22–28 Sept 2021
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Chico & Rita to open ttff/11

Chico & Rita, an animated tale of star-crossed lovers set to a Cuban beat, will be the opening night feature film of the trinidad+tobago film festival/11.

The film will screen at the ttff/11 opening night gala, which takes place on 21 September at Queen’s Hall in St Ann’s.

Directed by the award-winning Spanish filmmakers Fernando Trueba and Javier Mariscal, and with a score by renowned Cuban musician Bebo Valdés, Chico & Rita tells the story of an ambitious bandleader, Chico, and a gifted singer, Rita, who chase their dreams—and each other—across the globe and over many years. Music and romantic desire unite them, but—as in the tradition of the Latin ballad, the bolero—their love also brings heartache and torment.

Preceding Chico & Rita will be a short film from Trinidad & Tobago, Pashan of the Froot, a mock documentary about a dancehall singer written and directed by Nadissa Haynes.

Before the films are screened from 7.30pm, there will be a cocktail reception beginning at 6.00pm. A party at the Carlton Savannah is scheduled to follow the films.

Limited tickets for the gala are available at a cost of $150.00 each. Call 621-0709 to purchase.

Curfew cinema is on

If you’re in T&T, by now you’ve probably started to get the curfew blues. Well, we’ve got the perfect antidote: Curfew Cinema.

This evening (Friday) we’ll be making a past selection from the ttff available for viewing online, for free. Simply go to the Curfew Cinema page on our website from 9pm and you will be able to stream the wonderful documentary Why Do Jamaicans Run So Fast?, a ttff/10 selection.

The film will remain available for streaming until—you guessed it—5am on Saturday.

A Friday film festival lime

These are uncertain times, but that’s doesn’t mean we still can’t have a legally good time. The ttff will be hosting a lime at Drink! Wine Bar, 63 Rosalino St, Woodbrook, this Friday, August 26 from 4-7pm. Come on down and get yourself a nifty Festival badge (pictured above), made just for the occasion, absolutely free. You can also pick up a few free ttf/11 postcards, featuring images from this year’s official Festival photographer, Abigail Hadeed. And copies of the ttff/11 poster—also featuring an image by Ms Hadeed—will be on sale.

Presenting the ttff/11 poster

The official poster for the ttff/11, featuring an image by award-winning T+T photographer Abigail Hadeed. Copies of the poster are available for sale through the ttff office, at a cost of $100 each.

Focus participants announced

Twelve participants have been chosen to take part in the first ever Focus: Filmmakers’ Immersion, being hosted by the trinidad+tobago film festival (ttff), in association with RBC Royal Bank, the Festival’s leading sponsor.

Focus is an intensive workshop for Caribbean filmmakers—directors, screenwriters and producers—aimed at enhancing and deepening their creative skills. It will take place from 20 – 22 September, at Ajoupa Pottery in Chicklands, central Trinidad.

The selected Focus participants are: Francisco Pardo, Ryan Oduber (Aruba); Maria Govan, Kareem Mortimer (the Bahamas); Mandisa Pantin, Roderick de Weever, Camille Granger, Kevin Adams, Christopher Din Chong, Sean Hodgkinson, Renée Pollonais and Steven Taylor (Trinidad & Tobago).

A call for submissions for Focus went out across the region. The 12 participants were chosen from all submissions received through a multiple-stage selection process, by a panel comprising staff of the ttff and RBC Royal Bank, as well as a professional filmmaker independent of both organisations.

Two experienced, international filmmakers will lead the Focus participants. They are Venezuelan writer-director Fina Torres and Guyanese-Canadian actor and producer Damon D’Oliveira. Among Ms Torres’ films is Woman on Top starring Penelope Cruz, while Mr D’Oliveira’s résumé includes Poor Boy’s Game, starring Danny Glover.

At the end of Focus, the facilitators will chose their top five participants. During the film festival, which runs from 21 September – 04 October, the chosen five will pitch the film projects they worked on during Focus to the ttff/11 awards jury at a public session. The person who makes the best pitch will win a cash prize of $20,000.

RBC is a major sponsor of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), the largest and one of the most prestigious public film festivals in the world. Through its Emerging Artists Support Project, RBC provides support for more than 30 programmes that bridge the gap from academic excellence to professional careers in all aspects of the arts. RBC Royal Bank continues to scout for opportunities to support the development of emerging artists in the region.

One people, one film

Are you a fan of all things Jamaican? Here’s your chance to express your love for the green, gold and black. In celebration of Jamaica’s 50th anniversary of independence—which takes place in 2012—a user-generated documentary entitled OnePeople will be released. As official local partners for OnePeople, we’re calling on anyone interested in contributing content to the project to do so.

Go to the film’s website to find out more. Irie!

Helping to raise hope for families in T+T

Macaroni Kid Trinidad, an organisation dedicated to helping families reconnect, and the ttff, presented by Flow, are coming together to present a number of film screenings, this Sunday 14 August at the St Anthony’s College grounds in Westmoorings.

The screenings will form part of Macaroni Kid Trinidad’s first annual family day, entitled Raising Hope. The event begins at 11am and ends at 6pm.

Films from past editions of the ttff will be screened. There will also be a short preview of some of the children’s films to be screened at this year’s ttff.

For full details on Raising Hope, read the official press release.

Macaroni Kid and film festival team up to raise hope

Macaroni Kid Trinidad, an organisation dedicated to helping families reconnect, and the trinidad+tobago film festival (ttff), presented by Flow, are coming together to present a number of film screenings, this Sunday 14 August at the St Anthony’s College grounds in Westmoorings.

The screenings will form part of Macaroni Kid Trinidad’s first annual family day, entitled Raising Hope. The event begins at 11am and ends at 6pm.

Films from past editions of the ttff will be screened. First, there will be a number of short animations out of Kenya, from a series known as Tinga Tinga Tales. These charming English- language shorts are centred around various African creatures, and tell such stories as how the elephant got its trunk and why the giraffe has such a long neck.

Following Tinga Tinga Tales will be Turtle: The Incredible Journey, a beautiful documentary that follows the life of a green turtle from its beginnings as a hatchling on a beach in Florida, across the Atlantic ocean, then back across the seas to the Caribbean.

There will also be a short preview of some of the children’s films to be screened at this year’s ttff, which takes place from September 21 to October 04.

“We thought having ‘a screen’ at Raising Hope to draw the kids and adults in, to share different cultural experiences, was important,” said Nicole Greene, founder of Macaroni Kid Trinidad. “Partnering with the ttff and connecting on that level is important to us.”

In addition to the film screenings, Raising Hope will feature storytelling, games, races, live music and much more. Admission is $50 for adults, and free of charge for children under 12 years of age. 95% of all the day’s proceeds will go to charity.

For more information on Raising Hope and Macaroni Kid Trinidad, visit www.trinidad.macaronikid.com.

Chico & Rita to open ttff/11

Curfew cinema is on

A Friday film festival lime

Presenting the ttff/11 poster

Focus participants announced

One people, one film

Helping to raise hope for families in T+T

Macaroni Kid and film festival team up to raise hope

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