Festival ends year with free screening of Songs of Redemption
As its final event for the year, the trinidad+tobago film festival (ttff) is hosting a free screening of the documentary Songs of Redemption, on Tuesday 10 December, at its offices at 199 Belmont Circular Road in Belmont.
The screening takes place in association with Amnesty International, in observance of Human Rights Day.
Amnesty International is “a global movement of more than 3 million supporters, members and activists in over 150 countries and territories who campaign to end grave abuses of human rights”, and is “independent of any government, political ideology, economic interest or religion.”
Human Rights Day was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in 1950. It seeks to bring attention to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as the common standard of achievement for all peoples and nations.
Directed by Miquel Galofré and Amanda Sans, Songs of Redemption goes inside the General Penitentiary in Kingston, Jamaica, to document a remarkable programme that seeks to rehabilitate prisoners by allowing them to write, record and perform reggae music.
The film features extraordinarily candid and moving interviews with the inmates in the programme, some serving sentences for crimes as serious as murder. It climaxes with a powerful live concert within the prison.
A hit at ttff/13, Songs of Redemption won the audience prize for best documentary feature, and was co-winner of the jury prize for best documentary.
Preceding Songs of Redemption will be a short fiction film, Passage, winner of a special jury mention at ttff/13. Written and directed by Kareem Mortimer of the Bahamas, Passage tells the story of a group of Haitians, locked in the hold of a fishing vessel, who are being smuggled through Bahamian waters in the hopes of reaching the United States.
While the films have not been produced by Amnesty International, the global human rights organisation is supporting the event as it believes that a critical step towards the realisation of human rights is the promotion of a culture of rights—and debates on themes such as those highlighted in the films will certainly contribute to this aim. Materials highlighting recent work by Amnesty International in the Caribbean region will be available at the event.
The screenings begin at 7.30pm, and doors open at 6.30pm. Space is limited, so please arrive early to ensure seating. Refreshments will be available.
Image: a shot from Songs of Redemption
ttff presents Caribbean film showcase at Havana Film Festival
The trinidad+tobago film festival (ttff) is pleased to announce that, for the second year in a row, it will be presenting a showcase of Caribbean films at the upcoming Havana Film Festival (HFF) in Cuba.
Entitled Caribbean Calling, the showcase comprises four feature-length and five short narrative and documentary films, all of which screened either at this year’s ttff or the ttff/12. The films represent a wide cross-section of the non-Spanish speaking Caribbean, and come from countries such as Aruba, Barbados, Martinique and Trinidad and Tobago.
Officially known as the International Festival of New Latin American Cinema, the HFF—which, in its 35th year, is the oldest film festival in the region—runs from December 5–15. Caribbean Calling takes place from December 6–10.
The lineup is as follows:
Broken Stones (Guetty Felin, Haiti, 2012)
Payday (Selwyne Browne, Barbados, 2013)
Poetry Is an Island: Derek Walcott (Ida Does, Suriname/Aruba/The Netherlands, 2013)
Songs of Redemption (Miquel Galofré + Amanda Sans, Jamaica/Spain, 2013)
Auntie (Lisa Harewood, Barbados, 2013)
The Gardener (Jo Henriques, Aruba, 2013)
One Good Deed (Juliette McCawley, T&T, 2012)
Passage (Kareem Mortimer, Bahamas, 2013)
Vivre (Maharaki, Martinique, 2013)
A number of the filmmakers with work in Caribbean Calling will be in Havana to introduce their films and engage in Q&A sessions after the screenings.
“Cuba, with its great cinematic tradition, has long been a byword in the wider world for Caribbean cinema,” said Jonathan Ali, ttff Editorial Director, and one of two ttff team members who will attend the HFF. “We are therefore pleased to once again present at Havana a showcase of films reflecting the rich diversity of contemporary Caribbean cinema, both in terms of style and content.”
In addition to the Caribbean films in the showcase, Bruce Paddington’s documentary on the Grenada Revolution, Forward Ever: The Killing of a Revolution, which had its world premiere at the ttff/13, will screen at the HFF as an official selection.
Image: A still from Poetry Is an Island: Derek Walcott
T&T Film Nights comes to Maracas and Matura this weekend
The trinidad+tobago film festival (ttff) is headed to Maracas and Matura this weekend with T&T Film Nights, its free series of community film screenings, sponsored by the Trinidad and Tobago Film Company.
On Saturday 23 November, in partnership with the Maracas Community Council, a series of short local films will be screened at the Maracas Bay Community Centre from 6.00pm. Dainia Wright’s Mystic Blue explores the relationship between Mystic, a member of the Bobo Shanti faith, and Blue, a strong-willed woman who does not share her boyfriend’s beliefs. Knockabout, meanwhile, a T&T-style neo-noir directed by Emilie Upzack, follows a pair of detectives investigating a kidnapping.
After Mas, directed by Karen Martinez and ttff/13 Jury Prize-winner for Best Local Short Film, is a story about a young man and woman who from different backgrounds who meet and fall for each other during J’ouvert. If I Could Fly, by Maryam Mohammed, the story of a girl who wishes she could take to the sky like a kite, is also in the line-up. Completing the package are One Good Deed by Juliette McCawley—about a young boy’s encounter with some douens—and No Soca, No Life, a rags-to-riches story about an aspiring soca performer, directed by Kevin Adams and starring Terri Lyons.
There will be a free shuttle service to and from the Maracas Bay Community Centre for residents of the area. The shuttle leaves the Blanchisseuse Community Centre at 5.00pm, the La Fillette Community Centre at 5.15pm, and the Las Cuevas Community Centre at 5.30 pm. If you’re interested in using the service, please contact the Maracas Bay Community Council at 384-8074.
The following day, Sunday 24 November, T&T Film Nights will be at Matura Secondary School, from 5.30pm. In addition to Mystic Blue, the lineup contains the hilarious A Home for These Old Bones, a zombie comedy by Julien Silloray, set in Guadeloupe; Alexandra Swait Guild and Sarah Feinbloom’s Earth, Water, Woman, the inspiring story of the Fondes Amandes Community Re-Forestation Project; Renee Pollonais’ comedy Sweet Fries; and Til D Well Run Dry, a film by the students of Matura Secondary School.
There will also be a presentation by the Ministry of Arts and Multiculturalism on the National Registry of Artists and Cultural Workers. The Matura screening is held in association with the Nature Seekers Group, and will follow the group’s Christmas craft and family fair.
A number of the directors whose films are screening will be present for Q&A sessions on both days. Admission to T&T Film Nights is free. Audiences will receive free T-shirts, bags, cups, popcorn and other giveaways on a first-come, first-served basis.
Image: A still from A Home for These Old Bones
Community screenings conclude for 2013 with T&T Film Nights
The trinidad+tobago film festival (ttff) continues to expand its community film outreach programme with T&T Film Nights. From 16 November to 01 December, the ttff will present a series of five free community-based film screenings in Moruga, Mausica, Maracas Bay, Matura and Buccoo in Tobago. T&T Film Nights is an ongoing series of free community cinema sponsored by the Trinidad and Tobago Film Company, one of the ttff’s leading sponsors.
On Saturday 16 November at 6pm residents of Moruga will have the opportunity to see No Bois Man No Fraid, an uplifting and eye-opening documentary on stickfighting set in the Moruga community. A ttff/13 selection directed by Christopher Laird, the film is based on story of Keegan Taylor and Rondell Benjamin, two young martial arts experts from the Moruga Bois Institute. Taylor and Benjamin are also producers of the film and will join Laid in a question-and-answer session after the film, which screens at the Moruga Composite School.
Then on Wednesday 20 November, in a closed screening, cadets of the MILAT Military Academy in Mausica will learn about the healing, transformative power of music through another ttff/13 selection, Songs of Redemption. The story of a music rehabilitation programme in a Jamaican prison, the film was co-winner of the Jury Prize for Best Documentary at the ttff/13, as well as the People’s Choice Award for Best Documentary. Co-director of the film Miquel Galofré will attend the screening. Pothound, the popular short film by Christopher and Leizelle Guinness, will also be screened.
The following Saturday, on 23 November, the Maracas Bay Community Centre will be transformed into a temporary cinema as six short films are screened, from 6pm. Dainia Wright’s Mystic Blue explores the relationship between Mystic, a member of the Bobo Shanti faith, and Blue, a strong-willed woman who does not share her boyfriend’s beliefs. Knockabout, meanwhile, is a T&T-style neo-noir directed by Emilie Upzack. After Mas, directed by Karen Martinez and ttff/13 Jury Prize-winner for Best Local Short Film, is a story about a young man and woman from different backgrounds who meet and fall for each other during J’ouvert. If I Could Fly, by Maryam Mohammed, the story of a little girl who wishes she could take to the sky like a kite, will also join the line-up. Completing the package are One Good Deed by Juliette McCawley—about a young boy’s encounter with some douens—and No Soca, No Life, a rags-to-riches story about an aspiring soca performer, directed by Kevin Adams and starring Terri Lyons. This screening is presented in association with the Maracas Bay Community Council.
On Sunday 24 November the ttff teams up with the Nature Seekers group to present another series of short films, at the Matura Secondary School. In addition to Mystic Blue, there’s the hilarious A Home for These Old Bones, a zombie comedy set in Guadeloupe. The package will also include Earth, Water, Woman, the inspiring story of the Fondes Amandes Community Re-Forestation Project; Renee Pollonais’ comedy Sweet Fries; and Til D Well Run Dry, a film by the students of Matura Secondary School. There will also be a presentation by the Ministry of Arts and Multiculturalism on the National Registry of Artists and Cultural Workers. The screenings start at 5:30pm, following Nature Seekers’ Christmas craft and family fair.
T&T Film Nights will conclude in Tobago, at the Buccoo Community Centre on 01 December. This event takes place from 6pm in association with the Healing With Horses Foundation, following their annual Christmas Fair. The film being screened are Chrissy!, directed by Marcia Weekes, the inspiring story of a poor 10-year-old girl overcoming seemingly insurmountable odds, and Captain T&T, by Christopher and Leizelle Guinness.
Admission to T&T Film Nights is free. Audiences will also receive free T-shirts, bags, cups, popcorn and other giveaways on a first-come, first-served basis.
Image: A shot from Christopher Laird’s No Bois Man No Fraid
Third annual Green Screen film series set to take place
The third annual Green Screen environmental film series, hosted by Sustain T&T, takes place from 31 October to 13 November. Once again, the ttff is proud to be a partner of the event.
The series comprises screenings of environmentally themed documentary films—local and international—at different venues around the country. According to the organisers, Green Screen offers “critically acclaimed feature films that tackle some of our most pressing global sustainability challenges”, and which “are paired with hard-hitting shorts.”
This year the selection of films is larger and more diverse than before, with screenings in more locations than in previous years.
On 12 November, the ttff will partner especially with Green Screen for the screening of two previous Festival selections: Nothing like Chocolate (Kum-Kum Bhavnani, ttff/12) and Earth Water Woman (Alexandra Swati Guild and Sarah Feinbloom, ttff/13). These screenings will take place at Medulla Art Gallery in Woodbrook from 7pm.
All Green Screen screenings are free of charge. For the full schedule, visit Sustain T&T’s Facebook page.
Image: a shot from Nothing like Chocolate
Walcott documentary to have special screening at UWI
Ida Does’ Poetry Is an Island: Derek Walcott, a documentary portrait of the poet, playwright and Nobel Laureate and a ttff/13 selection, will enjoy a special free screening at the University of the West Indies here in Trinidad on 01 November.
Poetry Is an Island had its world premiere at the ttff/13. Walcott attended the premiere.
The screening at UWI takes place ahead of the T&T premiere O Starry Starry Night, Walcott’s latest play.
Venue for the screening is the university’s Film Programme, which is located at 12 Carmody Road in St Augustine. The screening begins at 6.30pm. Doors open at 6pm.
Image: A shot from Poetry Is an Island
ttff Community Cinema Series resumes for 2013
Following a successful 2013 film festival, the ttff will resume its community film outreach programme, from October 18 to 26. Sponsored by the National Gas Company of Trinidad and Tobago (NGC), the Community Cinema Series will give audiences in San Fernando, Couva, La Brea and Tobago the opportunity to experience the mobile cinema experience in their communities, free of charge.
The ttff Community Cinema Series will feature ten films, exploring a diversity of themes and styles. The majority of these films are shorts, while two award-winning features—Pressure by Horace Ové and Rain by Maria Govan—will also be screened.
The Community Cinema Series rolls out on October 18 at the San Fernando Hill Recreation Grounds with Rain, a critically acclaimed family drama from the Bahamas about a promising young sprinter who seeks family roots after a devastating loss. Rain will be preceded by The Fallen People of The Black Land, an animated short film directed by T&T filmmaker Joanne Haynes.
On Saturday 19 October, the Community Cinema Series proceeds to the NGC Couva Joylanders Pan Theatre, where the classic T&T feature The Panman, directed by Kamalo Deen, will be screened. The saga of a young man from an affluent family turning down a scholarship to play pan, The Panman will be preceded by Jab In The Dark, winner of the ttff/13 People’s Choice Award for Best Short Film. The film’s director, Robert Macfarlane, will be present to introduce and discuss his film.
Then on Wednesday 23 October, primary school students and members of the Growing Leaders Foundation Programme will be treated to a series of short films at MovieTowne, Tobago.
The Community Cinema Series concludes on Saturday 26 October at the La Brea Community Centre. Held in association with the La Brea Village Council, this event will feature a screening of Pressure, by acclaimed T&T director Horace Ové. The film traces the journey of a British-born younger son of an immigrant family from Trinidad who finds himself adrift between two cultures. Producer of the film and Programme Director of the ttff, Annabelle Alcazar, will be present for a Q&A session.
“Community Cinema is an integral part of our vision and objectives at the ttff,” said Melvina Hazard, Director of Community Development, ttff. “By taking films and filmmakers directly to communities, we promote the production and appreciation of local and Caribbean films, as well as educate, entertain and inspire audiences, while using film as a platform for social transformation.”
NGC has been a Supporting Sponsor of the ttff since 2009. In 2011, the company began sponsoring community screenings throughout Trinidad and Tobago. Speaking about the 2013 Community Cinema Series, Wynda Chandler, Head of Community Relations at NGC, noted, “When we considered the power of film to reinforce the identity of a people by giving visual expression to ideas, NGC took the leap to contribute to mining a new area of national and international talent.
“With the introduction in 2011 of community screenings, NGC was happy to get the involvement of residents of satellite districts who, owing to their distance from MovieTowne—the hub of the Festival—may have found difficulty in attending screenings. NGC is also happy to involve its employee volunteers who serve as hosts in the various communities.”
Admission to the ttff Community Cinema Series is free. All screenings but the Tobago screening will start at 7pm and refreshments will be on sale. North Eleven, the ttff’s Official Screen Partner, will facilitate the technical aspects of the series.
Image: A shot from Pressure (1976)
ttff supports film screening to mark World Day against the Death Penalty
Between 1993 and 2012, the number of countries worldwide that abolished the death penalty grew from 55 to 97. By the end of last year, 140 countries—more than 2/3 of the countries of the world—were abolitionist in law or in practice.
The European Union (EU) considers capital punishment to be a cruel and inhuman punishment, which fails to provide a deterrent to criminal behaviour and represents an unacceptable denial of human dignity and integrity. Any miscarriage of justice—inevitable in any legal system—is irreversible.
In this context the EU works both on individual cases and towards moratoria of the application of the death penalty and, in due course, abolition. The EU is fully committed to continuing its efforts to promote the permanent abolition of capital punishment and funded more than €20 million worth of activities worldwide that supported capital punishment abolition.
In observance of International World Day against the Death Penalty on 10 October, the EU Member States and the Delegation of the European Union to Trinidad and Tobago, with support from the trinidad+tobago film festival and technical assistance from North 11, will host a free public screening of the documentary film Into the Abyss.
Subtitled A Tale of Death, a Tale of Life, the film was written and directed by the acclaimed German filmmaker Werner Herzog, and tells the story of two young men convicted of a triple homicide which occurred in Texas in 2001. Michael Perry received a death sentence for the crime, and Jason Burkett received a life sentence. The film focuses on the two convicts and various people affected by the crime, including the families of the victims and a former death-row executioner. Perry’s final interviews for the film were recorded only eight days before his execution on July 1, 2010.
Critic Roger Ebert in the Chicago Sun-Times gave the film four out of four stars and praised Herzog’s even-handedness, saying, “In some of his films he freely shares his philosophy and insights. In this film, he simply looks. He always seems to know where to look.” Variety critic Peter Debruge, meanwhile, noted, “These days, true-crime docs are a dime a dozen, and yet, Into the Abyss dares to plumb the dark hole in America’s soul…. [I]ts findings are undeniably profound.”
The free-of-charge screening of Into the Abyss takes place in the UTT Theatre at NAPA, Port of Spain, on 10 October at 6.30pm. Tickets are available at the screening as of 5.30pm on a first-come, first-served basis.
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film in focus: the last summer of la boyita
Argentinian filmmaker Julia Solomonoff is the director of The Last Summer of La Boyita, and her film—a ttff/13 selection—has broken my heart in the best possible way. I have seen few directors maintain such delicacy while effectively telling a story about a subject so potentially controversial.
Solomonoff—who teaches film directing at Columbia University and was at the ttff/13 as the facilitator of the RBC Focus: Filmmakers’ Immersion—introduced the first screening of The Last Summer of La Boyita and engaged in a Q&A session afterwards.
The film focuses on a little girl named Jorgelina, played by Guadalupe Alonso. Her sister Luciana (María Clara Merendino) has just entered puberty and predictably seeks independence and privacy away from her younger sibling. Jorgelina in turn decides to leave Luciana behind, as well as la boyita, the little camper van that bore witness to the girls’ secrets and confessions, and spend the summer in the countryside on her father’s farm. There she meets a farm boy and jockey named Mario (Nicolás Treise), whom she attaches herself to as a playmate.
Mario has already started his transition into adolescence, and it is gradually revealed that he is not “normal”. Mario has female sex organs. At birth, the doctors misidentified an enlarged clitoris for a penis and recorded the birth of a male baby. As his body changes and he continues to grow breasts and experience menstruation, he also suffers abuse and neglect from his father, who does not fully comprehend the possibilities and ramifications of such a medical situation.
The film climaxes at the horse races where Mario has to face tradition and test his manhood. If he wins, he has the chance to quell the growing prejudice of the other boys as well as prove to his father that he does possess worth, no matter what is happening underneath his clothes.
Through the friendship between Mario and Jorgelina, the beauty, kindness and innocence of children and childhood are portrayed. The Last Summer of La Boyita is both a coming-of-age tale as well as a tribute to those qualities of pre-pubescence. Set in the magnificent pampas prairies, the film is visually stunning. More than that, it is emotionally exquisite. Somonoff’s telling of this story though Jorgelina’s eyes, as she attempts to understand what Mario is going through, is quite masterful and the bittersweet nuances of the protagonists’ experiences find a way into your heart and mind and stay with you for days.
Jonathan Ali, editorial director of tfff/13, kicked off the Q&A session by addressing Solomonoff.
“This is a very touching and profoundly moving film,” he said, “about a subject that would have been very easy to treat sensationally. Yet you did it do beautifully and so subtly and poignantly. What was the inspiration behind the story?”
“There are a lot of things around me that made this film happen,” she said.
“In fact, this should have been my first feature but I didn’t have the confidence to get into the subject, so this became my second feature, and even though it is smaller in size and scope budget – it’s smaller than my first film – I felt as a director I needed to be more confident to do it.
“When I was Jorgelina’s age my mother [who] was a gynecologist and my father [who] was a psychiatrist were dealing with a very similar case to Mario, and I overheard a couple of conversations. This was a very particularly curious time and this was a particularly striking case, and I think in my imagination for many years I had a magical explanation for what happened to that boy or girl and I overlapped with a boy on the farm which was my mother’s family farm who was very shy but masculine, and I kind of mixed that together.
“Time passed and I did a lot of research because I take everything so seriously, and I did all kinds of medical and queer studies research and the biggest thing that happened is that when I was almost ready to shoot this, another film in Argentina came out with a similar subject, called XXY. It was very successful; it went to Cannes. So it really kind of forced me [to act] and in a way it was painful for me, because I felt that I have been with this film for years and all of a sudden this happens; a female filmmaker in my generation in my country. [I thought] it’s going to be very hard. In a way it forced me to really get rid of anything that was informational or research and find my own point of view on this, and to know why I wanted to still make this film and just stay closer to Jorgelina’s [point-of-view], and try to see this particular case much more through her eyes and less with any kind of explanation or context.”
Solomonoff went on to say that for her, this is the strength of the film.
“The very last scene that I filmed when we were shooting, the one where [Jorgelina] covers her ears [when her father is explaining Mario’s condition], I was very happy to find it because as an adult I couldn’t do it, but kids can do it and it was organic to the character and it was what I needed to do at that point…and not because I did not want to hear, but because I think [Jorgelina] has an answer that is more valid than any answer that the medical profession can give to this.”
“One of the most striking things is the landscape,” said Ali. “It is like another character in the film.” He then asked Solomonoff to talk about that landscape as well as the particular community that Mario and his family are from.
“We shot in the province where I was born, that is Entre Rios, and this place is incredible and the architecture is exactly as [I wrote it to be] because that architecture is that of the immigrants at the beginning of the [20th] century,” she said. “This is the way they did the houses and that was the house I spent many summers in and it was great to find the house because I felt like I knew the geography and everything around it.
“Entre Rios has many different communities—one of the oldest Jewish communities, one of the oldest Italian communities, this German community [that] is very particular, what they call Wolgadeutsche, that is, Germans that migrated to Russia because of religious persecution and then ended up in Argentina, and until probably the 60s they were very isolated, and a part of my family is related to that part and this boy that worked on the farm was part of this Wolgadeutsche community.”
An audience member also asked Solomonoff about the casting process. She revealed that when she went to visit Entre Rios and she met Nicolás, a non-actor, there was a quality to him that was exactly what she was looking for.
“Of course we saw other boys in casting but I just kept coming back to him.”
A point of interest is that the boy’s father in the film is also Nicolás’ father, Arnoldo Treise.
With respect to casting Jorgelina, Solomonoff said that it was a long process.
“We had seen hundreds of girls. A lot of the girls had the affectations of what they see acting as on TV and they did not feel real. Then in walks Guadeloupe and really I expected Jorgelina to be taller and more tomboyish. Guadeloupe is smaller but she was real.”
Since making the film both children have returned to their normal lives.
awards announced for 2013 trinidad+tobago film festival
The 2013 trinidad+tobago film festival celebrated its filmmakers at the gala awards ceremony last night at the Hyatt Regency Trinidad.
The excitement was tangible in the atmosphere as the crowd waited for the ceremony to begin. There were 12 categories with 14 winners, two of the categories having joint winners.
Here’s the list of winners in full:
RBC Focus: Filmmakers’ Immersion pitch prize (TT$20,000)
Winner: Shakira Bourne
BpTT Student Award (An all-expenses-paid trip to the International Film Festival Rotterdam 2014)
Winner: Maryam Mohammed
BPTT Film in Development Award (TT$20,000)
Winner: Kevin Adams
Best New Media artist (TT$5000)
Winner: Olivia McGilchrist
People’s Choice Award: Best Short Film (TT$5000, sponsored by NH International)
Winner: Jab in the Dark, directed by Robert Macfarlane
People’s Choice Award: Best Documentary Feature (TT$5000, sponsored by Agostini Insurance Brokers Limited)
Winner: Songs of Redemption, directed by Miquel Galofré and Amanda Sans
People’s Choice Award: Best Narrative Feature (TT$5000, sponsored by FLOW)
Winner: God Loves the Fighter, directed by Damian Marcano
Jury Prize: Best Local Short Film (TT$10,000, sponsored by the Trinidad and Tobago Film Company)
Winner: After Mas, directed by Karen Martinez
Jury Prize: Best Local Feature Film (TT$20,000, sponsored by the Trinidad and Tobago Film Company)
Winner: God Loves The Fighter, directed by Damian Marcano
Jury Prize: Best Short Film: (US$2,000, sponsored by the National Gas Company)
Joint First Prize:
Passage, directed by Kareem Mortimer
Previous Scenes, directed by Aleksandra Maciuszek
Jury Prize: Best Caribbean Film by an International Director (US$1000, sponsored by the National Lotteries Control Board)
Winner: Three Kids, directed by Jonas D’Adesky
The Jury awarded two special mentions in this category:
Tula: The Revolt, directed by Jeroen Linders; and The Stuart Hall Project, directed by John Akomfrah.
Jury Prize: Best Documentary Feature (US$4000, sponsored by the National Gas Company). Joint first prize:
Fatal Assistance, directed by Raoul Peck
Songs of Redemption, directed by Miquel Galofré and Amanda Sans
Jury Prize: Best Narrative Feature (US$4000, sponsored by the National Gas Company)
Winner: Melaza, directed by Carlos Lechuga
The jury awarded a special mention in this category:
God Loves the Fighter, directed by Damian Marcano
Caption: Damian Marcano, director of God Loves the Fighter, accepts one of his three ttff/13 awards