MovieMaker magazine acclaims ttff among coolest festivals in the world
The trinidad+tobago film festival (ttff) has been named one of the 25 coolest film festivals in the world.
This accolade has been bestowed upon the Festival by Movie Maker, an American magazine dedicated to the art and business of cinema.
Founded in 1993, Movie Maker has a readership of 160,000 and its website has approximately one million unique visitors a year.
A panel of seven judges comprised of international film industry professionals put together this exclusive list.
According to an article published in Movie Maker on 17 November 2014, “Uniformly excellent cinema” is one thing that all 25 festivals on the list have in common, as well as “genuinely thoughtful, inspiring panels and moviemaker education events.”
Movie Maker also notes that these festivals “elevate their communities throughout the year.”
The citation—in full—for the ttff reads as follows:
“’A hip and trendy place’ with a laid-back vibe, our panelist enjoyed ‘liming (i.e. hanging out) with industry and locals at the bars in Port of Spain after an afternoon and evening of screenings.’ Sounds like paradise. The festival ‘supports the Caribbean filmmaking scene as a whole, as well as individual filmmakers, extending its coolness beyond borders.’ Extracurriculars include a workshop on film appreciation, and an industry networking event billed as group speed dating.”
Bruce Paddington, Founder and Festival Director, ttff, said, “We are very proud to be named one of the 25 coolest film festivals in the world. We have a fantastic team who include young and energetic interns and volunteers and, of course, a dedicated staff who not only love film and Caribbean cinema, but are determined to develop the film industry across the region and put Caribbean cinema on the world map.
“With the help of our sponsors and partners we have seen the Festival grow and become a highly respected organisation in the region and beyond. And, of course, we can never forget the filmmakers whose work and dedication to their craft make all this possible.”
The Movie Maker accolade comes as the ttff gets set to celebrate its tenth anniversary in 2015. Plans for the ttff/15 include the launch of a Caribbean Film Mart + Regional Film Database. This project is being made possible with the financial contribution of the European Union (European Development Fund) and the assistance of the ACP Group of States.
To read the original Movie Maker article, go here.
Film festival selections screen as part of Art Society exhibition
The ttff is pleased to be collaborating with the Art Society of Trinidad and Tobago in screening several films as part of the society’s November group exhibition. This Wednesday 19th September at 7.00pm, two films will be shown: Smallman: The World My Father Made (Mariel Brown/T&T/10′, a ttff/13 world premiere) and Luise Kimme: I Always Wanted to Sculpt Apollo (Eike Schmidt/Germany, T&T/56’/ttff/12). The venue is the Art Society, corner Jamaica Blvd and St Vincent Ave, Federation Park, Port of Spain. The screenings, which begin at 7.00pm, are free and open to the public.
Synopsis for Smallman: The World My Father Made
Kenwyn Rawlins had a passion for making things. In a workshop beneath his house he made push toys, model battleships, miniature furniture and dolls’ houses. Smallman is an exploration of the world that Kenwyn Rawlins made, as told by his son Richard.
Synopsis for I Always Wanted to Sculpt Apollo
The late Germany-born sculptor Luise Kimme lived and worked in Tobago for over three decades. This film, shot in 1994, tells the story of her life and art.
Last Wednesday 12 November Smallman: The World My Father Made and The Radical Innocence of Jackie Hinkson were screened at the Art Society.
Image: A still from Smallman: The World My Father Made
ttff/13 Selection about Grenada Revolution to Screen in Tobago
Forward Ever: The Killing of a Revolution, a feature-length documentary about the 1979 Grenada revolution and the murder of prime minister Maurice Bishop four years later, will have its Tobago premiere at the Kariwak Hotel on Sunday November 9, at 6.00pm.
Directed and produced by Bruce Paddington, the film has been screened in sixteen countries since its premiere at the 2013 trinidad+tobago film festival (ttff). With successful screenings in England, Canada, North America, Latin America and a number of Caribbean countries, screenings have attracted large audiences, followed by lively Q&A sessions.
The film explores the achievements and shortcomings of the People’s Revolutionary Government (1979-1983) of Grenada as it attempted to forge a new revolutionary society. The film focuses on the year 1983, with gripping and previously unseen archival footage, as well as first-hand recollections of persons who witnessed the tragic events of October 19. It examines the circumstances surrounding the execution of Maurice Bishop and his close colleagues, whose bodies were never recovered. With its multiple perspectives and different narratives, the film raises questions that must be answered about this key event in the recent history of the Caribbean.
Playwright and director Kwame Kwei-Amah calls the film “a spectacular and honest piece of filmmaking” while filmmaker Anup Singh praised “its nuanced concern, compassion and restrained rage”. The film was produced with the assistance of the University of the West Indies, The Fundashon Bon Intenshon, Flow (Columbus Communications), and the Trinidad and Tobago Film Company. The Tobago screening is supported by the ttff and the Kariwak Hotel.