At the Zanzibar International Film Festival
From left: Bruce Paddington, Director of the trinidad+tobago film festival, Martin Mhando, Director of the Zanzibar International Film Festival, and Jennifer Sobol, Programme Officer (Culture), Commonwealth Foundation
Last year the Commonwealth Foundation sponsored a workshop on co-productions at the trinidad+tobago film festival. It was suggested then that the ttff should partner with a similar film festival, to have an exchange of films and filmmakers. The Zanzibar International Film Festival, on the island of Zanzibar in east Africa, was chosen. Bruce Paddington, our director, recently returned from ZIFF, and although the selected filmmaker (Lennie Little-White of Jamaica) was unable to accompany him, he reports that his trip was a great success. A number of the Caribbean films that were screened at the festival–including Glory to Gloriana (Jamaica) and Coolie Pink and Green (T&T;)–went over quite well.
Come September, films from this year’s ZIFF will be shown at our festival, and a number of guests from ZIFF will be here as well. As we look forward to that (and the rest of the festival), here are a few lovely photos from Bruce’s trip.
A view from up high of the historic Old Fort, in the heart of ancient Stone Town, where the nighttime screenings at ZIFF are held
Young girls enjoy a film screening
The programme at ZIFF includes nightly concerts at the Old Fort
A dhow, a traditional Arab sailing vessel, at sunset
Our line-up is complete!
A scene from The Wind Journeys, written and directed by Ciro Guerra of Colombia
Yes, that’s right. Finally–after months of watching dozens and dozens of screener DVDs, engaging in serious debate, running down films that were playing hard to get, making quite heartbreaking decisions over some films we really wanted to show but just couldn’t find the space for, and then programming all the films we did select–the line-up for this year’s ttff/10 is complete.
The full programme will be posted to our website soon, and nearer to the festival we’ll be highlighting some of our personal picks on the blog as we did last year. For now, whet your appetite with this preview.
Now Showing: the launch
Melanie Archer, Art Director of the ttff, right, presents the first print of Now Showing to Nimah Zakuri, Curator of the National Museum and Art Gallery
Christopher Cozier said two things that surprised me on Friday night, at the launch of his print Now Showing, the official work of art for the trinidad+tobago film festival/10.
The first was that the annex of the National Museum and Art Gallery, where the launch was held, was where he entered the world of art, taking classes as a boy with the late MP Alladin in the 1960s. The second was that Friday’s launch marked the first time in almost ten years that he was exhibiting his work here at home.
The first fact was interesting, the second unfortunate. (More than unfortunate, in fact.) It’s good to know then that the Festival was able to help bring Chris back home, in a way. It makes us feel that the Festival artist initiative, which is meant bridge the worlds of film and contemporary art in T&T;, is very much a worthwhile one.
If you’d like to see Now Showing, the piece is on display at the National Museum all this week, along with Mariel Brown’s short film about its making. To read Chris’ notes on Now Showing, go here. To find out about purchasing your own, one-of-a-kind print of Now Showing (limited to an edition of 100, at a cost of TT$2500), call the Festival office at (868) 621 0709 or e-mail email@example.com. International enquiries also welcome.
Christopher Cozier, the official artist of the ttff/10
Part of the audience at the National Museum taking in Chris’ speech
Cinematographer Eniola Adelekan takes in the accompanying work to Now Showing
Also accompanying Chris’ work is Mariel Brown’s film Now Showing: Signs and Stories in Christopher Cozier’s Art
Festival Assistant Celeste Doig, right, gets attorney Ian Benjamin to put himself down for a print of Now Showing
The making of Now Showing
“Now Showing”: Signs and Stories in Christopher Cozier’s Art from Mariel Brown on Vimeo.
Christopher Cozier, Now Showing, (2010), silkscreen on archival paper, 27”x20”
Last evening, the official artwork of the trinidad+tobago film festival 2010, Now Showing by Christopher Cozier, was launched at the National Museum and Art Gallery in Port of Spain. A full post on the evening’s events to follow.
Meeting and greeting
The organizing committee of the trinidad+tobago film festival 2010, in front of our new offices. From left: Annabelle Alcazar, Programme Director; Melanie Archer, Art Director; Jonathan Ali, Editorial Director; Bruce Paddington, Founder and Artistic Director; Skye Hernandez, Festival Administrator; Melvina Hazard, Community Relations Coordinator; Magella Moreau, Public Relations Coordinator; Emilie Upczak, Creative Director; and Princess Donelan, MovieTowne Coordinator
Things are getting busy as we gear up for this year’s Festival. Recently, however, we were able to take some time out to host an open house at our lovely new offices in Belmont. Wine was sipped and hors d’oeuvres munched as we welcomed our friends and partners to see our new space, meet the expanded Festival team and find out what’s in store for the ttff/10.
Writer and director Francis Escayg, left, makes a point to Festival Assistant Celeste Doig
Roses Hezekiah of Riddums Productions, left, and producer Jean-Michel Gibert
Renee Butcher, Manager of Sponsorship and Events, RBC/RBTT, left, and Jonathan Ali
We want you
That’s right, you! The ttff is seeking volunteers to assist with this year’s Festival. If you’d like to help out, e-mail us: firstname.lastname@example.org
Youth film concept competition: revised
The trinidad+tobago film festival (ttff), in association with RBC/RBTT, is holding a competition for concepts to create a series of short promotional films for the ttff/10.
RBC/RBTT is the ttff’s newest supporting sponsor. RBC is the Official Bank and a major sponsor of the Toronto International Film Festival, the world’s top public film festival.
The competition is open to persons 28 years of age and younger. The concepts should be for either a 30-second or 60-second film, and must be based on the ttff’s theme, “You’re in Focus”.
Concepts should be clear and simple, yet imaginative. There should be no dialogue or voice-over narration, nor is any musical score required. Concepts should not be such that they would require more than one day to produce.
Concepts will be accepted in the form storyboards or written scripts. Persons may enter as many concepts as they wish.
Winners will receive a cash prize of TT$3,000 each. Prizes will be presented at the awards ceremony for the ttff/10, which takes place on October 3 at the Carlton Savannah.
The ttff will produce the winning concepts. The writers of the winning concepts will be invited to participate in the production of their concepts.
The subsequent films will be screened at the various MovieTowne multiplexes, on FLOW, on Gayelle the Channel, and throughout the country at select venues.
Entries should be sent either to email@example.com (subject line: Youth Film Concept Competition), or to trinidad+tobago film festival, 199 Belmont Circular Road, Port of Spain. Our telephone number is 621-0709.
The deadline for all entries is July 30th, 2010. Late submissions will not be entertained.
The ttff reserves the right to adapt the winning concepts to adhere to Festival guidelines. We also reserve the right to select as many or as few winners as we wish.