Raoul Peck, Haiti’s foremost filmmaker and one of the Caribbean’s great directors. A trenchant political satire shot entirely in Haiti’s famed Citadelle, it is arguably the most provocative of Peck’s films. Children of God is the affecting debut feature film by Kareem Mortimer of the Bahamas. It is a brave, thought-provoking exploration of the issue of homosexuality, one of the first films from the English-speaking Caribbean to tackle the subject.
Started by artists Peter Doig and Che Lovelace, Studiofilmclub (SFC) has been holding Thursday night screenings of art-house and independent films in Building seven of the Fernandes Compound on the Eastern Main Road since 2003. This year, SFC’s three-night programme has as its highlight, a conversation between Vince Aletti, photography critic for the New Yorker and the first person to write about disco music, and British curator Matthew Higgs. The programme includes screening of two biographical documentaries, Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child and Wild Combination: A Portrait of Arthur Russell. Information is subject to change, so please check the web site for updates.
LET’S TALK Straight talk:
solutions to independent filmmaking in small-island states: September 30, 10 am–noon, Carlton Savannah. Free Filmmakers’ panels: September 24 and October 1 10 am–11.30 am, Carlton Savannah. Free.
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