22–28 Sept 2021
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in competition: short + medium length narrative films

We are delighted to announce the short and medium length narrative films in competition at ttff/20.

SHORT (up to 29 mins):
Ici C’est Paris (Paris Is Here), dirs. Léa Magnien and Quentin Chantrel
Irma, dir. Lisa Cruz
Ma Dame au Camèlia (My Lady of the Camellia), dir. Edouard Montoute
Mortenol, dir. Julien Silloray
Pure Service, dir. Reyda Gay
Timoun Aw (Your Kid), dir. Nelson Foix
Yellow Girl and Me, dir. Isabella Issa

MEDIUM (30-59 mins):
Get Free!, dir. Akkel Charles
Mightier dan de Sun, dir. Trevon C. Jugmohan
Zeen?, dir. Calyx Passailaigue

#ttff20 celebrating 15 years in 2020
#watchsomething#ttfilmfestival #15in2020
#caribbeanfilms #caribbeanfilmmakers 

Image: production still from ‘Yellow Girl and Me’ directed by Isabella Issa

in competition: short + medium length documentaries

We are delighted to announce the short and medium length documentaries in competition at our fifteenth edition festival.

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT FILM

Coast Land, dir. Alexander Arjoon
Our Own House, dirs. Vanessa Bergonzoli, Jeremy Kaplan and Tyler Robinson
Atordoado, Eu Permaneço Atento (Stunned, I Remain Alert), dirs. Henrique Amud and Lucas H. Rossi dos Santos 
The Onyx Butterfly, dir. Yasmin Evering-Kerr
Unbroken, dir. Gabrielle Blackwood

BEST MEDIUM LENGTH DOCUMENTARY FILM

I Don’t Call it Ghetto, dir. Miquel Galofré
No Island Like Home, dirs. Giulio Gobbetti and Jan Stöckel
Men Sa Lanmè Di (Thus Spoke the Sea), dir. Arnold Antonin

Join us as we celebrate the fifteenth edition of the trinidad+tobago film festival! ttff/20 will take place 09–15 sep 2020, with outdoor and online screenings, talks and presentations, training opportunities and even a few cinema screenings!

Featured image: production still from Gabrielle Blackwood’s documentary, “Unbroken”

#ttff20 celebrating 15 years in 2020
#watchsomething
#ttfilmfestival #15in2020
#caribbeanfilms #caribbeanfilmmakers

Watch Something!

Join us as we celebrate the fifteenth edition of the trinidad+tobago film festival! ttff/20 will take place 09–15 september 2020, with outdoor and online screenings, talks, panels and training opportunities, and even a few cinema screenings!

ttff/20 will include new shorts, and features, narrative films, documentaries and experimental films, which explore the Caribbean experience. We also have a new prize and category for student filmmakers (whether secondary or tertiary) to encourage and support the early careers of emerging talent.

Our training and professional development programmes continue to be a core offering of ttff in 2020, with the launch of Masterclasses (intensive, multi-day online workshops led by international industry professionals), the re-introduction of filmmaker panels (which will take place via Facebook live), and more of our introductory industry workshops and training (online and in person).

Since our humble beginnings at the then Deluxe cinema in Port of Spain, the trinidad+tobago film festival has become a mainstay of Trinidad and Tobago’s cultural calendar, and is well-established as the premiere film festival of the English-speaking Caribbean. Screening – on average – 110 films over seven days to sold out audiences, ttff proves that Caribbean films are a dynamic and all-encompassing expression of what it is to be from this place, in this moment.

Keep an eye on this space to stay up to date with what’s coming up and follow us on social media @ttfilmfestival

#ttff20 celebrating 15 years in 2020
#watchsomething #ttfilmfestival #15in2020 

#caribbeanfilms #caribbeanfilmmakers 

ttff/20 festival artist: Mark King @markkingismarkings

Edit Your Trailer like a Pro!

Despite what you might think, editing a trailer is an artform in itself and requires a different set of skills to editing longer-form projects. That’s because a trailer condenses the crux of a film or TV show’s story to two-minute morsels that must be compelling while teasing the audience to ensure that they come back for more! A good trailer will form an essential element of your project’s promotional package – think this: you’re more likely to watch a movie if you’ve seen a good trailer for it. And oftentimes, movies that tease with trailers are more likely to build buzz and positive word of mouth before and during their theatrical, broadcast and online runs!

In this all-day online workshop, facilitator, Ryan C. Khan, will explore the key elements of a good trailer – what aspects of the story to leave in, what to leave out; graphics and how to use them to the greatest advantage; choosing the right music and essential information/ data to include in all trailers. Khan will lead participants through a trailer edit, using one of his own short films as a case study. Participants will have the opportunity to pull selects from the film and put together a rough cut trailer which they feel best represents the film. Finally, Khan will lead the participants through a constructive critiquing session of the trailers produced. 

By the end of the course, participants will have a much clearer understanding of the elements that make for a strong trailer, as well as how to pull them together for the greatest effect.

prerequisites

  • Participants must have a sound working knowledge of their chosen editing software – this class will not teach participants about how to use software 
  • Participants will need to bring their own laptops with any editing software already loaded – note: ttff will not be providing equipment or software
  • Participants should also ensure that their computers/ external drives have enough space on them to import additional film clips

logistics

dates: 11 september
duration: two sessions/ 3 hours/ session
times: 9:30am-12:30pm and 2:30pm-5:30pm

This workshop is no longer available. Thank you for your interest.

about ryan c. khan

Ryan C. Khan is one of the many filmmakers emerging from the Caribbean, a new frontier for storytelling. He’s won the Tribeca/Worldview pitch competition at ttff/12. Then in 2013, he participated in the prestigious Berlinale Film Festival Talent Campus and the ttff Filmmakers’ Immersion Programme. His work has also been shown at the Cannes Film Festival Short Film Corner (2014). Khan later began working in the advertising industry, directing TV commercials for major brands within the region. Currently, he directs, produces and edits his own projects under Ryan C. Khan Films while continuing to work within the region, producing projects for major brands.

Announcing ttff/20’s First Masterclass!

trinidad+tobago film festival is happy to announce our first masterclass, scheduled to take place during ttff/20. Register to participate online in this intensive five-part masterclass series on the art of creatively and sustainably producing your film with the acclaimed UK film and television producer, Lee Thomas. This course will be held online, so we welcome participants from around the Caribbean.

In a world where all the ‘gatekeepers’ seem to want to say “No”, it’s sometimes difficult to survive as a producer and get your projects funded and out into the world. This masterclass is an opportunity to take stock of your own projects, to grill our experienced facilitator, producer Lee Thomas, and learn from his mistakes.

No questions are off limits as we aim to create and facilitate a supportive environment. By the end of the five sessions, participants will have picked up or reinforced principles of producing that should empower them to make better decisions on their own projects going forward.


prerequisites

  • Underpinning all the sessions will be a case study of the film, “The Last Tree”. All participants are required to watch before the course starts. A streaming link will be sent to all booked participants.
  • We want to tailor this course to you! Participants will be asked to submit a short paragraph about themselves, what they are currently working on and detailing what they think their strengths and weaknesses are, in the capacity of a producer. 

logistics

dates: 07-11 september
duration: five sessions/ 90 mins/ session,
times: 2:30pm-4:00pm

This masterclass will be conducted online via Zoom. Once booked, you will receive your login information for access to the online sessions. 

Registration for this masterclass is now closed! Thank you for your interest.


course outline

session one: 07.09.2020

introductions + overview of The Last Tree, 90 minutes
In our first session, we will be using the case study of “The Last Tree” to take an “insider-look” at the five year journey from idea-to-screen from the producer perspective. This will include development, financing, casting, shooting, and distribution strategies and how they fit into the overall outline of creative producing.

session two: 08.09.2020

developing your assets, 90 minutes
The second session explores creative development in more detail. Finding material, evaluating individual ideas, working with creative talent, developing networks and maintaining a stake in your projects. A chance to explore how to develop stories that sell.

session three: 09.09.2020

the 3 Ps, 90 minutes
Now that you’ve got your story/ idea, we must figure out the best way to represent it. In this session we explore the benefits of packaging, presenting and pitching your project. Participants will have the opportunity to present their pitch for supportive feedback.

session four: 10.09.2020

financing + fundraising, 90 minutes
This session aims to demystify the principles of film finance. We will be exploring straightforward strategies for securing funds and optimising your potential to profit for your film project, with a special look into the pros and cons of guerrilla vs mainstream approaches.

session five: 11.09.2020

the recap and q+a
Time to reflect on the case study of: “The Last Tree” and tie everything together. Participants will also have the opportunity to make suggestions on what aspects they would like to expand on in this session and explore more specific issues arising. This will be a very interactive session where feedback will be a key element. 


about lee thomas

producer, Lee Thomas

Lee is a feature film and TV drama producer based in the UK. He is currently in post-production on INDUSTRY, an 8-part new drama series for HBO and BBC set in the world of finance, and directed by Lena Dunham. His film producer credits include The Last Tree (2019) which received 4 BIFA nominations and won Best Newcomer and Best Supporting Actress. It was also nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance Film Festival (2019).

Other producer credits include the Oscar nominated The Voorman Problem, starring Martin Freeman and Crush (Film4, Sony Pictures Classics), starring Andie MacDowell and Imelda Staunton. Executive producer film credits include Michael Winterbottom’s Silver Bear winning The Road to Guantanamo, a searing docu-drama about the Tipton Three, and Penny Woolcock’s 1 Day, a Grime musical using non-actors set in Birmingham.

Born in Tottenham, North London, Lee’s filmmaking activities started in Dentsu, Japan, working on the Sundance Film Festival in Tokyo and then as a self-shooting documentary producer-director for Japanese TV. Credits included Here Come the Drums, a 2-part special for Space Shower TV about the birth and spread of hip-hop culture featuring Chuck D / Public Enemy, Afrika Bambaata, Melle Mel, the Rock Steady Crew and gay rights activist Marlon Riggs.A member of BAFTA and ACE, Lee also runs screenwriting courses at Warwick University and Arvon Writers Centres. He initiated and guest lectured on the World’s first MA in Film Distribution and Marketing MA at Birmingham City University which includes professional placements with sales and distribution companies, as well as annual internships at the Cannes Film Festival and Market.

Call for Youth Jury Participants!

The trinidad+tobago film festival is giving five young people an opportunity of a lifetime! If you’re between the ages of 16 and 21 (inclusive), here’s your chance to apply to be a member of the ttff/20 Youth Jury and help select the winning film for the 2020 Youth Jury Award, which will be presented during the Festival in September.

Applications are open to young people who are interested in, and wish to develop, a critical appreciation of independent film. Applicants must be TT citizens, residents, or based in Trinidad and Tobago for at least one year prior to application. Prospective jury members must apply by writing an essay of no more than 250 words, saying what their favourite movie is and why. Applicants must also provide their name, date of birth, gender, citizenship, residence and school or occupation.

Applications should be sent to: hello@ttfilmfestival.com (subject line: Youth Jury Application). Successful applicants under the age of 18 years will be required to have written consent from a parent or guardian in order to participate in this programme.

The deadline for application submission is 4pm on 15 August. 

The five selected jury members will meet online during the ttff/20, under the guidance of experienced film critic B.C. Pires, to view a selection of films dealing with themes and issues affecting young people.

After viewing all the films in competition, the ttff/20 Youth Jury will choose the winning film and the director of this film will receive an award.

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trinidad+tobago film festival Presents:

georgia popplewell and filmmaker shola lynch in conversation

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Watch the powerful documentary, “Free Angela and All Political Prisoners”, on ttfilmfestival.com this weekend, and join us on Facebook Live for a conversation between Georgia Popplewell and Shola Lynch, writer + director of “Free Angela and All Political Prisoners”, followed by a q+a session. Sunday 12 July, at 5:00pm

Free Angela and All Political Prisoners”, streaming this weekend at ttfilmfestival.com/watchamovieonus, is a tribute to Angela Davis, radical political activist and leader who spent five decades campaigning for racial justice and respect for black lives in the US and African diaspora. Her work around issues of gender, race, class and prisons has influenced social movements for generations. Directed by Shola Lynch, the acclaimed documentary chronicles the life of Angela Davis as a young college professor and explores how social activism implicated her in a botched kidnapping attempt that ended with a shootout, four dead, and her name on the FBI’s 10 most wanted list.

Free Angela and All Political Prisoners” will stream to viewers in the Caribbean at ttfilmfestival.com/watchamovieonus, on Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 July, from midnight on Friday night to 11:59pm on Sunday.

Shola Lynch, documentary filmmaker

Shola Lynch is an award-winning filmmaker best known for the feature documentary, “FREE ANGELA & All Political Prisoners” (streaming this weekend at ttfilmfestival.com) and the Peabody Award winning documentary “CHISOLM ’72: Unbought & Unbossed”. Her independent film body of work and her other collaborative projects feed her passion to bring history alive with captivating stories of people, places and events. Since 2013 she has also served as the Curator of the Moving Image & Recorded Sound division of the New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. In 2016, Shola became a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Georgia Popplewell, writer and media producer

Georgia Popplewell is a Trinidadian writer and media producer and managing director of the international citizen media project Global Voices. She has worked in independent media since 1989 and has written extensively on culture, music, film, and sport. She started her career at the pioneering Trinidad and Tobago television production company Banyan, and is a founding member of Earth Television. She has worked on productions such as the Nickelodeon pre-school series Gullah Gullah Island and helmed the production team for the feature documentary 25 Years of West Indies Cricket. In 2005, Georgia started Caribbean Free Radio, the Caribbean’s first podcast.

The #WatchAMovieOnUs online streaming series is presented in partnership with The National Gas Company of Trinidad and Tobago.

in competition: short + medium length narrative films

in competition: short + medium length documentaries

Watch Something!

Edit Your Trailer like a Pro!

Announcing ttff/20’s First Masterclass!

Call for Youth Jury Participants!

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