22–28 Sept 2021
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Community Cinergy screenings end with weekend in Tobago

After successful outdoor events in Chaguaramas, St Augustine, Port-of-Spain and San Fernando, the trinidad+tobago film festival (ttff) brings its second annual Community Cinergy series to a close this Saturday and Sunday with two days of family-oriented activities and films in Tobago, at the Buccoo Integrated Complex.

Community Cinergy combines film screenings and live entertainment in open-air settings, and is sponsored by bpTT. This weekend’s film screenings take place in association with the Healing with Horses Foundation and the Growing Leaders Foundation, and the event is free, for all ages and open to the public.

Things kick off at 5pm on both days with live entertainment by the children of the Yahweh Foundation and a parade by the Healing with Horses Foundation.

Then from 6.30pm on Saturday a package of short children’s films will be screened. The lineup is:

The Itch of the Golden Nit
Director: Aardman Animation/UK/2012/34 mins
One Good Deed
Director: Juliette McCawley/TT/2012/12 mins
Mr Crab
Director: Faisal Lutchmedial/Canada/2012/5 mins
Director: Christopher Guinness/TT/2012/11mins
Tinga Tinga Tales
Director: Tiger Aspect Productions/2011/24 mins
Healing with Horses: Love & Magic
Director: Elspeth Duncan/TT/2012/37 mins

Then on Sunday from 6.30pm the drama Habanastation, directed by Ian Padrón of Cuba, will be screened, in Spanish with English subtitles. The film tells the story of Mayito, the son of a wealthy jazz musician, who imagines all Cubans live as he does, eating chicken every day and playing video games on their Sony PlayStations. When he finds himself lost in a poor neighbourhood one day, however, he realises this is far from the truth, and must come to terms with the class differences that exist in modern-day Cuba.

Habanastation will be preceded by the short film Dis ah We Own?, Roxborough Secondary School’s prize-winning entry in the 2012 Secondary Schools Short Film Festival, and Elspeth Duncan’s Healing with Horses: Love & Magic.

Before and after the films on both days the Tobago Night Market, an initiative of the THA Division of Community Development and Culture, will take place. There will be refreshments as well as crafts and other products on sale, and giveaways from bpTT. Seating is provided in the stands.

Image: a shot from Habanastation

The Story of Lover’s Rock screens at We Beat festival

Fans of old-school reggae are in for a treat when the trinidad+tobago film festival (ttff) hosts a free screening of the music documentary The Story of Lover’s Rock at the St James Amphitheatre on Sunday 16 June from 7pm.

The film is being shown as part of T&T Film Nights, which is sponsored by the Trinidad and Tobago Film Company, and as part of the annual We Beat music and arts festival, which takes place from June 7-16. This is the third year running the ttff is hosting a film screening at We Beat.

Directed by Menelik Shabazz, a Black-British filmmaker originally from Barbados, The Story of Lover’s Rock is a joyous celebration of a unique genre of music. Often dubbed “romantic reggae”, lover’s rock is a sound that developed in the United Kingdom in the late 1970s and early 80s. Against a backdrop of riots and racial tension, it allowed young Caribbean people to experience intimacy and healing at parties and clubs.

Lover’s rock paved the way for artists like Maxi Priest and UB40, and influenced Jamaican reggae musicians such as Gregory Isaacs and Freddie McGregor.

Seamlessly blending interviews and dramatic recreations with concert footage, The Story of Lover’s Rock won the jury prize for best documentary feature at the ttff in 2012, and was also a selection of the European Film Festival last year. According to the synopsis of the film from the ttff, it will make you want to “turn down the lights, turn up the volume, hold on to your partner and start grooving.”

The screening, which takes place in association with the St James Community Improvement Committee, is free of charge, for all ages and open to the public. Doors open at 6pm and there will be refreshments on sale.

Image: a shot from The Story of Lover’s Rock

Call for applications for RBC Focus: Filmmakers’ Immersion 2013


RBC Focus: Filmmakers’ Immersion 2013
Presented by the ttff + RBC Royal Bank

To be held during the ttff/13 (17 September–01 October 2013)
Application deadline: July 12

The trinidad+tobago film festival (ttff), in association with RBC Royal Bank, invites applications for the third annual RBC Focus: Filmmakers’ Immersion.

Mission and objective
RBC Focus: Filmmakers’ Immersion is an intensive development programme that provides ten selected filmmakers from the Caribbean and its diaspora with the opportunity to learn from film professionals. It will be held over four days, during the ttff/13 (17 September–01 October 2013).

Focus will include group discussions on a range of topics concentrating on the artistic side of narrative filmmaking, sharpening the skills and abilities of participants. There will be a particular emphasis on enhancing the filmmakers’ creative voice and storytelling capabilities.

Each filmmaker will enter Focus with a concept for a feature-length narrative film, from which they will be expected to develop a detailed treatment.

Pitch session and competition
At the end of Focus, the facilitators will choose their top five participants. These five participants will be given an opportunity during the ttff/13 to pitch their project to a jury at a public event. The participant with the best project and pitch, as determined by the jury, will win a cash prize of TT$20,000.

Focus is open to Caribbean filmmakers (citizens of Caribbean countries living and working in the Caribbean); filmmakers of the diaspora (persons of Caribbean descent resident outside of the Caribbean who intend to shoot at least part of their prospective project in the region); and international filmmakers living and working in the Caribbean. Applicants must have completed at least one narrative film (short or feature-length), but no more than two narrative features.

All applicants must submit a maximum five-minute excerpt of a previous film (narrative short or feature) via electronic file, stating their role(s) on the film (writer, director and/or creative producer). They must also submit their résumé and a cover letter stating, in 100 words or less, the concept of the project they would be bringing to Focus and what makes it unique. Participants will be determined based on the strength of all three of these items.

Applications should be sent via email to hello@ttfilmfestival.com

The deadline for applications is 12 July, 2013. Successful applicants will be notified by 01 August.

All selected participants will be provided with the materials for the immersion, lunch, a festival pass (which provides access to all film screenings and industry events), and invitations to festival-related activities. Participants not residing in T&T will be allocated accommodation (inclusive of breakfast), and local transport to and from festival-related activities.

Community Cinergy screenings end with weekend in Tobago

The Story of Lover’s Rock screens at We Beat festival

Call for applications for RBC Focus: Filmmakers’ Immersion 2013

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