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T&T Film Nights rolls into Sangre Grande

The recently opened Sangre Grande North-Eastern Settlement Community Centre will be the venue for an exciting evening of local movies as the next installment of T&T Film Nights, hosted by the trinidad+tobago film festival (ttff) and sponsored by the Trinidad & Tobago Film Company (TTFC), takes place.

The event is carded for Sunday 6 May and begins at 5pm. Admission is free and the films are for all ages.

This edition of T&T Film Nights is presented in association with Citizen Security Programme (CSP), an initiative of the Ministry of National Security, whose objective is that of contributing to the reduction in crime and violence in a number of “high-needs” pilot communities in Trinidad and Tobago.

CSP also focuses on such issues as teenage pregnancy, HIV/Aids awareness and drug and alcohol abuse. Some of the films that will be shown explore a number of these issues.

The films being screened are Positive & Pregnant, directed by Stacy Lela; SHHushed, directed by Mandisa Pantin; Pashan of the Froot, directed by Nadissa Haynes; and Dirty Clothes, directed by Dawn Pritheesingh. All four films, a mixture of drama, comedy and animation, were selections of the ttff/11.

Before the screenings there will be a short talk given by a representative of the Community Police.

“Citizen Security Programme is pleased to collaborate with the ttff in addressing social issues,” said Rachael Joseph, CSP’s Community Action Officer. “We see this collaboration as a meaningful way to help effect social change. We know that change is a process, not an event, and so we look forward to further collaborations with the film festival.”

The ttff is held annually in September and is presented by Flow, given leading sponsorship by RBC Royal Bank and bpTT, and supported by the TTFC, the National Gas Company, the Tourism Development Company, the Tobago House of Assembly and the Ministry of Arts and Multiculturalism. For more information visit www.ttfilmfestival.com.

Image: A still from Positive and Pregnant

Welcoming Curacao into the Caribbean film festival fold

As we’ve noted previously, representatives of the ttff regularly attend other film festivals, both in the region and internationally, for a number of reasons. These include securing films to screen at our festival, meeting film professionals who could serve as facilitators for workshops and industry events at the ttff, and accessing funding, distribution and other opportunities for Caribbean filmmakers. Attending festivals in the region—including the Havana festival, the Bahamas festival and Femi in Guadeloupe—also serves to help bring the various territories in the Caribbean together, so we can share experiences and see how best we can work together to build the regional film industry and take Caribbean cinema to the world.

When it was announced that a new film festival would be starting in Curaçao, we were therefore excited to be a part of this initiative. Founded by the International Film Festival of Rotterdam (IFFR), one of the top film festivals in the world, the inaugural Curaçao International Film Festival of Rotterdam took place from March 29 to April 1. The ttff’s Creative Director, Emilie Upczak, was our representative.

In addition to showing a programme of Caribbean-themed films (including the regional premiere of the new Bob Marley documentary) as well as international selections, the Curaçao IFFR also included a number of events centered around the development of the Caribbean film industry. The main event was a round-table discussion, which posed such questions as:

• How can the development of regional film talent be nurtured and encouraged?
• In what ways can film institutions in the region work together?
• Define the region—should the Caribbean include Central America?

Before the round-table discussion, Emilie was able to have discussions with Curaçao IFFR’s director, Rutger Wolfson; Janneke Staarink, Managing Director of IFFR; and Iwana Chronis, director of the Hubert Bals Fund, an arm of the IFFR which gives financial assistance to feature films by filmmakers from the developing world. She also met with a number of regional filmmakers and other film industry professionals, including Wallie Polle of Dutch film distributors Cinéart.

Although Curaçao IFFR was only founded this year, it is already of major strategic importance to the region, and could very likely become a meaningful space for Caribbean filmmakers to access funds, training, networks and distribution opportunities. Equally, the ttff is recognised by Curaçao IFFR as a collaborative and proactive organisation working in the region. We look forward to reporting on developments with Curaçao IFFR as they happen.

Call for submissions: New Media 2012

The trinidad+tobago film festival + ARC Magazine present

NEW MEDIA
21-28 September
Medulla Art Gallery, Trinidad

SUBMIT YOUR WORK
This is an open call from the trinidad+tobago film festival and ARC Magazine for all artists working in video art and experimental film to submit works to be included in the second annual New Media programme, supported by the Ministry of Arts & Multiculturalism of Trinidad & Tobago. Artists from the Caribbean and its diaspora, or artists who address these spaces in their work, are eligible to apply.

ABOUT NEW MEDIA
Avant garde and experimental film and video works have traditionally formed a part of the trinidad+tobago film festival. In 2011, the festival, in collaboration with ARC Magazine, presented New Media, a collection of ten artists’ works. These works explored a range of themes and issues, while pushing and blurring the boundaries between film and art. The 2012 edition of New Media will run for one week as part of the trinidad+tobago film festival, which takes place from 19 September to 02 October.

New Media highlights the burgeoning field of art that interrogates our contemporary experiences. Video art/experimental film has been at the forefront of contemporary art practices for the last four decades and during this time it is a medium and discipline that has continuously forged itself beside the advancements in technology and globalisation. It is now left up to the artist to determine the functionality of the medium and its new narrative(s). We welcome your engagements, concerns, conversations and wilds in order to establish a common ground and an expansive field of discourse where the present becomes a foundation for exploration, discovery and understanding.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
All initial submissions should be made either in digital format (for example, via Dropbox, Yousendit, FTP, Vimeo or personal secure online link), or in NTSC DVD format.

Digital submissions should be sent to: newmedia@arcthemagazine.com

DVD submissions should be sent to:
Melanie Archer
Art Director
trinidad+tobago film festival
199 Belmont Circular Road
Port of Spain
Trinidad & Tobago

Submitted materials will not be returned.

THE DEADLINE FOR ALL SUBMISSIONS IS 15 MAY 2012. THIS DEADLINE WILL BE STRICTLY FOLLOWED.

About the trinidad+tobago film festival
Presented by Flow, the ttff seeks to highlight excellence in filmmaking through the exhibition of films made in the Caribbean region, including Latin American countries in the Caribbean Basin; by Caribbean people of the diaspora; and by international filmmakers that reflect Caribbean culture and way of life both in the region and the diaspora. The ttff, which is in its seventh year, is held annually in September and receives leading sponsorship from RBC Royal Bank and bpTT, and supporting sponsorship from the Trinidad & Tobago Film Company, the Tourism Development Corporation, the Tobago House of Assembly, the National Gas Company and the Ministry of Arts and Multiculturalism.
www.ttfilmfestival.com

About ARC Magazine
ARC Magazine is a non-profit publication launched in January of 2011 and seeks to fill a certain void by offering a critical platform for visual artists to present their work while fostering and developing critical dialogues and opportunities for crucial points of exchange. It is an online social space of interaction with a developed methodology of sharing information about contemporary practices, exhibitions, partnerships, and opportunities that are occurring in the Caribbean region and throughout its Diaspora. ARC Magazine is dedicated to showcasing artwork that encapsulates a pan-Caribbean focus while highlighting the lack of boundaries that now exist in the midst of the Internet and post information age. We are interested in promoting and underlining the current regional focus on sustainability for creative industries while engaging with a specified target audience, mostly comprised of emerging artists from the developing states and diaspora.
www.arcthemagazine.com

Mystic Masseur comes to Couva for T&T Film Nights

The 2001 cinematic adaptation of VS Naipaul’s classic first novel, The Mystic Masseur, will be the next film screened as T&T Film Nights rolls into Holy Faith Convent, Couva on Thursday 19 April from 6pm.

T&T Film Nights is an initiative of the trinidad+tobago film festival (ttff) and Trinidad & Tobago Film Company (TTFC). The screening is free of charge, and is for persons 14 years and over. There will be food and drinks on sale.

Made by the celebrated Merchant/Ivory filmmaking team (Howards End, The Remains of the Day), The Mystic Masseur is the story of Ganesh Ramsumair, a would-be writer in pre-Independence Trinidad who undergoes various transformations, from struggling masseur to revered mystic to infamous politician. The film was shot on location in T&T.

Roger Ebert, in his review of the film, called The Mystic Masseur “a wry, affectionate delight,” adding that the film is “a human comedy about a man who thinks he has had greatness thrust upon him when in fact he has merely thrust himself in the general direction of greatness.”

The ttff is held annually in September and is presented by Flow, given leading sponsorship by RBC Royal Bank and bpTT, and supported by the TTFC, the National Gas Company, the Tourism Development Company, the Tobago House of Assembly and the Ministry of Arts and Multiculturalism. For more information visit www.ttfilmfestival.com.

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