22–28 Sept 2021
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Line-up announced for the ttff/11

The line-up has been announced for the trinidad+tobago film festival 2011 (ttff/11), with more films screening than ever before in the festival’s history.

The ttff, presented by Flow, is a celebration of the best films from the Caribbean, the Caribbean Diaspora and Latin American countries in the Caribbean Basin. This year will see nearly 100 feature-length and short films being screened at the festival, which takes place from September 21 to October 04.

Among the many anticipated films is Ghett’a Life, an urban drama and the new feature by Jamaica’s Chris Browne, writer and director of the popular Third World Cop. Another anticipated film from Jamaica is the politically charged Better Mus’ Come, the debut feature by Storm Saulter.

A number of top-totch films from or about Cuba are also screening at the ttff/11. One is the searing Boleto al paraíso, by veteran filmmaker Gerardo Chijona, about a group of young people trying to navigate the “Special Period” of deprivation in the early 1990s. Another is Sons of Cuba, a documentary by British director Andrew Lang that goes inside the elite Havana Boxing Academy.

Documentaries from Trinidad and Tobago are also in the line-up. ‘70: Remembering a Revolution, directed by Alex de Verteuil and Elizabeth Topp, tells the story of the Black Power disturbances of 1970, while Calypso Rose: The Lioness of the Jungle is a moving portrait of the pioneering calypsonian, directed by Pascale Obolo.

Other key films screening at the ttff/11 include film festival-circuit favourite Jean Gentil, written and directed by Laura Guzmán of the Dominican Republic and Israel Cárdenas of Mexico, and Crab Trap, by Colombian filmmaker Oscar Ruiz Navia. Festival of Lights, a drama and the debut film of Guyanese-American writer and director Shundell Prasad, will also be screened.

The ttff, which is in its sixth year, receives leading sponsorship from RBC Royal Bank and is supported by the Trinidad & Tobago Film Company, the National Gas Company, bpTT, the Tourism Development Corporation and the Tobago House of Assembly.

Marginal Voices

Director: Karen Martinez
2011, Trinidad + Tobago / UK

English
Documentary short / 7 minutes

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At this moment in the UK, at least 2,600 trafficked women are being exploited in prostitution. Marginal Voices is a theatre project in London that allows formerly trafficked women to speak in their own words. This film looks at a number of these women as they rebuild their lives, and find their voice through drama.

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After graduating from film school in London, Karen Martinez returned to her native Trinidad and Tobago, where she worked as a producer and director for the Banyan television series Gayelle. Later on in London she made a number of films for Channel 4, including Kaiso for July 27, a lyrical documentary about the 1990 attempted coup. She is currently making a film about Viv Albertine, ex-member of the seminal all-women punk band, the Slits.

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Sun 25 Sept 2.00pm + Thur 29 Sept 2.00pm, The Little Carib Theatre

Local movies make waves at Zanzibar film fest

Films from Trinidad and Tobago and the Caribbean were a huge success at the recent Zanzibar International Film Festival (ZIFF).

The films screened as part of an ongoing exchange initiative between ZIFF, the largest film and music festival in East Africa, and the trinidad+tobago film festival (ttff), presented by Flow. The initiative, which is supported by the Commonwealth Foundation, saw two ttff representatives—Editorial Director Jonathan Ali and Community Relations Director Melvina Hazard—attend ZIFF, which ran from June 18-26.

Four films screened in the ttff’s programme at ZIFF. They were the T&T short films Quiet Desperation and Caribbean Skin, African Identity, the Bahamian drama Children of God and the documentary Why Do Jamaicans Run so Fast?

There was standing room only at the event, which was followed by a cocktail reception. The popularity of the films led to a feature article on Caribbean film in Tanzania’s Daily News newspaper (see here), and an interview with the BBC’s East Africa Service.

In addition to introducing ZIFF audiences to new, socially relevant films, the ttff representatives took part in panel discussions and networking events. Arising out of these are new partnerships with a number of other film festivals, all of whom are keen on screening Caribbean content.

These include the Kenya International Film Festival, the Africa in the Picture Film Festival in Amsterdam, and Italy’s Verona Africa Film Festival, the longest-running film festival in Europe screening African and African diaspora films.

A selection of films from ZIFF’s 2011 programme will screen at the ttff/11, which runs from September 21-October 04. ZIFF’s director, Prof Ikaweba Bunting, will attend the ttff, and host a workshop in Tobago on participatory filmmaking.

The ttff, which is in its sixth year, receives leading sponsorship from RBC Royal Bank and is supported by the Trinidad & Tobago Film Company, the National Gas Company, bpTT, the Tourism Development Corporation and the Tobago House of Assembly.

Caribbean Cinema set to shine at East African Festival

Some of the best films from the trinidad+tobago film festival (ttff) will entertain audiences this month at the Zanzibar International Film Festival (ZIFF), east Africa’s largest showcase of film, music, and the arts.

The ttff, founded in 2006 and presented by Flow, is an annual celebration of the best films from Trinidad & Tobago and the Caribbean, the Caribbean Diaspora, and from Latin American countries in the Caribbean Basin. The ttff also seeks to facilitate the growth of the Caribbean film industry by hosting workshops, panel discussions, seminars, and networking opportunities.

This is the second straight year that films from the ttff will be screened at ZIFF, which runs from 18 – 26 June, as part of an exchange programme initiated and supported by the Commonwealth Foundation. Films from ZIFF will screen at the ttff/11, which takes place from 21 September – 04 October.

The main objective of the exchange is to maximise the ability of both partners to promote Caribbean and African cinema to audiences throughout the Commonwealth, introducing them to new, socially relevant films. The exchange also aims to create opportunities for networking and building lasting bridges between the two film festivals.

In order to achieve these goals, organisers from the ttff and ZIFF will travel to their counterpart festival to learn about new ways of working and take away creative ideas. They will also take part in panel discussions and networking events.

Two representatives of the ttff are attending ZIFF. They are Jonathan Ali, Editorial Director, and Melvina Hazard, Community Relations Director. They have taken with them four films—two dramatic films and two documentaries—chosen by the festival’s film programming committee, and which all screened at the ttff/10.

The dramatic choices are the Bahamian film Children of God, winner of both the jury and audience prizes for best film at the ttff/10, and the Trinidad & Tobago film Quiet Desperation, which won both the acting prizes. The documentaries are Caribbean Skin, African Identity, from T&T, and Why Do Jamaicans Run so Fast?, out of Jamaica.

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A number of animated films from the Animae Caribe Caribbean Animation Film Festival will also show at ZIFF.

“We are happy to be a part of this initiative again,” said Ali. “And we especially look forward to presenting our films, confident their stories will speak to the audiences at ZIFF and reflect the diversity that characterises us as Caribbean people.”

The ttff is given leading sponsorship by RBC Royal Bank, and is supported by the Trinidad & Tobago Film Company, the National Gas Company, the Tourism Development Corporation, and the Tobago House of Assembly. For more information, visit www.ttfilmfestival.com.

The Best of the Secondary Schools’ Short Films Festival

Directors: Various
2011, T&T
English
Dramatic shorts 75minutes (total package)

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A programme of the winning films from this year’s Trinidad and Tobago Secondary Schools’ Short Films Festival.

These films are presented in association with the Trinidad and Tobago Film Company and supported by bpTT.

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Sun 25 Sept 12:00pm + Sat 01 Oct 12:00pm, The Little Carib Theatre

At the Zanzibar International Film Festival

Hello, Africa! Two of our team members, Editorial Director Jonathan Ali and Community Relations Director Melvina Hazard, recently returned from the Zanzibar International Film Festival (ZIFF) in East Africa. They’d been attending ZIFF as part of a cultural exchange, facilitated by the Commonwealth Foundation, between ZIFF and the ttff. Apart from screening a number of films from the ttff/10, Jonathan and Melvina engaged in various panel discussions and networking events. They also brought back a selection of the best films from ZIFF to screen at the ttff/11.

Check out the press release for full details.

Welcome to our new website!

We have gone live with our new website! Not only does it have more content, it also allows for greater user interaction. Please take some time to roam around the site and get used to it. Of course, we’d like feedback on what you think, so please feel free to post your comments—and let us know what you think about our first release of film trailers for films to be screened at the ttff/11!

Immerse yourself

If you’re a filmmaker and have yet to apply for Focus: Filmmakers’ Immersion, now is the time! An intensive three-day creative lab for select Caribbean filmmakers, Focus takes place at the beginning of the ttff/11 in mid-September. The best five participants will go on to a project pitch session and competition during the festival, with a prize of $TT20,000 up for grabs. Go [intlink id=”2892″]here[/intlink] for full details.

We have awards, and a jury awarding them

As in previous years, prizes will be awarded to the best films of the ttff/11. Each and every prize comes with a cash award, with a total of over TT$100,000 to be awarded. A number of awards will be ajudicated by our five-member jury, with the rest being people’s choice awards. Go [intlink id=”3472″]here[/intlink] to see the full list of awards, and to find out more about the jury.

Our programme is complete!

The programme for the sixth annual trinidad+tobago film festival is now complete. We’re pleased to announce our largest and strongest line-up ever, with almost 90 feature-length and short films from some two dozen countries, comprising narrative films, documentaries, experimental films, short films and animations.

Go [intlink id=”2994″]here[/intlink] to see the synopses for all films, as well as their screening locations, dates and times. And if you go to the very top of the homepage, you’ll get a taste of what’s to come, with a selection of trailers of some of the films.

Line-up announced for the ttff/11

Marginal Voices

Local movies make waves at Zanzibar film fest

Caribbean Cinema set to shine at East African Festival

The Best of the Secondary Schools’ Short Films Festival

At the Zanzibar International Film Festival

Welcome to our new website!

Immerse yourself

We have awards, and a jury awarding them

Our programme is complete!

View the #filmmakerfriday Playlist on Youtube

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