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Kite Zo A (Leave the Bones) 2023 No Rating a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:18:"Wood-Jerry Gabriel";}} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Kaveh Nabatian";}} 1
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Ototeman Guadeloupe 2023 art No Rating A first version of this performance triptych was initially created for a concert which had the violins of the Holocaust witnesses and Gowka drums of emancipation from Enslavement of Guadeloupe converge on the same stage. In this renewed, edited and improved filmic version, each performance of the triptych was shot on a slave cemetery—or as I prefer to call them, a mass grave—in Guadeloupe (French West Indies). This performance film aims at raising awareness about those territories where still lay thousands, millions of bodies, desecrated through ages, desintegrating over centuries, under the earth, the soil, the sand… Forgotten forever, without sepulchres, without memories, without history. a:1:{i:0;s:73:"";} a:2:{i:0;s:75:"";i:1;s:75:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:26:"Stéphanie Melyon-Reinette";s:9:"biography";s:1260:"Stéphanie Melyon-Reinette, also known as Nèfta Poetry (as a poet and artist), is a performer, dancer-choreographer, cultural activist, independent scholar, filmmaker and above all researcher. As such, she has developed, as a filmmaker, shorts—never-screened and experimental films—and video performances. She accentuated this work during the Covid period, facing the impossibility to travel and perform. Her works—artistic or in social sciences—explore the sociologies of the French Caribbean and the Americas. As a performer, she has developed a series of experiments or performative experiences, some of which have been presented in her exhibitions, such as Toloman at the Czong Institute for Contemporary Art (June 2023) in Gimpo, South Korea. As an activist, she has been curator of the Cri de Femmes festival for 12 years and as a sociologist, she has authored several essays and collective books since 2009. She focuses on black bodies in performance; Afro-diasporic/black music and dance, gender and sexuality studies, masculinities, migrations and identities, Caribbean/Haitianities, etc. She was awarded the Bridget Jones Travel Award 2023 by the Society for Caribbean Studies (London) at the University of De Monfort, Leicester (July 2023).";s:10:"photograph";s:92:"";}} stephreinette 1
Stray Birds Trinidad and Tobago 2021 art short 3 No Rating English An excerpt from Rubindranath Tagore’s work “Stray Birds” – Aphorisms or short tales with micro meanings on man, nature and his environment a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Nalini Akal";}} a:2:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Nalini Akal";}i:1;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Richard Lyder";}}  , Beryl Mc Burnie- Anniversary, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, November 6, 2021, online, Mahatma Ghandi Institute- Rabindranath Tagore Jayanti, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, May 9, 2022, Mahatma Ghandi Institute,   1
In the Whiteness Canada 2022 art short 5 No Rating “in the whiteness” is a poetic exploration of identity through the eyes of a Harari-Ethiopian woman, displaced via war, now living in Canada. She uses poetry and movement as a meditative method of reconnecting with her roots and in doing so, establishes a magical bond with her ancestors. a:2:{i:0;s:83:"";i:1;s:83:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Niya Abdullahi";s:9:"biography";s:574:"Niya Abdullahi is a Multidisciplinary Artist, Technologist and the founder of @Habasooda, a collective dedicated to sharing the richness of the Muslim experience through a variety of storytelling avenues. Themes of identity, liberation and resistance inform her work. Her films have screened at TIFF Next Wave, Nuit Blanche Saskatoon, Breakthroughs Film Festival, Gallery 44, amongst others. She was a 2021 Hot Docs Accelerator Fellow and currently sits on the Advisory committee for the Nia Centre of the Arts BLACKOUT project and the City of Toronto’s ArtworksTO program";s:10:"photograph";s:89:"";}} habasooda 1
Pappyshow in the Dark Time, My Love Trinidad and Tobago 2022 art short 26 No Rating English “pappyshow in the dark time, my love” is a braided essay that asks participants about their relationships to concepts of revenge and justice. The accompanying soundscape and interludes investigates the potentiality of the call and response nature of Black sound for destruction and regeneration. Consisting of an admixture of soca, noise, techno and poetry, these sounds accompany the video and makes clear a confluence of sonic alliances across time and geographic specificity within Black diasporas. These interludes punctuate the essay as a reminder of our histories of resistance that have been syncretized into cultural festivals, namely J’ouvert in Trinidad and Tobago. Looking specifically at the social function of these genres and their use in public space to incite chaos within the context of pleasure, I highlight a lineage of Black musical provocation as an analogy for flattening existing hegemony and the commons. How can song conjure the sublime, necessary, and oft resisted work of deconstruction? Here, a desire for revenge and restitution can function like a bassline on J’ouvert morning: a scaffold for channeling body memory and a hope for something-somewhere-better than here; loose and freeing under the cover of night. The soundscape’s droning bassline plays throughout the video and materializes itself in the viewer’s body: dread made tactile. a:1:{i:0;s:77:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Shinelle Ambris";}} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:18:"Kearra Amaya Gopee";s:9:"biography";s:635:"Kearra Amaya Gopee is an anti-disciplinary visual artist from Carapichaima, Kairi (the larger of the twin-island nation known as Trinidad and Tobago), living on Lenape land (New York). Previously, they participated in residencies at Skowhegan, Red Bull Arts Detroit and NLS Kingston in Jamaica. Their work has been hosted at venues such as documenta15, Flux Factory, White Columns and at film festivals internationally. They hold an MFA from UCLA with a concentration in Interdisciplinary Studio and a BFA in Photography and Imaging from New York University. Currently, they live and work between Trinidad and Tobago and New York City.";s:10:"photograph";s:111:"";}} 1
Boys United Kingdom 2022 art short 7 No Rating English “Boys” is a film is a hybrid, blurring the lines between documentary, fiction and imagination. It’s improvisation, play and time spent with true friends. “Boys” is the playfulness and pressure of being a boy, trying to be a man; the bright, bold colour of youth bursting through. Born out of the ideas behind The PappyShow theatre company’s award-winning stage show (The Barbican, Vaults Festival), “Boys” the film is devised by and stars a group of young men of colour. a:1:{i:0;s:71:"";} a:2:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Tara Finney";}i:1;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Celia Willis";}} a:2:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Kane Husbands";s:9:"biography";s:801:"Kane is the Founder and Artistic Director of The PappyShow and a lecturer at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London. His work is all about community and bringing people together to move, share their practice and play. He is a facilitator, director, performer and maker specialising in movement, dance, ensemble and physical theatre. His work and research look into diversity, inclusion and difference and finding spaces where many identities thrive. His work is often site-specific and seen on stages, screen and in digital spaces. Kane is an associate of the National Youth Theatre, Squint Theatre and The North Wall (Oxford). He choreographed the Welcoming Ceremonies of the London Olympics, Paralympics, and the Glasgow Commonwealth Team. He has worked across numerous theatre spaces.";s:10:"photograph";s:76:"";}i:1;a:2:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Celia Willis";s:9:"biography";s:1094:"Celia Willis is a writer/director telling offbeat stories of quiet personal revolution. Her filmmaking mixes up fashion photography aesthetic, documentary, scripts and devised theatre making techniques. Collaboration, shared curiosity and excavating a story as a team, she nurtures talent both professional and street cast. Her first short film "Magicland" (2019) was commissioned by Channel 4s Random Acts, and has screened at film festivals worldwide. Celia trained at Camberwell College of Arts, University of Brighton & The Royal College of Art and she has a background in immersive theatre and fashion photography. Her largest immersive theatre show was commissioned by Emily Eavis for Glastonbury Festival and toured the UK for five years. She also co-founded We Are Photogirls, a fashion photography organisation empowering girls from all walks of life to redefine ‘beauty’, publishing the The DIY Fashion Shoot Book with Laurence King. "Boys" is her film collaboration with award-winning theatre company The PappyShow screened at The Barbican, with more 2023 dates on the way.";}} Moving Body Festival, Varna, Bulgaria, July 7, 2023, Official Selection, Bolton International Film Festival, Bolton, United Kingdom, October 4, 2023, Official Selection London International Mime Festival, London, United Kingdom, January 23, 2023 1
The Noise My Leaves Make United Kingdom 2 art short 7 No Rating The Noise my Leaves Make is a contemporary dance film that explores Black womanhood and the rural environment in England. The film follows three dark-skinned Black women as they utilise their Africanist and Contemporary dance vocabulary to engage with the Leicestershire environment. As Black British women, this space has typically been denied to them as a place of belonging. Through their movement, these three women claim the countryside as their own finding sisterhood, connection, and joy. a:1:{i:0;s:89:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:16:"Tia-Monique Uzor";}} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:16:"Tia-Monique Uzor";s:9:"biography";s:385:"Tia-Monique Uzor is an artist-scholar who is interested in themes of identity, popular culture, resistance, and feminism within African and African Diasporic dance. Her work critically engages Africanist dance as a vehicle for creating and interrogating African and African Diasporic worlds through interdisciplinary and embodied research, performance, choreography, film, and collage.";s:10:"photograph";s:99:"";}}  , Phoenix Cinema, Leicester, Leicester, United Kingdom, May 28, 2022, Midlands Premiere, Unit London, London, United Kingdom, May 26, 2022,   1
Eclipsis Mexico art short 15 No Rating A recently discovered monarch butterfly subspecies (scientifically named “Danaus plexippus eclipsis”) possesses strange toxins in its scales that cause powerful sensorial alterations in its predators. Intertwining vivid colors and textures of microscopic footage with the sway of the human body, this is a sci-fi speculation about what would happen to human beings if they came across the Eclipsis butterfly in the midst of our hurting world. a:1:{i:0;s:75:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:24:"Tania Hernández Velasco";}} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:24:"Tania Hernández Velasco";}} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:24:"Tania Hernández Velasco";s:9:"biography";s:878:"Tania is a de-indiginezed filmmaker born in México City. Through a poetic, playful and sensory approach, her work explores questions of territory, nature, legacy and identity that traverse her Brown body and her intimate sphere. "Titixe" (2018), her first feature documentary in which she holds directing, editing, producing and cinematography credits, has been selected in more than forty international film festivals and collected several awards. In 2019, she was selected as a Flaherty Seminar Professional Development Fellow (Flaherty Seminar, NY) and was awarded the Charles C Guggenheim Emerging Artist Award (Full Frame FF, NC). She is currently working on her second film "My Body Is an Expanding Star," in collaboration with Semillites Hernández Velasco. This project has been supported by FOCINE-IMCINE (2021) and Firelight Media’s William Greaves Fund (US, 2021).";s:10:"photograph";s:90:"";}} 1
A Syncretism in Kayryouacou Grenada 2022 art short 7 No Rating English In this Carib Futuristic performance art presentation, the spirit of Carriacou’s Shakespeare Mas is transmuted into a digital vocal chorale. Two participants evaluate their place in the world from their small island “wings” of Grenada. a:1:{i:0;s:85:"";} a:2:{i:0;a:2:{s:4:"name";s:10:"Ian Friday";s:9:"biography";s:697:"Ian Friday is an audio/visual curator and performance artist who explores and exhibits cultural traditions and histories of people from the African diaspora. Founder of Global Soul Music, Ian produces music that archive and uncover ongoing black musical cultures connecting house, soul, afro beat, jazz and world music. As Associate Director and Performance Curator of The Colored Girls Museum, Ian assists in developing programming and creates marketing for the museum's social media platforms. The histories of people from African descent have been passed down through the ages primarily through oral tradition. Music and art serve as conduits to deepening our understanding of those narratives.";}i:1;a:2:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Samuel Ogilvie";s:9:"biography";s:488:"Samuel Ogilvie's multi-faceted creative journey began in Jamaica, where he spent the first 6 years of his life... beginning with acting, he participated in a family-led theatrical performance for his neighborhood when he was 5 years old. In later years he would continue along the path of the arts through high school, TA Marryshow Community College and Florida International University, culminating in his decision to jump into a professional video and film production career since 2012.";}}  , Venice Art Biennale 2022, Venice, Italy, April 23, 2022, Grenada Pavilion Launch, Carriacou Art Exhibit, Hillsborough, Carriacou, Grenada, March 2, 2023, Carriacou Premiere,   1
Consequences of Remembering Trinidad and Tobago 2022 art short 2 No Rating English Experimental video work based on trauma faced in 2021 using photography from both that time and now. a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Marinna Shareef";}} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Marinna Shareef";}} a:1:{i:0;a:2:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Marinna Shareef";s:10:"photograph";s:101:"";}} The Caribbean Digital x Alice Yard, Puerto Rico, November 18, 2022, Puerto Rico Premiere,   1
Just 3 People Talking Guyana 2022 No Rating Not many Black women own a piece of the Amazon rainforest in our protracted age of gendered and racialized extraction. This filmic meditation introduces audiences to one such person, Aunty Joan, whose possession of 357 acres of precious land remains far from settled. Informed by Afro-Indigenous Guyanese Spiritualist or Komfa philosophies and practices, Joan is also Dolly, her ancestor Jumbi thought to be bassidy, or “flighty.” A journalist and novelist now in her eighties, Joan has been working for decades along with her spirit guide Bassidy Dolly to realize her dreams for Yukuriba Heights, a once-self-sustainable farm and projected arts commune. a:1:{i:0;s:86:"";} a:2:{i:0;s:88:"";i:1;s:88:"";} a:2:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Jeremy Peretz";s:9:"biography";s:303:"Jeremy Jacob Peretz teaches cultural and Caribbean studies at the University of Guyana. He holds a BA in anthropology and PhD in culture and performance, both from UCLA. His scholarship has been widely recognized, most recently with the Caribbean Studies Association’s Best Dissertation Award of 2022.";s:10:"photograph";s:93:"";}i:1;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Joan Cambridge";s:9:"biography";s:326:"Joan Cambridge-Mayfield is an activist, former leading member of Guyana’s press corps, and author of the critically acclaimed novel "Clarise Cumberbatch Want to Go Home." In the 1980s Joan walked away from her appointed scholar’s desk at the US Library of Congress to study for two decades in Guyana’s rainforests.";s:10:"photograph";s:94:"";}} 1
Paria’s Pearl Trinidad and Tobago 2022 No Rating I don’t know where my family was from. I couldn’t locate myself in China, even when I visited Shanghai with a friend in 2018. Paria’s Pearl was/is my search for the body’s of water routes; from a small village on the banks of the Pearl River, merging with the Atlantic, through the Dragon’s Mouth spilling into the Gulf of Paria. These bodies of water hold memories that flood the streets of Port of Spain and perhaps that’s why the Dragon couldn’t dance or look at its own reflection. When I looked down at the cloudy waters, I saw my shadowy reflection. When the water was clear, there was only my shadow cast onto the seabed which nested a pearlescent glint. A promise of wealth that the dragon dove into the ocean for and when it came up for air — it was a shop on Charlotte Street. Paria’s Pearl is a fabulation of an alienated Chinese identity and it transforms through make-up, fashion, music, dance and performance into being, via Dragon mas. Witness the creation of my Trini-Chinese identity. a:2:{i:0;s:79:"";i:1;s:79:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Suelyn Choo";s:9:"biography";s:1002:"Suelyn Choo is an emerging, multifaceted Trinidadian artist and organizer. She explores self-presentation and cultural identity. Particularly, the presentation and perception of the self in private and public spaces through work which includes self-taught painting, photography, makeup, fashion, dance, performance and film. Where the suspension within this moment of dressing and undressing can be a liminal space where the truth of human behaviour is revealed. In 2020, she showcased figure drawings in a group show at Alice Yard. In 2021, she exhibited paintings in a group show Relative and collaborated on a performance piece instigated by noted artist Chris Cozier, that was shown at the IDB Healing a Broken World virtual summit. Her performance piece, Paria’s Pearl, which explores her relationship with her Chinese family’s migration and assimilation was performed and screened at documenta fifteen, facilitated by Alice Yard. She was selected to be a part of the NLS 2023 group residency.";s:10:"photograph";s:82:"";}} pariaspearl 1
Bezuna United States of America 2023 No Rating Bezuna explores the complexities of fleeing a war-zone through the analysis of peripheral details. Through interweaving different narratives, the film presents the raw and broken feelings of a child and a cat whose lives will never be the same. a:2:{i:0;s:73:"";i:1;s:73:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Saif Alsaegh";s:9:"biography";s:621:"Saif Alsaegh is a United States-based filmmaker from Baghdad. Much of Saif’s work deals with the contrast between the landscape of his youth in Baghdad growing up as part of the Chaldean minority in the 19902 and early 2000s, and the US landscape where he currently lives. His films have screened in festivals including Cinéma du Réel, Kurzfilm Hamburg, Kassel Dokfest, Aesthetica Short Film Festival, and in galleries and museums including the Wisconsin Triennial at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art and Rochester Contemporary Art Center. He received his MFA in film from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.";s:10:"photograph";s:77:"";}} saifalsaegh 1
Une Soeur short 17 No Rating A night. A car. Alie is in danger. To get by she must make the most important phone call of her life. a:2:{i:0;s:76:"";i:1;s:76:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Delphine Girard";}} 1
Flesh short 12 No Rating a:2:{i:0;s:72:"";i:1;s:72:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Camila Kater";}} 1
Doubles Trinidad and Tobago, Canada 2023 a:1:{i:0;s:5:"drama";} narrative feature 91 No Rating A Trinidadian street vendor must travel to Toronto and decide if he will help save his estranged father from dying. a:2:{i:0;s:81:"";i:1;s:81:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Ian Harnarine";s:9:"biography";s:1297:"Ian Harnarine was born in Toronto, Canada and is the son of immigrants from Trinidad and Tobago. He attended York University earning a Bachelor’s degree in Physics & Astronomy and a Master’s degree in Nuclear Physics from the University of Illinois, as well as an MFA from NYU’s Graduate Film School. Harnarine is a member of the National Board of Review, The Television Academy and the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television. Harnarine’s film "Doubles With Slight Pepper" (Executive Produced by Spike Lee), won the Best Short Film Award at the Toronto International Film Festival and the Canadian Academy Award. "Caroni," about a West Indian domestic worker in New York, premiered at TIFF and continues to screen at festivals worldwide. Harnarine has made dozens of films for Sesame Street, one of which garnered an Emmy nomination. "Party Done," Harnarine’s feature documentary about controversial crime reporter Ian Alleyne, played theatrically in the Caribbean. "Doubles," a feature film, is currently in post-production while Harnarine writes an adaptation of David Chariandy’s novel "Soucouyant." Harnarine was selected by Filmmaker Magazine as one of the 25 New Faces of Independent Film, profiled in the New York Times and named one of Playback Magazine’s Ten to Watch.";s:10:"photograph";s:100:"";}} harnarine 1
Nayola feature 91 No Rating 1
Panel: Navigating Film Festivals No Rating 1
Black Barbie: A Documentary United States of America 2023 documentary feature 100 No Rating English Through intimate access to a charismatic Mattel insider, Beulah Mae Mitchell, Black Barbie delves into the cross section of merchandise and representation as Black women struggle to elevate their own voices and stories, refusing to be invisible. This film is a personal exploration that will tell a richly archival, thought-provoking story that gives voice to the insights and experiences of Beulah Mae Mitchell, the aunt of the Los Angeles-based filmmaker, who spent 45-years working at Mattel. Upon Mattel’s 1980 release of Black Barbie, the film turns to the intergenerational impact the doll had. Discussing how the absence of black images in the “social mirror” left Black girls with little other than White subjects for self-reflection and self-projection. Beulah Mae Mitchell and other Black women in the film talk about their own, complex, varied experience of not seeing themselves represented, and how Black Barbie’s transformative arrival affected them personally. a:1:{i:0;s:77:"";} a:2:{i:0;s:79:"";i:1;s:79:"";} a:3:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:18:"LinLay Productions";s:9:"biography";s:507:"LinLay Productions is led by Grace Lay and actress Sumalee Montano. The two Asian-American women support intergenerational stories that center multicultural talent in front of and behind the camera. LinLay strives to amplify voices that deserve the chance to leave a visible and lasting mark in the history of storytelling. LinLay’s first project, a dystopian sci-fi adventure titled The Deal, was produced with Lisa Brenner and Dean Devlin of Electric Entertainment and is currently in post-production.";s:10:"photograph";s:89:"";}i:1;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Camilla Hall";s:9:"biography";s:447:"Camilla Hall’s first feature documentary, Copwatch, was nominated for Best Documentary at Tribeca in April 2017. She produced feature documentary Circus of Books, premiered at Tribeca and sold to Netflix. She produced Freedom for the Wolf, which studied freedom struggles around the world. The film premiered at Sheffield Doc Fest, and screened at IDFA, won the Slamdance audience award and went on to show at over 40 festivals around the world.";s:10:"photograph";s:83:"";}i:2;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Jyoti Sarda";s:9:"biography";s:672:"Jyoti Sarda brings twenty years as a senior-level global marketing executive with major studios and blue chip brands to developing impact-creating, documentary and narrative content through her company Nimble Media LLC. Her current production And She Could Be Next, following  a defiant women of color led movement to transform politics from the ground up airs on POV in June 2020. She is also Co-Executive Producer of Equal Means Equal, an award-winning documentary feature that is an unflinching examination of the discrimination against women built into the US legal system. She is intently focused on improving the diversity of elected officials and the electorate.";s:10:"photograph";s:82:"";}} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:16:"Aaliyah Williams";s:9:"biography";s:1067:"Peabody Award nominated producer Aaliyah Williams is the founder of Just a Rebel, a television and film production company that focuses on contemporary stories that center and celebrate Black women. Just A Rebel’s first look deal with CBS Television Studios has been renewed for a second year. Previously, Williams ran The Digital Studio at MACRO, where she developed and produced Gentefied which was acquired by and adapted as a half hour for Netflix. Williams is an Executive Producer on the series which just wrapped production on Season 2 and received a Peabody Award nomination for Season 1.  As CCO she co-created the MACRO Episodic Lab with the Black List’s Franklin Leonard.  Additionally, she developed and produced 2018 Sundance selection Leimert Park which is currently streaming on BET+ and the upcoming film Really Love starring Kofi Siriboe, Uzo Aduba, Yootha Wong-Loi-Sing. Originally from Arkansas and Oklahoma, Williams graduated from Harvard and is a Film Independent Project Involve, Sundance, and active Ron Brown Scholar alumna.";s:10:"photograph";s:87:"";}} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Lagueria Davis";s:9:"biography";s:689:"Lagueria Davis graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 2007 with a BFA in Media Art. Since graduating, Davis has established herself as an award-winning filmmaker. Maid of Dishonor a feature she co-wrote was a 2016 Nicholls Fellowship Quarter-Finalist. In addition, she’s had four scripts place in the Austin Film Festival Screenplay Competition. In 2019, her short film, Light in Dark Places hit the film festival circuit and is now streaming on Amazon. Currently, Davis is in production on her next project Black Barbie: A Documentary and a 2021 fellow in the Mentorship Matters program. Davis resides in LA where she’s on the Emeritus Board of the Alliance of Women Directors.";s:10:"photograph";s:85:"";}} Blackbarbiefilm 1
Calypso on Film a:1:{i:0;s:10:"historical";} No Rating 1
Ramona Dominican Republic 2023 feature 82 No Rating Feeling unprepared to play the role of a 15-year-old pregnant girl living on the outskirts of Santo Domingo, an actress decides to sit down with pregnant teenagers all over the country. Throughout the process, as the girls lay out the stories of their lives on camera, they start to influence the production of the film itself, changing its course. a:1:{i:0;s:78:"";} a:2:{i:0;s:73:"";i:1;s:85:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:25:"Victoria Linares Villegas";s:9:"biography";s:560:"Victoria Linares is an award-winning Dominican filmmaker whose interests lie in telling queer stories regarding transgenerational trauma and sociopolitical oppression. Her shorts have screened at New Orleans Film Festival, Atlanta Film Festival, Shorts México, AMOR Festival Internacional de Cine LGBT+, among others. Her latest film 'Ramona' had its world premiere at the Berlinale, and has screened at BFI London Film Festival, AFI, FICCI, Guanajuato FF and FICVALDIVIA. She is the recipient of the True Vision Award 2023 at the True/False Film Festival.";s:10:"photograph";s:102:"";}} ramona_film 1
Footstep short 8 No Rating 1
Boca Chica feature 97 No Rating 1
Vincenta B Cuba 2022 feature 77 No Rating Vicenta, a Cuban woman with the ability to see into the future, lives harmoniously with her only son until he decides to leave the country. Immersed in a profound crisis, Vicenta departs for a voyage to the heartland of a country where everyone seems to have lost their faith. a:1:{i:0;s:82:"";} a:2:{i:0;s:77:"";i:1;s:78:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Carlos Lechuga";s:9:"biography";s:1195:"Writer-filmmaker Carlos Lechuga (1983, Cuba) studied at the Universidad de las Artes in Havana and is a graduate of the Escuela Internacional de Cine y TV de San Antonio de los Baños (EICTV). His short films have won various awards at home and abroad. His debut film "Melaza" premiered at IFFR 2013 and received wide critical recognition. His second feature, "Santa y Andrés" kicked off a long a successful festival run at Toronto and San Sebastian, while stirring a long-lasting debate at home for being officially banned by Cuban authorities. Although it has never been publicly exhibited on the island until today, it is considered a landmark of Cuban Independent Cinema. "Vicenta B" is Lechuga’s third feature as writer-director. In parallel to his filmmaking career, Lechuga is a celebrated writer known for his chronicles—published by Cuban independent media outlets such as "El Estornudo" and "Hypermedia Magazine"—in which he writes about his country’s everyday life in a sincere and emotional way. In 2020 he published his first novel "En Brazos de la Mujer Casada (In the Arms of a Married Woman)" and in 2022 "Ni Santa ni Andrés," which he co-wrote with Adriana Normand.";s:10:"photograph";s:91:"";}} 1
Panazz: The Story documentary 60 No Rating “Panazz: The Story” gives an intimate look at the Trinidadian jazz steelpan ensemble primarily from the perspectives of four of its key players, Barry Bartholomew (leader), Dane Gulston, Natasha Joseph, and Donell Thomas. The musical phenomenon began in the early 1990s when Barry Bartholomew and Yohan Popwell formed the ensemble initially to compete in Pan Ramajay, a competition that sought to highlight the improvisational skills of individual pannists in small ensembles. After winning four consecutive years, Panazz pulled out of the competitive arena to embark on their professional journey which saw them captivate international audiences with their electrifying performances in renowned venues spanning from Boston Symphony Hall to some of the finest concert halls in Japan. At the core of the film lies the groundbreaking music produced by Panazz for its five CDs. At the heart of Panazz itself was an immense love that bound the players as a collective unit. Together, they contributed to the elevation of Trinidad and Tobago’s national instrument. a:1:{i:0;s:71:"";} a:2:{i:0;s:74:"";i:1;s:81:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:16:"Adam Bartholomew";s:9:"biography";s:920:"Adam Bartholomew is a Trinidadian studying at Harvard College and Berklee College of Music interested in biology, medicine and film scoring. He plays the cello, piano and steelpan and is fascinated by the power of music in movies. Adam has been exposed to video-making from a young age watching his father capture and edit family videos. The COVID-19 pandemic took place during his final years at Fatima College. As in-person concerts and events ceased, Adam created many virtual performances for his school’s choir and band, and made videos for his friends and family. This gave him a lot of practice in video-editing. But in making this, his first movie, he has had to navigate the world of filmmaking and realize how much more there is to it than just the creative aspects. However, in facing the challenges presented, he keeps the motto of his alma mater at heart, Nitendo Vinces – By Striving You Shall Conquer.";s:10:"photograph";s:81:"";}} adam_bart2003 adam_bart 1
Shimoni (The Pit) Kenya 2022 narrative feature 97 No Rating After 7 years in prison, 35 year old Geoffrey has to restart his life in Shimoni, where he renegotiates the confines of the physical world while forced to face his nightmare in the flesh. a:2:{i:0;s:82:"";i:1;s:82:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:20:"Angela Wanjiku Wamai";s:9:"biography";s:960:"Angela Wanjiku Wamai has been working as a film editor in Nairobi for 8 years. She loves to edit documentaries because it allows her to observe human beings. She was recently awarded Best Film Editor by the Women in Film awards-Kenya. In 2017, she wrote "I Had to Bury Cucu," which premiered at the Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival. Her directorial debut "Dad, are you OK?" premiered at the International Female Film Festival, Malmö (Sweden). In 2022, she completed her feature debut "Shimoni (The Pit)" which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, and has shown at among others IFFR, FESPA- CO, and the Red Sea International Film Festival. The film was awarded the Etalon de Bronze at FESPACO 2023 and the Golden Film Award at the Luxor African Film Festival. Angela is drawn to stories of broken men and is often exploring the themes of fatherhood, grief and loss in her work. She studied film at EICTV in Havana (Cuba).";s:10:"photograph";s:97:"";}} shimonithefilm 1
Masterclass: Film Contracts and Agreements to Protect Your Film (with Fanta Punch) 90 No Rating 1
Masterclass: From Script to Screen—Protecting Your Intellectual Property in the Film Industry (with Fanta Punch) 90 No Rating 1
Masterclass: Funding Your Film (with Joanne Butcher) 120 No Rating 1
Masterclass 03: Finishing Strong—Best Practices in Post-Production (with Karen Mcmullen), Part 02 120 No Rating 1
Masterclass 03: Finishing Strong—Best Practices in Post-Production (with Karen Mcmullen), Part 01 120 No Rating 1
Masterclass 04: The Imperfect Image (with Jaime Guerra), Part 02 90 No Rating 1
Masterclass 04: The Imperfect Image (with Jaime Guerra), Part 01 90 No Rating 1
It’s Nice in Here The Netherlands 2022 a:1:{i:0;s:9:"animation";} narrative short 15 No Rating English A fragmented portrait of a boy nicknamed Crimson, seen through the eyes of the police officer that took his life and his best friend who witnessed it all. a:2:{i:0;s:83:"";i:1;s:83:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Richard Valk";}} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:23:"Robert-Jonathan Koeyers";}} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:23:"Robert-Jonathan Koeyers";s:9:"biography";s:771:"Robert-Jonathan Koeyers (born in Curaçao in 1992) is a multidisciplinary artist and filmmaker. He studied animation at the Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam and graduated with a visual poem titled "Here" (2018) for which he was awarded a Threshold Award. From a very early age, Robert-Jonathan knew he wanted to tell stories in whatever way he could. Throughout the years he has been using film, photography, animation, music, and other media to help turn his ideas and stories into tangible projects that people could relate to. Often deeply personal, nostalgic and introspective, his work often sets out to explore and dissect the human condition and tries to examine why we work the way we do. Robert-Jonathan currently lives in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.";s:10:"photograph";s:98:"";}} niceinhere 1
Raw Materials Jamaica 2022 narrative featurette 32 No Rating English Raw Materials is a coming-of-age drama. Sixteen years old Malik, a fashion prodigy struggles to understand his sexuality in a homophobic community. a:1:{i:0;s:78:"";} a:2:{i:0;s:80:"";i:1;s:80:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:21:"Sosiessia Nixon-Kelly";}} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:21:"Sosiessia Nixon-Kelly";}} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:21:"Sosiessia Nixon-Kelly";s:9:"biography";s:366:"Sosiessia Nixon is a Jamaican screenwriter, director and film producer. She is currently the head of film and television at iKon Media & Films. She has worked on several short films and a television series. Sosiessia is also the creative mind behind many music video projects which include the likes of Shaggy, Buju Banton, Sean Paul, Spice, Conkarah and Dre Island.";s:10:"photograph";s:93:"";}} sosiessia The Pan African Film Festival, Los Angeles, United States, February 19, 2023, West Coast Premiere, Programmers' Award - Best Narrative Short, Around International Film Festival - Berlin, Berlin, Germany, Germany Premiere, Best Short Film, Queen City Film Festival, Plainfield, United States, October 22, 2022, Best Short Film & Best Cinematography, Boden International Film Festival, Boden, Sweden, November 13, 2022, Sweden Premiere, Best Director - Short Film (monthly winner), Paris Film Awards, Paris, France, Best Short Film, Sweden Film Awards, Sweden, Best Short Film, Best Drama, International Independent Film Awards, Platinum Award - Short Film (monthly winner), 1261 Film Festival, Gran Anes, Grenada, October 30, 2022, Best Narrative Short, The Cotswold International Film Festival, Best Narrative Short (Monthly Winner), Royal Society of Television & Motion Picture Awards, Outstanding Achievement Award Short Film (Monthly winner),   1
One of Ours Canada 2021 documentary feature 88 No Rating English Josiah Wilson was adopted as a baby in Haiti and raised in an Indigenous family in Calgary, Canada. Years later, when Josiah is racially profiled at an Indigenous basketball tournament and refused the right to play a sport he deeply loves, his experience makes the news. In the aftermath of this hurtful rejection, Josiah is left to examine his identity, his shaken sense of belonging and the complex relationships he has with this family and community. With the unwavering support of his loved ones, Josiah embarks on the difficult path of healing from his past and finding his footing in the world. With deep compassion for Josiah’s journey, this honest portrayal of complicated family dynamics boldly asks us to create space for non-linear paths to self-acceptance, while revealing the empowering experience of being accepted and loved by your community. a:1:{i:0;s:76:"";} a:2:{i:0;s:78:"";i:1;s:78:"";} a:2:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:16:"Laura Perlmutter";}i:1;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:28:"Andrew Nicholas McCann Smith";}} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:16:"Yasmine Mathurin";}} a:1:{i:0;a:2:{s:4:"name";s:16:"Yasmine Mathurin";s:10:"photograph";s:86:"";}} OneofOurs_Doc 1
Benediksyon // Bendición (Benediction) United States of America 2022 documentary short 8 No Rating Haitian Creole, Spanish Two immigrant men of the Caribbean and Latin American diaspora reflect on their religious beliefs, past experiences and memories… from displacement, exile, and personal struggles within their own native countries to finding a sense of place and community in Homestead, Florida through the guidance of human perseverance and religion. a:1:{i:0;s:83:"";} a:2:{i:0;s:78:"";i:1;s:78:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Paolo Cesti";}} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Paolo Cesti";s:9:"biography";s:698:"Paolo Cesti is a Latino-American filmmaker of Cuban and Peruvian descent, based in Miami, Florida. He is an alumnus of the After School Film Institute program (ASFI), whereas he had the privilege of working with and being mentored by local Miami-based industry filmmakers from a particularly young age. Paolo’s work delves into the ubiquity and infiniteness of memory and moment, as his work typically is derived from deeply human experiences of loss, love, yearning, exile, community, and intimacy. He is a former member of the UK-based !GWAK multi-disciplinary artists’ collective and is currently acquiring a BFA degree in Film at the Florida State University College of Motion Picture Arts.";s:10:"photograph";s:81:"";}} paolo.cesti Sun Pass Film Festival, Miami, Florida, United States, April 16, 2023, World Premiere, Official Selection, Philadelphia Latino Film Festival, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, July 5, 2023, Philadelphia Premiere, Official Selection, trinidad+tobago film festival, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, Caribbean Premiere, Official Selection,   1
Canto Errante (Wandering Song) The Dominican Republic 2022 narrative short 6 No Rating Spanish A little girl narrates the myth of original sin: A tear in the garden of Eden. On the other side of that crack, a cold bare bedroom. On the faded wall, a little piece of lost paradise. a:1:{i:0;s:78:"";} a:2:{i:0;s:80:"";i:1;s:80:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:18:"Genesis Valenzuela";}} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:19:"Génesis Valenzuela";s:9:"biography";s:1356:"Génesis Valenzuela was born in 1988 in the Dominican Republic. She studied Dramatic Arts at the National School of Fine Arts. In that same school she took the preparatory course in sculpture. In 2014 she graduated in Advertising, but disenchanted with the profession, in 2017 she enrolled in the Altos de Chavón Film School to pursue directing. There she made the animated short film "Industrializado," exhibited in the Animation section of the International Festival of New Latin American Cinema in Havana in 2018, and in the Animazine section of the Malaga Film Festival in 2019. Her thesis short film, called "Desideria," a docu-essay, premiered at the Internacional film festival Doc Buenos Aires, and in the Ibero-American Short Films showcase at the Quito International Film Festival. In 2020, she completed a Master's degree in Experimental Film at the Elías Querejeta School in San Sebastian, Spain. There she finished the script of "Monte y Culebra", in consultation with screenwriter Michel Gaztambide. With this script, still in the development phase, she won first place in the National Competition of the General Directorate of Cinema of the Dominican Republic (FONPROCINE). She is currently developing a new film, entitled "Three Bullets," within the framework of the Matadero artistic residency in Madrid, which she began in January 2021.";s:10:"photograph";s:91:"";}} genesisva Doclisboa Film Festival, Lisboa, Portugal, October 12, 2022, World premiere,, Miradasdoc, Tenerife, Spain, January 31, 2023, Malaga film festival, Malaga, Spain, March 14, 2023,   1
Vulnerable Trinidad and Tobago 2021 narrative short 11 No Rating English Vulnerable is a short film shot and produced on the twin island state of Trinidad and Tobago. The film explores the human experience of how we all are completely vulnerable at some point in our lives. The film focuses on experiences of loss, confrontation with our hearts, our true selves and removal of facades at multiple levels; and does this through primarily a feminine lens. Birthed out of the experience of heartbreak and loss of self identity it explores how one peels the false layers created to please the world at large in order to experience catharsis, and in some cases the sting of death, leading to reclamation of identity and true self love. Though heartbreak was the initial theme that birthed the film, it has expanded to be able to reach a wider audience who has to confront issues of self in order to arrive at clarity and a greater sense of self actualization. a:1:{i:0;s:75:"";} a:2:{i:0;s:77:"";i:1;s:77:"";} a:2:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Samara Lallo";}i:1;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:9:"Shea Best";}} a:2:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Samara Lallo";}i:1;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:9:"Shea Best";}} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:9:"Shea Best";s:9:"biography";s:1145:"Shea Best, is a filmmaker, dancer and chef from Trinidad and Tobago. Born in 1991 in the twin island republic, he grew up being immersed in various extra curricular activities inclusive of the arts. He participated in theatre production – acting, dance and minor technical stage work with a faith based arts company COPAC. Shea double majored in Film Production and Film Studies at the University of the West Indies. He has worked on numerous films in different capacities in the USA, Dominican Republic and Trinidad and Tobago. His directorial work includes Darkie (2011/2012), which played in festivals and private screenings all over the Caribbean, most notably the trinidad+tobago film festival and the Antigua and Barbuda International Film Festival. His most recent work, "The Cast" (2013), was shot under Vin Diesels’ One Race Films, in the Dominican Republic. It premiered at the Dominican Republic International Film Festival (2013), and then the trinidad+tobago film festival. His most notable film experience to date is his personal internship with actor Will Smith and director M Night Shymalan on "After Earth" in 2012.";s:10:"photograph";s:78:"";}} narushinta 1
Dusty & Stones United States of America, Swaziland 2022 a:1:{i:0;s:9:"biography";} documentary feature 83 No Rating English, Zulu “The most unlikely great documentary of the year is this one.” – Living Life Fearless Dusty & Stones is a continent-crossing hero’s journey story told through country music. The documentary intimately chronicles the remarkable ride of cousins Gazi “Dusty” Simelane and Linda “Stones” Msibi, a determined duo of struggling country singers from the tiny African Kingdom of Eswatini (known as Swaziland at the time of filming) who long for their big break. When they are unexpectedly invited to record their songs in Nashville and to compete in a Texas battle of the bands, Dusty and Stones embark on their long-awaited first pilgrimage to the ancestral heart of country music. Over a momentous ten-day road trip through the American South, Dusty and Stones bring their music to life in a top Nashville recording studio, explore the storied locales of their favorite country songs, and excitedly engage with the culture they’ve long felt part of from afar. But this sense of kinship is abruptly thrown into question when Dusty and Stones arrive in the small town of Jefferson, Texas to compete in the battle of the bands. There, the hostile leader of the local backing band threatens to derail the cousins’ debut American performance. As their family and friends back home wait for good news, a shell-shocked Dusty and Stones must take the stage and fight to bring home an award for Swaziland. a:1:{i:0;s:82:"";} a:2:{i:0;s:83:"";i:1;s:83:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:10:"Sam Bisbee";}} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Melissa Adeyemo";}} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Jesse Rudoy";s:9:"biography";s:734:"Jesse Rudoy is a filmmaker, musician, and born-again country fan based in Brooklyn, NY. He is currently a story producer and editor on a forthcoming HBO documentary series. He was recently a writer/producer on "Morally Indefensible," FX Network’s first podcast about the Jeffrey MacDonald murders. Jesse has composed original music for brands like Adidas and National Geographic and released music on the record label Let’s Play House. He is also the co-founder of White Label Yerba Mate Soda, a beverage brand served at nightclubs and raves throughout New York City. His first feature film, "Dusty & Stones," has received support from HBO, XTR Film Society, Gotham Film and Media Institute, Durban FilmMart, and Film Independent.";s:10:"photograph";s:86:"";}} dustyandstonesfilm DOC NYC, New York, United States, November 17, 2022, World Premiere, US Competition Grand Jury Prize Nominee, Calgary International Film Festival's Top Docs Screening Series, Calgary, Canada, February 1, 2023, International Premiere, Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, Missoula, Montana, United States, February 18, 2023, Northwest Premiere, Hot Docs' Doc Soup Screening Series, Toronto, Canada, March 1, 2023, Oxford Film Festival, Oxford, Mississippi, United States, March 4, 2023, Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival, Sebastopol, California, United States, March 12, 2023, California, Curtain Raiser Film, Filmfort at Treefort Music Fest, Boise, Idaho, United States, March 24, 2023, Opening Night Film, Annapolis Film Festival, Annapolis, Maryland, United States, March 24, 2023, Salem Film Fest, Salem, Massachusetts, United States, March 27, 2023, Virtual Only, RiverRun International Film Festival, Winston-Salem, NC, United States, April 14, 2023, Best Director Award - Documentary Features, Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival, Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States, April 16, 2023, Florida Film Festival, Maitland, Florida, United States, April 17, 2023, Special Jury Award for Debut Feature, Atlanta Film Festival, Atlanta, Georgia, United States, April 20, 2023, Jury Award for Best Documentary Feature, BAFICI, Buenos Aires, Argentina, April 21, 2023, South American Premiere, Thin Line Festival, Denton, Texas, United States, April 28, 2023, Jury Award for Best Feature, San Luis Obispo International Film Festival, San Luis Obispo, California, United States, April 28, 2023, Audience Award for Best Documentary, DOK.fest München, Munich, Germany, May 4, 2023, European Premiere, NorthwestFest, Edmonton, Canada, May 7, 2023, deadCenter Film Festival, Oklahoma City, United States, June 10, 2023, SoundTrack_Cologne, Cologne, Germany, June 22, 2023, Special Jury Mention, Woods Hole Film Festival, Woods Hole, MA, United States, August 1, 2023, Special Jury Mention - Best Documentary Feature, Nowadays Summer Screening Series, Queens, United States, July 25, 2023, Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival, Middlebury, Vermont, United States, August 23, 2023, Opening Night Film, Filmfestival Kitzbühel, Kitzbühel, Austria, August 24, 2023, Oulu Music Video Festival, Oulu, Finland, August 27, 2023, Footcandle Film Festival, Hickory, North Carolina, United States, September 24, 2023, Woods Hole Film Festival - Best of the Fest Screening, Cotuit, Massachusetts, United States, October 11, 2023,   1
Takbir Spain 2022 a:1:{i:0;s:8:"thriller";} narrative short 15 No Rating English, French, Italian, Spanish After two ISIS attacks eerily resemble passages from his latest book, a TV writer finds himself under thin ice when he realizes that the new TV show he’s been approached to develop by a mysterious Turkish production company might be used as a blueprint for the terrorist group’s new attack. a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Jordi Calvet";}} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Jordi Calvet";}} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Jordi Calvet";s:9:"biography";s:696:"Jordi Calvet makes his writing and directing debut with "Takbir". The short film amassed considerable interest from the media before starting production and several production companies have already commissioned the feature script. The director—a private banker by trait who has been working with the film industry for years by granting tax incentives to indie productions—is mostly known as a fiction writer having published three novels: "La Espada de Alá", "Tras los Pasos de Jack" y "Jaque al Rey"; the first of which had an impactful journey in several countries. As an executive producer, he has participated he upcoming short film from director Ney Loya, "Los Veranos de tu Invierno."";s:10:"photograph";s:77:"";}} SITGES FILM FESTIVAL 2022, SITGES, October 12, 2022, ESTRENO EN ESPAÑA, SELECCIÓN OFICIAL COMPETITIVA, FILMETS, BADALONA FILM FESTIVAL 2022, BADALONA, October 21, 2022, Selección Oficial Competitiva, PREMIOS LORCA 2022, GRANADA, GRANADA, November 18, 2022, BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY, GIRONA FILM FESTIVAL 2022, GIRONA, November 12, 2022, BEST SHORT, ASTI FILM FESTIVAL 2022, ASTI, December 3, 2022, Estreno Italia, BEST DIRECTOR, FESTIVAL DE CINE IBEROAMERICANO DE HUELVA 2022, HUELVA, November 11, 2022, Selección oficial, FICMEC, FESTIVAL DE CINE DE NADOR 2022, NADOR, December 15, 2022, ESTRENO MARRUECOS, BEST SHORT, TOKYO FILM FESTIVAL 2022, TOKYO, December 4, 2022, BEST FIRST TIME FILMAKER, EUROPEAN CINEMATOGRAPHY AWARDS 2022, AMSTERDAM, November 26, 2022, BEST EUROPEAN SHORT FILM, INDIE SHORT FEST 2022, LOS ANGELES, December 24, 2022, BEST FOREIGN-LANGUAGE OF SEASON (SPECIAL AWARD JURY), BEST TRHILLER SHORT, BEST FIRST TIME DIRECTOR, BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY, BEST ENSEMBLE CAST, BEST PRODUCER, CANNES SHORT 2022, CANNES, November 30, 2022, BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY, MONZA FILM FESTIVAL 2022, MONZA, December 30, 2022, HONORABLE MENTION, WORLD CINE FEST 2023, OPORTO, Portugal, January 10, 2023, BEST SHORT FILM, PACIFIC FILM FESTIVAL 2023, VANCOUVER, January 14, 2023, ESTRENO CANADA, BEST SHORT, MAJORCA ATLANTEANS 2023, MALLORCA, January 14, 2023, BEST FIRST TIME DIRECTOR, BEST AUTHOR, CENTRAL MICHIGAN FILM FESTIVAL 2023, United States, February 19, 2023, Best International Short Film,   1
Un Gavillero en la Sierra (A Gavillero in the Sierra) The Dominican Republic 2022 narrative short 15 No Rating Spanish Tormented by bloody events, a gunman flees in search of his freedom. a:1:{i:0;s:97:"";} a:2:{i:0;s:92:"";i:1;s:92:"";} a:2:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:21:"Ricardo Ariel Toribio";}i:1;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Natalia Ortega";}} a:2:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:21:"Ricardo Ariel Toribio";}i:1;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Frank Baéz";}} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:21:"Ricardo Ariel Toribio";s:9:"biography";s:706:"Ricardo was born in 1993, in Santiago de los Caballeros. He studied Cinema at the Altos de Chavón school. He loved the arts since childhood, especially music. Along with his brothers, he participated in an artistic project directed by his father called "La Parcelita." At the age of 16, he moved to Santo Domingo to play percussion in the group Rita Indiana y los Misterios. In 2012 he met the directors Laura Amelia Guzmán and Israel Cárdenas with whom he collaborated on various audiovisual projects, one of the most prominent being the film "Sand Dollars," in which he had a leading role alongside Geraldine Chaplin. His most recent acting work is in the film "Cocote" by Nelson Carlos de los Santos.";s:10:"photograph";s:105:"";}} ricardoatoribio 1
Pienso Mucho en la Foto que no Tomé (I Think a Lot about the Pictures I Didn’t Take) The Dominican Republic 2022 documentary short 18 No Rating Spanish Due to the lack of memories in Samuel’s childhood, the need to create a file of his close circle, his generation and context is generated; Composing a film diary of brief scenes, portraits of his loved ones, of the city of Santo Domingo and La Romana, based on images made by him and his friends. Thus creating his own memory. It is a celebration of life, a gesture of love towards his environment and those around him. a:1:{i:0;s:107:"";} a:2:{i:0;s:102:"";i:1;s:102:"";} a:2:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Jeure Tavare";}i:1;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:18:"Fery Cordero Bello";}} a:2:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:16:"Samuel Caraballo";}i:1;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Freddy Guerrero";}} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:16:"Samuel Caraballo";s:9:"biography";s:673:"Samuel Caraballo born in 1999 in Santo Domingo. He is an emerging filmmaker from the Dominican Republic. A graduate of Chavón La Escuela de Diseño, he has made significant strides as a screenwriter, photographer, and editor, both on collaborative endeavors and within his independent projects. Beyond this, he has also contributed compelling film critiques that have found publication in online magazines. Samuel's creative journey is deeply intertwined with his personal life, interpersonal connections, and his relationship with the urban landscape that shapes his surroundings. These facets have proven to be rich wellsprings of inspiration for his artistic endeavors.";s:10:"photograph";s:119:"";}} samuelcaraballo_ 1
Petit Frère (Little Brother) French Guiana 2022 narrative short 18 No Rating French, Portugese In a small village of French Guiana, Andy and Rosa have not heard from their mother for months. One evening, they decide to go looking for her. a:1:{i:0;s:98:"";} a:2:{i:0;s:93:"";i:1;s:93:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:19:"Collectif Lova Lova";}} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Léa Magnien";}} a:2:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Léa Magnien";s:9:"biography";s:164:"Léa Magnien (1990) Photographer, Director and Costume designer - Graduated from the School of Art in Aix-en-Provence and from ENSATT in Lyon as a costume designer.";s:10:"photograph";s:84:"";}i:1;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:16:"Quentin Chantrel";s:9:"biography";s:154:"Quentin Chantrel (1988) Chief Operator, Photographer and Director - Graduated in writing and directing from the GREC and holder of a degree in psychology.";s:10:"photograph";s:89:"";}} collectif_lovalova 1
Dude, Where’s My Doubles? United States of America 2023 narrative short 17 No Rating English Two friends search through Los Angeles’s expansive food scenes in search of doubles, a Trinidadian street food. a:1:{i:0;s:87:"";} a:2:{i:0;s:89:"";i:1;s:89:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:10:"Peter Tran";}} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:18:"Kevin Samir Ramlal";}} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:18:"Kevin Samir Ramlal";s:9:"biography";s:887:"Kevin Ramlal is a Canadian-born, Texas-raised South Asian with roots in Trinidad as well as Tanzania. Raised with multiple cultural influences, Kevin writes stories about outsiders searching for a sense of belonging, with a mixture of humor and heart. Previously, Kevin served as an assistant on Freeform’s "Kal Penn Approves This Message," Comedy Central’s "Hot Mess Holiday," and Kal Penn’s memoir, "You Can’t Be Serious." Recently, Kevin was the Writers’ Assistant and Script Coordinator for "The Santa Clause" on Disney+. Kevin is currently a Program Writer for the Disney General Entertainment 2023 Writing Program. During 2021, Kevin’s feature, "Citizen Nowhere," placed on Blacklist’s 2021 CAPE List. Additionally, Kevin participated in the Giant Leap Accelerator’s inaugural class, developing his original half-hour pilot, "Manifest," with Giant Leap Media.";s:10:"photograph";s:99:"";}} kevinsamram kevinsamram 1
Jonkonnu Nuh Dead Jamaica 2022 documentary short 6 No Rating English Jonkonnu Nuh Dead is a dream like exploration into the world of Carlton Walters’ experiences into what drew him into world of traditionally masquerade. It is one of the oldest dance forms found in Jamaica, but over the decades it has been marginalized. a:1:{i:0;s:83:"";} a:2:{i:0;s:84:"";i:1;s:84:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:16:"Vinton Eccleston";}} a:2:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Ryan Eccleston";}i:1;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Carlton Walters";}} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Ryan Eccleston";s:9:"biography";s:918:"Ryan Eccleston is an award winning Photographer/Filmmaker. Born 1980 in Kingston, Jamaica, he is an Alumnus of The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, where he studied Filmmaking, Broadcasting and Photography. Eccleston’s work has been exhibited at the United Nations HQ, Trinidad and Tobago, Greece, Art Basel Miami, Switzerland and Jamaica. He spent most of his life traveling and living in several countries including the USA , Egypt and Israel. This nomadic childhood allowed him to see and experience different cultures, which sparked his curiosity. This curiosity informs the way he approaches the subjects he wants to cover. In 2008, Eccleston moved to Ethiopia where he worked for several years as a photographer and cinematography consultant. During this time, he traveled extensively throughout Eastern Africa. Much of Eccleston's work deals with the issues of identity, culture, faith, economics and legacy.";s:10:"photograph";s:90:"";}} eccleston__ 1
Take It Back Trinidad and Tobago art short 8 No Rating A young woman asks for help from the mythical character Oshun, from the Orisha religion, to heal her traumas. a:1:{i:0;s:77:"";} a:2:{i:0;s:79:"";i:1;s:79:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Corinna Sequea";s:9:"biography";s:324:"Corinna Sequea is a student of the Film Programme at UWI St Augustine. She places a lot of value in learning, both through life and within the classroom. She has a great interest in cinematography and World Cinema – both go hand in hand in helping her learn to create images that tell stories and potentially impact lives.";s:10:"photograph";s:85:"";}} 1
1Place! Trinidad and Tobago 2023 art short 4 No Rating The film “1Place!” is an experimental motion picture which combines classical music, animation and still images. In this film, the viewer is invited to observe the physical environment surrounding the artist, who is depicted standing motionless in the centre of wide-framed shots. The short is filmed at various locations in Trinidad and challenges its viewers to seek depth in simplicity. a:1:{i:0;s:71:"";} a:2:{i:0;s:73:"";i:1;s:73:"";} a:2:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:16:"Cassidy Peschier";s:9:"biography";s:175:"Cassidy Celeste Peschier is a 19-year-old Trinidadian film director and writer. She is a student at the University of the West Indies, pursuing a Bachelors in Film Production.";s:10:"photograph";s:81:"";}i:1;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Chloe Cadet";s:9:"biography";s:344:"Chloe Cadet is a mixed media artist based in Trinidad and Tobago. She is currently pursuing a BA in Visual Art at the University of the West Indies. Chloe’s current body of work includes drawing, painting, illustration, tattoos, textile design or a mixture. She is particularly interested in experimenting with different media and techniques.";s:10:"photograph";s:77:"";}} 1
Welcome to Guyana Guyana 2022 narrative short 2 No Rating English Dwayne has travelled from England in the hope to meet his cousin in the Guyana. a:1:{i:0;s:82:"";} a:2:{i:0;s:84:"";i:1;s:84:"";} a:3:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Akbar Singh";}i:1;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Rae Wiltshire";}i:2;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Craig Talbot";}} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Craig Talbot";}} a:2:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Rae Wiltshire";s:9:"biography";s:158:"Rae Wiltshire is a Guyanese filmmaker based in Georgetown Guyana. His previous short film "Eating Papaw on the Seashore" is currently in the festival circuit.";s:10:"photograph";s:95:"";}i:1;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Craig Talbot";s:9:"biography";s:157:"Craig Talbot is a British-Caribbean film-maker from Peterborough, but now based in London. He runs his own company Rollick which has produced multiple films.";s:10:"photograph";s:89:"";}} rollickfilm rollickfilm 1
Allen Zweifeln zum Trotz (Against All Odds) Germany 2022 narrative short 15 No Rating German Younus does not give up…despite all the doubts! Fascination is glued to the strange but familiar father figure and mixed up with a growing longing for real intimacy. Cautiously testing and expanding boundaries, Younus is playing a risky game. When the tension finally unloads, he questions the deeper foundation of the fragile relationship. a:1:{i:0;s:101:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:91:"";} a:2:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:17:"Alexander Conrads";}i:1;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Laurenz Otto";}} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Laurenz Otto";}} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Laurenz Otto";s:9:"biography";s:394:"Laurenz Otto was born in 1994 in Jakarta, Indonesia. He grew up in a suburb of Cologne, graduated with a BA in Film Directing in 2021 at IFS - International Film School. He works as a freelancer for the WDR broadcaster creating radio plays. Laurenz is also a projectionist at the Filmpalette Köln cinema. He is currently working on a script for his debut feature film: "Dead Bodies Don't Run."";s:10:"photograph";s:87:"";}} filmschule_koeln International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, Oberhausen, Germany, May 6, 2022, NRW-Premiere, WDR Audience Award / NRW-Competition, SSIFF - San Sebastian Film Festival, Donostia-San Sebastián, Spain, September 20, 2022, Spanish Premiere, NEST - Official Selection, Bogotá Short Film Festival (BOGOSHORTS), Bogotá, Colombia, South America Premiere, Collection Competition, Filmfest Dresden International Short Film Festival, Dresden, Germany, April 9, 2022, World Premiere / German Premiere, Manaki Brothers - Intern. Cinematographer´s Film Festival, Bitola, Macedonia, the former Yugoslav Republic of, August 23, 2022, Macedonian Premiere, Inter. Short FIlm Competition - Official Selection, KFFK - Kölner Kurzfilmfestival, Cologne, Germany, November 18, 2022, Cologne Premiere, Kölner Fenster - Audience Award, Kinofest Lünen, Lünen, Germany, November 25, 2022, Official Selection / Short Film Competition, AG Kurzfilm - German Short Films 2022, Germany, AG Kurzfilm, Next Generation Short Tiger 2022, Germany, German Films & FFA (Federal Film Board), T-Port: Lighthouse Selection 2022, Euregion Film Forum, Maastricht, Netherlands, March 3, 2023, Special Jury Mention,   1
The Kid United States of America 2018 a:1:{i:0;s:14:"sciencefiction";} narrative short 6 No Rating English A woman and young boy are chased through the streets of downtown Los Angeles. Battered and exhausted, they protect something highly valuable and extremely dangerous. a:1:{i:0;s:72:"";} a:2:{i:0;s:81:"";i:1;s:74:"";} a:2:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:10:"Ellen Wroe";}i:1;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Brent McHenry";}} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Nicholas Wenger";}} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Nicholas Wenger";s:9:"biography";s:497:"Nicholas Wenger is an award winning writer-director-editor living in Los Angeles. He's worked in a wide variety of genres and styles, particularly centered in commercials and series television. He was born in Montreal, earned his MFA at the University of Southern California, and he's incredibly excited to have completed his first ever action film. This short has been a labor of love, and he's already hard at work on the feature version, which he's writing with producer and actress Ellen Wroe.";s:10:"photograph";s:81:"";}} njwenger LA International Shorts Fest, Los Angeles, World Premiere, Official Selection, Hollyshorts, Los Angeles, Official Selection, MethodFest, Los Angeles, Official Select, Best Actor Nominee Evan Alex,   1
Decisions, Decisions, Decisions Kayla's loyalty to her Caribbean parents is under attack as Mariah challenges her to get off the island and take her power as a Canadian teen, but a mysterious phone call compels her to choose her own path. Canada 2022 a:1:{i:0;s:5:"drama";} narrative short 14 No Rating English Best friends Kayla (Black 17, Loyal) and Mariah (Black, 17, Disruptive) have very different personalities. Kayla loves and respects her Caribbean parents; Mariah is ready to forget all things “island” and embrace her new environment with everything it offers, attitude and all. Kayla’s loyalty to her Caribbean parents is under attack as Mariah challenges her to get off the island and take her power as a Canadian teen, but a mysterious phone call compels Kayla to choose her own path. Life for Beverly (Black, 17, Fragile) is much different from that of Kayla and Mariah, as poverty is an added challenge that forces her into a world of different experiences. Now she’s at the end of her rope, and she’s going to do something about it. a:1:{i:0;s:101:"";} a:2:{i:0;s:103:"";i:1;s:103:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Andy Marshall";}} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Karl Hutchinson";}} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Karl Hutchinson";s:9:"biography";s:685:"Karl founded TKJ Productions in 2002 and has since written, directed, and produced more than 12 sold-out stage plays in the greater Toronto area. Three of his productions focused on children in the 9-13 age group. In the summer of 2017, Karl completed a project titled "Kofi and Kemisha's Wedding" with comedian Jay Martin. This play addressed cultural differences between West Indians and Africans living in Canada. These experiences prompted DDD, a project focused on teenage life compounded by the cultural differences between Caribbean immigrants and their children. Karl is looking forward to bringing his writing and directing skills to the medium of a digital short form series.";s:10:"photograph";s:103:"";}} tkjproductions Caribbean Tales Film Festival, Toronto, Canada, September 22, 2022, World Premiere, Official Selection,   1
Bajo las Olas (Under the Waves) The Dominican Republic 2022 documentary short 24 No Rating Spanish Génesis begins its journey under the waters that surround our island looking for an urgent response to the problems that affect marine life and, consequently, a population that completely ignores it. a:1:{i:0;s:78:"";} a:2:{i:0;s:80:"";i:1;s:80:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Santy Dominguez";}} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Jensson Cruz";}} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Jensson Cruz";s:9:"biography";s:104:"Young director with passion for film and love for the power of narratives to make statements in society.";s:10:"photograph";s:86:"";}} bajolasolasfilm 1
Las Virgenes (The Virgins) United States of America 2023 narrative short 25 No Rating English, Spanish Las Virgines is a short narrative, gynae-horror, film depicting the story of four girlfriends, in their early twenties, who have all kept a pact of virginity, except one. Our story details the sisterhood of Luna and her best friends, Lupe, Andi and Esmi, and what happens when they use their devotion to an ancient deity to validate their twisted perception of faith and love. When Luna falls prey to a young man’s seduction, her friends warn her to be wary of his presence and are, ultimately, validated when they discover he has been hiding a part of his life from Luna. This results in several secrets coming to light about Luna’s betrayal and what she must do to redeem herself and the bond between her chosen sisters. The girls seek out The Virgin Mary for spiritual guidance, then move to a more ancient entity, to act as judge, jury, and executioner, when their honor becomes defiled. Through a radical inversion of The Virgin’s life-giving power, the four lead characters use that sacred strength to commit the ultimate sin. a:1:{i:0;s:77:"";} a:2:{i:0;s:79:"";i:1;s:87:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Carmona Rivera";}} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Carmona Rivera";s:9:"biography";s:977:"Carmona Rivera is the Writer, Director, Editor, and Executive Producer for the "Las Virgines" short film. In 2016, Carmona received their Bachelor's Degree in Art from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. After graduating, they began work as a freelance videographer and started their career as an independent writer and filmmaker. Carmona is the founder of the film collective, Pomegranate Vision and has, now, independently produced, written, directed, and edited three short films. As a Texicanx film artist, they aim to capture the history and influences of their heritage by way of visual storytelling and communication in a digital era. They have a passion and dedication to creatively honoring Latine and Indigenous culture in a way that is authentic to their communities; it is their goal to find and promote new forms of decolonized representation in media and film. Currently, Carmona is the Constellations Fellowship Program Manager at the Center for Cultural Power.";s:10:"photograph";s:86:"";}} pomegranatevision 1
Yuta Brazil 2022 narrative short 18 No Rating Portugese, Spanish Matias and Franco, two Argentinians who are passionate about football, come to Brazil on a ride to follow the team they love: Chacarita Juniors. In “Yuta”, after suffering violence and police abuse, they both decide to strike back at the aggressors, even if it means the end of their lives. a:1:{i:0;s:69:"";} a:2:{i:0;s:78:"";i:1;s:78:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Matheus Malburg";}} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Matheus Malburg";s:9:"biography";s:483:"Matheus Malburg is director and screenwriter. Working in the field of fiction, he has directed some shorts, among them "Autenticamente Falando", which tells the story of MC Fioti on the night he wrote "Bum Bum Tam Tam" (one of the biggest brazilian funks of all time). "Yuta" is his latest project which tells the story of two Argentine football fans who end up in conflict with the police. In the documentary area, he directed two short-films, "Adeus, Geral" and "(L)os Visitantes."";s:10:"photograph";s:78:"";}} yutafilme Camerimage, Torun, Poland, November 14, 2022, Polish Premiere, Cortos Cali, Cali, Colombia, September 29, 2022, International Premiere, UWPG Film Festival, Winnipeg, Canada, October 22, 2022, North America Premiere, Still Voices, Ballymahon, Ireland, November 10, 2022, European Premiere, Early Bird, Bulgaria, November 5, 2022, Festigol, Santiago, Chile, October 30, 2022, Chilean Premiere 1
Ampe: Leap into the Sky, Black Girl United States of America 2022 documentary short 18 No Rating English Set in the sister cities of Accra, Ghana and Columbus, Ohio, “Ampe: Leap into the Sky, Black Girl” is a rhythmic love letter to Black girlhood across the African diaspora. Through the lens of the Ghanaian traditional jumping and clapping game, Ampe, the film takes us on a journey of sisterhood, loyalty, and nostalgia in a space created for us, by us. a:1:{i:0;s:98:"";} a:2:{i:0;s:100:"";i:1;s:100:"";} a:2:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Claudia Owusu";}i:1;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Michelle Zei";}} a:2:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Juli Sasaki";}i:1;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Claudia Owusu";}} a:2:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Claudia Owusu";}i:1;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Ife Oluwamuyide";}} a:2:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Claudia Owusu";s:9:"biography";s:432:"Claudia Owusu is a Ghanaian-American Writer and Filmmaker based in Columbus, Ohio. She writes from these two liminal spaces, internally and externally, trying to make sense of them. She believes in the beauty of community and the intimate stories we share when we think no one is listening. Her work often engages the spaces that Black women and girls occupy, namely their relationship with safety, carefreeness, and self-ownership.";s:10:"photograph";s:76:"";}i:1;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Ife Oluwamuyide";s:9:"biography";s:517:"Ife Oluwamuyide is a Nigerian-American visual artist and filmmaker based in both Columbus, OH and Brooklyn, NY. She is a student at Pratt Institute, studying fine art with a minor in community art and design education. As a black female artist it is important that she writes her own narrative, exploring the complexities and beauty of black womanhood and learning to embrace, love, and cherish each and every aspect of it. Through her work she hopes to provide access to the otherwise exclusive medium of visual art.";s:10:"photograph";s:78:"";}} ampestudyfilm 1
Cuerpos Vivos (Living Bodies) Honduras art short 17 No Rating Spanish According to the Honduran Public Ministry, during the 2020 pandemic, there were over 100,000 calls to 911 from women reporting instances of domestic violence. Shockingly, fewer than 30% of these distress calls received attention from the authorities. “Living Bodies” is a documentary that paints a picture of a society drowning in apathy and silence. Through the lens of the camera, the film takes us on a visual journey through a typical day in the city. It captures glimpses of windows, streets, balconies, apartments, buildings, and homes. As these fragments of urban life unfold, we’re accompanied by the heartbreaking phone calls of women reaching out for help to 911. Simultaneously, we’re presented with a mosaic of bodies of varying ages, featuring shoulders, elbows, moles, gray hair, wrinkles, and scars. Amidst this imagery, we hear the testimony of Amara, a 22-year-old Honduran woman who endured violence at the hands of her partner. Her narrative offers a stark reflection of the deeply entrenched stereotypes that women in Latin America are subjected to from a tender age. “Living Bodies” morphs into an experimental documentary that aims to use sensory-rich visuals and sounds to amplify the empowerment of female bodies. It also sheds light on the detrimental stereotypes that afflict girls, young women, and adults alike in the country. a:1:{i:0;s:78:"";} a:2:{i:0;s:87:"";i:1;s:87:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Andrea Arauz";}} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Andrea Arauz";}} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Andrea Arauz";s:9:"biography";s:1288:"Andrea Arauz is a Central American emerging filmmaker and executive producer of Aurora Studio based in Honduras. She has a master degree in Documentary Cinema from the School of Cinema from Barcelona (ECIB). Her past films as a director and producer include: "Awakening" (short fiction for Spotlight Initiative and UN WOMEN in Honduras), "Birthday Cake" (short fiction, Costa Rica/Honduras) and "Deprived of Liberty" (short documentary). She is a member and collaborator of the Honduran Female Filmmakers Collective. She is a member of Brown Girls Doc Mafia. In 2021 became the first Honduran to win the Logan Nonfiction Fellowship and the Emerging Content Creators Scholarship for the 2021 Diverse Women in Media Forum - NALIP. Since 2021, she has been part of the screening committee of Camden International Film Festival in the US. She is currently working in two feature-length documentaries as director "The Stillness of a Revolution" in Nicaragua and "1955 - Memory and Justice of a Forgotten Struggle" in Honduras. Her films have been screened in different film festivals in numerous countries around the world. Her latest documentary short film, "Living Bodies," won the Experimental Category Jury’s Special Award at the 6th International Women Filmmakers Festival in Turkey.";s:10:"photograph";s:84:"";}} AndreaArauz242 andrea_arauz93 Muestra de Cine Hecho por Mujeres, Guatemala City, Guatemala, March 29, 2022, Guatemala Premiere, Prague International Indie Film Festival, Prague, Czech Republic, June 15, 2022, Czech Republik Premiere, Official Selection, Honorable Mention in Best Short Documentary and Best Cinematography, Toronto Latin American Film Festival, Toronto, Canada, October 1, 2022, North American Premiere, Official Selection, Women’s Film Festival – Demakijaż, Lublin, Poland, October 26, 2022, Semi-Finalist, Cine En Femenino Festival Internacional, Bogotá, Colombia, November 8, 2022, Colombian Premiere, Official Selection, Festival Internacional de Cine de Oriente, Antioquia, Colombia, November 11, 2022, Official Selection, Das Mittelamerikanische Film Festival - Ciclo de Cine Centroamericano, Viena, Austria, November 20, 2022, European Premiere, Official Selection, 14 Hayah Festival Internacional de Cortometrajes de Panamá, Ciudad de Panamá, Panama, November 23, 2022, Panamá Premiere, Official Selection, Festival Internacional de Cine con Medios Alternativos FICMA, Ciudad de México, Mexico, November 22, 2022, Mexican Premiere, Finalist, Festival Internacional de Cine en el Desierto, Sonora, Mexico, November 25, 2022, Official Selection, Festival Internacional de Cine Austral, Cordoba, Argentina, December 10, 2022, Premiere Argentina, Official Selection, 6th International Women Filmmakers Festival, Izmir, Turkey, March 7, 2023, Turkey Premiere, Winner on the Experimental Category Jury’s Special Award, Porto Femme – International Film Festival, Porto, Portugal, April 18, 2023, Portugal Premiere, Official Selection, Philadelphia Latino Film Festival, Philadelphia, United States, June 15, 2023, US Premiere, Official Selection, Resistimos: Festival de cine documental, Mexico City, Mexico, August 18, 2023, Official Selection, trinidad+tobago film festival, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, September 21, 2023, Caribbean Premiere, Official Selection 1
Un Pessic de Mel (A Pinch of Honey) Spain 2022 narrative short 20 No Rating Catalan A mother and daughters relationships gets troubled by debt and the impossibility to make them happy. Faced by their harsh reality, they will make the most of their lives by adding small moments of happiness, as if they were pinches of honey. a:1:{i:0;s:81:"";} a:2:{i:0;s:83:"";i:1;s:90:"";} a:2:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Lidia Fermín";}i:1;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:17:"David Casals-Roma";}} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Laura Castelo";}} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Laura Castelo";s:9:"biography";s:332:"Laura Castelo has recently graduated at the Spanish cinema school ECCIT, where she has specialized in Directing and Screenwriting. During these years she has written and directed music videos, commercials, corporates, documentaries and four short films, some of which have been selected at different film festivals around the world.";s:10:"photograph";s:88:"";}} eccit.escoladecinema VOC Awards, Spain, Finalist, Castellitx Awards, Spain, Finalist, Student World Impact Film Festival, United States, HONORABLE MENTION, Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival, Trinidad and Tobago, Finalist, En Off Film Festival, Spain, Official Selection, Galacticat Film Festival, Spain, Official Selection, Mediterraneo Festival Corto, Italy, Official Selection, Valencia Indie Film Festival, Spain, Official Selection, Bayelsa International Film FestivalNigeria, Official Selection, Boden International Film Festival, Sweden, Official Selection, CineFestival San Antonio, United States, Official Selection, Festival Internacional de Cine de Cuenca, Ecuador, Official Selection, Premios Pávez, Spain, Official Selection 1
Black Girls Play: The Story of Hand Games United States of America 2023 documentary short 18 No Rating English “Black Girls Play” takes a historical look at the significant effect that Black girls have had on popular culture and Black musical aesthetics. Tracing back centuries, through an examination of African Culture, the film takes a deep dive into the use of hand games and other artistic communications to combat cultural language that was forbidden. The cultural aesthetics of hand games have permeated modern American culture and Black girls are often left uncredited for the impact that they have left on society. This film looks to examine this often forgotten world. a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:18:"Michele Stephenson";}} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Joe Brewster";}} 1
Martwe Małżeństwo (A Dead Marriage) Poland 2022 narrative short 19 No Rating Polish Filip works as a professional movie extra and he always plays roles of dead bodies. On the set of a historical film, he meets Lucy, who also happens to be an extra, playing a role of a dead woman. Whilst laying on top of each other during long filmmaking hours a bittersweet relationship develops between them in the unusual circumstances. a:2:{i:0;s:84:"";i:1;s:84:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Michał Toczek";s:9:"biography";s:389:"Michał is a film directing student in the Polish National Film School in Łódź. He has directed several award-winning short features and documentaries. His documentary debut "Strawberry Boys" was awarded at the Krakow Film Festival (2019), among others. HE is also a laureate of the Papaya Young Directors contest - one of the most prestigious competitions for young creators in Poland.";s:10:"photograph";s:87:"";}} Krakow Film Festival, Krakow, Poland, May 31, 2022, National, Best short fiction in National Competition, Tirana International Film Festival, Tirana, Albania, Official selection, Leuven Kortfilm Festival, Leuven, Belgium, Official selection, West Nordic International Film Festival, Alesund, Norway, Official selection, Brussels Short Film Festival, Brussels, Belgium, May 4, 2023, Grand Prix - Next Generation Busan International Short Film Festival, Korea, Republic of, May 1, 2023, Asian premiere, Vilnius Film Festival, Vilnus, Lithuania, March 20, 2023, Festival Internacional de Cine de Huesca, Huesca, Spain, June 14, 2023, Spain premiere 1
The Turtle King Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 2022 documentary short 26 No Rating English Mr Orton King is well-known for his work with turtles on the island of Bequia, St Vincent and the Grenadines. What is less known, is his harrowing story of survival that deeply anchors his lifelong connection to the sea. Travel with us as we chart the course of his life to present day, on his journey through the vast expanse of the ocean jungle to become The Turtle King! a:1:{i:0;s:80:"";} a:2:{i:0;s:82:"";i:1;s:82:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Jamali Jack";s:9:"biography";s:718:"With a passion for all things communication, Jamali has been producing professional video since 1997. He is currently the Digital Marketing Officer at the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Tourism Authority. He studied advertising for one year at National Chinch University and holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the International College of Ming Chuan University, Taiwan where he also lectured for two years as a Teaching Assistant for Television Production and Radio Production courses. Jamali has a deep sense of family values and has a passion for basketball and biking. He is also the Chief Creative Designer at his registered visual solutions company, iMaculate iMagez.";s:10:"photograph";s:85:"";}} jamalijack 1
Mate Australia 2021 narrative featurette 33 No Rating English After a long time apart, local deadbeat John must take care of reserved schoolboy Jack over a weekend in an insular working-class outpost of Western Sydney. However, Jack’s attempt to re-establish their relationship is threatened as John’s self-destructive nature emerges. Mate is an uncompromising examination of masculinity, maturity, and the challenges of growth within a changing social landscape. Featuring starmaking performances from Joshua Brennan and Jeremy Blewitt. a:1:{i:0;s:80:"";} a:2:{i:0;s:82:"";i:1;s:89:"";} a:2:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:17:"George-Alex Nagle";}i:1;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:10:"Ben Tarwin";}} a:3:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Daniel Corboy";}i:1;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:17:"George-Alex Nagle";}i:2;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:10:"Ben Tarwin";}} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:17:"George-Alex Nagle";s:9:"biography";s:773:"George-Alex Nagle is an award-winning filmmaker from Sydney. As a graduate of UNSW's College of Fine Arts and the Australian Film Television and Radio School his work currently spans short film, music video, and video art installation. His first experimental short "Real-Time" won the Boundary Breaking Short jury prize at the Sydney Underground Film Festival. Later, his AFTRS graduate film "Embrace" would premiere at the Sydney Film Festival before going on to multiple festivals and showcases around world. Most recently, his mid-length drama "Mate." became the first Australian film to be awarded the prestigious International Grand Prix at the Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival 2022. He is currently developing a slate of long-form projects.";s:10:"photograph";s:80:"";}} mateshortfilm Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival, Clermont-Ferrand, France, January 28, 2022, World Premiere, Winner: Grand Prix, International Competition, Brussels Short Film Festival, Brussels, Belgium, April 20, 2022, Belgium Premiere, Official Selection, Sydney Film Festival, Sydney, Australia, June 8, 2022, Australian Premiere, Official Selection, Palm Springs International Shortfest, Palm Springs, United States, June 25, 2022, North American Premiere, Official Selection, Melbourne International Film Festival, Melbourne, Australia, August 9, 2022, Victorian Premiere, Official Selection, Nashville Film Festival, Nashville, Tennessee, United States, October 1, 2022, Tennessee Premiere, Official Selection, Thessaloniki International Short Film Festival, Thessaloniki, Greece, October 10, 2022, Greek Premiere, Winner: Cinematic Achievement Award, Brisbane International Film Festival, Brisbane, Australia, November 5, 2022, Queensland Premiere, National Competition, Boston Film Festival, Boston, United States, September 27, 2022, Massachusetts Premiere, Winner: Best Foreign Short, Sapporo International Short Film Festival, Sapporo, Japan, October 7, 2022, Japanese Premiere, Winner: Best Director, Best Actor, Ojai Film Festival, Ojai, California, United States, November 4, 2022, Offical Selection, Festival International du Cinéma D'Auteur de Rabat, Rabat, Morocco, November 18, 2022, African Premiere, Winner: Prix du Meilleur Court-Métrage (Best Short Film), UK Film Festival, London, United Kingdom, November 25, 2022, London Premiere, Winner: Best Actor - Joshua Brennan, Molodist - Kyiv International Film Festival, Kyiv, Ukraine, December 1, 2022, Ukrainian Premiere, International Competition, Jaipur International Film Festival, Jaipur, India, January 6, 2023, Indian Premiere, Official Selection, Cinema On the Bayou, Lafayette, Louisiana, United States, January 25, 2023, Louisiana Premiere, Official Selection, Alexandria International Short Film Festival, Alexandria, Egypt, February 10, 2023, Egyptian Premiere, Official Selection, Magnolia Independent Film Festival, Starkville, Mississippi, United States, February 23, 2023, Mississippi Premiere, Official Selection, Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival, Minneapolis, United States, April 13, 2023, Minnesota Premiere, Official Selection, Columbus International Film & Animation Festival, Columbus, Ohio, United States, April 15, 2023, Ohio Premiere, Official Selection, Avanca Film Festival, Avanca, Portugal, July 26, 2023, Portuguese Premier, Winner: Best Short Film, Best Screenplay (Daniel Corboy, George-Alex Nagle, Ben Tarwin), Best Actor (Jeremy Blewitt),   1
When I Look at the Horizon India 2022 a:1:{i:0;s:5:"drama";} narrative short 26 No Rating Malayalam The semi-autobiographical film imagines the portrayal of a nonlinear narrative that combines contemporary scenes with childhood memories, and dream sequences. This film follows two characters, who have dealt with death and loss in different time periods of their life but is connected through the events. The film intends to traverse through the inner landscape of the characters, what are the characters doing with their lives and why, how the past influence the present and future, how may they reconcile needs and ideals with the disappointments of reality, and how can their relationships with family survive when the family world is constantly changing. A woman, who lost her partner of fifty years tries to set the rhythm of her life back living a slow and quiet traditional life, on her own. She owns a few chickens, in a crooked hen house. She feeds her hens, tends the land around, does the house chores, sits in silence, and often rests during the daytime, on her bed or couch. A man struggles to grapple with a certain closure with significant memories of his childhood. His father’s death and some succeeding events lead to a slow disintegration of the family. Father’s absence is a concern that creates an oscillation between past and present, He tries to imagine, make assumptions, and find similarities between him and his father. Stuck in between the tension of past and present both characters dwells in their memories through the house, household objects, and land around. The man tries to make images of the same to deal with the emotions of death, loss, and its aftermath. a:1:{i:0;s:99:"";} a:2:{i:0;s:93:"";i:1;s:93:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Tarique Ahamed";}} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Tarique Ahamed";s:9:"biography";s:280:"Tarique Ahamed is based in Kozhikode, India. He primarily works with cinema and photography. His interest in photography arrived through his deep investment in cinema. Through his practice, he engages with notions of memory and time, past and present, and still and moving images.";s:10:"photograph";s:99:"";}} tarique_ahamed_ 1
La Ultima Ascensión The Netherlands 2022 narrative short 23 No Rating Papiamento Rowin, a 22-year-old fisherman from Banda Abou (Curaçao) has little luck catching fish at his fishing spot. He goes there everyday despite the disapproval of his mother. One day, on the coastline where he fishes daily, he encounters a mysterious young man who will change everything. a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:17:"Danielle Guirguis";}} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Kevin Osepa";}} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Kevin Osepa";s:9:"biography";s:911:"Kevin Osepa (1994) was born and raised in Curaçao. In 2017 he graduated from the University of the Arts Utrecht in photography. With the Mester Blousé project in which he examines how much his identity has been shaped by the spirituality and rituals of his native country, he became the youngest ever nominee for the Volkskrant Visual Arts Award. Numerous nominations, awards and exhibitions soon followed, among others in the Stedelijk Museum Schiedam, Nederlands Fotomuseum, Amsterdam Museum and TENT. Osepa quickly became an important young voice in the art world. He shifted his focus from photography to film, and his debut "Watamula" (2020) won three nominations for a Gouden Kalf. A key theme in Osepa's oeuvre is his research into Afro-Caribbean identity within a postcolonial reality. The stories he tells often have a strong personal starting point. "La Última Ascensión" is his second short film.";s:10:"photograph";s:89:"";}} Netherlands Film Festival, Netherlands, September 21, 2022, World Première, Gouden Kalf Award for Best Short Film,   1
Porto Príncipe (Port-au-Prince) Brazil 2023 narrative feature 90 No Rating Portugese Bertha is a widow and lives alone on an isolated farm in the mountains of Santa Catarina. Beginning to face difficulties in keeping the property running, Bertha is under pressure from her son who wants her to live with him in an upscale neighborhood of Florianópolis. Upon learning about the arrival of a group of Haitians in Santa Catarina, Bertha decides to bring the Haitian Bastide to work and live with her, fueling her son’s hostility. Living together transforms the working relationship between Bertha and Bastide into a sincere friendship between two people from different cultures who share common ideas and feelings. a:2:{i:0;s:81:"";i:1;s:81:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:8:"PH Souza";}} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Marcelo Esteves";}} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:24:"Maria Emília de Azevedo";s:9:"biography";s:474:"Maria Emília de Azevedo is a screenwriter, executive producer, and filmmaker. She directed the short films "Alva Paixão" (1995), "Roda dos Expostos" (2001), "Um Tiro na Asa", "Mulher Azul" (2010), among others. She is the executive producer of several films, including the stop-motion animated short film "Pillow of Feathers". She is the director of the feature film "Porto Príncipe" ("Port-au-Prince"), contemplated in the PRODECINE 1/2019 of cinematographic production.";s:10:"photograph";s:95:"";}} cafeinaproducoes 1
Zemi United Kingdom 2023 a:1:{i:0;s:6:"horror";} narrative short 15 No Rating English, Spanish During his first international tour, Zemi, an up-and-coming Dominican rapper, faces the age-old battle between creative integrity and encompassing ambition. While external voices challenge his values, Zemi calls upon a powerful spirit to defend his truth. This is film about a clash between self-discovery and the socioeconomic structures that merchandise and profit from the self. Which power dynamics come into play in the process of individuation? What does it mean to be who I am? To what extent do my beliefs, culture and history define me? These are some of the questions I’ve been asking myself for some time. I probably will never reach an absolute answer, however, both spirituality and music lay the foundations to explore them through both a postcolonial and postmodernist lens. Afro-Dominican traditional rhythms like Palos and contemporary Dembow bangers might bring us more reflections than expected about our past, present and future. And consequently, about ourselves. a:1:{i:0;s:76:"";} a:2:{i:0;s:78:"";i:1;s:78:"";} a:2:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Libby Walker";}i:1;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Ariana Lebron";}} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:25:"Víctor Arcturus Estrella";}} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Dominic Crane";s:9:"biography";s:244:"Dominic is an actor and filmmaker from Suffolk in the East of England. He directed his first short film "Zemi" in collaboration with fellow course mate Victor Arcturus Estrella whilst studying at the Royal Central of School of Speech and Drama.";s:10:"photograph";s:76:"";}} zemi_film zemi_film 1
Ricky An ex-offender struggling with new freedom pursues redemption at all costs when given a job from his neighbour. United States of America 2022 narrative short 20 No Rating English Ricky, a recently released ex-offender, needs to find a job to avoid violating his parole. His longtime neighbour, Bernetta, offers him a job at her diner under the condition that he doesn’t screw up. James, Ricky’s younger brother, teaches him how to drive but they get into trouble with their mother, Winsome, for James allowing Ricky to drive home. After a late night of partying with his brother James, Ricky wakes up late the next morning. He asks James for a ride to work, but James is still wasted from the night before. Taking matters into his own hands to get to work on time results in a major mishap. Will Ricky own up to his mistake or let his brother take the fall for him? a:1:{i:0;s:77:"";} a:2:{i:0;s:79:"";i:1;s:72:"";} a:3:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:16:"Pierre M Coleman";}i:1;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Ramfis Myrthil";}i:2;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Simon Taufique";}} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Rashad Frett";}} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Rashad Frett";s:9:"biography";s:1484:"Rashad Frett is an Award-Winning Caribbean American Filmmaker based in NYC. He pursued the arts seriously after experiencing 9/11 as a Combat Medic in the U.S. Army. At that time, creating a positive social impact through the power of media became his passion. Frett is a recent MFA graduate of the Prestigious NYU Tisch Graduate Film Program. His dedication to the craft has earned him many awards including a BAFTA - HBO scholarship, a Martin Scorsese Young Filmmakers scholarship, a DGA Student Film Award Winner, a BET Blackhouse Foundation Fellow at Sundance, a Prestigious King Wasserman Award Winner at NYU's First Run film festival, a National Grand Prize Winner of Gentleman Jack's Real to Reel film competition with Omari Hardwick, a Spike Lee Production Fellowship, the first Cary Fukunaga Production Fund Recipient, as well as being selected for the Ryan Murphy’s HALF Initiative Director Shadowing program. His recent film “Ricky” had its world premiere at the 2023 Sundance Film Festival. Frett is also apart of the 2023 Sundance Feature Film Program as a Screenwriters Lab and Directors Lab Fellow. Additionally, his work has screened in Prestigious festivals including SXSW, Berlinale, and American Black Film Festival. His work has also aired on Showtime, The Stephen Colbert Show, NPR Tiny Desk, Tidal, and his team was featured in Rolling Stone magazine. Frett is currently in development of his first feature film, "Ricky." He is represented by WME.";s:10:"photograph";s:76:"";}} DirectaShad_860 cinerebel860 Sundance Film Festival, Park City, Utah, United States, January 19, 2023, World Premiere, Official Selection, First Run Festival, New York, NY, United States, March 26, 2023, King Wasserman Award - Best Graduate Film, Palm Springs ShortFest, Palm Springs, CA, United States, June 24, 2023, Audience Award - Best Student Short,   1
Senghor Reid: Make Way for Tomorrow United States of America 2022 a:1:{i:0;s:9:"biography";} documentary short 13 No Rating English Filmmakers Desmond Love and Eden Sabolboro illuminate the world of visual artist Senghor Reid, who draws inspiration for his paintings from current events and from his hometown of Detroit. Reid’s colorful and evocative paintings of human subjects in strange yet familiar environments inspire audiences with future visions of hope and possibility. a:1:{i:0;s:77:"";} a:2:{i:0;s:79:"";i:1;s:79:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Eden Sabolboro";}} a:2:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Eden Sabolboro";s:9:"biography";s:1443:"Eden is an Emmy®-Award winning Filipino-American producer, director and video journalist based in Detroit, Michigan. In 2015, she co-founded Reel Clever Films LLC, a video and film production company specializing in non-fiction storytelling and branded content. Eden has produced and directed an immersive body of short-form documentaries, creative films, and commercial campaigns, and received a Regional Emmy® for her producing and directing work on the Kresge Arts in Detroit film series, 10 mini-documentaries highlighting the work and artistic practices of celebrated artists across Metro Detroit. She is a graduate of the New York Foundation for the Arts’ Immigrant Artist Program, and was selected for Sundance Institute’s Creative Producing Lab and Firelight Media’s Groundwork Lab in Detroit. She served as Supervising Producer for Shifting Urban Narratives, a multimedia fellowship for young people in Detroit to tell their stories about change, resilience, joy, and community development. In 2022, she worked with women-led production house MAJORITY to co-direct Y"ear One of the Biden-Harris Administration" for the Biden-Harris Inaugural Committee. She recently co-directed and produced the short documentary "Senghor Reid: Make Way for Tomorrow" for the second season of PBS American Masters' and Firelight Media's "In The Making" Series, which premiered at the Academy-qualifying Big Sky Documentary Film Festival.";s:10:"photograph";s:85:"";}i:1;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Desmond Love";s:9:"biography";s:390:"Desmond Love, director and cinematographer, is an award-winning filmmaker born and raised in Detroit. He was the cinematographer for "Sidelots" (2018), which won awards in prestigious film festivals. He has directed and produced work for the Detroit Narrative Agency, Kresge Arts in Detroit, Mural Arts Philadelphia, and various non-profit and corporate organizations both local and abroad.";s:10:"photograph";s:91:"";}} edensabolboro  , Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, Missoula, United States, February 20, 2023, World Premiere, Official Selection, Freep Film Festival, Detroit, April 29, 2023, Michigan Premiere, Official Selection,   1
Animals Virgin Islands of the United States 2023 narrative short 15 No Rating English As Jordan settles into his new life in Los Angeles from the US Virgin Islands, an unexpected encounter with an LAPD officers transforms his perspective. His roommate Tyler’s attempt to fight oppression sparks escalating tensions. As the situation unfolds, Jordan faces targeted racism and dehumanization from Officer Phillips. Determined to navigate the encounter, Jordan’s choices lead to a pivotal moment that forever alters his perception of the American policing system a:1:{i:0;s:79:"";} a:2:{i:0;s:75:"";i:1;s:75:"";} a:2:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:12:"David Massey";}i:1;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Marise C James";}} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Xan Churchwell";}} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Jordan K Paul";}} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Jordan K Paul";s:9:"biography";s:892:"Jordan K Paul is a 31-year-old West Indian writer/director based in Los Angeles, California. Born and raised on St Croix, US Virgin Islands, Jordan from a young age gravitated toward visual storytelling, creating small plays and films with his older sisters. He was home-schooled by his mother where he was given the space and free time to watch and explore movies, mostly Star Wars, which sparked his passion for filmmaking. Jordan moved to the mainland U.S. to hone his skills in filmmaking. He went on to complete a certificate from the New York Film Academy and received his bachelor's degree in TV/Film Production from DeSales University. Upon moving to Los Angeles, he worked under industry professionals on music videos, TV shows, and feature films. Recently, Jordan has been exploring the live streaming space and has been featured in Entertainment Weekly and more for his content.";s:10:"photograph";s:79:"";}} JordanKPaul AnimalsShortFilm 1
La Comuna (The Commune) Puerto Rico 2022 narrative featurette 40 No Rating Spanish After years of growing as a team, this Puerto Rican group of circus performers, known as “La Comuna” (The Commune), have been forced to leave their creative headquarters. It has been one year since their last performance and now they must come together to pick up the pieces of their creative home. Staring Marietere Vélez (actress and screenwriter, “Receta no Incluida”), Yussef Soto (actor, circus performer and founder of “Y No Había Luz…”), Delia Isabel Rivera, Miguel Sabalier and Catalina Morale. a:1:{i:0;s:74:"";} a:2:{i:0;s:76:"";i:1;s:76:"";} a:2:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Adrián Borges";}i:1;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:20:"Linda Daniela Maymí";}} a:2:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:20:"Linda Daniela Maymí";}i:1;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Adrián Borges";}} a:2:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:20:"Linda Daniela Maymí";s:9:"biography";s:605:"Linda graduated from the Escuela Central de Artes Visuales in Santurce; where she specialized in advertising design. Due to the damage caused by Hurricane Maria, she had to complete her senior year of high school at Walter L Sickles High School in Tampa, FL. She began her studies in the drama department of Hillsborough Community College with a focus on performance. In 2020, she moved to the Drama Department of the University of Puerto Rico, specializing in lighting and design. She is currently a producer and creative director of MonoVisión PR and works in the production department of Teatro Breve.";s:10:"photograph";s:89:"";}i:1;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Adrián Borges";}} monovisionpr 1
Short Drop Trinidad and Tobago 2022 narrative short 9 No Rating English At a lonesome crossroad, a young woman waits on the taxi stand after partying late. With no public transport in sight at this hour, she begins to grow weary. Only a private car appears on the stand moments later. She approaches the vehicle hesitantly, but she decides to get in, since the driver convinces her that he’ll drop her off anywhere she wants to go. The driver eventually strikes up some awkward small talk, which she struggles to follow. As the car ride ensues, the young woman grows uncomfortable due to his unwanted gaze and prying conversation. a:1:{i:0;s:82:"";} a:2:{i:0;s:77:"";i:1;s:77:"";} a:2:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:18:"Romario Jose Reyes";}i:1;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Valdir Silva";}} a:2:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:22:"Queanna Christa Julien";}i:1;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Valdir Silva";}} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:18:"Romario Jose Reyes";s:9:"biography";s:883:"Romario Reyes is an artist, animator, film writer and director hailing from the twin isles of Trinidad and Tobago. Romario’s unique background growing up in a family of artists was the perfect home for articulating his vision through visual story telling. During his art and film studies at high school and then at YTEPP’s Film Courses, Romario’s style drew inspiration heavily from much of Japanese culture and Caribbean influences to produce art in many traditional and digital mediums. Now, at 28 years of age, he continues his creative journey with his directing debut of the live-action short film, “Short Drop” which he premiered in December 2022. He currently works with the team at Liquid Matter Studios, a micro-company of local creatives that envisions and produces comic, manga, anime and film projects that have been recognized both locally and internationally.";s:10:"photograph";s:87:"";}} romariojreyes liquidmatterstudios 1
Who In da Mornin The Bahamas 2023 a:1:{i:0;s:9:"biography";} documentary feature 68 No Rating English Junkanno Goddess Angelique McKay and The Genesis Warhawks navigate Junkanoo for the first time in 2 years as Christopher Davis introduces us to the story of Ahanta warrior Jan Kwaw aka John Canoe in a true display of black culture and its African Diaspora connections. a:1:{i:0;s:88:"";} a:2:{i:0;s:83:"";i:1;s:83:"";} a:3:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:20:"Philip Williamson Jr";}i:1;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:22:"Jonathan Isaac Jackson";}i:2;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Sarah Daggett";}} a:2:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:22:"Jonathan Isaac Jackson";}i:1;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:20:"Philip Williamson Jr";}} a:2:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:20:"Philip Williamson Jr";s:9:"biography";s:403:"Philip Williamson Jr. (Co-Director/Producer) - Philip Williamson Jr. is a Three-Time Emmy and Edward R Murrow Award Winning Show Director with MSNBC in New York. Most notably, he is a director and producer at the Colored Section, a creative agency and independent film production company based in New Orleans and Philadelphia. The Bahamas born Williamson graduated with a degree in Television Broadcast.";s:10:"photograph";s:74:"";}i:1;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:22:"Jonathan Isaac Jackson";s:9:"biography";s:676:"Jonathan Isaac Jackson (Co-Director/Supervising Producer/Director of Photography) - Jonathan Isaac Jackson is a New Orleanian filmmaker and Managing Partner at The Colored Section. His first feature documentary, “Big Chief, Black Hawk”, has been nominated for Best Documentary by American Black Film Festival (2021) and the Black Reel Awards (2022), and was named the top Hollywood South film of 2021 by Jonathan continues to work on creating a cinematic language that can continue to bring the African Diaspora together by highlighting the celebrations of black communities as a connection to their ancestors, as he continues his studies as a student of cinema.";s:10:"photograph";s:74:"";}} coloredcine BronzeLens, Atlanta, United States, August 27, 2023, World Premiere, Official Selection/Nominated for "Best Documentary",   1
La Bonga Colombia 2023 documentary feature 87 No Rating Spanish On April 5, 2001, shortly after a nearby massacre at the hands of right-wing paramilitaries, two hooded strangers entered the farming town of La Bonga and delivered a letter. The note accused the town of sympathizing with the FARC, the largest guerrilla group in Colombia. The people were given 48 hours to either leave or be forcibly removed. And so, the entirety of La Bonga–150 families–fled that same day. Most resettled in nearby towns that are each an arduous 3-hour walk away from their former homes. Over time, the jungle that surrounded their town swallowed it whole. There exists little more than memories; an entire generation knows only of their birthplace through the stories of their parents and grandparents. Many see La Bonga as a mythical land that has vanished. Nearly twenty years later, prompted by the tenuous Colombian peace agreements and led by the only person who has attempted to live there again–María de los Santos––the townspeople decide to resurrect a festival honoring their patron saint, Santa Rosa. The festival acts as a vehicle to bring people together in La Bonga for the first time since their displacement. Yet, to make it a reality, they must confront the jungle to reclaim their home while attempting to reconstruct a place that no longer is. a:1:{i:0;s:73:"";} a:2:{i:0;s:82:"";i:1;s:82:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Kellen Quinn";}} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:22:"Gabriella Garcia-Pardo";}} a:2:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:17:"Diogenes Cabarcas";}i:1;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Nevo Shinaar";}} a:2:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:24:"Sebastián Pinzón Silva";s:9:"biography";s:1193:"Sebastián Pinzón Silva is a Colombian documentary filmmaker. He studied film and television at the Savannah College of Art and Design and a master's degree in documentary media at Northwestern University in Chicago. His work has been screened at festivals such as Locarno, True / False, FICCI, SFFILM, New Adventures in Non-Fiction (Museum of the Moving Image), RIDM, and New Directors / New Films (MoMA and Film at Lincoln Center). His short film "Palenque" won Best Latin American Short Film at FICValdivia in 2017, and was also awarded by Cinélatino Rencontres de Toulouse, Belo Horizonte, Palm Springs ShortFest and the Panorama of Colombian Cinema in Paris. Sebastián is a Sundance Documentary Fellow and one of 25 New Faces of Independent Cinema in the United States by Filmmaker Magazine in 2019. In addition to his work as a director, he has worked in other areas of documentary production, such as camera and editor for National Geographic, assistant editor for MINDING THE GAP (2019 Oscar Nominee), and editor for the Comisión de la Verdad in Colombia. Sebastián is also co-founder of Video Consortium Colombia, a global network of support and connection between filmmakers.";s:10:"photograph";s:89:"";}i:1;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Canela Reyes";s:9:"biography";s:1043:"With a background in anthropology and literature, Canela Reyes has worked as a director, screenwriter, and researcher on films and community development projects around Colombia. Her documentaries and hybrid features portray stories of conflict, imagination, death, and memory. Her projects have screened at festivals including CPH:DOX, DocsBarcelona, ​​FICCI, Global Cinema Boston, Documenta Madrid, L'Alternativa, and DOKer Russia. Canels is the co-writer, researcher, and co-producer on the film "Lapü" (Sundance, Berlinale 2019) and the co-director of four upcoming features: "La Bonga," "Las Almas Ni los Ojos," "Gigante," and "Calma." Her recent work has been supported by Sundance Insitute, Catapult Film Fund, FDC, Visions du Reel, and Story Syndicate among others. In addition, Canela co-directed Omí VR, a virtual reality experience around afro-colombian santería, participated in the Afro Religious Systems Group, and co-founded the Video Consortium Colombia, a global network of support and connection between filmmakers.";s:10:"photograph";s:79:"";}} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:21:"Laura Huertas Millán";}} colectivokuchasuto Cinéma du Réel, Paris, France, March 27, 2023, International Prix du Patrimoine Culturel Immatériel, Prix Loridan-Ivens/Cenap for best first feature, Cinelatino Francia, Toulouse, France, March 28, 2023, Prix Documentaire Rencontres de Toulouse True/False Film Festival, Columbia, Missouri, United States, March 2, 2023, World Premiere, MoMA Doc Fortnight, New York, NY, United States, March 5, 2023, New York Premiere, FICCI, Cartagena, Colombia, March 24, 2023, Colombian, SFFilm, San Francisco, United States, April 16, 2023, California Premiere 1
Kisses on Cuts Trinidad and Tobago 2023 narrative short 12 No Rating English A witty and charming Joshua fights to appear normal but Mariah’s intuition reveals that something isn’t as it appears to be. With Joshua under pressure, a dreadful secret; soon to be revealed, threatens to implode it all! a:2:{i:0;s:88:"";i:1;s:88:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:13:"MXTIXN Studio";}} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Daniel Baptiste";}} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Aaron Caruth";s:9:"biography";s:521:"Aaron Caruth is a self taught indie filmmaker from the island of Trinidad & Tobago. Having started his filmmaking journey in 2003 as an intern, Aaron is now a passionate storyteller who aims to provoke emotion with his stories. His debut film "Jess", was an official selection at the Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival 2017 and was considered for the People's Choice Award. He also made a short fan-film in 2020 titled "Stranger Tings." Storytelling is in his blood and he is determined to keep sharing one film at a time.";s:10:"photograph";s:85:"";}} 1
Key Love Jamaica 2023 narrative short 15 No Rating English Giovanni, a high-school music teacher, struggles with raising his son while battling a gambling addiction. a:1:{i:0;s:73:"";} a:2:{i:0;s:82:"";i:1;s:82:"";} a:2:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Devontay Davis";}i:1;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Joshua Paul";}} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Joshua Paul";}} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Joshua Paul";s:9:"biography";s:787:"Joshua Paul is a filmmaker, lecturer, writer/director/producer and entrepreneur who has a strong interest in culturally and socially impactful stories, usually including themes of realism and conflict based on intra-personal or societal issues. His award-winning film inventory includes "The Misadventures of Brian and Sachin" (2015), "Kinto" (2018) which has won awards at festivals across the Caribbean, U.S. and Canada, "For My Daughter" (2019) completed as his master’s degree graduation project whilst studying in London, and "Sugarcake" (2020). Joshua has a passion for writing and directing which is aptly complemented with his love for all types of cinema. On completing his latest short "Key Love" (2023), Joshua is now seeking to complete his first feature length production.";s:10:"photograph";s:78:"";}} keyloveshortfilm 1
Walking to Gasparillo Trinidad and Tobago 2022 documentary short 23 No Rating English “Walking to Gasparillo” is a captivating short film that follows Kwasi, a middle-aged man seeking personal growth and self-realization. Set against the scenic backdrop of Trinidad, the film explores the profound connection between one’s physical journey and inner exploration. Yearning for a deeper understanding of himself, Kwasi embarks on a transformative quest: a solo walk from Arima to Gasparillo, traversing picturesque landscapes and diverse communities. Along his journey, Kwasi encounters unexpected challenges and through these encounters, he embrace the resilience of the human spirit. As Kwasi immerses himself in the captivating beauty of Trinidad’s countryside and Freeway, he unravels long-held beliefs and finds solace. With each mile, he grows closer to self-acceptance, discovering the boundless possibilities that lie ahead. “Walking to Gasparillo” is a visually stunning and emotionally resonant film that explores universal themes of self-discovery. Through Kwasi’s transformative journey, audiences are invited to reflect on their own lives, inspiring them to embark on their own paths of self-realization. In a tale of personal triumph and the enduring spirit of exploration, “Walking to Gasparillo” reminds us that the true essence of the journey lies not in reaching a destination, but in the transformative experiences we encounter along the way. a:1:{i:0;s:86:"";} a:2:{i:0;s:88:"";i:1;s:88:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:19:"Kwasi Makesi Holder";}} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:19:"Kwasi Makesi Holder";}} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:19:"Kwasi Makesi Holder";s:9:"biography";s:1030:"Born in 198, in Trinidad and Tobago, Kwasi Holder is a passionate and self-taught director whose love for film has shaped his artistic journey. Growing up in San Juan, he discovered his affinity for storytelling at an early age and developed a deep appreciation for the power of visual narratives. His creative path began during his time at St. Augustine Senior Secondary School where he attended and was always captivated by the world of cinema. He decided to explore the medium of video editing and film production later in life. Driven by his passion and determination, Holder immersed himself in self-teaching the craft of video editing and filmmaking. Holder’s directorial career has been marked by a few commercials and shorts on Social Media. Holder has been able to bring his unique vision to life while exploring his homeland. His personal journey and experiences have shaped his storytelling sensibilities, infusing his films with authenticity and relatability and he continues to seek growth and new opportunities.";s:10:"photograph";s:99:"";}} aka_yayon 1
Queen de Tu Corazón (Queen of Your Heart) Spain 2022 narrative short 14 No Rating Spanish La Mami is a Drag Queen and at the end of her show she seeks to relieve her loneliness with the boy she likes, a heterosexual delivery man whom she calls from time to time. This time she has taken the courage to declare her love for him even if it means losing him forever. a:1:{i:0;s:91:"";} a:2:{i:0;s:86:"";i:1;s:86:"";} a:3:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Daniela Cortes";}i:1;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Tina Farrok";}i:2;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Patricia Pepen";}} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Patricia Pepen";}} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Patricia Pepen";s:9:"biography";s:562:"Patricia Pepen is a Dominican-born writer and director specialising in creating original narrative with a unique touch. While studying in Barcelona at the Escuela Superior de Cinema i Audiovisuals de Catalunya (ESCAC) for a MA in Film Direction her colleagues named her aesthetic as "Pepen Moments" that she continuously use in her films. Patricia frequently tells stories about characters that are out of the ordinary and normally "outcast" from society, integrating aspects of fantasy. Part of her work is to execute stories in an unexpected and a magical way.";s:10:"photograph";s:92:"";}} patriciapepen 1
Parolytic Jamaica 2022 narrative short 14 No Rating No dialogue Exiled and desperate after being beaten and thrown out of her house, a masculine representing lesbian finds refuge in a familiar drinking saloon. What ensues is a visceral depiction of her fears, real and imagined caused by the effects of psychological trauma homophobia and misogyny. a:1:{i:0;s:74:"";} a:2:{i:0;s:83:"";i:1;s:83:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Nadean Rawlins";}} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Maylynne Lowe";}} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Nadean Rawlins";s:9:"biography";s:747:"Nadean Rawlins’ career in entertainment started over 20 years ago as an actor and since then she has worked in various capacities in theatre, television and film. In 2015 she started RAW Management, a production company and talent agency that focuses on developing and promoting Jamaican stories and talents through advancement and international exposure. In 2020 Nadean produced her first short film "Traytown" that has screened regionally and internationally, and she produced and directed the pitch for the feature film project that received the Audience Choice Award at 2021’s Caribbean Tales "The Big Pitch" at TIFF. Since 2021 Nadean has produced and directed two short films and currently has two feature length films in development.";s:10:"photograph";s:82:"";}} rawmanagement_ 1
Boy, Girl & All the Rest Jamaica 2021 narrative short 8 No Rating English A stylized docudrama of a domestically abused non-binary child, who is subsequently abducted and raped. The film recounts the horror and revelation of fellowship and healing. a:1:{i:0;s:91:"";} a:2:{i:0;s:93:"";i:1;s:93:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Nadean Rawlins";}} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Maylynne Lowe";}} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Nadean Rawlins";s:9:"biography";s:601:"Nadean Rawlins’ career in entertainment started over 20 years ago as an actor and since then she has worked in various capacities in theatre, television and film. Nadean has produced and directed five stage plays and three short films and has been casting director on local and international projects. Nadean is an alumnus of the IFFR Rotterdam Producer Lab, Creators of Colour and Locarno Open Doors Producers Lab. She is the President of Women in Film and Television Jamaica (WIFTJA) and a Director on the International Board and a member of the Jamaica Film and Television Association (JAFTA).";s:10:"photograph";s:94:"";}} rawmanagement_ 1
Conte pour Elle (Tale for Her) France 2022 narrative short 26 No Rating French Distraught by the death of her grandmother, Céleste, a thirty-year-old woman of Caribbean descent, finally seeks to understand why she is unable to hold her daughter in her arms. Assisted by both visible and invisible guides, Céleste will uncover that in order to forge a connection with her child, she must unburden herself from a history that isn’t entirely her own…   a:1:{i:0;s:81:"";} a:2:{i:0;s:83:"";i:1;s:83:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Anaïs Calmels";}} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:20:"Florence Combaluzier";}} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:20:"Florence Combaluzier";s:9:"biography";s:1039:"A graduate of the European Conservatory of Audiovisual Writing (screenwriting), Florence Combaluzier has has notably contributed her writing talents to television series such as: "Joséphine Ange Gardien", "Plus belle la vie", "Champions de France", "César et Capucine" and "Villa Karayib." She has also brought two theater plays to life: "La Brioche au Sucre" and "Miroir Citoyen." In addition to her writing pursuits, Florence served as the 1st assistant director for France TV on the landmark documentary trilogy “Noirs of France” (directed by Juan Gélas and Pascal Blanchard). Furthermore, Florence co-wrote four episodes of "Tropiques Criminels," a detective series for France 2 shot in Martinique, her mother's native island where she grew up and where she has been residing again for 4 years. Currently, she is co-writing a historical series with historian Pascal Blanchard. In addition, she is also working on a personal project—a musical and social series "West Indies Story" and a feature film centered on Haiti.  ";s:10:"photograph";s:94:"";}} sevanafilms 1
26: The Film Barbados 2023 a:1:{i:0;s:5:"drama";} narrative short 21 No Rating Having come to Barbados age 10, Izzy is bullied throughout his formative years by his piers at school and beaten by his mother on a more than often basis at home. He occasionally finds solace in the company of his best friend Jamal, especially when he is shown kindness and warmth by Mrs. Harris Jamal’s mother. Heartbreakingly these moments are short lived and most the time Izzy is lost. As the days go by he has regular thoughts about running away or killing himself. He is alone, with no one to listen or empathize with him and he hates it. He feels like his mother is present in person but emotionally she has never shown up. Constant yelling or beatings are the only interaction Izzy has ever known with her. This movie shows hurt, abandonment and that depression and suicidal thoughts are not overtly noticeable but very real amongst our community both within adults and children. 26 will hopefully open up the conversation on mental health and offer techniques and avenues of support, especially targeting the Afro-Caribbean community where such conversations are still not widely spoken about. a:1:{i:0;s:76:"";} a:2:{i:0;s:78:"";i:1;s:78:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Daniel Boyce";}} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Daniel Boyce";s:9:"biography";s:777:"Daniel Boyce wants to create films that provide a fresh perspective on real-life situations, particularly from a Caribbean viewpoint. He believes that Caribbean voices are underrepresented in cinema, overshadowed by the allure of its picturesque landscapes as a playground for the first world. Born in England but raised in the Caribbean since the age of ten, he has been influenced by the amalgamation of these two distinct cultures. He is committed to reflecting his diverse cultural background in his work, viewing every piece he writes or directs as a tribute to those who endured centuries of hardship before him. Their sacrifices have afforded him the opportunity to tell their stories, and he is determined to do justice to their legacies as a black boy with dreadlocks.";s:10:"photograph";s:82:"";}} studiodanielboyce 1
Vision: The Story of Sir Harold Christie A documentary highlighting the life and times of a eccentric real estate mogul and politician who rose from poverty to become one of the largest landowners in The Bahamas. The Bahamas 2023 a:1:{i:0;s:9:"biography";} documentary feature 80 No Rating English Sir Harold G Christie is a unique figure in Bahamian history, rising from humble beginnings to achieve remarkable success and an enduring legacy as one of the country’s most powerful – and controversial – icons. In 1943 he achieved notoriety in the Sir Harry Oakes murder trial and this stylish docudrama reveals never before known details about the unsolved cold case. The life and accomplishments of this true Bahamian pioneer – credited by some as putting The Bahamas on the map for Real Estate and Tourism – is explored through interviews with family, contemporaries and cultural icons as well as through narration and archival footage. a:1:{i:0;s:104:"";} a:2:{i:0;s:106:"";i:1;s:106:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:21:"Paola Alvino-Christie";}} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Kareem Mortimer";}} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Kareem Mortimer";s:9:"biography";s:1657:"Kareem Mortimer is a highly accomplished Bahamian director renowned for his talent in narrative films, documentaries, music videos, commercials, and experimental films on a global scale. With a passion for crafting extraordinary and visually captivating images, Kareem aims to create a lasting impact on his audience. His remarkable films have reached audiences in over forty countries and have been featured on prestigious networks such as PBS, AsPire, Showtime, NBPC, Logo, and Canal 22. Among his notable works are the feature films "Cargo," "Windjammers," and "Children of God." Additionally, Kareem has directed national campaigns for prominent organizations including Aliv, the Ministry of Environmental Health, the Ministry of Tourism, and Scorpios. He has also contributed to various television shows, such as "Hip-Hop Nation: Notes from the Underground," "The Electronic Lounge," "This Is Paradise," and "Extraordinary Cuisine." Kareem's innovative and thought-provoking experimental films have been showcased in renowned galleries across Europe, North America, Africa, and the Caribbean. Throughout his career, he has received over 35 awards, including two Icon Awards and an African Movie Academy Award. He has honed his skills through prestigious programs like Berlinale Talents and Toronto International Film Festival Talent Lab. Kareem has also made significant contributions to the film industry as a curator of the film program at The Island House Cinema. Currently, he hosts the podcast "Looking Deep" and holds key positions as the Founder and Executive Chairman of Best Ever Film and the Chief Creative of Best Yet Entertainment.";s:10:"photograph";s:113:"";}} 1
Our Menopause Trinidad and Tobago 2023 documentary short 20 No Rating English A bold and heart-warming look at the untold story of Black women’s menopause experience in the UK. a:1:{i:0;s:78:"";} a:2:{i:0;s:80:"";i:1;s:80:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Yansie Rolston";}} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:19:"Nicola Zawadi Cross";s:9:"biography";s:976:"Nicola Cross is an artist filmmaker who specialises in assisting individuals to convey their own narratives through a creative and aesthetically pleasing approach. Her innate qualities as an observer have guided her along her journey, allowing her to pursue her passion with dedication. This path led her to a decade-long career as an ecologist and development practitioner, providing her with a solid grounding in the utilization of participatory methods and gender analysis, both of which significantly influence her filmmaking. Over the past decade, she has been actively engaged in the documentation of social issues, with a particular focus on those pertaining to women. Her filmmaking centers on crafting intimate portrayals of individuals, including those who may often go unnoticed or marginalized, exemplified by her work in "Visibly Me." Through her art, she pays tribute to the remarkable courage and resilience of the storytellers with whom she collaborates.";s:10:"photograph";s:84:"";}} youandmenopause youandme_nopause 1
PB and the Buck—Buck’s Astrology Centre Trinidad and Tobago 2022 a:1:{i:0;s:9:"animation";} narrative short 11 No Rating English When rent is overdue, PB aka Papa Bois allows Winston (the Buck) to start an Astrology Centre in his Bar’s basement. But when they get an unstable customer suffering from tabanca, PB begins to worry that their scam is about to spiral out of control. a:1:{i:0;s:80:"";} a:2:{i:0;s:82:"";i:1;s:82:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:28:"Shane Stuart Anthony Lee Kit";}} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:28:"Shane Stuart Anthony Lee Kit";}} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:28:"Shane Stuart Anthony Lee Kit";s:9:"biography";s:122:"Hey, I am Shane Lee Kit, a Trinidadian-born director, writer, and animator. I have made multiple shorts and documentaries.";s:10:"photograph";s:87:"";}} pbandthebuck 1
La Hembrita (Babygirl) An aging socialite on the verge of losing everything finds solace in taking care of a little girl whom no one wants. The Dominican Republic 2023 narrative feature 90 No Rating Spanish From her empty nest in Santo Domingo, Dominique is waiting for her first grandchild to be born abroad, and she eagerly expects a baby girl. When Carmen, her live-in maid, vanishes without a warning and leaves behind her 7-year-old granddaughter, Dominique takes the girl in. As she deals with pushback from her family, Dominique finds herself challenging her own priorities. a:1:{i:0;s:76:"";} a:2:{i:0;s:85:"";i:1;s:85:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:20:"Rafael Elías Muñoz";}} a:2:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:16:"Israel Cárdenas";}i:1;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:20:"Laura Amelia Guzmán";}} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:20:"Laura Amelia Guzmán";s:9:"biography";s:507:"Laura Amelia Guzmán (Dominican Republic, 1980) has co-created 7 features during the last 17 years alongside her husband, Mexican filmmaker Israel Cárdenas, jointly producing, writing and directing documentaries and fictions that present a careful look at the social contexts that surround them. Their work has been presented at festivals such as Berlinale, Toronto, Venice, Rotterdam, among others. "La Hembrita," her first feature as sole director, had its world premiere at IFFRotterdam in January 2023.";s:10:"photograph";s:86:"";}} lahembrita.babygirl Rotterdam, Netherlands, January 26, 2023, International Premiere 1
Croma Kid The Dominican Republic 2023 narrative feature 91 No Rating French, Spanish Emi is your typical 90s pre-teen, a moody music lover who is constantly embarrassed by his family and their variety TV show hijinks. During a trip to a TV studio, he discovers an analog device with magical powers, but when his grandfather uses it to tape the show, his parents accidentally vanish into thin air. In the midst of grief and the rush of first love, Emi must find a way to change the past through an unusual portal: his family home videos. a:1:{i:0;s:74:"";} a:2:{i:0;s:83:"";i:1;s:83:"";} a:2:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:19:"Laura Amelia Guzman";}i:1;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:20:"Rafael Elías Muñoz";}} a:2:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:16:"Israel Cárdenas";}i:1;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:10:"Pablo Chea";}} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:10:"Pablo Chea";s:9:"biography";s:501:"Pablo Chea is a Dominican multidisciplinary artist. Graduating from The Cooper Union in 2013, he compliments his critical and conceptual artistic practice with a focus on filmmaking. In 2016 he joined the Aurora Dominicana team where he has edited and supervised the post production in over 8 feature film theatrical releases. Well versed in narrative and documentary filmmaking and with 19 years of experience in audiovisuals, Pablo Chea bridges the gap between art and entertainment as a pop auteur.";s:10:"photograph";s:78:"";}} croma_kid IFFR - Bright Future Section, Rotterdam, Netherlands, January 28, 2023, World Premiere, European Premiere, Official Selection - Bright Future,   1
Lupicínio Rodrigues: Confissões de um Sofredor (Lupicínio Rodrigues: Confessions of a Sufferer) Brazil 2022 documentary feature 99 No Rating Portugese In 2019, the family Lupicínio Rodrigues, decided to research their family tree. Featuring previously unseen images and rare interviews, and moving interpretations sung by João Gilberto and Caetano Veloso, the documentary takes a deep dive into Brazilian music as seen through the life of one of the country’s most enigmatic artists. An artist defending a bohemian lifestyle as a basis for artistic creativity faces the challenges of a changing music industry and a military dictatorship. a:1:{i:0;s:110:"";} a:2:{i:0;s:112:"";i:1;s:112:"";} a:3:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Marcia Paraiso";}i:1;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Sandra Narcizo";}i:2;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Helio Levcovitz";}} a:3:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Alfredo Manevy";}i:1;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Marcia Paraiso";}i:2;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Armando Almeida";}} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Alfredo Manevy";s:9:"biography";s:471:"Born in Brazil, in 1977. After earning a film degree from the University of São Paulo he started his career as an assistant director, produced shorts and worked for several years as film critic and film researcher, with postdoctoral stage at Babelsberg University, Germany. He coordinated a twenty film theaters circuit in São Paulo outskirts focused on the inclusion of unprivileged people. "Lupicínio Rodrigues—Confessions of a Sufferer" is his first feature film.";s:10:"photograph";s:92:"";}} pluralfilmes 1
Ciranda Feiticeira Brazil 2023 a:1:{i:0;s:9:"animation";} narrative short 8 No Rating Portugese Janaina shares with her mother the ritual of fishing on the island of Itamaracá. They face the pain and the beauty of the cycles of life with dreams, poetry, and music. a:1:{i:0;s:90:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:85:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Rafael Buda";}} a:2:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:16:"Silvana Delácio";}i:1;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:9:"Ana Porto";}} a:2:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Lula Gonzaga";s:9:"biography";s:317:"Lula Gonzaga is one of the great veterans of Brazilian animation, having directed the first Pernambuco animation, "Ver Ouvindo" (1972), later he made the emblematic films "A Saga da Asa Branca" (1979) and "Cotidiano" (1980). Lula dedicates his life to passing on his knowledge to low-income children and young people.";s:10:"photograph";s:89:"";}i:1;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Tiago Delácio";s:9:"biography";s:319:"Tiago Delácio is the coordinator of the Recife Environmental Film Festival (MARÉ) and he directed the short films: "La Espera" (2003),"Velocidade Maxima" (2013), "Entraizada" (2018),"Eu Declaro Meu Inimigo" (2018), "Martelo" (2021) and "Dusk Till Dawn (2021) which received awards at the 54th Brasília Film Festival.";s:10:"photograph";s:90:"";}} partilhafilmes 1
Upside Down Trinidad and Tobago 2020 documentary short 15 No Rating “Upside Down” explores the history of Dragon Mas in Trinidad and Tobago and the influence of Patrick “Chinee” Jones in the early 1900s. a:1:{i:0;s:78:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:24:"Neisha Agostini-Irlacher";}} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:24:"Neisha Agostini-Irlacher";s:9:"biography";s:703:"Independent film maker Neisha Agostini-Irlacher resides in Trinidad &Tobago and has worked with an array of local media agencies producing cultural interest television programmes. Educated at Boston University and Goldsmiths College, she as received a BA in TV and Film Production and an MA in Documentary Film Making. She has produced and directed 5 independent short films analysing multicultural patterns in T&T society and exploring the diversity which exists and what it is to be uniquely Caribbean. She is currently finishing her most recent documentary "Upside Down" and collaborating with a traditional dragon band in an effort to generate interest and preserve traditions of her island nation.";s:10:"photograph";s:94:"";}} 1
The Choice Trinidad and Tobago 2021 documentary short 6 No Rating English “The Choice” explores the alternative options available for healing in China and Trinidad and Tobago. a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Neisha Agostini";}} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:24:"Neisha Agostini-Irlacher";s:9:"biography";s:703:"Independent film maker Neisha Agostini-Irlacher resides in Trinidad &Tobago and has worked with an array of local media agencies producing cultural interest television programmes. Educated at Boston University and Goldsmiths College, she as received a BA in TV and Film Production and an MA in Documentary Film Making. She has produced and directed 5 independent short films analysing multicultural patterns in T&T society and exploring the diversity which exists and what it is to be uniquely Caribbean. She is currently finishing her most recent documentary "Upside Down" and collaborating with a traditional dragon band in an effort to generate interest and preserve traditions of her island nation.";s:10:"photograph";s:94:"";}} 1
Lettre La A charming West-Indian radio hosts sets out to do his weekly show when an unusual letter throws him out of groove. United States of America 2022 short 12 No Rating English Hosts Tibab and Shen return with yet another captivating episode of their hit radio show, “Lettre La!” Devoted fans of the show regularly submit letters detailing their entertaining life dramas, often revolving around the complexities of relationships. Tibab and Shen’s unfiltered and open take on these situations sparks candid and often inspiring conversations, leaving their listeners either deeply moved or in fits of laughter. However, on today’s episode, a particular letter sends charismatic Tibab on an unexpected whirlwind journey that will change the course of the show and his own life forever. a:1:{i:0;s:74:"";} a:2:{i:0;s:83:"";i:1;s:83:"";} a:2:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Kyvon Edwin";}i:1;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:16:"Letitia Guillory";}} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Kyvon Edwin";}} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Kyvon Edwin";s:9:"biography";s:670:"Kyvon Edwin is a native Saint Lucian currently based in New York as an award winning actor, writer and filmmaker. He is an alumnus of the Lee Strasberg Theater and Film Institute as an Eleanora Duse Scholar. Over the past few years his work has been featured at American Black Film Festival, Martha’s African American Vineyard Film Festival, Hip Hop Film Festival, Bronzelens Film Festival and the Festival de Cannes among others. He’s also nabbed a few Best Actor awards from Hip Hop Film Festival and Circle City Film Festival to name a few. Recent film credits include: "Lettre La," "27 Candles," "Winston," "The Island," "Crush" and "Black Magic For White Boys."";s:10:"photograph";s:79:"";}} lettrelafilm 1
A Shade of Indigo Jamaica narrative short 10 No Rating English Inventive and vibrant, for six-year-old Kerine, creating her own rag doll from scraps of cloth should have been an achievement showing her desire to be like her mom. But instead, she slams into a history of colourism where being too black is a mark of shame. As Kerine absorbs the generational trauma of colourism, learns the similarities between her and her doll, and the reasons her older sister bleaches her skin, she is led down an increasingly dark path that ends in an unthinkable tragedy. a:1:{i:0;s:89:"";} a:2:{i:0;s:91:"";i:1;s:84:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:19:"Tanya Batson-Savage";}} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Hanif James";}} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Hanif James";s:9:"biography";s:619:"Hanif James is a director, photographer, writer, and Junior Architect. His creative works explore identity with a focus on visual expressions that capture the strength of the human spirit. He came to directing while studying at the Caribbean School of Architecture (University of Technology). His photographic works have been exhibited at the National Gallery of Jamaica and he has participated in the British Council's Film Lab as a Script Editor. He holds qualifications in Film Production and Architectural Studies and recently completed a Masters in Architecture through a CB Facey Foundation (2022) scholarship.";s:10:"photograph";s:87:"";}} haveabawl haveabawl Shotlist 2023, Kingston, Jamaica, March 26, 2023, Jamaican Premiere 1
RèD France 2023 narrative short 26 No Rating French Once upon a time… there was a young girl whose kindness was matched only by her beauty. She lived in the Mortenol district of Pointe-à-Pitre with her mother. She had a strong bond with her grandmother who lived far from the city, in the remote depths of Abymes. As she gets ready to parade in the Carnival, adorned with a red satin riding hood, Rèd receives a call from her grandmother, who insists on giving her a magical object before her first parade. Night is about to fall, the road to the remote depths is long, and Pointe-à-Pitre is full of dangers. However, Rèd sets off without delay… a:1:{i:0;s:75:"";} a:2:{i:0;s:70:"";i:1;s:70:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:18:"Véronique Chainon";}} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:22:"Fabienne Orain Chomaud";}} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:22:"Fabienne Orain Chomaud";s:9:"biography";s:1247:"Born in Rennes, Fabienne Orain Chomaud moved to Guadeloupe in 1986 and first worked as an assistant director and production assistant. Trained in sound recording, she was also a boom operator on other films. When she returned to Paris, she joined the Walt Disney Company and was quickly appointed head of live action dubbing for Buena Vista Dubbing Production and Disney feature films. Fabienne Orain Chomaud creates audiovisual dubbing companies and directs, for years, the French versions of more than 220 feature films for the Walt Disney Company, Warner, Colombia, UIP, Océan films, Pyramide, BAC films, MGM, Canal+ , UGC and some independent distributors. In 2004, she created the Festival des Enfants Réalisateurs, before returning permanently to Guadeloupe the following year. She is also a member of Ateliers Varan, in which she first participated as a trainee. Today, she is the one who works as a trainer in schools and integration projects. Fabienne Orain Chomaud writes and directs short films ("Nightmare Before Wedding" and "RèD"), medium-length documentaries ("Musiciennes en Guadeloupe," "Ciné Woulé, a Road Movie"), and a documentary series on gardens and Creole cuisine. RèD is her second narrative short film.";s:10:"photograph";s:84:"";}} 1
In the Melé Trinidad and Tobago 2022 documentary featurette 41 No Rating After two years of Trinidadian Carnival celebrations being canceled due COVID-19, Caribbean people met in Mexico to finally celebrate. a:1:{i:0;s:76:"";} a:2:{i:0;s:85:"";i:1;s:85:"";} a:2:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Miquel Galofre";s:9:"biography";s:638:"Miquel is a filmmaker and photographer from Barcelona based in Trinidad & Tobago for the past 10 years. With broad experience in documentary film production, television and commercials, he has filmed around the world. His works show empathy and sensitivity about social justice topics. Miquel looks for hope and magic even in the darkest places. His acclaimed films "Songs of Redemption" (Jamaica) and "Art connect" (Trinidad and Tobago) got more than 25 international awards. With ten Caribbean films in ten years, he currently works as creative director and photographer at T&T Rocks. You can check his work on Youtube and Instagram.";s:10:"photograph";s:86:"";}i:1;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Ryan Gibbons";s:9:"biography";s:381:"Ryan Gibbons began his career in 2007, he is the current owner of Adlab Productions as Creative Director and is exploring his directing capabilities. While he enjoys directing very much, he’s still passionate about cinematography. Some projects of his include: "Feel The Love" (music video, Freetown Collective), "No Greater Time" (music video), and "One Yard" (virtual concert).";s:10:"photograph";s:82:"";}} meledestinations 1
Stick Is Life Trinidad and Tobago 2023 documentary short 10 No Rating English Moko Jumbies tradition is back to small Caribbean island of Trinidad & Tobago. Moko Jumbie is a Caribbean term for a stilt-walker; culturally it refers to an ancestral spirit. In 2022, the full Trinidadian Moko Jumbie community came together, forgetting any conflicts, beefs or disputes between them, for first time, to share a jab circle with residents in Point Fortin—home of Trinidad and Tobago’s first known Moko Jumbie, Dexter Stewart. The jab circle is a space dedicated to bringing all Moko Jumbies together. a:1:{i:0;s:78:"";} a:2:{i:0;s:87:"";i:1;s:87:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Miquel Galofre";}} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Miquel Galofre";s:9:"biography";s:751:"Miquel is a filmmaker from Barcelona based in Trinidad and Tobago. With broad experience in documentary film production, television and commercials, he has filmed around the world. He moved to Trinidad 10 years ago, where his passion for photography exploded. His posts on Instagram are like ray of Caribbean sun. His works show empathy and sensitivity about social justice topics trying to help to reduce the negative impact of stigma. Miquel looks for hope and magic even in the darkest places. His acclaimed films "Songs of Redemption" and "Art Connect" got more than 20 international awards. With ten Caribbean films in ten years, he currently works as creative director at T&T Rocks. You can check his work at";s:10:"photograph";s:86:"";}} 1000mokos 1
A Superhero Trinidad and Tobago 2021 narrative short 1 No Rating English A young boy dreams of becoming a superhero. As he ages, he realizes that superpowers aren’t real but there are heroes in all professions around the world. As he thinks about his future career opportunities, COVID-19 struck and made him realize the food insecurity in Trinidad and Tobago, which led to him having less food compared to when he was younger. Determined to change this, he considers farming as a legitimate career and aspires to be a farmer to help his nation. a:1:{i:0;s:76:"";} a:2:{i:0;s:78:"";i:1;s:78:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:18:"Sai Shashank Saidu";s:9:"biography";s:718:"Sai Saidu is a 22-year-old amateur photographer and filmmaker. He uses film as a means of self-expression and a way to document the goings-on in the complex world around him. Each type of film tells its own story in its own way, and that is what makes filmmaking such an infinitely exciting hobby. His interest in film started at quite a young age when his dad first bought a digital camcorder to immortalize special moments in his life, with the only confines being the limit of the memory stick. Over time, he began to learn, and more importantly, understand the rules of film. Currently, he pursues film as a hobby. He is working towards turning his dreams into reality and making a career out of his passion.";s:10:"photograph";s:79:"";}} 1
The Boat Ireland 2023 a:1:{i:0;s:5:"drama";} narrative short 16 No Rating Nepali A Nepal/Ireland co-production. Based on a true story. When Dhuckia grows up, she wants to be a boat-maker like her Dad. But when he finds out that she is showing the early symptoms of Leprosy, he must make a terrible choice. a:1:{i:0;s:77:"";} a:2:{i:0;s:82:"";i:1;s:82:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Jake Morgan";}} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Dinesh Deokota";}} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Luke Morgan";}} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Luke Morgan";s:9:"biography";s:518:"Luke Morgan's most recent film, "The Butterfly Love Song", played at more than 40 film festivals worldwide (including New York Irish Screen America, Belfast and Japan) and picked up awards: Best Film (OFFline 2020), Best Director (Worcester, 2021) and Best International Short (Garden Route South Africa, 2020). He was nominated for the Discovery Award at the Dublin International Film Festival in 2020 and won the Pitching Award at Galway Film Fleadh in 2015. He is also a published poet. He lives in Galway, Ireland.";s:10:"photograph";s:78:"";}} LukeMorganPoet morgan_bros 1
Diálogos com Ruth de Souza (Conversations with Ruth de Souza) Brazil 2022 a:1:{i:0;s:9:"biography";} documentary feature 107 No Rating Portuguese with subtitles Ruth de Souza inaugurates the existence of black actresses on stage, television and cinema in Brazil. She carries within her the genesis of huge victories for black women over almost a century of her life. The film registers the encounter of the 98 years old actress with the young black woman and director Juliana Vicente. Juliana is also a pioneer in Brazilian film making even though it has been 6 decades separating their professional careers. Alongside rough conversations and archive footage of Ruth’s life we crossed a mythological universe, a fictionalized and transcendental interpretation of her life, and sometimes the only way to comprehend and to feel the deepness and multiplicity of these encounters. a:1:{i:0;s:98:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:93:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Juliana Vicente";}} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Juliana Vicente";}} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Juliana Vicente";s:9:"biography";s:883:"Juliana Vicente is a director, producer and founder partner of Preta Portê Filmes (2009), a production company that was born to talk about diversity and the making of her films, those with themes as black lives, LGBTQ and other minorities social issues, as she knows that as a black women to direct and produce films would not be a possibility for her ten years ago. She studied cinema at FAAP (Brasil) and EICTV (Cuba), and was invited as a director to participate in the Berlinale Talents 2015. As a producer, made more than 40 films including short, medium and feature films, that received more than 100 awards at the main festivals in the world. In 2015, was co-producer of the feature “A Terra e a Sombra”, winner of Caméra D’Or at the Cannes Festival. In 2019, produced the series "Nós Negros" in partnership with SescTV. Ruth is her first feature film as director.";s:10:"photograph";s:101:"";}} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:16:"Washington Deoli";}} Ruth de Souza, Dani Ornellas, Jhenyfer Lauren, Ya Wanda Araújo, Luísa Dionísio, Rosana Paulino, Livia Laso, Mirrice de Castro pretaportefilmes 1
Edmond Albius France 2022 a:2:{i:0;s:5:"drama";i:1;s:10:"historical";} narrative short 19 No Rating French Bourbon Island, 1841. Mr. Bellier-Beaumont, the owner of a small sugar cane plantation, has taken a liking to Edmond, a young slave of twelve. He shares with him his knowledge of botany and his research. The owner hopes to discover the secret of Vanilla fertilization. For the moment, as elsewhere on the island, the plant does not produce any pods. When one of the property’s runaway slaves is caught, Edmond finally opens his eyes to his condition as a slave. He now has only one desire: to discover the secret of vanilla himself in order to change his own destiny. a:1:{i:0;s:78:"";} a:2:{i:0;s:87:"";i:1;s:87:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:6:"TikTak";}} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:16:"Fanny Meeschaert";}} a:1:{i:0;a:2:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Hubert Kondé";s:10:"photograph";s:84:"";}} 1
Three A mother’s decision to relocate out of London and begin a new chapter of her life brings vulnerable conversations to light, encouraging hope and change in her family dynamic. United Kingdom 2022 16 No Rating English, Spanish Daya Jonés, a recently retired middle-aged mother is getting remarried and leaving her home to her two young daughters, Aiko and Montana. New to adulthood, Aiko basks in her potential and rapidly growing independence, whereas Montana’s sudden career change and pressure of edging closer to 30 intensifies the need of her mother, ultimately distancing the sisters. Set on Daya’s final day in her home, Aiko and Montana’s conflicting emotions and heightened insecurities towards their mother’s leaving brings a new found vulnerability and much needed change to their relationship dynamic. a:1:{i:0;s:77:"";} a:2:{i:0;s:72:"";i:1;s:72:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:17:"Shannon Valentine";}} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Destinie Paige";}} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Destinie Paige";s:9:"biography";s:906:"Destinie Paige is a British Jamaican director, photographer and set designer whose work explores the unseen beauty in the everyday experiences of women and people of colour. Using photography, film and set design, her imagery has a trademark use of rich colours and elaborate staging that playfully blends inspirations from cinema and fashion to redefine the picture of black culture and femininity. A recent graduate from Ravensbourne University London, Destinie Paige has written and directed "Three." During a highly successful 2020, she was featured in Vogue, Grazia and the Evening Standard. In February 2022, she curated her debut exhibition "Black Bxy Joy" at Photographic centre, Photofusion. Destinie’s fashion film "A Kind of Woman," an ode to plus-sized Black women in fashion, empowering a new vision of femininity that caters to all sizes was recently screened at the V&A in August 2022.";s:10:"photograph";s:78:"";}} three_shortfilm 1
Forget Me Not An aging man struggles with self-loss as dementia leads him down a path of confusion. An unexpected bond with his caregiver provokes past memories that he must reconcile. Grenada 2022 narrative short 16 No Rating English Leo, a retired professor, receives daily home care from Lynn, his caregiver. But life becomes blurry as Leo struggles through his days, with memory loss and hallucinations. When Leo runs away, and throws sudden aggressive mood swings, Lynn realizes she may have bitten off more than she can chew. While she ponders leaving, Leo comes to a realization that can change everything between them. Leo must face his truth while he still can. a:1:{i:0;s:78:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:80:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:25:"BrainStormMedia Solutions";}} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Amanda R John";}} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Amanda R John";s:9:"biography";s:1715:"Founder, Co-owner and Executive Producer at Brain Storm Productions, Amanda R John, has worked in the film and television industry for over two decades. She started her career in the late 1990’s as a news journalist and feature writer for the Grenada Broadcasting Network (GBN), where she produced short features on health topics and hosted the popular documentary series “Community Focus.” After completing a B.T.E.C. National Diploma in Film and Television Production at Lewisham College, United Kingdom and working as a sound technician, videographer and video editor in the UK, Amanda returned to Grenada and held the post of Programme  Producer at Community Channel Six, Grenada CableVision Ltd. the then Flow, ColumbusCommunications. Amanda has continued her personal development with certifications in Script Writing and Film Production from CARIMAC, The Commonwealth Foundation and the then Caribbean Broadcasting Union (CBU). She has worked as Lead Consultant, Film Producer and Video Editor on several Government projects funded by International Donor agencies and private sector clientele, and worked as Location Manager for International Film Companies while filming movies in Grenada: The Norwegian film company, NRK 2012 and German Film Company, Schiwago Film “Running With the Wind”. Amanda has copped several national and regional awards, including her most recent, the ‘National Cultural Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Visual Arts.’ Amanda’s most recent achievement was writing and directing her first screenplay which was selected by the Commonwealth Foundation through the Commonwealth Shorts, Caribbean Voices Project 2020 to be produced into a short film.";s:10:"photograph";s:85:"";}} ForgetMeNot_473 1
N Ap Boule (Through the Barricades) Haiti 2022 narrative short 21 No Rating Hatian Creole In the midst of the treacherous social protests that have paralyzed Haiti for months, a modest couple must face blocked roads and murderous gangs in the hope of finding a place to give birth safely. a:1:{i:0;s:75:"";} a:2:{i:0;s:77:"";i:1;s:77:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:20:"Alexandrine Benjamin";}} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:20:"Alexandrine Benjamin";}} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:20:"Alexandrine Benjamin";s:9:"biography";s:496:"Alexandrine is an emergent Haitian filmmaker. She directed "Justice for Fara," a short segment from animated series for children, "Lakou Kajou," finalist at Prix Jeunesse 2022 produced by Blue Butterfly. She has just finished "N Ap Boule," a short film made as part of her final thesis for a masters degree in Film Production at the University of Greenwich in England. Alexandrine is currently working on her first feature, promoting the full emancipation and inclusion of people living with HIV.";s:10:"photograph";s:101:"";}} napboule_fimkout FEST - New Directors/New Films Festival, Espinho, Portugal, June 22, 2023, European Premiere, Selection, Montreal International Black Film Festival, Montreal, Canada, September 22, 2022, North American Premiere, Selection, Charlotte Film Festival, Charlotte, United States, US Premiere, Special Mention, Worldwide Women Film Festival, Phoenix, United States, February 18, 2023, Best Student Short Film, Socially Relevant Film Festival, New York, United States, March 17, 2023, New York Premiere, Best Narrative Short,   1
White Spirit France narrative short 14 No Rating Yanis, a young RATP ticket inspector in need of a thrill, sees his first day on the job turn into a class, race and gender battle, following an ordinary ticket inspection. a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:18:"Nelson Ghrénassia";}} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:17:"Anne-Sophie Nanki";}} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:17:"Anne-Sophie Nanki";s:9:"biography";s:704:"After studying cinema and theater at Paris 8, Anne-Sophie Nanki worked on many occasions with Antoine Desrosières. Together, they wrote TV series and films, including "A Genoux les Gars," which was awarded Un Certain Regard in 2018. Subsequently, she co-wrote "Exterminate All the Brutes" for HBO with Raoul Peck . She is also involved in the development of two series: "Becoming" by Maïmouna Doucouré and "La Planète Khamitus" by Jean-Pascal Zidi. She is also involved in writing several projects for the cinema: "The Black Swallow" by Louis-Jean Gore and "Sound System" by Sébastien Tulard. She has recently  completed the post-production of her first production, "Ici Commence le Nouveau Monde."";s:10:"photograph";s:88:"";}} 1
Diaspora Since the dawn of humanity, migration has been an integral part of the human experience. 'Diaspora' is a documentary chronicling how migration shaped the Caribbean identity and how its diaspora continues to do so. The Dominican Republic, United States of America, Spain, Senegal 2022 documentary feature 60 No Rating English, French, Spanish “Diaspora” is a documentary about the formation of Caribbean identity through culture, ideas and art as it traveled, mixed and communicated within the migration to and from the region. It features interviews from the likes of Julia Alvarez (“In the Time of the Butterflies”), as well as a visual journey across the Atlantic: from the Dominican Republic, Cuba and Puerto Rico all the way to the isle of Goree in Dakar, Senegal. a:1:{i:0;s:73:"";} a:2:{i:0;s:75:"";i:1;s:75:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:19:"José Ramón Alamá";}} a:2:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Héctor Valdez";}i:1;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Gilberto Amado";}} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Héctor Valdez";s:9:"biography";s:427:"Hector M. Valdez was born in Santo Domingo in 1989. He began making short films throughout his collegiate years at McGill University. In 2017, his film "Melocotones," premiered and was selected as the Film of the Festival at the Raindance Film Festival. In 2019, his followup film "Malpaso," World Premiered at the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival and represented the Dominican Republic at the Spanish Academy Awards in 2020.";s:10:"photograph";s:80:"";}} hectorman 1
Het Is Geen Verleden—08121982 (It Is Not Past—08 12 1982) The Netherlands, Suriname 2022 documentary featurette 56 No Rating Dutch In “It is not Past–08 12 1982,” director Ida Does thoroughly explores the torture and murdering of fifteen lawyers, journalists, scientists, entrepreneurs and military men by the military dictatorship of Desi Bouterse on December 8, 1982 at Fort Zeelandia in Paramaribo. The film shows new testimonies of eyewitnesses, archival footage and the work of contemporary artists. Journalist Noraly Beyer talks to young people and contemporaries about a past that turns out not to be a past. This horrific night marked a systematic and widespread attack on democratic Suriname, not only with the murders but also with the military destructive attack on buildings of the free press and the biggest trade union. The torture and killings are qualified as crimes against humanity by Professor John Dugard, South African human rights expert, who investigated the murders. The film includes impressive testimonies and reconstructions drawn from the 8th December trial that led to a 20-year sentence for former army chief and former President of Suriname Desi Bouterse, who is still a free and armed citizen in Suriname, while his appeal is ongoing. Taken together, it paints a harrowing and gruesome picture of the night in question in the context of putschism and dictatorship in a small Caribbean and South American country. At the same time the film provides an impressive picture of the decades-long struggle for truth and justice. a:1:{i:0;s:85:"";} a:2:{i:0;s:94:"";i:1;s:94:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Rens Mevissen";}} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:8:"Ida Does";s:9:"biography";s:903:"Ida Does is a renowned director, producer, creative concept developer, and writer specializing in documentary films. Her work encompasses themes of colonial history, art, culture, social justice, and Caribbean literary pioneers. She has received international acclaim, winning awards at various film festivals, including Trinidad & Tobago, Los Angeles, New York, Hawaii, and Toronto. Her latest documentary, "It is not Past—08 12 1982" (2023), meticulously examines the December Murders in Suriname, her home country, exploring the enduring impact of these crimes against humanity on Surinamese society and the diaspora. Another notable work, "New Light: The Rijksmuseum and Slavery" (2021), received awards in New York and Belize and represented the Dutch NPO at the International Emmy Awards. In 2023, the film was included in the Rijksmuseum's United Nations presentation on slavery in New York.";s:10:"photograph";s:81:"";}} doesida 1
Walshy Fire: Pull Up United States of America documentary short 9 No Rating English Filmmaker Alicia G Edwards provides an intimate look into the life and work of Walshy Fire, a Grammy Award-nominated music producer and DJ. Discover why audiences pull up whenever and wherever Walshy Fire takes the stage, from his Caribbean-tinged childhood—when he first experienced the dancehall and reggae music scenes—to his current work as an electrifying producer and performer. a:1:{i:0;s:86:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Firelight Media";}} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:25:" Alicia Geraldine Edwards";s:9:"biography";s:612:"Alicia G Edwards is a director based in Miami, Florida. Her love of visual storytelling developed in her early career as a network news producer with work featured on CNN, NBC, MSNBC, and BBC. She has earned fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Florida Humanities Council, and a Special Jury Award from Oolite Arts. Her most recent short documentary was a commissioned collaboration between Oolite Arts and Community Justice Project called "The Village (Free)dge." She earned her MA in Transnational Communication and the Global Media at the Goldsmiths College of University of London, UK.";s:10:"photograph";s:90:"";}} asoitgo Big Sky Film Festival, Missoula, World Premiere,   1
Monarcas The story of two Guatemalan day laborers in Homestead, FL whose fight against wage theft in their community takes them on a journey of personal transformation. United States of America documentary short 13 No Rating English, Spanish In Florida, over one billion dollars in wages are stolen from the pockets of workers every year. Following the migration journey and metamorphosis of the monarch butterflies, the short documentary “Monarcas” tells the story of two Guatemalan undocumented day laborers, Pedro and Alejandro. They migrated from Central America in search of a better future for their families, only to have their wages extorted by a Miami roofer. They seek help from a local organization and navigate the complexities of court proceedings to regain their dignity. In the process, they became activists and organizers, helping others like them to fight for their rights, despite their immigrant status. Theft in their community takes them on a journey of personal transformation. a:1:{i:0;s:73:"";} a:2:{i:0;s:75:"";i:1;s:75:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Diana Larrea";}} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Diana Larrea";s:9:"biography";s:1148:"Diana Larrea is a Peruvian filmmaker and documentary photographer currently based in Miami and Cusco. She was recently selected for the Knight Heroes Short Documentary Development Program, supported by IF/Then and the Miami Film Festival, where she also premiered her directorial debut, "Monarcas," a short documentary highlighting the crisis of wage theft among undocumented day laborers in Homestead, FL. She worked as an editor on several projects, including "Madame Pipi" (2021), "Birthright" (2021), "Fearless" (2020), and the Emmy-winning documentary, "Six Degrees of Immigration" (2019). She was awarded the 2018 Knight Art Champions grant by The John S and James L Knight Foundation for her continuing work on identity and territory in Peru. For the past decade, Diana has collaborated with and captured intimate portraits of Miami artists while documenting communities impacted by development and gentrification. With an Associate's degree in Film Production from Miami-Dade College, she began her career as an editor for TV stations and institutions. Diana aims to poetically portray and empower the immigrant experience through her work.";s:10:"photograph";s:79:"";}} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Diana Larrea";}} monarcasfilm Miami Film Festival, Miami, United States, March 5, 2023, World Premiere, Official Selection, LALIFF, Los Angeles, United States, June 1, 2023, West Coast Premiere, Official Selection, Festival Visions, Los Angeles, United States, June 22, 2023, Online Premiere, Film Independent Presents, Chroma Art Film Festival, Miami, United States, August 12, 2023,   1
Not Far from Here Lebanon narrative short 14 No Rating Arabic, English While attending an ‘Education and Peace’ conference in Beirut, Ramy unexpectedly crosses paths with his former love interest Farah. Although she’s pressed for time, he persuades her to have a brief catch-up at a nearby coffee shop. However, as Farah follows Ramy in her car, they get stuck in a massive traffic jam due to an unexpected detour. a:1:{i:0;s:89:"";} a:2:{i:0;s:84:"";i:1;s:84:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Mohammad Sammak";}} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Jihad Saade";}} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Jihad Saade";s:9:"biography";s:582:"Jihad Saade, born in 1989, finished his cinema studies at Notre Dame University in 2012. His graduation film received the best student film in Barcelona International Film Festival. In 2015, he received a residency from Goethe Institute to develop in first feature documentary. In 2017 he co-directed a short documentary that received the audience award in the Lebanese Film Festival in Canada. He is currently editing his new feature documentary film shot late 2022. Jihad has been working for over 10 years in different productions ranging from creative to news-oriented projects.";s:10:"photograph";s:87:"";}} jihadgsaade 1
The Nature of Ruin—Creative Repair Series Dominica 2022 documentary short 7 No Rating ‘For me nature is the thing that heals, it kind of softens… I think that we still have a lot of healing to be done in Dominica…’ ‘New shoots of growth… documenting growth is my healing’ Carol Sorhaindo is a Dominican artist and designer. Her research interests connect her to place through explorations of the historic threads that entangle transatlantic botanical and human narratives. In this film Carol reflects on her artistic practice, how her work with fraying threads, organic materials and natural dyes speak to a sense of healing. Healing in relation to painful histories of plantation enslavement and settlement. Healing in the aftermath hurricanes. The film introduces her current work, the Nature of Ruins, as we see her creating natural dyes and her work hanging in former sugar mill reclaimed by vines and trees. a:1:{i:0;s:83:"";} a:2:{i:0;s:85:"";i:1;s:85:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Michael Lees";}} a:2:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:20:"Adom Philogene-Heron";}i:1;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Annabel Wilson";}} a:1:{i:0;a:2:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Michael Lees";s:10:"photograph";s:89:"";}} 1
O Mar Também É Seu (The Sea Is Also Yours) Cuba 2022 a:1:{i:0;s:5:"drama";} art short 21 No Rating Portugese, Spanish One night a woman dreams that she is transformed into an animal. Through a nightmare the machinery comes to life in the form of a creature. Between sleep and wakefulness she remembers the abortion she experienced and the ghosts that accompany her. The women of the island reveal the mysteries that help her heal wounds caused by the violence that condemns women in her country. a:1:{i:0;s:83:"";} a:2:{i:0;s:85:"";i:1;s:91:"";} a:2:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Samuel Didonato";}i:1;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Michelle Coelho";}} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Michelle Coelho";}} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Michelle Coelho";s:9:"biography";s:990:"Michelle Coelho, 32, Brazilian, is a journalist by training and documentary filmmaker graduated from the International Film and Television School of San Antonio de Los Baños, Cuba, with a Master's degree in author documentary creation from the same school. She started her audiovisual career with video reportages in Brazil, especially on issues related to agrarian and urban conflicts for media vehicles such as Brasil de Fato, The Intercept, Opera Mundi, among others. Her short film "Box of Soul" (2020) was selected for the special exhibition IDFA x EICTV and Pelicula Latina in Brussels. In 2021 she made a short film in Cuba "A Marcha de Balogun" selected by the São Paulo International Short Film Festival, Rio de Janeiro International Short Film Festival, and the Benditas Tú Festival in Argentina. Her film "The Sea is Also Yours" was selected by the International Kurtzfilmtagewin Festival in Switzerland, also for the International Rotterdam Festival and Miradas Doc Tenerife.";s:10:"photograph";s:95:"";}} 1
Guetos de Terciopelo (Velvet Ghetto) The Dominican Republic 2022 a:1:{i:0;s:5:"drama";} narrative short 14 No Rating Spanish During an argument with her parents, Sara decides to show them a documentary about the only woman in a movie set in the country. What they don’t realize is that this was done by Sara and her classmates, and the opportunities it will bring to her career as a filmmaker. a:1:{i:0;s:85:"";} a:2:{i:0;s:94:"";i:1;s:94:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Ralva Álvarez";}} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Manuel Gómez";}} a:2:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Ralva Álvarez";}i:1;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Manuel Gómez";}} a:2:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Ralva Álvarez";s:9:"biography";s:219:"A female filmmaker in her 20s, thriving at telling strong female stories on the big screen. She is a film producer and director and graduated from the Audiovisual Communication and Cinematographic Arts program at PUCMM.";s:10:"photograph";s:99:"";}i:1;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Manuel Gómez";}} ralvaalvarez 1
Lemon United Kingdom 2023 a:1:{i:0;s:6:"comedy";} narrative short 13 No Rating English Miss Coco Lemon, A taxi driver dreaming of a different life faces a chaotic night of business around the streets of London with her less-than-ideal customers who drive her to absolute insanity. a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:21:"Katja Bojic Macintosh";}} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:10:"Tala Nahas";}} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:10:"Tala Nahas";s:9:"biography";s:855:"Born and raised in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia and now residing in London, England. Nahas began as a natural-born writer, writing short stories at the age of 13 and by 16 knew she wanted to direct whatever she wrote. Tala graduated with a BA in Practical Filmmaking at MetFilm School in 2012 and did her Masters in Directing, Writing and Acting for the Screen at Central St Martins in 2013. She featured on the red carpet at Cannes Film Festival 2014 representing her film "Cue Colette" which was screened in the Short Film Corner. The year after in 2015 she directed a short Hemingway adaptation called "Copita" which was also in the Short Film Corner. "Seeking the Sandman" was Tala's first feature film 2016. in 2018 she directed, wrote and starred in a short film "Veiled" which won "Best short film" at the Madrid international film festival.";s:10:"photograph";s:74:"";}} 1
Hey Nineteen Trinidad and Tobago 2023 a:1:{i:0;s:6:"comedy";} narrative short 19 No Rating A just-turned-19-free spirit loses all her money at the casino when she befriends a gambler with unclear motives to help her win her all of it back. a:1:{i:0;s:77:"";} a:2:{i:0;s:79:"";i:1;s:79:"";} a:2:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:20:"Randhir Soondarsingh";}i:1;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Ryan C Khan";}} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:20:"Randhir Soondarsingh";}} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Ryan C Khan";s:9:"biography";s:1973:"Ryan C. Khan is an acclaimed filmmaker from the beautiful twin-island republic of Trinidad and Tobago. With over 20 years of experience in the film industry, Ryan is known for his passion, collaborative spirit, and resourcefulness as an artist. He has a keen eye for pioneering new initiatives and finding uncommon ways to produce projects within untapped cultures and communities. Ryan's journey in the film industry began in the editorial department of a boutique video production house, and he has since made his mark in various forms of media, including television, teaching, and film festivals. He has developed a distinctive style that blends the supernatural with commercial elements, crafting high-quality and mesmerizing stories despite limited resources. As one of the first funding recipients from his country's newly established film commission, FilmTT, Ryan successfully wrote, produced, and directed his first two short films, "MINUTES TO MIDNITE" and "THE MIDNITE AFFAIR," which saw limited theatrical/VOD release. His third short film, "HOW MANY TIMES?," was screened at the prestigious CANNES SHORT FILM CORNER in 2014, showcasing his talent on an international stage. In addition to his work in short films, Ryan has made a name for himself in the music industry, producing, directing, and editing music videos for renowned regional artists such as KES THE BAND, ORANGE SKY, and BUNJI GARLIN. He has also worked with multinational advertising agencies, including MCCANN WORLD GROUP, SAATCHI & SAATCHI, and OGILVY, creating commercials that captivate audiences with creativity and impact. As the founder of Ryan C Khan Films, Ryan continues to craft unique stories and work with notable brands, artists, and collaborators in the region, creating fresh and innovative content that pushes the boundaries of storytelling. His unwavering passion, collaborative approach, and commitment to excellence make him a sought-after filmmaker in the industry.";s:10:"photograph";s:82:"";}} ryanckhanfilms 1
Trinidad Remains United Kingdom 2023 a:1:{i:0;s:5:"drama";} narrative short 15 No Rating English Following the dying request of her estranged grandmother, British-born Nikki Hastings reluctantly travels to the island of Trinidad where she’s at the mercy of her polar-opposite, free-wheeling cousin, Jade, as they set off across the island in Jade’s unreliable car. The trip is jeopardised when Jade sets feathers flying but the women must finally come together in order to reach their destination. a:1:{i:0;s:81:"";} a:2:{i:0;s:83:"";i:1;s:83:"";} a:2:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:18:"Natasha Dack-Ojumu";}i:1;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Lisa Wickham";}} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Lisa Wickham";}} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Karen Martinez";}} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Karen Martinez";s:9:"biography";s:822:"Karen Martinez is a Trinidadian filmmaker based in London, UK. She has worked extensively in the film world both in the UK and the Caribbean. In 2013 she wrote and directed her first narrative fiction "After Mas," which won the Best Local Short award at ttff/13 and was screened at a number of international festivals. Her 2015 film "Dreams in Transit," winner of the Caribbean Spirit Award at the Caribbean Tales Film Festival, is an essay-style documentary that explores a contemporary migrant’s reflections on identity and the meaning of 'home'. Karen recently received a grant from the BFI (British Film Institute) to develop her first feature film script, "Scattered," a road movie set in Trinidad. Her short film "Trinidad Remains," shot in Trinidad in 2023 and starring Leonie Elliott, was also funded by the BFI.";s:10:"photograph";s:89:"";}} trinidadremains 1
Deep Blue Antigua and Barbuda 2022 a:1:{i:0;s:5:"drama";} narrative feature 90 No Rating English Conservation meets development as a community of fisher-folk struggle with economic challenges and a promise of jobs at the cost of the environment. a:1:{i:0;s:81:"";} a:2:{i:0;s:83:"";i:1;s:76:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Mitzi A. Allen";}} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:17:"Howard L.D. Allen";}} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:17:"Howard L.D. Allen";s:9:"biography";s:2046:"Howard Allen is a film and television director/producer and the founder of HAMA Productions. While his career in television spans more than 35 years, he made his feature film directorial debut in 2001 with the release of The Sweetest Mango a romantic comedy based on how he and his wife met and fell in love. The Sweetest Mango became Antigua and Barbuda’s first locally produced feature film and the first indigenous feature film for the Eastern Caribbean. It has become an iconic film that is still being screened after appearing at several film festivals in North America and the Caribbean and made its world-television premiere on the Caribbean Cable Network Caribvision via DirecTV. It is now archived at the Toronto International Film Festival Bell Lightbox Reference Library. Howard’s directorial credits also include No Seed (2002) a drama and Diablesse (2005), Caribbean folklore. He wrote the screenplay for his fourth film The Skin (2011) a supernatural thriller starring Jamaican film icon Carl Bradshaw. Howard’s fifth film “Deep Blue” premiered in Antigua & Barbuda in March 2023. Howard’s work as a filmmaker has been singled out by the department of Cinema and Photography at Ithaca College in New York, for his innovative approach to filmmaking in a developing country. He has conducted master classes at Ithaca College on “Feature Filmmaking on a Shoestring Budget.” He has also conducted UNICEF funded television production workshops for the government of Antigua and Barbuda. In collaboration with the Caribbean Broadcast Partnership on HIV/AIDS and UNECSO he has trained 30 young producers across the Caribbean to produce content for television. In 2008 Howard was recognized by the Youth Department in the Ministry of Education in Antigua & Barbuda with a “Young Pioneers” award for his inspiring work as a pioneer in filmmaking in Antigua & Barbuda. Howard hopes by building a cadre of future film industry professionals, filmmaking will become an important part of Caribbean cultural expression.";s:10:"photograph";s:84:"";}} 1
Going to Mars: The Nikki Giovanni Project United States of America 2022 a:1:{i:0;s:9:"biography";} documentary feature 92 No Rating English Going to Mars is a feature documentary that takes us through the mindscape of legendary poet, Nikki Giovanni, as she reflects on her life and legacy. Nikki’s voice guides us across time and space, through dreams and remembrances, across decades of American history, as the film reimagines her most iconic work with visual lyricism fit for a poet. Present day finds Nikki in her late chapter of life, reckoning with health struggles and the inevitable march of time. However, in her art and dreams, Nikki ventures beyond her own lifetime, to Middle Passage and Mars, always keeping hold of possibility. She urges us to dream of a better future where equity and justice reign, and Black women lead, calling us to action with an unforgettable mantra: “We’re Going to Mars.” a:1:{i:0;s:112:"";} a:2:{i:0;s:120:"";i:1;s:120:"";} a:2:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Joe Brewster";s:9:"biography";s:1038:"Joe Brewster is a renowned filmmaker who, alongside his wife Michèle Stephenson, co-founded Rada Studio in 2006. His work is characterized by a strong commitment to challenging traditional narratives and reimagining the storytelling landscape, with a focus on the experiences of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) communities. Notably, his feature documentary "American Promise" earned the Jury Prize at Sundance and received three Emmy nominations. He also contributed to the documentary "Stateless," which garnered a nomination for Best Feature Documentary at the Canadian Academy Awards. Joe's artistic versatility extends to virtual reality, exemplified in the immersive trilogy "The Changing Same," which explores racial terror and premiered at Sundance, gaining recognition at the Tribeca Festival. Beyond his numerous accolades, he is a Guggenheim fellow and a prominent member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, solidifying his position as a pioneering force in the world of documentary storytelling.";s:10:"photograph";s:84:"";}i:1;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:19:"Michèle Stephenson";s:9:"biography";s:947:"Michèle Stephenson is a visionary filmmaker who aims to disrupt conventional storytelling and champion narratives by and for BIPOC communities. Her work challenges preconceived notions and offers profound insights. One of Michèle's notable achievements is "American Promise," a feature documentary that received the Jury Prize at Sundance and three Emmy nominations. Her involvement in "Stateless" also earned it a Best Feature Documentary nomination at the Canadian Academy Awards. Michèle's innovative storytelling extends to virtual reality with the magical realist trilogy "The Changing Same," which explores racial terror and gained recognition at Sundance and the Tribeca Festival. As a Guggenheim fellow and esteemed member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Michèle Stephenson continues to push the boundaries of documentary filmmaking, amplifying underrepresented voices and reshaping narratives in the process.";s:10:"photograph";s:90:"";}} radastudionyc 1
Origins Jamaica 2022 a:1:{i:0;s:7:"fantasy";} narrative featurette 47 No Rating English When rebel thief 3 Finger Jack is tasked with stealing a magical artifact, he is thrown into a time traveling adventure where the fate of the world is at stake. As Jamaica’s past, present and mythology collide, Jack and his allies must push past their limits to rewrite destiny for themselves and the rest of the world. a:1:{i:0;s:79:"";} a:2:{i:0;s:81:"";i:1;s:81:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Noelle M Kerr";}} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Kurt K Wright";}} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Kurt K Wright";s:9:"biography";s:883:"Kurt Wright, a graduate of The New York Institute of Technology in 2004, initially established himself as one of Jamaica’s sought-after Assistant Directors over a decade. In 2010, he transitioned to become a Director, accumulating a diverse portfolio that includes six feature-length films working with directors like Idris Elba and Cary Joji Fukunaga. He also directed commercial projects for clients such as UNICEF, Scotiabank, Visa, and MasterCard, in addition to music videos for artists like Christopher Martin, Romain Virgo, and The NoMaddz, emphasizing storytelling in his work. Kurt’s short film ‘Origins’ earned him awards for “Best Local Film” and “Viewer’s Choice” at GATFFEST 2018, and his narrative work has gained recognition internationally, with screenings at the UN, Canada, England, and Africa, solidifying his reputation as a skilled storyteller.";s:10:"photograph";s:79:"";}} origins_the_series 1
Mantjé Tonbé Sé Viv (Dancing the Stumble) Martinique 2023 documentary feature 63 No Rating French In Martinique, an innovative hospital catering to individuals undergoing psychiatric care embarks on an experimental journey. Within this facility, a pioneering initiative unfolds: guided by a young artist-researcher, participants engage in workshops that fuse music, dance, and the sacred rituals of Bèlè tradition. As the drums resound and voices entwine, distinctions blur—caretakers blend with patients, observers merge with the observed. At the center of this transformative experience stands the director, who immerses both the audience and himself in an intimate exchange. Through his lens, we traverse a realm where unspoken questions intertwine with the voices of those who grapple with psychiatric diagnoses—conversations seldom held in the open until now. The film invites us into this uncharted territory, where roles shift, boundaries dissolve, and a newfound connection emerges. a:1:{i:0;s:84:"";} a:2:{i:0;s:86:"";i:1;s:86:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:16:"Jean-Marie Gigon";}} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:10:"Wally Fall";}} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:10:"Wally Fall";s:9:"biography";s:619:"Wally Fall is a Martinican-Senegalese director who grew up in Martinique. His first films confront the notions of identity, history and belonging from a Caribbean perspective. He is one of the founders of the Cinemawon film collective in 2016, which works to give more visibility to films from Africa and the Afro-descendant diasporas of the world and the Americas in particular, which often go unnoticed on commercial circuits or at festivals. He lives in Guadeloupe and shares his time between his filmmaking projects and curating films with Cinemawon. Dancing the Stumble (Mantjé tonbé sé viv) is his fourth film.";s:10:"photograph";s:88:"";}} 1
The Perfect Knight United Kingdom 2023 a:1:{i:0;s:6:"comedy";} narrative short 12 No Rating Alie is a hopeless romantic, with much emphasis on hopeless. Her friend sets her up on a blind date in what turns out to be a surprisingly perfect night. a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:19:"Stephané Alexandre";}} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:19:"Stephané Alexandre";}} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:19:"Stephané Alexandre";s:9:"biography";s:1793:"Stephané Alexandre is a Black British Producer and Director. Her work spans over 14 years across Film and TV, from branded campaigns for Star Wars x Nokia, Huawei, BBC Storyworks to her work in broadcast for ITN Productions, Discovery Channel (Quest), Comedy Central UK and BET UK, to name a few. She is a series’ Producer of 5x part series, The Evolution of Black British Music for BET UK and Viacom’s, Drunk History: Black Stories for Comedy Central UK, where she also directed her debut narrative piece episode, Yaa Asantewaa starring The Woman King actress, Sheila Atim and BAFTA Winning Director, Amma Asante. She has since directed BBC Bitesize Parents We Got You’ campaign and Amazon Prime UK’s series, ‘Where Are You From From?,’ a short documentary series following the success of three Black creative pioneers, Yung Filly, Fenn O’Meally and Rapman. Her official directoral debut The Perfect Knight released in Feb 2023. Starring Jessica Allain and CJ Beckford, the short serves also as a proof of concept for a TV series, Alie. It is a comedy drama series a Black Bridget Jones meets Emily In Paris. Stephané is series producer and creator of short anthology series, the I Am series, a short drama series re-introducing biblical characters in timeless settings. This trilogy of shorts has since been selected at both BAFTA and Acadamy qualifying festivals, Bolton International Film Festival, Birmingham Film Festival, Norwich Film Festival, British Urban Film Festival. S.O.U.L. Fest 2020 And Hollyshorts Film Festival to name a few and was dubbed by Mark Kemode, ‘An intriguing idea, worth 11 mins of your time” Awards include: BAFTA Connect, WFTV England Mentee 2022, We Are Parable x Channel 4 Mentee, BAFTA x BFI Crew 202, Future of Ghana 2017";s:10:"photograph";s:95:"";}} 1
Views from the Middle Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 2023 documentary short 17 No Rating Referred to in mainstream American press as the island where “billionaires go to escape millionaires”, Canouan has become one of the world’s most sought after luxury holiday destinations, regularly frequented by A-list celebrities and the globe’s ultra-rich. In the shadow of this imposing wealth stands a vibrant local community whose connections to this land span generations and whose heritage and perspectives offer important insights into benefits and pitfalls of the tourism industry. This short documentary film interweaves stories collected from local Canouan residents, generating more visibility for marginalised Caribbean viewpoints existing against the backdrop of the Caribbean tourism industry. Views From the Middle promotes sustainable and ethical tourism where mutually beneficial non-exploitative relationships are developed between foreign investors and local communities. a:1:{i:0;s:86:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:88:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:18:"Aiko Maya Roudette";}} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:18:"Aiko Maya Roudette";}} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:18:"Aiko Maya Roudette";s:9:"biography";s:1356:"Aiko Maya Roudette, a filmmaker from Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, is celebrated for her role in directing the Hairouna Film Festival, a vibrant Caribbean cinema event. Aiko's focus is leveraging the arts for positive change in the Caribbean. A scholarship took Aiko to New York at 19, where she earned degrees in Film Production and Media Studies. For nine years, she collaborated with artists and production houses, including Quest Love's "OkayPlayer" and "Little Monster" Films, makers of the Oscar-winning documentary "Free Solo" (2018). Aiko worked across the globe, from Berlin to Dominica, Uganda, St Kitts, and London. A passionate human rights volunteer, Aiko co-founded the Hairouna Film Festival in St Vincent in 2018. This mobile Caribbean film festival gained momentum, hosting three editions since 2019. In 2021, backed by Soho House Group, the festival introduced a scriptwriting competition for Vincentians. The winning script, "Cart Man" by Grace Peters-Clarke, wrapped filming in July 2022. Aiko's work screened at prestigious festivals in Toronto, London, New York, Berlin, and St. Vincent. In August 2022, she was part of the Open Doors Program at the Locarno Film Festival in Switzerland. She also represented Saint Vincent and the Grenadines at the European Film Market during the 2023 Berlin International Film Festival.";s:10:"photograph";s:98:"";}} aikoroudette 1
El Caribe en Mi (The Caribbean in Me) Puerto Rico 2022 documentary featurette 32 No Rating Spanish with subtitles Five Puerto Rican artists share their diverse visions and thoughts on the meaning of making art in the Caribbean, and on the presence of the region in their work. Each artist has chosen for the film a location that connects with their vital experience and perspectives. Through their interaction with these spaces they articulate textures, sounds, recollections and senses of place that deliver a diverse narrative about the experience of living, being and creating art in the Caribbean. a:1:{i:0;s:80:"";} a:2:{i:0;s:82:"";i:1;s:82:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:18:"Juan Carlos Garcia";}} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:18:"Juan Carlos Garcia";}} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:19:"Juan Carlos García";s:9:"biography";s:683:"Juan Carlos García is a Caribbean and Puerto Rican filmmaker whose work explores the intersections of cultural history and human rights. He has directed over 20 film projects and, for the past 12 years, has been commissioned to create visual portraits of some of the most prominent artists in the contemporary Puerto Rican art scene, including Daniel Lind, Nick Quijano, Diana Dávila, and Domingo García. Possessing a remarkable sensitivity, he establishes direct and honest connections with the subjects of his films, resulting in works of significant artistic merit. He is a graduate of The New School and the International Film and TV School of San Antonio de Los Baños, Cuba.";s:10:"photograph";s:92:"";}} 1
Fortune for All Trinidad and Tobago 2023 a:1:{i:0;s:5:"drama";} narrative feature 72 No Rating English Three Caribbean siblings are reunited by the death of their eldest brother. Marooned on the family’s coastal estate for a period of isolation, they begin talking after years of silence. A tender ode to the radio plays of the director’s childhood in the Caribbean of the 1970s. a:1:{i:0;s:80:"";} a:2:{i:0;s:82:"";i:1;s:82:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Yao Ramesar";}} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Yao Ramesar";}} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Yao Ramesar";s:9:"biography";s:519:"Ghana-born Caribbean filmmaker Yao Ramesar has created over 140 films including 'Haiti Bride' which screened at FESPACO 2015 in Burkina Faso—became the first African diaspora film in the main competition at Africa’s premier film festival. His 'Sistagod'® was the first Trinidad and Tobago feature to gain official selection at a major international festival (Toronto International Film Festival 2006) and copped the Grand Prix, Best Feature in 2014 at ARTODOCS International Film Festival in St Petersburg, Russia.";s:10:"photograph";s:85:"";}} 1
Carrying the Culture Trinidad and Tobago 2023 documentary short 17 No Rating English This documentary follows Classix Productions, a Kiddies’ Carnival band, as they journey through the carnival competitions. Within this journey, the documentary also delves into issues facing the Kiddies’ Carnival, and the importance of this Carnival towards the culture, history, and heritage of persons within Trinidad and Tobago. a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:28:"Matthew Aaron Boswell Inniss";}} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:28:"Matthew Aaron Boswell Inniss";}} a:1:{i:0;a:2:{s:4:"name";s:28:"Matthew Aaron Boswell Inniss";s:9:"biography";s:563:"Matthew B Inniss is an aspiring filmmaker coming out of Trinidad and Tobago, soon to be graduating from the UWI Film program with BA in Film and Production. He’s been working in the industry for 5 years now with experience working as DOP, Camera operator & cinematographer creating video content for clients, personal projects, short films, wedding recaps, advertisements & corporate projects with aspirations to work on larger regional & international projects to gain experience and diversify his portfolio, fulfilling his longstanding passion for filmmaking.";}} 1
Cómo Matar Una Muñeca (How to Kill a Doll) Brazil 2023 a:1:{i:0;s:8:"thriller";} narrative short 16 No Rating While capturing photographs, Lady discovers a doll in the forest and brings it to the nearest house, where a woman resides. The environmental photographer employs an Oxumaré cord, symbolizing a connection between the celestial and earthly realms, as a plea for ancestral assistance. Meanwhile, the other woman finds solace in her faith and identity. This narrative unfolds through symbolic elements that embody echoes of the past, the realities of the present, and the potency of ancestral ties, dismantling stereotypes and inspiring profound contemplation. a:1:{i:0;s:86:"";} a:2:{i:0;s:95:"";i:1;s:88:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:9:"Alek Lean";}} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Fellipe Cussa";}} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:9:"Alek Lean";}} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:9:"Alek Lean";s:9:"biography";s:845:"Alek Lean's academic journey led him through the halls of the University of Rio de Janeiro, where he honed his skills. Not just limited to one role, he wears multiple hats in the world of cinema – an accomplished actor, producer, scriptwriter, and filmmaker. His artistic training spans across institutions like the Centro Afro Carioca de Cinema Zózimo Bulbul and the Escola de Cinema Darcy Ribeiro. Alek's cinematic creations have graced screens in over 30 countries, spanning four continents. His accomplishments include winning the esteemed title of Best International Short Film from the Caribbean, in addition to securing 10 Honorable Mentions from festival juries in Brazil, Africa, and Europe. Notably, he was honored with the distinguished Latinx21 Challenge Award in the vibrant city of Los Angeles, situated in the United States.";s:10:"photograph";s:89:"";}} comomatarumaboneca 46º Festival Guarnicê de Cinema, Maranhão, Brazil, June 10, 2023, Brazilian, Official Selection, FESTin - Festival Int de Cinema de Língua Portuguesa, Lisboa, Portugal, July 1, 2023, Europe, Official Selection, Sittannavasal International Film Festival, Karaiyur, India, Asian, Best Social Awareness Short Film,   1
Redonda: Road to Recovery Antigua and Barbuda 2023 a:1:{i:0;s:11:"educational";} documentary short 30 No Rating English In 2017 The Environmental Awareness Group, a local non-governmental organization, led the ecological restoration of Redonda, sister island to Antigua and Barbuda, and one of the largest unpeopled islands in the Eastern Caribbean. A home to wildlife and critically endangered species that can be found nowhere else in the world, Redonda’s conservation story embodies the true essence of biodiversity resilience and speaks to the power of locally-led conservation through collaborative action. a:1:{i:0;s:96:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:91:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Lawson Lewis";}} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Lawson Lewis";s:9:"biography";s:994:"Lawson is a creative from the island of Antigua and Barbuda. He started his career as an Art teacher before eventually deciding to start his own Advertising Agency. He has spent the last 17 years working in the Advertising industry as a Creative director, Director of Photography, Graphic designer and Editor. Lawson has been recognized by his industry peers having received regional and international recognition for his work in advertising and production, which range from Private Company, to Hospitality and Public Service Non Profit Industry awards, including an American Advertising Federation District 4 'Gold Angel Award' for the Documentary Short 'Birds of Barbuda'. He is passionate about the environment and is dedicated to addressing topics dealing with climate change, conservation and environmental sustainability. His aspirations are to create both short and feature length films. The Documentary Short 'Redonda: Road to Recovery' is his first film festival entry as a film maker.";s:10:"photograph";s:78:"";}} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Lawson Lewis";}} redondadocumentary 1
Short Cut A young man takes a short cut late at night through a cemetery and finds a new wave horrors that lurk in the night. Trinidad and Tobago 2023 a:1:{i:0;s:6:"horror";} narrative short 12 No Rating English Under the cover of darkness, a young man dares to navigate through the ominous depths of a desolate cemetery. Little does he know that his ill-fated decision to take a shortcut home will lead him to a horrifying encounter with the malevolent ghouls of the night. a:2:{i:0;s:76:"";i:1;s:76:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Keegan Taylor";}} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Keegan Taylor";}} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Keegan Taylor";s:9:"biography";s:256:"Keegan Taylor is a filmmaker from Trinidad and Tobago who has a passion for action and horror movies. He is a unique story teller with over 20 years of experience in the entertainment industry and seeks to tell his Caribbean made stories to world at large.";s:10:"photograph";s:81:"";}} art.of.ten 1
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Attica United States of America 2021 documentary feature 115 No Rating On Sept. 9, 1971, over 1,200 inmates at the Attica correctional facility in Attica, NY, seized the yard at the maximum-security prison, took more than three dozen guards and civilian employees hostage, and demanded more humane treatment and better conditions. For five days, the world watched as TV news cameras covered the story from both outside and inside the prison, as journalists and a team of negotiators converged at the scene. But when law enforcement was ordered by New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller to retake Attica, the resulting massacre by state police left 29 inmates and 10 hostages dead — the deadliest violence Americans had inflicted on each other in a single day since the Civil War. Before the smoke from the tear gas cleared, police tortured inmates behind the walls. No charges were ever brought against authorities for the killings of inmates and guards. It was the largest prison rebellion in U.S. history. Now, on the 50th anniversary of the Attica uprising, Emmy-winning director STANLEY NELSON and producer and co-director TRACI A. CURRY examine one of the most shocking incidents in the nation’s history in the extraordinary, in-depth documentary ATTICA. Through original interviews with former inmates, family members of the hostages, and those who witnessed it first-hand, Nelson (Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool, The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution, Freedom Riders, Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple) and Curry (producer of Nelson’s Boss: The Black Experience in Business and ESPN 30 for 30: Vick and a longtime MSNBC producer) bring us back to a moment that resonated for decades, utilizing hundreds of hours of footage and never-before-seen archival tapes from inside the prison. ATTICA captures the personalities, politics, emotions, and tragedy that stands as a wake-up call — then and now — about the need for prison reform and the responsibilities of justice. a:2:{i:0;s:85:"";i:1;s:71:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:18:"Stanley Nelson Jr.";s:9:"biography";s:947:"Stanley Nelson Jr is today’s leading documentarian of the African-American experience. His films combine compelling narratives with rich historical detail to illuminate the under-explored American past. A MacArthur “Genius” Fellow, Nelson has received numerous honours over the course of his career, including five Primetime Emmy Awards for his films, as well as lifetime achievement awards from the Emmys, the Peabodys, and IDA. In 2013, Nelson received the National Medal in the Humanities from President Barack Obama. His latest film, Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool, premiered at Sundance in January 2019. In 2000, Mr Nelson, along with his wife, Marcia A. Smith, founded Firelight Media, a non-profit production company dedicated to using historical film to advance contemporary social justice causes, and to mentoring, inspiring and training a new generation of diverse young filmmakers committed to telling underrepresented stories.";s:10:"photograph";s:81:"";}} 1
Miles Davis: The Birth of Cool United States of America 2019 documentary feature 115 No Rating Miles Davis: Horn player, bandleader, innovator. Elegant, intellectual, vain. Callous, conflicted, controversial. Magnificent, mercurial. Genius. The very embodiment of cool. The man with a sound so beautiful it could break your heart. The central theme of Miles Davis’s life was his restless determination to break boundaries and live life on his own terms. It made him a star—it also made him incredibly difficult to live with, for the people who loved him most. Again and again, in music and in life, Miles broke with convention—and when he thought his work came to represent a new convention, he changed it again. Miles’s bold disregard for tradition, his clarity of vision, his relentless drive, and constant thirst for new experiences made him an inspiring collaborator to fellow musicians and a cultural icon to generations of listeners. It made him an innovator in music—from bebop to “cool jazz,” modern quintets, orchestral music, jazz fusion, rock ‘n’ roll, and even hip-hop. Featuring never-before-seen archival footage, studio outtakes, and rare photos, Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool tells the story of a truly singular talent and unpacks the man behind the horn. a:2:{i:0;s:108:"";i:1;s:115:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:18:"Stanley Nelson Jr.";s:9:"biography";s:947:"Stanley Nelson Jr is today’s leading documentarian of the African-American experience. His films combine compelling narratives with rich historical detail to illuminate the under-explored American past. A MacArthur “Genius” Fellow, Nelson has received numerous honours over the course of his career, including five Primetime Emmy Awards for his films, as well as lifetime achievement awards from the Emmys, the Peabodys, and IDA. In 2013, Nelson received the National Medal in the Humanities from President Barack Obama. His latest film, Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool, premiered at Sundance in January 2019. In 2000, Mr Nelson, along with his wife, Marcia A. Smith, founded Firelight Media, a non-profit production company dedicated to using historical film to advance contemporary social justice causes, and to mentoring, inspiring and training a new generation of diverse young filmmakers committed to telling underrepresented stories.";s:10:"photograph";s:79:"";}} 1
Mega Unione Suprema (Ultimate Mega Union) Italy 2021 art short 11 No Rating ‘Mega Unione Suprema’ is a grotesque and condensed journey willing to expose the commercial stereotypes and storytelling mechanisms that shape contemporary communication and film industry, to exhibit how the market has taken over the discourse and transformed it into mere communication of so-called “messages”. It is an experimental anti-film in the form of an ad, part of the YAY.RED art project (a brand which only promotes itself, and having as its only product to sell nothing but the advertisement of the brand itself). ‘Mega Unione Suprema’ is realized only using the poorest material one can find in communication: the stock footage. The film is created by combining and editing footage, music, images and graphics, to obtain YAY.RED self-referential advertisements. ‘Mega Unione Suprema’ is therefore a series of such senseless advertisements, which are at the same time the product themselves and the advertisement of the product. a:2:{i:0;s:116:"";i:1;s:116:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Andrea Amadei";s:9:"biography";s:681:"Andrea Amadei studied Theoretical Philosophy with prof. Carlo Sini in Milan. He has worked for several years in the documentary world, writing and producing several films, documentaries and series in collaboration with major international broadcasters (ZDF, Arte, RAI). Over the last years, he progressively started to use his visual skills to perpetuate his philosophical research in the art field, focusing mainly on the theoretical perception of the images, through photography, video installation and digital painting. He directed the video installation MEGA UNIONE SUPREMA (REA art fair 2021; Guerriglia Semiologica, 2021; Lisbon Film Rendezvous, 2022; Lecce Film Fest, 2022).";s:10:"photograph";s:122:"";}} 1
With Wonder Canada 2021 documentary feature 73 14+ Born out of Director Sharon Lewis’s own muted struggle with not fitting into neat racial/ Queer/ Christian boxes, ‘With Wonder’ takes an intimate look at the journey of members of the Queer, Christian community of colour and their attempts to answer the question: “Can you be both Christian and Queer?” In this film we hear and see diverse members of the LGBTQI+ community, including high profile queer activists and Queer clerics, in places like Jamaica, New York, London, and Los Angeles. They each have their own unique ways of amplifying their voices and finding their way back to spiritual health, despite the shaming tactics of some Christian institutions. ‘With Wonder’ is a love letter to God from the LGBTQI+ community of colour. a:2:{i:0;s:88:"";i:1;s:88:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Sharon Lewis";s:9:"biography";s:882:"Sharon Lewis' focus in her directing career is to tell entertaining stories with a unique cinematic flavour and heavy-hitting performance. She has been nominated for 8 Canadian Screen Awards and won a CSA for Best Direction of a Factual Series. Sharon is also know for her feature films ‘Brown Girl Begins’, a post-apocalyptic Afro-futurist sci-fi tale, and ‘Disruptor Conductor’, her documentary debut, about the first openly gay black Canadian orchestral conductor. Both films have screened at trinidad+tobago film festival and toured the world festival scene garnering awards and critical acclaim. Although Sharon was born in Toronto, Canada and trained and lived in Los Angeles, she still has ties to her Jamaican/ Trinidadian roots and works hard at giving voice to black people and people of colour in all the projects she has the privilege of directing and producing.";s:10:"photograph";s:91:"";}} 1
Riddim France 2022 documentary featurette 52 PG ‘Riddim’ paints a cross portrait of three young Guyanese urban dancers. For them, dance is a vector of integration and social recognition. They symbolise the power of appropriation of an entire generation, the emergence of an identity of its own. a:1:{i:0;s:83:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:2:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Maël Cabaret";s:9:"biography";s:377:"Mael Cabaret is a director of documentary films and associate producer with the company Les 48° Rugissants. His films include ‘Oyapock’ about border relations between French Guiana and Brazil; ‘Les enfants du fleuve’ on maternity in Guyana. He co-directed the 10-part series, ‘Dans l’oeil du petit écran’, which explores the global relationship with television.";}} 1
Well Wishes My Love, Your Love Sweden 2021 art short 9 No Rating A boy lends his friend a prosthetic arm for the day. As the moon inches closer and closer towards the sun, the friend sees something in the water… a:1:{i:0;s:106:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:22:"Gabriel Gabriel Garble";s:9:"biography";s:585:"Gabriel Gabriel Garble is a Malaysian animation filmmaker based in Stockholm. Using a combination of 2D and 3D techniques, Gabriel’s animations depart from the absurdist capabilities of the medium and laser in instead on the beauty behind the subtler 'unseen' movements of the everyday.Characterized by pensive pacing no stranger to those within the slow cinema sphere, Gabriel’s films invite the viewer to dive into a dreamlike state of contemplation and live alongside the animism within each frame. Their works have attracted the likes of Adult Swim, The New York Times and BBC.";s:10:"photograph";s:119:"";}} 1
You Can Always Come Home United States of America 2021 narrative short 6 All Ages ‘You Can Always Come Home’ is a short film that explores the domestic realm through the eyes of young children. It highlights themes such as celebration, ritual, family, and love through Black spatial occupation of the kitchen and front porch. Tangent to the film is a poem written by artists Reginald O’Neal and Arsimmer McCoy that furthers the investigation and liberation of Blackness in the architected environment. a:1:{i:0;s:101:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Juan Luis Matos";s:9:"biography";s:586:"Juan Luis Matos is a multidisciplinary artist and filmmaker based in Miami. He studied at the Hochschule für bildende Künste in Hamburg, Germany and received his BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. He is a member of Third Horizon film collective that hosts an annual film festival in Miami, and he is a 2020 + 2021 Suncoast Regional Emmy Award Winner. He is currently an artist in residence at the Bakehouse Art Complex in Miami, FL. Juan is the top prize recipient for the 2022 Knight Foundation Made in MIA Award at Miami Film Festival for his film 'You can always come home'.";s:10:"photograph";s:114:"";}} 1
Don’t Think About Earthquakes Haiti 2021 art short 12 No Rating ‘Don’t think about earthquakes’ is a meditation on day-to-day life in Haiti as it is, without the weight of outsiders’ dominating narratives of poverty and destruction from the 2010 earthquake. Shot from a moving vehicle on the artist’s phone, footage of people interacting in the space is framed and slowed down so we can observe their movements and perhaps draw parallels with our own. a:1:{i:0;s:103:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Nadia Huggins";s:9:"biography";s:371:"Nadia Huggins is a self taught artist who works in photography and, since 2010, has built a body of images that are characterised by her observation of an interest in the everyday. Her work merges documentary and conceptual practices, which explore belonging, identity, and memory through a contemporary approach focused on re-presenting Caribbean landscapes and the sea.";s:10:"photograph";s:109:"";}} 1
D’Ocre et de Suie (Smoke and Ocher) France 2021 narrative short 20 All Ages 19,000 years ago… Guilty of a hunting accident which could have cost the life of a child, Py’ro is banned from her tribe and finds shelter in a cave, close to the camp. a:1:{i:0;s:109:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:2:{s:4:"name";s:17:"Romain Grésillon";s:9:"biography";s:377:"Romain Grésillon made films in his head long before he had a camera. He studied visual arts, then theatre and cinema at the University of Paris 8. In 2016 he directed ‘Guide's Life’, a comic web series inspired by his own experience as a tour guide in Paris. He is an editor and responsible for the animation on the documentary ‘Et si Babel n'est qu'un mythe?’ (2019).";}} 1
The Moon Child Barbados 2021 narrative short 11 All Ages Ara, a young, bedridden girl, is trapped in her room. The nights are easier for her as the moon gives her comfort and revives her. One night a lunar visitor helps her transcend her physical bonds and find the answers she so desperately needs. a:1:{i:0;s:92:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Sanna Allsopp";s:9:"biography";s:848:"Sanna Allsopp is an award-winning British/ Barbadian producer, director and anthropologist. A documentary filmmaker Sanna began her film career at the age of 22 and is recognised for her experience in handling challenging or sensitive subjects such as her work for UNICEF, the BBC and Channel 4. Sanna has been producing award-winning campaigns in fashion, commercials, music videos and film over the last 10 years, through Parachute Film Studios in Barbados. ‘The moon child’ is Sanna’s drama and writing directorial debut; it won best experimental film at the LA International Short Film Festival, making it the first Caribbean film to ever win at the festival, as well as winning the prestigious Jean Rouch award for the American Society for Visual Anthropology. Sanna is currently developing ‘The Bajan detective’, a streaming series.";s:10:"photograph";s:96:"";}} 1
Borom Taxi Argentina 2021 documentary feature 61 PG Mountakha is a Senegalese migrant and a newcomer to Buenos Aires, Argentina. In Dakar he used to work as a truck driver and he tries to get the same job in this new city too. In the meantime, while working as a street vendor, he wonders if his destiny might be tied to acting. Some of his new friends have a special bond with cinema. a:1:{i:0;s:87:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:18:"Andrés Guerberoff";s:9:"biography";s:286:"Andrés Guerberoff is from Buenos Aires, Argentina. He has made experimental short films and some of his works can be found at permanent exhibitions at Museo del Cine Pablo Ducrós Hicken and Museo Lumiton. His first feature film, ‘Borom Taxi’ premiered at Visions du Réel in 2021.";s:10:"photograph";s:95:"";}} 1
Plan LMNOP United States of America 2022 narrative short 6 14+ All is fine and dandy on Jo and Rashaad’s first day living together – until a condom breaks. a:1:{i:0;s:87:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Halima Lucas";s:9:"biography";s:863:"Halima Lucas is an LA-based writer/director from Stockton, California. Her short, ‘Amelia’s Closet’ was a finalist for the 43rd Student Academy Awards and won the 2017 American Black Film Festival HBO Short Film Award. Following the success of her film, Halima was selected for Ryan Murphy's Half Initiative TV Director Shadowing programme, as well as the Break The Room fellowship, where she helped develop and write the webseries East of La Brea, which was produced by Paul Feig’s Powderkeg, premiered at SXSW in 2019, and won at UrbanWorld Film Festival. She was then selected for the 2018-2019 Nickelodeon Writing Program and ultimately landed a development deal on a live-action multi-cam project. Currently, she’s a story editor/producer on Marvel’s ‘Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur,’ and continues to develop shows and make films for all ages.";s:10:"photograph";s:90:"";}} 1
Le Corps de la Ville en Martinique (The Body of the City in Martinique) Martinique 2021 documentary featurette 52 PG-13 A danced documentary stroll within the natural landscapes and architectural heritage of the Martinique. ‘Le corps de la ville en Martinique’ seeks to elucidate Martinique’s profound, rich and complex identity, through the universal dialogue between image and moving bodies in space. a:1:{i:0;s:153:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Nicolas Habas";s:9:"biography";s:173:"Nicolas Habas is a scriptwriter and director. He is particularly interested in the tensions between reality and imagination, society and intimacy, geography and territories.";s:10:"photograph";s:150:"";}} 1
Boy Blue United Kingdom 2022 narrative short 14 14+ 1985 Bermondsey. Seated in his Austin Allegro, cassette tape vendor Boy Blue waits to receive the in-demand recording of the Saxon versus Coxone sound system clash which took place the night before at the legendary People’s club venue. His contact Fredrick has promised to deliver the hottest tape of the year. a:1:{i:0;s:87:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Richard Thomas";s:9:"biography";s:355:"As a child, Richard Thomas loved the experience of cinema, film, radio and television. As a filmmaker, he has also drawn on his past experiences working for filmmakers such as Thomas Napper, Shane Meadows and Jonas Akerlund. He has a (BA) Hons in animation, communication and media history from Goldsmiths, University of London and University of The Arts.";s:10:"photograph";s:90:"";}} 1
Perspektiva (Perspective) Curaçao 2022 narrative short 19 PG Unbeknownst to him, a family man’s job is in danger due to his poor performance at work. Will the help of his best friend make the situation better? a:1:{i:0;s:101:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:18:"Rovendley Welvaart";s:9:"biography";s:395:"Rovendley Welvaart is a filmmaker from Curaçao. He makes short films that can nspire and encourage human beings. In 2015 his documentary, ‘Press on Marelly’, won best short documentary at the Curaçao International Film Festival Rotterdam. In 2020 he was assistant director for the Netflix film, ‘Bulado’, which also won the "Gouden Kalf" at the Netherlands International Film Festival.";s:10:"photograph";s:109:"";}} 1
Cordialmente Teus (Cordially Yours) Brazil 2022 narrative feature 94 14+ Ten stories or one. Ten moments in the timeline: 1972, 1999, 1550, 2083, 1891, 2012, 1618, and the same reality: violence giving the final face to relations in Brazil. A slave revolt on a coffee plantation, the torture of a Native, the kidnapping of an ambassador, Jews hiding from the Inquisition, a tortured woman who sees her torturer in the audience to whom she tells of the crime committed by him, father and son talking during the second World War, a widow who lost everything in the Encilhada and is forced to marry and lose her freedom. a:1:{i:0;s:110:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Aimar Labaki";s:9:"biography";s:331:"Aimar Labaki is a director, playwright, translator, author of novels and essayist. He wrote the telenovela ‘Paixões Probidas’ (a Portuguese-Brazilian production, RTP /Band) and the script for ‘500 años: Mostra do Redescobrimento’, directed by André Klotzel. ‘Cordially Yours’ is his first feature film as a director.";s:10:"photograph";s:114:"";}} 1
Bougie Banton Jamaica 2021 narrative short 7 All Ages Jamaicans may be highly favoured but that doesn’t always make life easy. Web Series ‘Highly Favored’ follows Winter, a Jamaican creative navigating the highs and lows of life as an artist in Los Angeles. In ‘Bougie Banton’, a job interview takes an unexpected turn when Winter’s potential employer turns out to be obsessed with Jamaica. a:1:{i:0;s:90:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Summer Eldemire";s:9:"biography";s:327:"Summer Eldemire is a Jamaican actor, director and writer whose work peels back the layers of Jamaica, the world’s favourite island. She wrote, directed and starred in Caribbean webseries ‘Highly Favored’, which encapsulates the Jamaican and diaspora experience from the perspective of Winter, an LA based Jamaican artist.";s:10:"photograph";s:96:"";}} 1
Camopi One French Guiana 2022 documentary featurette 53 PG ‘Camopi One’ is an island documentary at the crossroads of borders. In Camopi, a village opposite Brazil in French Guiana which is only accessible by the Oyapock River, the low, thick and piercing sounds of tule clarinets – the main musical instruments of the Waypi Amerindians and the foundation of their culture – resonate. Music and image are weaved in a multi-voiced narrative, where generations and civilizations confront each other. a:1:{i:0;s:87:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:16:"Laure Subreville";s:9:"biography";s:414:"Laure Subreville is a video artist, visual artist and director who lives and works between Bordeaux and Lyon, France. A 2017 graduate of the École des Beaux-Arts de Bordeaux, she spent a year at Le Pavillon, an international creative residency in Bordeaux where she was able to work with Ange Leccia to develop a project around a collective of men wrestling. ‘Camopi One’ is her documentary directorial debut.";s:10:"photograph";s:94:"";}} 1
Da Boca da Noite à Barra do Dia (Dusk Till Dawn) Brazil 2021 documentary short 18 PG-13 In Pernambuco’s Zona da Mata, dreams and reality blend. Among the sugarcane fields, the colour, the dance, the theatre, and the music reveal a not-so-distant past, which raise questions about the present, and shine a light on the future challenges of a game that begins at night and ends at daybreak. a:1:{i:0;s:123:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Tiago Delácio";s:9:"biography";s:484:"Director Tiago Delácio, specialised in documentary filmmaking at the Escuela Internacional de Cine y TV de Santo Antonio de los Baños (Cuba). He has directed several films, including ‘Cinema Na Praça’ (2003); ‘Meio Caminho Andado’ (2003); ‘La espera’ (2003); ‘Aurora’ (2004); ‘Primeiro de Maio’ (2016). He has also worked as an assistant director on features such as ‘Amarelo Manga’ by Claudio Assis and ‘A história da Eternidade’ by Camilo Cavalcante.";s:10:"photograph";s:127:"";}} 1
My Maxi Trinidad and Tobago 2021 narrative short 4 No Rating Marcus is inspired to seek a closer relationship with his outspoken mother and oblivious father. He makes several attempts to reach them during their daily routine, looking for the right opportunity to have a needed but casual chat about his sexual-orientation and journey of self-identity. Eventually, he musters the courage and has a breakthrough. However things take a turn when his over-enthusiastic father takes his new relationship with his son to a whole other level… a:1:{i:0;s:84:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Andrei Pierre";s:9:"biography";s:197:"Andrei is a fun-loving storyteller from Trinbago. He works on diverse projects and maintains an ethnographic approach to story-telling, paying especially strong tribute to our West-Indian heritage.";s:10:"photograph";s:90:"";}} 1
La Otra Naranja (Another Orange) Dominican Republic 2021 narrative short 10 14+ In a Santo Domingo neighbourhood, a man is about to commit an unforgivable crime. Multiple events will collide. A middle-aged woman walks home from the supermarket; a fruit seller chants Christian words as he rides his loaded tricycle; the suspect drives desperately in the direction of his target. a:1:{i:0;s:114:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Johnattan Baez";s:9:"biography";s:765:"Johnattan Baez is a Dominican film director, screenwriter, producer and editor. He studied film and creative writing at Western Michigan University, with additional studies at Charles University in Prague. Baez previously earned a degree in Multimedia from Las Americas Institute of Technology, in the Dominican Republic. His projects in development include both, feature films and short films. As a video producer and editor, Baez has been able to collaborate remotely with a large variety of international clients, ranging from Fortune 500 companies such as Microsoft and P&G, to startups, business leaders and solopreneurs. In 2021 he founded Cinergetik, a production company which aims to develop a sustainable system for mass production of quality short films.";s:10:"photograph";s:112:"";}} 1
Salgá (Salted) Curaçao 2022 narrative short 23 PG-13 It seemed like it would be just another average day, but that quickly changed. Nobody knows who did it, but Jacqueline, a local journalist, is determined to figure it out. Together with her cameraman, they set off to find out who’s behind the scream that was so loud it sounded like it circled the earth at least three times. Jacqueline interviews several witnesses, and they each tell a different story. At the end of the day, gossip is just like salt; it’s in everything! a:2:{i:0;s:89:"";i:1;s:89:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:33:"Tittel Del Mar + Aïshah Granviel";s:9:"biography";s:749:"Aïshah Granviel attended Instituto Buena Bista (IBB), Curaçao's centre for contemporary art, and in 2019 she co-directed the film ‘Salgá’ (‘Salted’). This was Aïshah's first experience of filmmaking. She is currently studying both Fine Art and Arts and Culture Studies in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. She hopes that the knowledge she gains from her cultural studies course will reinforce her practice as an artist. Tittel Del Mar was born in Curaçao in 1990. Also, an alumna of IBB, she continued her studies at Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam. Tittel is a full-time creative and has been working in the film industry for many years, doing research, producing, and now making her debut as (co)director of ‘Salgá’ (Salted).";s:10:"photograph";s:124:"";}} 1
Meu Nome É Saudade (My Name Is Nostalgia) Brazil 2021 narrative short 4 All Ages The coronavirus pandemic surprises the world. Film students are isolated on a farm in the interior of Cuba because of the virus. ‘My Name Is Nostalgia’ invites us into the experience of quarantine, from the farewells and sadness of an interrupted dream. a:1:{i:0;s:124:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:19:"Ana Graziela Aguiar";s:9:"biography";s:377:"Ana Graziela Aguiar has worked as a journalist at TV Brasil for over thirteen years. She holds a postgraduate degree in audiovisual production from the Estácio de Sá University and also in Human Rights and Ethnic-Social issues from the Unyleya University. She holds a master's degree in documentary filmmaking from Escuela Internacional de Cine y Televisión, EICTV, in Cuba.";s:10:"photograph";s:127:"";}} 1
Fragments of Carnival Trinidad and Tobago 2022 documentary short 4 All Ages Set on a university campus in The Netherlands, a group of students participate in a mask-making workshop In which they are introduced to Carnival in Haiti and Trinidad and Tobago. The masks featured embody their interpretation of Carnival as a form of resistance against systems of oppression. a:1:{i:0;s:99:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Kristof West";s:9:"biography";s:277:"Kristof West is a recent graduate of The University of Utrecht in The Netherlands where he completed a bachelor's degree in Media and Performance Studies. West is a budding creative director and filmmaker who aims to transport the world to Trinidad and Tobago through his work.";s:10:"photograph";s:102:"";}} 1
The Heartbeat of the City Jamaica 2021 documentary short 24 PG-13 Downtown Kingston, is the epicentre of trade, commerce and culture in Jamaica’s capital. The city has seen many comings and goings but the one constant has been the push cart! Transporting goods, fruit, food, materials and services, not many think of how important they are; and the men who make them, repair them, rent them and take care of them; and the women who make a living from these said Pushcarts. If they stop, Downtown stops, Kingston stops! a:2:{i:0;s:102:"";i:1;s:109:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Ryan Eccleston";s:9:"biography";s:603:"Ryan Eccleston is an award winning photographer/ filmmaker from Kingston, Jamaica. He is an alumnus of The Art Institute Of Fort Lauderdale where he studied filmmaking, broadcasting and photography. Eccleston’s work has been shown at the United Nations HQ; in Trinidad & Tobago, Greece, Art Basel Miami, Switzerland and Jamaica. Due to his father's job working with the United Nations, Ryan spent most of his life travelling and living in several countries including the USA , Egypt and Israel. This nomadic childhood allowed him to see and experience different cultures, this bred a curiosity in him.";s:10:"photograph";s:107:"";}} 1
Flotando en el Río del Tiempo (Floating in the River of Time) Cuba 2022 documentary short 13 All Ages ‘Floating in the river of time’ (‘Flotando en el río del tiempo’) is a meditative observation of the poetry present in the world of Pedrito – an elderly man of the mountains and relic of a time that no longer exists – while he comes to an understanding of his physical mortality and becomes aware of his spiritual immortality. a:1:{i:0;s:106:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:17:"Amir Aether Valen";s:9:"biography";s:898:"Amir Aether Valen is a writer, director and photographer who works primarily within non-fiction storytelling. While studying at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Amir's student film, ‘Who I say I am’ won the Best Trinidad & Tobago Short Documentary Film award, as well as the United Nations award for Best Emerging Documentary Filmmaker. In 2020 Amir graduated from Escuela Internacional de Cine y Televisión (EICTV) in Cuba after specialising in Documentary Film Direction. He has made over 15 short films across Cuba including, ‘The whisper of the leaves’, which had its world premiere at Sheffield DocFest in 2021. Amir has been a lecturer at the UWI since 2022. He is also an education facilitator at the Living Water Community - Ministry for Migrants and Refugees, and produces commercial creative content through his production company, Elements of Mental Zen Productions Ltd.";s:10:"photograph";s:114:"";}} 1
Eyes and Horns Korea 2021 narrative short 6 14+ ‘Eyes and Horns’ is an exploration of masculinity which begins with the Minotaur, a mythical creature Picasso used to portray himself in his etching print series. The Minotaur goes through a violent struggle between being male and female. Finally, the lines blur and the boundaries of sexes disappear. a:1:{i:0;s:93:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:10:"Chaerin Im";s:9:"biography";s:463:"Born in Seoul, Korea, Chaerin Im is an experimental filmmaker with a focus on animation. Through craftsmanship and distinctive materials, she explores gender issues and sexual imagery. She is a graduate of Seoul National University’s Visual Communication Design programme and has an MFA from CalArts Experimental Animation. Her films have competed in festivals such as Annecy, Ann Arbor, Animafest Zagreb, DOK Leipzig, Ottawa, Vienna Shorts, Slamdance and GLAS.";s:10:"photograph";s:93:"";}} 1
Sorrow’s Kitchen Barbados 2021 short 13 PG Sorrow’s Kitchen begins with a sleep deprived creative (Sid), who slips in and out of the same dream over and over again, until he’s unable to differentiate between what is “reality” and what is the “dream”. The concept of the dream being and the blurring of reality portray what it means to the child of the diaspora to have a connection with his ancestors, who speak to him, watch over him and guide him. As real as if they were flesh and blood. The conflict Sid feels about the uncertainty of his dreams mirrors the block, the cultural disconnect, many children of the diaspora experience. a:1:{i:0;a:2:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Ryan Wilfred";s:9:"biography";s:444:"Ryan Wilfred is a Director, Producer and Writer born in Barbados, to St Lucian and Guyanese parents. He holds an MA in Directing from the London Film School and an associates degree in Literature. His work focuses on the beauty and grace of our collective spiritual Caribbean traditions. "I want to tell stories that may have been forgotten and unearth narratives that may have been buried deeply from our very rich traditions of oral history."";}} sorrowskitchen 1
Espectro (Spectre) Brazil 2022 narrative short 20 PG Fábio, a 12 year old boy, discovers a wishing well in a forest near his house. There he has a series of mysterious encounters with his long dead father. a:1:{i:0;s:95:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:37:"Thiago Rosestolato + Raul Paiva Mello";s:9:"biography";s:892:"Thiago Rosestolato is a Brazilian filmmaker, director, screenwriter and film producer. He has worked as an assistant director on the TV series, ‘A Dona da Banca’ and the feature film ‘A Colônia’. In 2019, he was curator of the screenplay contest of ROTA (Audiovisual Screenplay Festival). He directed, produced and scripted the clips ‘Não é Não’ and ‘Nós é Rico’, both by funk artist Mc Vraa, and ‘Ocê Oceano’, by singer Anderson Primo, shown on MTV in 2020. He is passionate about cinema and creating stories that impact human beings and transform the world. Raul Paiva Mello is a Brazilian filmmaker, director and screenwriter. He directed and scripted the clips ‘Não é Não’, by funk artist Mc Vraa, and ‘Ocê Oceano’, by singer Anderson Primo, shown on MTV in 2020. He is also screenwriter at Globo, the biggest television station in Latin America.";s:10:"photograph";s:126:"";}} 1
Hierba la Sangre (Bloodroot) Cuba 2022 documentary short 23 PG-13 In 1961, the disappearance of ancestral medical practices was predicted as a consequence of the profound social and economic changes implemented by the Cuban Revolution. However, the strong economic crisis of the 1990s, known as the Special Period, pushed the Cuban government to consider green medicine to help mitigate the lack of western medicine. In 2021, the source of ancestral knowledge is kept alive through the universe of four characters and their relationship with nature. a:1:{i:0;s:103:"";} a:2:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Natalia Favre";s:9:"biography";s:606:"Natalia Favre is an Argentinian documentary photographer and filmmaker based between Cuba and Argentina. Her work focuses on social issues through the intersection of community and identity with a very intimate perspective. She worked for several years in the cinema industry where she learnt about the process of storytelling. That background gave her the skills to execute stories with a holistic approach and develop multimedia projects. Her work has been published widely including in Washington Post, National Geographic, Bloomberg News; her films have been shown in Cuba, Argentina, Brazil and Spain.";s:10:"photograph";s:107:"";}i:1;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Greta Mattei";s:9:"biography";s:332:"Greta Mattei is an Italian general doctor. She encountered the world of natural healing traditions in Brazil and specialises in Natural Medicine in Havana, Cuba. She believes in the importance of keeping traditional knowledge alive and integrating it into modern medical practice. ‘Bloodroot’ is her first film as a co-director.";s:10:"photograph";s:106:"";}} 1
Crazy Dreams Jamaica 2022 narrative short 21 All Ages ‘Crazy Dreams’ is a moving musical about a young girl’s journey to overcome grief and sorrow in pursuit of her dreams of becoming a Broadway performer. When Liana is presented with the life-changing opportunity to audition for an Off-Broadway play, she must overcome the self-doubt, grief and guilt she has struggled with since the Covid-death of her beloved mother, so that she can earn her spot on stage. a:1:{i:0;s:90:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Lee-San Gayle";s:9:"biography";s:304:"Lee-San Gayle is in her final year of pursuing a BA in Film Production at CARIMAC, UWI, Mona. In the past three years, she has produced, edited and directed short films, commercials, television interviews and music videos, working closely with local production companies and other creative professionals.";s:10:"photograph";s:94:"";}} 1
La Balada de los Cuervos (The Ballad of the Crows) Dominican Republic 2022 narrative feature 95 16+ Pablo is a young priest who, for his revolutionary and rebellious ideals, is sent from Mexico by the Holy See, to a border town between the Dominican Republic and Haiti. Desolate, dusty and forgotten. Here Pablo meets a beautiful and young prostitute nicknamed La Puchis. The discovery of a network of human trafficking and corruption unleashes a series of events and conflicts that will cast doubt on his principles, his votes and his credibility, leading him to a life or death fight. a:1:{i:0;s:118:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:23:"Tony Bacigaluppe Pérez";s:9:"biography";s:453:"Tony Bacigaluppe Pérez is a graduate of the film school of the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo. He has produced and directed several commercials and corporate documentaries for well-known brands and companies. He is the producer of the documentary ‘That Spring of 65’, which was awarded the national fund FONPROCINE 2015 and selected by the international project development workshops ISLAB Puerto Rico and Nuevas Miradas 2015, Havana, Cuba.";s:10:"photograph";s:137:"";}} 1
Mayok (Bitter Cassava) Trinidad and Tobago 2022 documentary short 11 All Ages An elderly Creole woman makes cassava flour in a traditional way. With hopes of finding the large, ‘pwelon’ pot her father once used, she journeys into her village, only to find many changes there. a:1:{i:0;s:97:"";} a:3:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:16:"Cassandra Joseph";s:9:"biography";s:97:"Cassandra Joseph is an avid film-maker who is inspired by family, culture, history and tradition.";s:10:"photograph";s:111:"";}i:1;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Vincent Lopez";s:9:"biography";s:92:"Vincent Lopez is A professional videographer and photographer with a natural eye for images.";s:10:"photograph";s:101:"";}i:2;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Nnamdi Hodge";s:9:"biography";s:146:"Nnamdi Hodge is a language teacher, researcher and writer who is dedicated to documenting the French Creole/Patois culture in Trinidad and Tobago.";s:10:"photograph";s:108:"";}} 1
25 Frames United States of America 2022 narrative short 13 All Ages ‘25 Frames’ is the story of a young Haitian girl, Eli, who recently immigrated to the United States and is struggling to integrate into her new community. One day, she meets a fellow broken-hearted-girl, Fatimah, and they explore their neighbourhood and sharpen their photographic voices together. a:1:{i:0;s:94:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Lunise Cerin";s:9:"biography";s:896:"Lunise Cerin is a queer, Haitian-American filmmaker. Most of her work resides on the imaginary border between the US and the Caribbean. She loves to tell stories of black people’s pursuit of self expression, liberation and love. After receiving her BS in sociology, with a minor in photography from Saint Joseph’s University, Cerin married her love of people and images by pivoting to film. In 2012 Cerin moved to Los Angeles where she began her career as a content producer at the SVOD platform Black&Sexy TV. In 2019 she worked as a location producer for Le Mancelinier video essay by David Hart funded by the Pew Foundation, and is currently working as Editor and Story producer for her second feature documentary film, The Battle for Haiti. Cerin is an MFA candidate in Columbia University's Screenwriting MFA program, where she was admitted with the Bridges Larson Foundation Fellowship.";s:10:"photograph";s:92:"";}} 1
Cache-Cache (Hide and Seek) Guadeloupe 2021 narrative short 13 PG Mama starts a game of hide and seek with her grandchildren. But after searching everywhere to find them, she begins to worry. But is it really her grandchildren that Mama is looking for? a:2:{i:0;s:102:"";i:1;s:102:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Olivier Kancel";s:9:"biography";s:386:"Olivier Kancel was born in Guadeloupe. He trained as a director in Lyon, returning to Guadeloupe after making his first 52-minute documentary ‘Caribbean’, broadcast by Lyon television. Back in Guadeloupe, he opened his production house KOPROD. He has directed and produced films such as ‘Ah, si j'étais parisien…’ and ‘Ma montagne’ ‘Ma justice’ and ‘Cache-cache’.";s:10:"photograph";s:107:"";}} 1
Husek Argentina 2021 narrative feature 90 PG The way in which the territory is inhabited by the indigenous cultures of the Gran Chaco generates community movements close to the forest and the river – sources of life. The government is planning a new territorial order with popular houses and the displacement of wichí families to the new urban periphery. Ana is the architect in charge of the project. Valentino is the chief of his community and with his grandson Leonel they will try to mediate what they consider to be a cultural outrage. a:1:{i:0;s:82:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:16:"Daniela Seggiaro";s:9:"biography";s:414:"Daniela Seggiaro was born in northern Argentina. She studied film at the University of Buenos Aires, and since then has been working on projects that bring her closer to the indigenous world, documentation, film experimentation and collaborations with other artistic languages. Her first fiction feature film ‘Nosilatiaj. Beauty’ (2012) opened at the Berlinale and received international and local recognition.";s:10:"photograph";s:89:"";}} 1
A Brief Record of My Father’s Time at Sea Canada 2021 documentary feature 67 All Ages Canadian filmmaker Jeanette Kong weaves together the strands of her Jamaican-Chinese identity as she recounts her father’s immigration journey—from China to Jamaica—and then eventually to Toronto, Canada. Drawing on her dad Keith Kong’s eloquent journal writing, and connecting with family around the globe, the filmmaker paints a deeply honest portrait of the Hakka migration experience. Why brave the hardships of immigration, not once, but twice in a single lifetime? Part personal memoir and part archival history, this is a story of courage, resilience and sacrifice: a daughter’s loving tribute to her immigrant father and to her Hakka heritage. Central to the film’s artistry are its journal sections: first-person accounts written by Keith Kong during his immigration journey. Narrated in the Hakka dialect, these chapters reveal a richly crafted collage of vintage footage, photos and graphics set to music. Inspired by her father’s words, the filmmaker travels to several far-flung places to reconnect with extended family and the legacy of her father’s choices is revealed. Intricately woven, the film presents a tapestry of history, culture and connections. a:1:{i:0;s:118:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Jeanette Kong";s:9:"biography";s:1225:"Jeanette Kong is a Jamaican-born, Chinese-Canadian documentary producer and director based in Toronto. Her most recent feature A Brief Record of My Father’s Time at Sea details her dad’s intimate account of his immigrant journey from China to Jamaica in 1949 and then Canada. It had its broadcast premiere in Canada on TVO. Recently, it was nominated for Research at the Golden Sheaf Awards at the Yorkton Film Festival. This is the fourth film by Kong about the Chinese-Jamaican diaspora and the fourth to screen at ttff. Her feature debut Finding Samuel Lowe: From Harlem to China screened at ttff/14. The documentary aired on PBS, The Africa Channel and FLOW. It won the ReelChoice Award at the 2015 ReelWorld Film Festival. Her short films, Half: The Story of a Chinese-Jamaican Son and The Chiney Shop premiered in the Caribbean at ttff/13 and ttff/12, respectively. In 2014, they were chosen to commemorate the 160th Anniversary of the Arrival of the Chinese to Jamaica at the Institute of Jamaica. In 2022, she was selected to participate in the inaugural EAVE (European Audiovisual Entrepreneurs) On Demand Program run by the NSI (National Screen Institute). Currently, she has a slate of projects in development.";s:10:"photograph";s:122:"";}} 1
AH! Hard Rain United Kingdom 2022 documentary featurette 30 No Rating ‘Come on Fish, sing to me.’ Ah! Hard Rain, an Art film: A story of aspiration, greed and shattered dreams told through the memories of a survivor [a fisherman]. The film takes us on a visually stunning journey into the ebb and flow of daily lives of a tiny [imagined] coastal village. The film travels through various stunning landscapes, Oceans and timelines, laces it with mesmeric cultural myth and costumes which emanates out of the characters and fills the air and screen with pure profound beauty to reveal the villagers in the fullness of their life; life before disaster. In the film we used Trinidad & Tobago traditional Mas characters, these characters were used in a new context to drive the visual narrative; they are the Moko Jumbie, Sailor, La Diablesse and Jab. Every day, we see images of people in the desolateness and the tragedy of their lives, as they flee poverty, war and environmental devastation in tiny boats on the vast Ocean. This is not an isolated incident, all through history people have taken and continue to take to the Ocean fleeing poverty, wars, religious persecution from all parts of the world, including Europe. Ah! Hard Rain explores this ongoing tragedy using film, dance and digital technology to create a powerful and evocative Art-film. ‘A Hard Rain’s a-Gonna fall.’ -Bob Dylan. ‘It is better to die trying than not try at all.’ a:1:{i:0;s:91:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Greta Mendez";s:9:"biography";s:1505:"Greta Mendez is an international award-winning director, producer, choreographer, former dancer and carnivalist who has shaped contemporary British performance for over forty years. She was the first Trinidadian to dance with the Scottish Ballet and the first black woman to direct a contemporary dance company in the UK. Based in London, Greta specialises in performance art, movement and theatre that embodies a strong social agenda. Recurrent themes throughout her work include migration, diaspora, identity, otherness, common ground and the relationship between ‘developed’ nations and the so-called ‘third world’. Greta has been the recipient of numerous awards throughout her career. In 2012, Greta was recognised by the Trinidad and Tobago government for outstanding Achievement in Arts. Her last film, Kashmir’s Ophelia (2012), a sharp allegory that provided a commentary on the violation of human rights in Kashmir’s most heavily militarised zones, won an honourable mention at the 2013 International Film Festival for Peace, Inspiration & Equality, as well as a Platinum Award at the 2013 Documentary & Short International Movie Award. Greta’s individual and collaborative work has taken her to Germany, Italy, Greece, Indonesia, China, India, Kashmir, Trinidad & Tobago and the USA. In the UK, her work has been shown and performed in leading British arts institutions such as The Royal Opera House, National Theatre, The Lyceum, Hackney Empire, Bristol Old Vic and the Arnolfini.";s:10:"photograph";s:98:"";}} 1
Shantaye’s World Saint Lucia 2022 narrative feature 120 PG-13 Shantaye Anderson is bold, black, beautiful, intelligent, and passionate about love. Born in rural St. Lucia during post-colonial times, she struggles to process the loss of a mother who passed away hours after bringing her into the world. She finds consolation in her loving grandmother, Mam Lucess, who tries to equip her for the world and her father, Edson Anderson, does his best to care for Shantaye after the passing of his wife. However, when he remarries, the young girl is suddenly exposed to the jealous wrath of an unreasonable stepmother. Her life changes forever when she falls in love with Jean Claude Le Marche. He is the handsome son of the community’s white doctor, a charismatic young man who promises to love her ‘til death. All hell breaks loose when Shantaye’s family and the community folk realise the pair are in love. To save Shantaye from making what he believes is a grave mistake, Edson sends her an England, still reeling from World War II. a:1:{i:0;s:92:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:18:"Mathurine Emmanuel";s:9:"biography";s:833:"One of twelve children, Mathurine Emmanuel was born and raised in St. Lucia. She began her acting career when she was eight years old. She would write short scripts and perform in the yards of the sick and aged to entertain. Her performances were always rewarded with coins which she would take home to her hardworking mother. When she turned sixteen, Mathurine started teaching in her hometown and began exploring the possibility of using drama as a tool for teaching kids who were afraid of subjects such as Mathematics. After teaching in the public school system for several years, she was asked to produce a short film in collaboration with the Substance Abuse Secretariat in St. Lucia as part of an HIV Prevention programme. The films have received acclaim within the Caribbean region, the United Kingdom, and the United States.";s:10:"photograph";s:101:"";}} 1
Crossing Over Trinidad and Tobago 58 No Rating Trinidadian Calypso musician, Lancelot Layne, visits Ghana in Africa, the land of his ancestors, for the first time. Together with Ghanaian Highlife musician, Koo Nimo, they explore the roots of Highlife. The rhythms of the people in the villages, of Koo Nimo and his musicians, the music, the markets, the brass bands and masqueraders, set up reverberations for the Trinidadian that reach far back into his New World experience. When Koo Nimo visits Lance in Trinidad to experience the music of Trinidad and particularly the Calypso, he meets the legendary Lord Kitchener, Grandmaster of the Calypso, sings and plays with the world’s greatest steelpan player, is welcomed by practitioners of the ancient West African Orisha religion and explores the influence of East Indian music on modern Trinidadian music. Directed by Trinidadian, Christopher Laird, and Ghanaian, Nii Bampoe Addo, this unique South-South co-production, Crossing Over, begins to bridge a gap of history between Africa and the Caribbean which has never before been explored. 1
#BlackBoyJoyGone United Kingdom 2022 documentary short 25 14+ #BlackBoyJoyGone (#BBJG) is a BFI Doc Society funded hybrid documentary by and for black men. It explores mental health, sexual trauma and finding strength through brotherhood. Blending interviews, poetry, dance and storytelling, the film captures the lives, realities, and the hopeful perspectives of men in the North, the Midlands and London in the United Kingdom. a:1:{i:0;s:99:"";} a:2:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Ashley Karrell";s:9:"biography";s:604:"Ashley Karrell is an award-winning artist in film, photography, theatre and visual art with a career spanning over 20 years. He has produced a broad spectrum of work that includes visual art, commercial and experimental video productions and mass participation pieces across and outside of the UK. His name is well known for the film and documentary of Geraldine Connor’s epic masterpiece ‘Carnival Messiah’, which debuted at the Leeds International Film Festival 2017. Its West Indies premier was at the trinidad+tobago film festival, where it won the People’s Choice Award for Best Documentary.";s:10:"photograph";s:121:"";}i:1;a:2:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Isaac Ouro-Gnao";s:9:"biography";s:891:"Isaac Ouro-Gnao is a Togolese-British multidisciplinary artist and freelance journalist. He creates empathetic and thought-provoking work rooted in traditional African realism, magical realism, and Africanfuturism. His impact in the dance world has been multifaceted; working as a performer, voice artist, scriptwriter, and marketer for esteemed dance theatre artists and companies. Credits include award-winning ‘Family Honour’ (2018) by Spoken Movement; Olivier award-winning ‘BLKDOG’ (2018) by Far From The Norm; sold-out solo ‘The Oreo Complex’ (2018). His writing has appeared in the form of features, reviews, and poetry in publications such as Lolwe, The Stage, A Younger Theatre, Poetry Birmingham Literary Journal, and more. Isaac is a member of Body Politic’s board of directors and is a mental health advocate through Mind charity’s Young Black Men steering group.";}} 1
Irmãos de Tinta (Ink brothers) Brazil 2022 documentary short 8 PG To confront the extreme right wing in Brazil, Atelier Arte Livre uses art for political activations in the outskirts of São Paulo. From this work a duo was born; they paint with four hands, in a process of reciprocal learning through the exchange of life and art experiences. a:1:{i:0;s:105:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Marta Nehring";s:9:"biography";s:338:"Marta Nehring has a master’s in literary theory and doctorate in cinema (University of São Paulo); professor of screenwriting at Unicamp, AIC and FAAP. She has won awards multiple awards for her documentaries and screenplays. She has collaborated on the soap operas ‘Ti-ti-ti’ ; ‘Sangue Bom’ and ‘A Lei do Amor’ (TV Globo).";s:10:"photograph";s:109:"";}} 1
Ajenos a la Paz (Strangers to Peace) Colombia 2021 87 PG-13 Three former child soldiers face retribution, anxiety, and danger as they attempt to rebuild their lives after leaving the FARC guerrilla army and the bloody Colombian conflict. ‘Strangers to Peace’ intimately captures the personal stories of Dayana, the market vendor navigating her new identity as a trans woman; Ricardo, the young father secretly clinging to his communist ideology; and Alexandra, the indigenous child soldier, who was forced to leave her family behind in the Amazon. Their stories are told through the lens of filmmaker Laura Angel, who herself was a victim of FARC violence. a:1:{i:0;s:111:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:34:"Laura Angel Rengifo + Noah DeBonis";s:9:"biography";s:248:"Laura Angel Rengifo and Noah DeBonis are husband and wife filmmakers. Their work has been supported by the Television Academy, Sundance Institute, Bogotá Audiovisual Market, and film festivals. ‘Strangers to peace’ is their first feature film.";s:10:"photograph";s:139:"";}} 1
Depois Quando (Later When) Brazil 2022 narrative short 14 No Rating “Scientists warn Bluetooth headphones may carry cancer risks”. This headline sends a young, middle-class man from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil into a moral dilemma. a:1:{i:0;s:101:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Johnny Massaro";s:9:"biography";s:401:"With extensive experience as an actor, Johnny Massaro has acted in feature films, telenovelas, several tv series and plays in Brazil. He has worked with notorious Brazilian directors and performers such as Selton Mello, Luiz Fernando Carvalho, José Eduardo Belmonte, Monique Gardenberg, Carol Jabor and Jeferson De. As a producer and director, he will soon debut his first feature, ‘The Kitchen’.";s:10:"photograph";s:106:"";}} 1
Wozo Haiti 2021 narrative feature 62 14+ Boris is a journalist who lives alone with his daughter, Lina. When his boss asks him to go to Haiti to report on the elections, he is driven back into his past life – which he will try to share with his daughter to help explain to her where she comes from. a:1:{i:0;a:2:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Thibaut Monnier";s:9:"biography";s:735:"After completing a master's degree in journalism at the University of Brussels, Thibaut Monnier worked as a reporter for local TV stations in Belgium. He trained in editing in the film company 'Four Corners' in The Netherlands. In 2013, he was hired as a visual communications officer by the United Nations Development Program in Haiti. He developed the visual identity of the organisation by producing video/photo reports of projects in the field. He won the 1st innovation prize awarded by the United Nations for reports highlighting the impact of innovative projects on the ground. Shocked by the repeated failures of the UN in Haiti, he quit the UN at the end of 2015 to share this experience by making his first movie, ‘Wozo’.";}} 1
Race Today United Kingdom 2021 documentary feature 65 PG ‘Race Today’ tells the untold story of Black Britain’s political journal, featuring the members behind it. Produced by Wayne G Saunders, a filmmaker who was born at when the Race Today journal was establishing itself as a serious political voice in the black community. The film features heroes such as the late Darcus Howe, Linton Kwesi Johnson, Farrukh Dhondy, Leila Hassan, Jean Ambrose and many more who speak candidly about their lives and what the future looks like for the youth of today. a:1:{i:0;s:94:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:16:"Wayne G Saunders";s:9:"biography";s:518:"Wayne G Saunders is an award winning filmmaker (ProductionBase, BBC & ITN, PAFF, African Movie Academy Awards Finalist) who has been focusing on social transformation through media forms such as film television and photography since 1995. Saunders has worked on several pioneering movies, such as ‘Greatness’, ‘The Perfect Girl’, ‘Caught Up The System’ and ‘Nothing less’. He features in the British Film Institute book Teaching Black Cinema as well as The Black British Filmmaker’s Guide to Success.";s:10:"photograph";s:101:"";}} 1
Chee$e Trinidad and Tobago 2022 narrative feature 105 16+ Way down the island countryside (or “Behind God’s Back”, as the locals call it)… Tired of monotonous village life, Skimma dreams of seeing something different. But notwithstanding his constant complaints about his small village, after receiving the news that he has gotten Rebecca pregnant, Skimma comes up with a plan. Taking advantage of skills honed alongside a tourist man cheesemaker, Skimma embraces a new profession: the village weed supplier. It quickly becomes evident that everyone wants what he’s selling – even local Rastaman Osiris. Skimma is faced with making some money to provide for his new child and keeping his business out of reach of the law. a:2:{i:0;s:82:"";i:1;s:82:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Damian Marcano ";s:9:"biography";s:400:"Damian Marcano’s career began shooting shorts in the islands: 'The Little Boy and the Ball', 'Giants’, and ‘Heart of a monster’. His feature, award-winning film, ‘God loves the fighter’ racked up numerous prizes worldwide, which set him on a path to directing Hollywood titles including HBO’s ‘Winning Time: The Rise of The Lakers Dynasty’, and FX’s ‘Snowfall’, to name a few.";s:10:"photograph";s:87:"";}} 1
Ras Shorty I Special Trinidad and Tobago 1988 30 No Rating On the 9 June 1988 a gayelle team of Director, Christopher Laird, interviewer, Mark Lyndersay, and a crew of Suzanne Wood, Walt Lovelace, Karen Martinez and Edward Arthur, supported by music producer, Joe Brown, travelled to Piparo in central Trinidad to spend the day with Ras Shorty I and his family on their land. The result was a revelation to all present. Ras Shorty I spoke of his invention of Soca and his subsequent musical journey. The family joined him in demonstrating the Jamoo songs that they would be presenting at the subsequent Queen’s Hall Concert. This Gayelle Special presented by Christopher Pinheiro is a unique portrait of Ras Shorty I and a fascinating snapshot of ‘The Love Circle’ caught in 1988. 1
Islam Island Trinidad and Tobago 2021 art short 6 No Rating The attempted coup d’etat of July 27, 1990 represents a deep rupture for the filmmaker along with many of the children who belonged to the Jamaat Al Muslimeen community. It signalled an end to life as they knew it. Nimah wrote ‘Islam island’ in January 2021 and decided to create a visual for the poem as a way to bring it to life. a:1:{i:0;s:77:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:89:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:20:"Nimah Muwakil-Zakuri";s:9:"biography";s:572:"Nimah Muwakil-Zakuri is an art historian by profession. Her studies and professional path have led to the field of museum management and curation. Nimah held the post of curator of the National Museum and Art Gallery of Trinidad and Tobago, before moving to her current role as curator of the Central Bank Museum. In addition to her work with museums, Nimah's other interests revolve around exploring aspects of her childhood, history, and past, through visual practices such as painting, writing, and film in an effort to confront and heal personal and community traumas.";s:10:"photograph";s:107:"";}} 1
And the Dish Ran Away with the Spoon Trinidad and Tobago 1992 47 No Rating Produced as part of the BBC/TVE Developing World series, Dish is a lively and entertaining sweep through the Caribbean looking at the effect of US television programming on local culture. Hosted by Gayelle hosts, Tony Hall and Errol Sitahal, Dish visits St. Lucia, Cuba and Miami. 1
Engage Earth United States of America 2021 art short 2 No Rating Animation piece developed for Engage Earth, a short documentary that takes a look inside Brazilian artist, Denise Milan and her ongoing work with stones leading to an impactful art programme in Heliópolis, one of the largest favelas in the Americas located outside of Sao Paulo, Brazil. a:1:{i:0;s:91:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:10:"Yijun Wang";s:9:"biography";s:517:"Yijun Wang graduated from Zhejiang University of Media and Communication with a bachelor's degree, and then got a master's degree at Pratt Institute, New York. She is committed to expressing the splendour of traditional Chinese culture and the spiritual meaning behind it through visual, dynamic art and animation. Her graduate work of Master's degree, Pangu, has won awards at several international film festivals. She later collaborated with director James Choi to complete the animation part of ‘Engage Earth’.";s:10:"photograph";s:92:"";}} 1
Plexus Barbados 2021 art short 2 No Rating The limitations we have all experienced over the course of 2020 and 2021 added another layer to what it means to be confined, not only by shorelines and external expectations, but to the very narrow scope of our homes, minds and physical beings. ‘Plexus’ draws on intricately branching internal networks of vessels or nerves that connect to keep us operative and aligned. a:1:{i:0;s:83:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:2:{s:4:"name";s:17:"Katherine Kennedy";s:9:"biography";s:1140:"Katherine Kennedy is a Barbadian cultural practitioner. She graduated with a BA in Creative Arts from Lancaster University, UK, and has exhibited locally, regionally and internationally. She currently works for the Fresh Milk Art Platform in Barbados as the communications and operations manager. Katherine's visual practice is heavily tied to a sense of place, using interplay between organic and inorganic materials and imagery to interrogate the spectrum of belonging and displacement in different environments or cultural contexts. She has undertaken projects and residencies at the Insituto Buena Bista, Curaçao; The Vermont Studio Center, USA; Casa Tomada, Brazil; Akademie Schloss Solitude, Germany; and Punch Creative Arena, Barbados. Her written work has been published with platforms such as Sugarcane Magazine and in Robert & Christopher Publishers’ A-Z of Caribbean Art. Her curatorial credits include the exhibition ‘Social Geometry: Expanded Drawing Practices by Barbadian Artists’ at the Queen’s Park Gallery, Barbados, and in 2021 she was selected as a fellow in the CCCADI Afro-Caribbean Art Curatorial Fellowship.";}} 1
The Rig Trinidad and Tobago 1983 narrative feature 83 No Rating The Anglophone Caribbean’s first ‘made for TV movie’. Written and directed by Derek Walcott, The Rig explores the impact of the oil discoveries off the East Coast of Trinidad on the village life of the area and the society of Trinidad & Tobago in general through a story of international intrigue and local fantasy. The main character, played by Maurice Brash, confused do-gooder and unwitting agent of multinational interests, finds himself in love and in conflict with Mayaro village girl – Joanne Kilgour – and her ‘ sort of ‘ boyfriend – John Isaacs – when he returns to Mayaro from University. 1
Every Other Week United States of America 2021 narrative short 11 PG Despite entering the session with an agenda, therapy doesn’t go as planned for Kevin when his counsellor announces their time together has run its course. a:1:{i:0;s:93:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Ryan Wagner";s:9:"biography";s:397:"Ryan Wagner is an award-winning writer/director from Chicago, USA. Ryan was semifinalist in the Screencraft Film Fund and most recently made it to the second round of the Sundance Writer's Lab. His work has been featured in film festivals around the world, and his most recent short film ‘Willy Goes Way Back!’ won 2nd Place for Best Short Film at the Rhode Island International Film Festival.";s:10:"photograph";s:95:"";}} 1
Grief, Loss and Bereavement United Kingdom 2022 documentary short 9 14+ ‘Grief, Loss and Bereavement’ spotlights the experiences of black, middle-aged women who have experienced grief and loss in the UK. a:1:{i:0;s:103:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Nicola Cross";s:9:"biography";s:446:"Nicola Zawadi Cross is a multi-award-winning, self-shooting feminist filmmaker with a lens on women. She was born in Tanzania, raised in Trinidad and Tobago and attended university in the UK. Since 2012, she has made films with and about women in Trinidad, the UK, Kenya, Tanzania and Myanmar. Nicola uses filmmaking as a tool for facilitating the women who tell their stories to empower themselves and to shift the dominant hegemonic narratives.";s:10:"photograph";s:107:"";}} 1
Por Eso Vengo al Rio (That’s Why I Come to the River) Dominican Republic 2022 documentary feature 76 PG In the summer of 1982, Sintia flees the economic crisis in the Dominican Republic for the Middle East, looking for opportunity. Despite cultural and language barriers she meets Bashir, the love of her life to whom she marries and has a son, Ghassan. Despite the countless attacks in Syria, her family manages to survive in the midst of the bloodiest war in history. But they pay a high price – they get separated. 33 years later, seeking to reunite with her family, Sintia returns to the Dominican Republic. But it’s difficult for her to obtain the necessary papers for her husband (who is in Syria) and son (who is in Lebanon). Still, Sintia will not rest until her family is reunited. a:1:{i:0;s:127:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Fernando Blanco";s:9:"biography";s:391:"Fernando Blanco is Dominican director, producer and screenwriter. He is a graduate of the UASD Film School (Dominican Republic) and has a Master's degree in Script, Narrative and Audiovisual Creativity from the University of Seville (Spain). ¨That´s Why I Come to The River’ won the FONPROCINE Fund of Dominican Republic and the Primera Mirada Work In Progress competition at IFF Panama.";s:10:"photograph";s:120:"";}} 1
Egúngún (Masquerade) Nigeria 2021 narrative short 14 PG-13 In search of healing, a young woman returns home to Nigeria, the country of her birth. a:1:{i:0;s:93:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Olive Nwosu";s:9:"biography";s:1047:"Born in Lagos, Nigeria, Olive Nwosu is a BAFTA Pigott 2020 Scholar, Alex Sichel 2020 Fellow at Columbia University School of the Arts, and one of four ‘African Promises 2020’ directors selected by the Institut Français. Olive has written and directed two award-winning short films. ‘Troublemaker’ (2019), set in eastern Nigeria and featuring entirely non-actors, played in over 20 film festivals worldwide. The film received a 2020 National Board of Review Student Award, was nominated for ‘Best Short Film’ at Raindance, and toured France as a collection of African films curated by Clermont Ferrand International Film Festival. Olive’s second film, ‘Egúngún’ (‘Masquerade’) (2021) was commissioned by the British Council and British Film Institute for their MoreFilms4Freedom programme. The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival before going on to play at Sundance Film Festival, London Film Festival, Clermont-Ferrand and Hamptons International Film Festival, where it won Best Narrative Short 2021.";s:10:"photograph";s:97:"";}} 1
Madhu India 2022 narrative short 14 All Ages After years of being apart, Satakshi and Madhu – who went to school together – reunite on a night of festivities during the ‘Durga Pujo’ in Kolkata. As the night progresses, we find out that both of them have feelings for each other that they aren’t able to express. Their secrets are preserved in a notebook entry by Madhu from her school days, and a postcard that Satakshi sends Madhu six years from this night. a:2:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:16:"Tanmay Chowdhary";s:9:"biography";s:443:"Tanmay is a director and cinematographer whose work has been featured in MoMA, Rolling Stone and Vogue. He is a BAFTA Newcomer and he holds a MFA in Film and TV Production from the University of Southern California. His music video for Madam Gandhi received the Grand Jury at SXSW in 2020. His films have garnered recognition at IFFR, Slamdance, Camerimage, Palm Springs and Festival Du Nouveau Cinema among other international film festivals.";s:10:"photograph";s:89:"";}i:1;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Tanvi Chowdhary";s:9:"biography";s:320:"Tanvi is a writer and director best known for her award winning short ‘Binimoy’. Her films have played at international film festivals like KIFF, Trinidad+Tobago, COSAFF and Breakthroughs. She was awarded the best emerging filmmaker award at Through Women’s Eyes in Florida as well as at the Phoenix Film Festival.";s:10:"photograph";s:88:"";}} 1
Ñaños Ecuador 2020 narrative short 15 18+ In the heart of Corona, Queens, two Ecuadorian siblings are placed at odds with each other when one reveals a sudden urge to leave their home. a:1:{i:0;s:82:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Emilio Subía";s:9:"biography";s:579:"Emilio Subía is an Ecuadorian writer, director and editor based in Brooklyn, NY. At 11 years old he received a DV camera as a birthday present and has been making films since then. He attended Universidad San Francisco de Quito and Boston University for film production. Now based in the USA, Emilio works as a freelance editor for documentaries and commercials. His work has received two Telly Awards, a Vimeo Staff Pick selection, and been nominated for an Imagen Award. In 2020 he was awarded the Emerging Creators scholarship by the National Association of Latino Producers.";s:10:"photograph";s:85:"";}} 1
O Elemento Tinta (The Ink Element) Brazil 2022 documentary short 9 PG-13 The death of a graffiti tagger from covid-19 is the trigger for a group of graffiti taggers to unite to protest the federal government’s mismanagement of the pandemic. a:2:{i:0;s:116:"";i:1;s:116:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:29:"Luiz Maudonnnet + Iuri Salles";s:9:"biography";s:395:"Luiz Maudonnet is a photographer, cinematographer and director who seeks to explore the present and past of Brazilian territory to stimulate discussion about local culture and the construction of Brazilian cultural identity. Iuri Salles is a documentary filmmaker and producer whose work focuses on challenging themes, such as Cracolândia, pixação, organised crime and institutional violence.";s:10:"photograph";s:128:"";}} 1
Breathe the Night Canada 2022 narrative short 18 PG-13 Elisa finds herself in a challenging position: a new chapter of her life begins, but she must find her way through uncertainty. In a way she feels alone in Toronto, a city that although seemingly welcoming, she barely knows. But Elisa is also determined to take a daunting step, that of proving you can take care of something bigger than yourself. a:1:{i:0;s:94:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Álvaro Girón";s:9:"biography";s:664:"Álvaro Girón is a Colombian/Canadian filmmaker. His work in film includes the writing and direction of the narrative short "Breathe the Night" (20), the documentary "The Names of Solidarity" (13), and the shorts "Still Life with Echo" (08) and "Bleiben" (06). Not only does he still believe there are yet-to-be-heard sounds in the plane most of us inhabit, he sets out to find them encroaching the daily cacophony, or alternatively tries to create them in a small makeshift lab where time always seems to look back. As Salvaged Media, he does freelance conceptualization, videography and sound recording for audiovisual promotional videos in Canada and Colombia.";s:10:"photograph";s:98:"";}} 1
Home Movie Tape Dominica 2022 art short 5 No Rating ‘Home Movie Tape’ is a short collage piece made in the tradition of home movies. It combines a collection of footage taken through the Covid pandemic in Dominica, with audio from interviews of the filmmaker’s friends on life, love, death, and having kids in these trying times. Loose in form, with the filmmaker’s own voice absent, the film invites the audience to draw their own conclusions. a:1:{i:0;s:100:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Michael Lees";s:9:"biography";s:1174:"Michael Lees is a Dominican filmmaker and photographer whose work explores themes of connection – to nature, through time, between people and different studies of interest – in a search of the unified “whole”. Michael attended UNC Chapel Hill, where he spent the first half of his college career studying business at the Kenan-Flagler Business School, later switching his major from business to communication studies with a focus in media production. In 2020, Michael released his debut documentary, ‘Uncivilized’, which led him into the forests of Dominica, where he would face Hurricane Maria alone in a palm leaf and bamboo hut. The film premiered at ttff/19 and went on to screen at festivals including the Brooklyn Film Festival and The Pan-African Film Festival in LA. It won the Caribbean Spirit award in 2020 at the Barbados Independent Film Festival. Lees has written, shot, and edited for clients ranging from Billboard to UNICEF. He has exhibited his photography work at national exhibitions and was recently featured in the OECS exhibition Climate Change: An Eastern Caribbean Journey. Michael is a proud member of the Waitukubuli Artist Association.";s:10:"photograph";s:95:"";}} 1
Beneath Us Canada 2022 narrative short 15 PG Rosa is an undocumented garment worker who spends her days stitching designer clothing. But an immigration raid of her factory sends her and her co-workers into hiding in the basement of the sweatshop. Complicating matters, Rosa’s five year old daughter Clara was with her, and the little girl’s asthma is becoming serious in the poorly ventilated underground space. As the authorities close in, Rosa tries to find a way to escape with her daughter. a:1:{i:0;s:94:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:18:"Faisal Lutchmedial";s:9:"biography";s:695:"Faisal is a writer and director whose work has explored the themes of identity, the immigrant experience, and loss. Faisal directed the short “Useless Things” (2009) which won the Writers Guild of Canada English Script Prize at the Festival Nouveau Cinema Montreal, the short Caribbean flavoured drama Mr. Crab (TTFF 2012), and the labour rights feature documentary My Cultural Divide (2006). As a screenwriter Faisal most recently wrote on Endlings (CBC / Hulu) and Ransom (CBS / Global). Faisal is an alum of the CFC / Netflix Accelerator, the TIFF Writers Studio, the WarnerMedia Access x Canadian Academy Writers Program, and a winner of the WGC Bell Media Diverse Screenwriters Program.";s:10:"photograph";s:96:"";}} 1
The Wound Is a Portal Trinidad and Tobago 2022 art short 11 No Rating In ‘The wound is a portal’, Gesiye uses Afro-diasporic healing modalities to address generational trauma and weave a mythology of land and personhood. Eight Black Trinidadians were invited to participate in a series of tattoos and conversations about connection to the island. Each tattoo correlates to a larger story, facilitating a reclamation of agency and acting as a portal to reconnection with self, each other and the land. a:1:{i:0;s:87:"";} 1
Kumina Queen United States of America, Jamaica 2022 documentary featurette 58 PG Imogene “Queenie” Kennedy was a contemporary priestess in post-colonial Jamaica who catapulted her African spiritual practice into renown. But after centuries of erasure, what remains of the dance between the living and the dead? In the wake of the loss of her mother, filmmaker Nyasha Laing travels into the heart of Jamaican countryside to research kumina, an ancestral ritual. a:1:{i:0;s:90:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Nyasha Laing";s:9:"biography";s:322:"Nyasha Laing is a Belizean-American documentarian, writer, producer and lawyer focused on stories of diverse cultures, leaders and global communities. Her work – written and produced – has been featured in and on the Pan-African Film Festival, WOMEX, Yes Magazine, BBC World Service and the Art Museum of the Americas.";s:10:"photograph";s:92:"";}} 1
This is National Wake South Africa 2022 documentary feature 64 PG-13 ‘This is National Wake’ traces the wild rise of a multiracial South African punk band, dubbed “the band that defied apartheid”, whose members risked everything to taste freedom. In 1979, South Africa’s fascist regime kept blacks and whites separate and unequal. But three young men dared to launch National Wake. In a time and place where it was illegal for them to play or live together, their band and its fans fought back with music, smashing every law to rebel – and filmed themselves doing so in astonishing Super 8. a:1:{i:0;s:98:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Mirissa Neff";s:9:"biography";s:421:"Mirissa Neff is an African-American first-time filmmaker with a rich background in journalism and photography. Her work centres around themes of race, music, and the power of images to help people imagine new collective futures. She has worked as a producer and correspondent for PBS’s ‘Sound Tracks’ and ‘Quick Hits’, National Geographic’s ‘Voyager’, and has reported for various public radio programmes.";s:10:"photograph";s:101:"";}} 1
Un Fils (A Son) Tunesia 2019 narrative feature 96 PG-13 Tunisia, summer 2011. A holiday to Southern country ends in disaster for Fares, Meriem and their 10-year old son Aziz when he is accidentally shot in an ambush. Aziz’s injury will change their lives as he needs a liver transplant, which leads to the discovery of a long-buried secret. Will Aziz and their relationship survive? a:2:{i:0;s:90:"";i:1;s:90:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:2:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Mehdi Barsaoui";s:9:"biography";s:471:"Born in 1984 and raised in Tunisia, Mehdi M. Barsaoui is a graduate of the Higher Institute of Multimedia Arts of Tunis and holds a degree in film direction from DAMS in Bologna, Italy. He has directed three short-films to date. His most recent, ‘We’re just fine like this’, won the Golden Muhr for Best Film in Dubai in 2016. His international career begins with ‘A Son’, his debut feature-length film, selected for the 76th Venice International Film Festival.";}} 1
Healing of the Nation: Ganja in Jamaica United States of America 2022 documentary featurette 59 PG-13 ‘Healing of the nation’ explores the potential of ganja to be a source of healing for Jamaica. This is a story of ganja in a country where it’s been part of the culture for a century and where the herb is part of everyday life. The film explores ganja culture and connects with a cross-section of Jamaican voices, including Rastafarians, ganja farmers and a human rights lawyer. a:1:{i:0;s:98:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:2:{s:4:"name";s:25:"Kim Holmes + Steve Holmes";s:9:"biography";s:357:"Kim + Steve Holmes are a wife/ husband production team who first vacationed in Jamaica in 2002 when they became fascinated by the integration of ganja into Jamaica's culture. Previous documentary projects include a history of the Ute Indian People of Utah and Colorado (‘Spirit of the Nuche’) and a profile of a 1907 steam locomotive (‘Engine 618’).";}} 1
Vaychiletik Mexico 2021 documentary feature 83 PG Through dreams, the gods revealed to José his vocation to be a musician as well as the responsibility of playing in the sacred festivities of Zinacantán in Chiapas. These ceremonies play a central role in preserving collective harmony, and the select few who hold the position of traditional musician are appointed for life. But José suffers harsh consequences for taking on the role, but he fears punishment from the gods if he quits prematurely. a:1:{i:0;s:95:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:18:"Juan Javier Pérez";s:9:"biography";s:668:"Juan Javier Pérez was born in 1989 in Chiapas, Mexico, in the Tzotzil Mayan village of Zinacantán. Since he was a child, he has participated in the ceremonies of his community with his father, a renowned traditional musician in Zinacantán. Over time and alongside cousins and friends, he began an exploration of sounds typical of Zinacantán culture. He has a degree in Intercultural Communication at the Intercultural University of Chiapas, and Documentary Film from the Escuela de Cine Documental de San Cristóbal de las Casas where he directed the short documentary film ‘Nichimal Son – Blooming Music’. ‘Vaychiletik’ is his first documentary feature.";s:10:"photograph";s:96:"";}} 1
Stalking Chernobyl: Exploration After Apocalypse United States of America 2020 documentary feature 60 PG ‘Stalking Chernobyl’ examines the underground culture of the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone in Ukraine. Three decades after the world’s most infamous nuclear disaster, wildlife has returned in the absence of human settlements. Meanwhile, illegal hiking adventurers known as “stalkers,” tour companies and others have begun to explore anew the ghostly, post-apocalyptic landscape. a:1:{i:0;s:126:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:2:{s:4:"name";s:8:"Iara Lee";s:9:"biography";s:632:"Iara Lee, a Brazilian of Korean descent, is an activist, filmmaker, and founder/director of the Cultures of Resistance Network, an organisation that promotes global solidarity and supports agitators, educators, farmers, and artists to build a more just and peaceful world through creative resistance and nonviolent action. Her films address topics that are often overlooked by the mainstream media – including indigenous rights, food sovereignty, and environmental justice. They have shown across the world at events ranging from screenings in refugee camps and community centres to debuts at the Berlinale and Sundance festivals.";}} 1
Enmeshment Barbados art short 2 No Rating 1
Venerable: The Pioneering Achievements of Tobago Teacher, Norman McNeil Trinidad and Tobago 2021 documentary short 15 No Rating Norman McNeil was born on July 3, 1821 in Tobago as an enslaved person, but rose to become a famous educator. In his 50-year career in teaching, he contributed extensively to pre-school education – especially in the area of Whim. The United Nations declared 2015-2024 the International Decade of People of African Descent. In the spirit of this decade and of family heritage, his descendants, which include the filmmaker, honour his achievements with this short tribute. a:1:{i:0;s:86:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:86:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Sonja Dumas";s:9:"biography";s:914:"Sonja Dumas is a performer, choreographer, writer, filmmaker, teacher and arts development consultant who lives and works in Trinidad and Tobago. Her films include the documentary, ‘Julia and Joyce: Two Stories of Two Dance Pioneers’ (winner of the Best Local Film at the 2010 trinidad+tobago film festival), ‘Tickle Me Rich’ (nominee, 2014 Africa Movie Academy Awards), and ‘Avocado and Zaboca’ (2014), a short stop-motion/ live-action film for children. She is currently in post-production for ‘Excellent Women: 100 Years of Bishop Anstey High School’, an experimental documentary about her alma mater – one of the leading girls’ high schools in the region. Sonja is also a co-founder and co-director of COCO Dance Festival, the largest contemporary dance festival in the English-speaking Caribbean. Most recently, she founded Zum-Zum Museum, a Caribbean heritage activity space for children.";s:10:"photograph";s:95:"";}} 1
3 Points Trinidad and Tobago 2020 narrative short 8 16+ Darius is about to enter the gangster life with his cousin, Crazy Eddie. Upon meeting the head of the gang, he and his cousin are sent on a mission that doesn’t go according to plan and he’s faced with the gravity of his decisions. As he fights for his life in a violent showdown with the would-be-target, it might just be too late for Crazy Eddy and Darius. a:2:{i:0;s:85:"";i:1;s:85:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Keegan Taylor";s:9:"biography";s:561:"Keegan Taylor is a Trinidadian filmmaker and music video director. An avid storyteller, he is the founder and creative director of Ten Global Media, a production company based in Trinidad and Tobago which aims to go beyond the limits of the imagination in the realm of storytelling and filmmaking. With over 20 years of experience in the Caribbean music and entertainment industry, he aims to broaden his horizons in filmmaking through his unique stories and looks forward to spreading his brand of storytelling throughout the world as a proud Caribbean native.";s:10:"photograph";s:98:"";}} 1
Award-Winning Films No Rating 1
C15 Studios No Rating 1
The Role of the Sales Agent 90 No Rating 1
Film Archives as Repositories of History 90 No Rating 1
See Yuhself: Our Stories as a Conduit to Change 45 No Rating 1
Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives 90 No Rating 1
Movie-Making 101: Drone Videography 90 No Rating 1
Making the Indie Film 90 No Rating 1
The Brave New World of NFTs 90 No Rating 1
Bringing Historical Figures of Colour to Life through Documentary (Part 1) 90 No Rating 1
Bringing Historical Figures of Colour to Life through Documentary (Part 2) 90 No Rating 1
ttff/22 Awards No Rating 1
NALIS Heritage Library: Researching Historical Stories at the Heritage Library 90 No Rating 1
FILMCO 60 No Rating 1
Movie-Making 101: Intro to Cinematography (Part 2) (Youth-Friendly) 90 No Rating 1
ABCs of Why and How: Having a Career as a Filmmaker 90 No Rating 1
Working with a Composer 90 No Rating 1
Movie-Making 101: Building Your First Filmmaking Kit (Youth-Friendly) 90 No Rating 1
Movie-Making 101: Intro to Cinematography (Part 1) (Youth-Friendly) 90 No Rating 1
What are Film Festivals Looking For? 90 No Rating 1
The Tricky Question of ‘Truth’ in Documentary 90 No Rating 1
Contracts, Copyright, and Clearances 90 No Rating 1
Ask the Veteran Speed Dating 120 No Rating 1
Strategies for Succeeding on the Festival Circuit 90 No Rating 1
Crowdfunding and Direct-to-Audience Strategies 90 No Rating 1
Film Producing 101 (Part2) 90 No Rating 1
Film Producing 101 (Part 1) 90 No Rating 1
Christopher Laird + Bruce Paddington 45 No Rating 1
LGBTQIA+ Storytelling in the Caribbean Space 90 No Rating 1
FilmTT Production Rebate 90 No Rating 1
The Inner View Trinidad and Tobago 2022 narrative short 9 PG-13 Joshua Anthony is a well-educated, ambitious young man. He is a model citizen who lives in a marginalised community. Despite his qualifications, he fails to gain employment because of the stigma attached to the community he lives in. At yet another job interview, he faces a personal test – to maintain his principles or deviate from it in order to secure employment. a:1:{i:0;s:91:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:10:"Eric Barry";s:9:"biography";s:528:"An actor, director, writer and producer, Barry writes for stage, screen, radio and online. In 2000, he launched Tête-À-Tête Théâtre, a theatre production company that he co-founded and has been the writer of the shows staged by the company. His work has earned him seven Cacique Awards. He was the regional winner (Caribbean) of the BBC International Radio Playwriting Competition 2020, and in 2021 he placed 2nd in the Prime Minister’s Playwriting Competition (full length). ‘The inner view’ is his third short film.";s:10:"photograph";s:99:"";}} 1
Launch of Banyan Retrospective No Rating 1
Telling Our Stories: Directing the Caribbean Narrative Feature 90 No Rating 1
Spotlight on the Dominican Republic Film Industry 75 No Rating 1
Route to Audience 90 No Rating 1
Caribbean Eye: Film Caribbean Episode 28 No Rating 1
Planning an Impact Campaign for Your Film 90 No Rating 1
Los Niños de Esta Casa (The Kids from This House) Dominican Republic 2021 narrative featurette 25 PG After a long time apart, friends Enrique, Pedro, Camila and Alfredo gather for a night of catching up. Each is at a turning point in their lives and there is mistrust among the group. The pressures of confronting adulthood, the fear of loneliness, resentment and gossip end up turning a fun night into a night of drama and conflict. a:1:{i:0;s:124:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:16:"Eduardo Ceballos";s:9:"biography";s:284:"Born in the Dominican Republic, Eduardo Ceballos was raised within the walls of the colonial city and surrounded by the underground artistic and cultural scene of the country. He studied acting when he was young, and later graduated from CHAVON, the School of Design of Santo Domingo.";s:10:"photograph";s:132:"";}} 1
Take Care Japan 2022 narrative feature 66 All Ages Koharu Kuno is looking for a new job. Koharu has an older brother named Taichi who has taken care of her ever since their mother died in an accident when they were kids. One day, Taichi vanishes and his family can’t find him. Koharu heads for Kamakura, where her mother grew up, to find Taichi. a:1:{i:0;s:87:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Shun Tachizono";s:9:"biography";s:108:"Shun Tachizono is a recent graduate of Tokyo University of the Arts, Faculty of Fine Arts, Inter-media Arts.";s:10:"photograph";s:92:"";}} 1
Oya Trinidad and Tobago 2022 narrative short 32 16+ When 17 year old Oya becomes the victim of her vile father, the traumatic experience takes her on a rollercoaster ride of discovery about the people closest to her. Oya tries to reach out to her mother and brother for help, but they choose ignorance when faced with the unpleasant truth. Whilst Oya struggles to find a way out, an unexpected path emerges. a:1:{i:0;s:80:"";} a:2:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Hira Hosein";s:9:"biography";s:511:"Hira Hosein is a Pakistani-Trinidadian producer and director. Having worked in television and film for over a decade, she went back to the basics and has recently graduated from the University of the West Indies film programme. Hira has worked with some of the biggest productions coming out of Pakistan, including two feature films, over a dozen series and a few format shows. She has also worked in collaboration with Zee Zindagi (India) on projects meant to bring the artists of the Indo-Pak region together.";s:10:"photograph";s:85:"";}i:1;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Ais Rutherford";s:9:"biography";s:364:"Ais Rutherford is a new filmmaker who recently graduated from the University of the West Indies film programme. He also has a background in visual arts. He aspires to tell his nation’s stories, starting with those about the average trinbagonian. He believes everyone has a unique and interesting story – it’s all about perspective and how that story is told.";s:10:"photograph";s:96:"";}} 1
No Entry United Kingdom 2021 narrative short 12 PG Against the backdrop of the Windrush scandal, a Jamaican mother, Valerie Powell, struggles to keep her relationship with her son, Eli, intact. She suffers in silence as she battles with the government’s hostile environment policy; she keeps the threat of deportation a secret, and her psychological state begins to deteriorate as she grapples with the fear of losing her son and the country she calls home. a:1:{i:0;s:85:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Kaleb D'Aguilar";s:9:"biography";s:549:"Kaleb D’Aguilar is a multidisciplinary filmmaker and writer from Jamaica. He holds an MA in directing from Goldsmiths University and a BSc in anthropology from the University of the West Indies. His films have been showcased at the National Gallery of Jamaica as well as regional and international film festivals. Kaleb is keen to use his work to reflect the lived realities of Black and Caribbean people while exploring recurring themes of gender, sexuality, migration, familiar bonds, and the intersectional identities found between the margins.";s:10:"photograph";s:91:"";}} 1
My Friend Alexander Grigorievich Russian Federation 2022 narrative short 25 All Ages Alexander Grigorievich is a lonely man. Both his sons emigrated abroad many years ago: each has his own family and spares no thought for his father. His relationship with his ex-wife has gone sour: they are not interested in each other’s lives. He collects scrap metal at garbage dumps and hands it over at drop-offs, and only his cat waits for him at home. a:1:{i:0;s:117:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Pavel Zelenov";s:9:"biography";s:293:"He was born in Murmansk, Russia in 1987. In 2006, he graduated from the Tula Railway College as a diesel locomotive assistant driver. He recently began a two-year Higher Directing Course at the Faculty of Additional Education of St. Petersburg State Institute of Cinematography and Television.";s:10:"photograph";s:114:"";}} 1
Mami Dominican Republic 2021 narrative short 11 All Ages While waiting for her mother to come back for her, Isaida must learn to cope with the fact that she may not return. a:1:{i:0;s:84:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Jeure Tavare";s:9:"biography";s:105:"Jeure Tavare is a Dominican filmmaker and animator who studied film at the Altos de Chavon Design School.";s:10:"photograph";s:91:"";}} 1
Meet the Guptas Canada 2022 narrative short 11 All Ages Mrs Gupta has been looking forward to having lunch with her cherished only son, Krish, for a long time now. She has made him all his favourite dishes and she’s dying to know which of the many beautiful South Asian girls whose pictures she has been sending him he would most like to meet. But when Krish introduces her and her husband to the “Canadian girl” he has been seeing, all Mrs Gupta’s carefully laid plans fly out the window. a:1:{i:0;s:93:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Pranav Nayak";s:9:"biography";s:211:"Pranav Nayak is a film enthusiast who migrated from India to Canada to follow his dreams and make movies that can be remembered for a lifetime. He has travelled across seven seas to fulfil his filmmaking dreams!";s:10:"photograph";s:96:"";}} 1
Hide! Canada 2022 a:1:{i:0;s:9:"animation";} narrative short 3 All Ages A group of bugs find themselves in a tight spot when they are finishing their big project. a:1:{i:0;s:81:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Shaochen Wang";s:9:"biography";s:215:"Shaochen Wang, or Alex, graduated from Sheridan College in Ontario in 2022, with a bachelor degree in animation. He moved to Canada from China in 2014, and has always wanted to pursue a career in film and animation.";s:10:"photograph";s:86:"";}} 1
El Río Encantado (The Enchanted River) Mexico 2022 narrative short 4 All Ages The flow of an enchanted river beckons to the innocent with adventure, excitement and an unsettling danger, all hidden in the unclear waters of love. a:1:{i:0;s:114:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:26:"Marina Santana De la Torre";s:9:"biography";s:497:"Marina Santana is a multidisciplinary artist from Mexico. She works with sound, moving image and performance. Her work explores dreams and fear of the unknown. Her films have been screened at Ann Arbor, Shorts México, Festival Internacional de Cine de Hidalgo, Austin Arthouse, ICDOCS, Pantalla de Cristal, New York City International Film Festival and trinidad+tobago film festival. She holds an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts and is an alumni of the Robert Flaherty Film Seminar.";s:10:"photograph";s:131:"";}} 1
Cracked United States of America 2020 narrative short 15 16+ When a feisty young girl falls in love for the first time, she’s compelled to face her traumatic past. a:1:{i:0;s:92:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Lin Que Ayoung";s:9:"biography";s:807:"Lin Que Ayoung is an award-winning writer/ director/ producer who started her career as a hip hop artist. Upon obtaining an MFA from NYU’s Graduate Film Program, Lin Que’s a two-time winner of the BAFTA-NY Scholarship, the winner of a New York Women in Film and Television (NYWIFT) Scholarship, and the recipient of NYU’s First Run Film Festival Craft Award for the Directing of her sophomore year film, The Dreamer. Lin Que's thesis film, ‘Cracked’, which won The Spike Lee Production Fund Grant and is based on her childhood, had its world premiere at the 2021 Tribeca Film Festival; the film garnered a licence agreement with WarnerMedia and is currently streaming on HBO. Most recently, Lin Que was selected to be one of the four filmmakers for the 2022 Gotham Marcie Bloom Fellowship Program.";s:10:"photograph";s:90:"";}} 1
The Sound of the Time Venezuela 2021 documentary short 14 PG-13 Nico is a sound man who listens to and records conversations with soldiers from the past, but when he hears the voice of Andrés, a soldier who has survived several wars, he discovers a new empathy and decides to reach Andrés. Despite his efforts, Nico doesn’t succeed, however, listening to the death of Andrés, he experiences the inhumanity and pain of war. a:1:{i:0;s:96:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:2:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Jeissy Trompiz";s:9:"biography";s:564:"Born in Venezuela in1986, Jeissy Trompiz is a director, screenwriter and graduate of Escuela Internacional de Cine y TV, Cuba (EICTV). He is passionate about experimenting with various genres and cinematographic forms, leading him to make hybrid films, fictions, documentaries and experimental works. He has participated in Berlinale Talents (2020) as director. His first feature film, ‘La Imagen del Tiempo’ (‘Timeless Havana’), premiered n at FIDMarseille in 2019 (winner of the Prix des Lycées award), and screened at the trinidad+tobago film festival.";}} 1
One Hand Don’t Clap Trinidad and Tobago 1988 documentary feature 92 PG-13 ‘One Hand Don’t Clap’ captures the vibrant story of calypso and the emergence of soca through the eyes of two legendary artists, Lord Kitchener and Calypso Rose. Its infectious rhythms and exhilarating irreverence illuminate topical themes that continue to resonate. A delightful film that reflects the legacy of a vast West Indian population, the impressive entrepreneurial growth of their music industry in the US, and the ongoing ties of this global community to the traditions that flourish in the Caribbean. a:2:{i:0;s:96:"";i:1;s:96:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:17:"Kavery Dutta Kaul";s:9:"biography";s:812:"Kavery Dutta Kaul is an award-winning director, producer, and writer. The founder of riverfilms, her documentaries have been featured at DOC NYC, Telluride, London, Rotterdam, and Sydney film festivals, among others. ‘The Bengali’ picked up the Special Jury Award at the Roxbury Film Festival and the International Humanitarian Award at the Rhode Island Film Festival. Her other credits include ‘Cuban Canvas’, an Imagen Award Nominee which premiered at the Kennedy Center and screened at the trinidad+tobago film festival; and ‘Long Way from Home’, a Time Out Critic’s Pick. Kavery’s TEDx talk speaks to the power of storytelling across divides. An India-born American, she is a member of New York Women in Film & Television, Brown Girls Doc Mafia, Film Fatales, and Women Independent Producers.";s:10:"photograph";s:111:"";}} 1
The Incident Trinidad and Tobago 2022 narrative short 10 All Ages A little girl who can see the supernatural is rescued by her grandmother from a dangerous situation. a:1:{i:0;s:96:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Emily Smart";s:9:"biography";s:752:"Emily Smart has been working in the film industry for almost 19 years in the roles of editor, assistant director, consulting producer, and production manager / coordinator. This film represents her decades-long dream of being a writer/ director. Emily grew up in a small town in Michigan but fell in love with the Caribbean and its culture in 2003, moving to the region in 2006. She has worked with independent filmmakers and corporate clients on a wide variety of film and video projects. Her clients include: UNICEF, CARICOM, Avon, Caribbean Export Development Agency, and Caribbean Tourism Organisation. Emily also a TV series in development about Caribbean vampires and its pilot script was a finalist at the Oaxaca FilmFest Screenplay Competition.";s:10:"photograph";s:91:"";}} 1
Sins of the Father Trinidad and Tobago 2021 narrative short 13 14+ A priest has his devotion put to the test as he listens to the confession of an ex-convict who had been incarcerated at a prison he visited years ago. a:1:{i:0;s:95:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Azriel Bahadoor";s:9:"biography";s:346:"Azriel Bahadoor was director of photography on ‘6 Feet Apart’, a documentary about the ongoing Covid pandemic. With a passion for film and cinematography he wrote and directed his first short film, ‘Sins of the Father’. In his spare time, he works on his photographic book that tells the story of the lives of socially displaced citizens.";s:10:"photograph";s:108:"";}} 1
Mangoes from the Valley Trinidad and Tobago 2022 narrative short 22 14+ Inspired by the migrant experience of Venezuelan women in Trinidad and Tobago, ‘Mangoes from the valley’ is an intimate look into a young woman’s reliving of a night she desperately wants to forget. a:1:{i:0;s:88:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Aryana Mohammed";s:9:"biography";s:413:"As a practitioner of the arts, Aryana Mohammed wears many hats: educator, director, performing artist and freelance writer. She is a graduate of the University of Trinidad and Tobago’s BFA in Performing Arts (Acting) programme and has worked in theatre and film in various capacities. She believes that art in its myriad of forms, has the ability to depict the human condition, spur reflection and spark change.";s:10:"photograph";s:106:"";}} 1
The Journey and Impact of Pan on the Move Trinidad and Tobago 2022 documentary featurette 47 All Ages ‘The Journey and Impact of Pan on the Move’ marks the 50th anniversary of the pioneering work of Ray Holman whose composition of “Pan on the Move” was the first “own tune” composed by a steelpan arranger back in 1972. This move presented the idea that pannists/ arrangers could compose their own music for the instrument, and caused a ripple effect in the pan world which gave rise to the likes of Dr. Len “Boogsie” Sharpe and others composing and arranging their own music. a:1:{i:0;s:169:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Gerelle Forbes";s:9:"biography";s:573:"Gerelle Forbes is a creative arts specialist with over two decades of practical experience. A classically trained musician, she has composed and performed for the the steelpan. As a musical director, she led the Success Stars Pan Sounds to several wins at Jr level at national competitions/ festivals, as well as her own Neo-Soul band Gerelle & The Gentlemen, where she was also the song writer. Her voice can be heard as background vocals for several recording artists, in jingles, advertisements, house announcements, animation and as a presenter on radio and television.";s:10:"photograph";s:173:"";}} 1
Scarborough Canada 2021 narrative feature 136 No Rating ‘Scarborough’ is the film adaptation of the award-winning novel by Catherine Hernandez. Over the course of a school year, 3 kids in a low-income neighbourhood find community and friendship at a drop-in reading programme. a:1:{i:0;s:87:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:31:"Rich Williamson + Shasha Nakhai";s:9:"biography";s:468:"Filmmakers Rich Williamson and Shasha Nakhai have successfully collaborated on many award-winning projects over the last decade. Their work has screened at festivals worldwide; aired on the BBC, CBC, ZDF and Arte; been named TIFF's Top 10; shown at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA); gone viral and been awarded Vimeo Staff Pick and Short of the Week; nominated for 16 Canadian Screen Awards, with eight wins including Best Picture; and shortlisted for an Academy Award.";s:10:"photograph";s:113:"";}} 1
Talia’s Journey Belgium 2022 narrative feature 77 PG Talia is a 19-year-old Belgian girl, with Senegalese roots, visiting her country of origin for the first time. In Dakar she hopes to meet her grandmother, but she is nowhere to be found and the villa quickly becomes a “golden prison”. Until Talia meets Malika, a mysterious bird street seller. a:2:{i:0;s:91:"";i:1;s:91:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:16:"Christophe Rolin";s:9:"biography";s:564:"Director and Cinematographer, Christophe Rolin makes his films outside of traditional production circuits. He enjoys filming in natural light, favors natural settings and discovering new talents, His favorite themes are the quest for identity and migration, which is also the subject of his next feature film "Le voyage de Talia", between Belgium and Senegal. He co-directed the short film Dem-Dem! who won the Silver Tanit at the 2017 Carthage Film Festival. In 2012, he founded the production company "Bande de Ciné" with Marc Recchia and Giuseppe Di Francisca.";s:10:"photograph";s:98:"";}} 1
Strictly Two Wheel Jamaica 2022 documentary short 10 All Ages ‘Strictly two wheel’ is an intimate portrait of a family-owned mechanic shop in rural Jamaica and a father’s love for his children and community. Bobo uses minimal resources to provide a medium for mobility and independence and imbues his children with the skills to maintain the craft of bicycle-building. a:1:{i:0;s:101:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:2:{s:4:"name";s:10:"Ania Freer";s:9:"biography";s:736:"Ania Freer is an Australian-Jamaican artist, filmmaker, cultural researcher, and curator based in Kingston, Jamaica. Through installation and video portraiture, as well as her curatorial work, Ania addresses themes central to the Jamaican experience such as Black empowerment, resistance, feminism, environmental justice, and spirituality. Ania has exhibited in the National Gallery of Jamaica’s Summer Exhibition, she is an AIRIE (Artist in Residence in Everglades) Fellow, an Art Omi: Artist in Residence Fellow, a Caribbean Film Academy Fellow, recipient of the Black Creative Endeavours Grant, the inaugural Curatorial and Art Writing Fellow at New Local Space Kingston and a recipient of the Filmed by Bike BIPOC Filmmaker Grant.";}} 1
Still We Thrive United Kingdom 2021 documentary short 6 PG-13 Speaking to the lion and the joy that lives inside every Black person, ‘Still we thrive’ is a film about resilience and self-care in the face of global anti-blackness. Using a blend of archival footage and pieces to camera – from different times and geographical locations – Still We Thrive is a counterpoint to the traumatic and painful imagery which has dominated screens in recent times. a:1:{i:0;s:91:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:10:"Campbell X";s:9:"biography";s:349:"Campbell X is a writer/director who directed the award-winning queer urban romantic comedy feature film STUD LIFE. His film Stud Life was voted by the Guardian as one of the top 10 Black British feature films ever made. Campbell's latest film Still We Thrive is a call for Black joy in the face of images of Black trauma affecting our mental health.";s:10:"photograph";s:92:"";}} 1
Pam’s Kitchen United States of America 2022 documentary short 20 PG A Trinidadian restaurant owner in Seattle battles mounting mental health struggles, racial tension and financial insolvency to try and keep her community-oriented restaurant alive during Covid’s rise. a:2:{i:0;s:97:"";i:1;s:97:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:11:"David Gwynn";s:9:"biography";s:739:"David Gwynn is an Emmy-winning Seattle-based documentary filmmaker. He cold-called Pam at some point in 2020 and sat, mystified, as her entire life story spilled out. The ups and downs of Covid, how she came to be an American, and what it means to be Trinidadian. He then met her for a beer at her own restaurant and they talked, him, nervous – having little idea what he was doing – her, sceptical. Over the next year, as they filmed, Pam would always insist he take dinners home for him and his wife – all while her business was falling apart around her. This alarming and foreign sense of generosity felt distinctly un-American and quite touching. They became friends, and through the ups and downs, ‘Pam’s kitchen’ emerged.";s:10:"photograph";s:92:"";}} 1
King David Trinidad and Tobago 2022 documentary short 24 All Ages Nearly 40 years after Calypsonian David Rudder created history by winning every major title in one Trinidad and Tobago Carnival season – a feat that has never been matched – he talks about the five songs he considers the most impactful of his career. a:1:{i:0;s:88:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:2:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Walt Lovelace";s:9:"biography";s:482:"Walt Lovelace is a director and cinematographer who made his mark creating visually innovative music videos for a range of Trinbagonian artists. The first feature film he shot was ‘Joebell and America’, a family project directed by his sister Asha, based on the eponymous short story written by his father, novelist Earl Lovelace. Walt has shot and directed documentaries throughout the Caribbean, as well as in the United States, the United Kingdom, Austria, Mexico and Turkey.";}} 1
Danaé Canada 2019 documentary short 6 All Ages International Urban street artist, Danae Brissonnet, recently went to Puerto Rico to paint a mural at Santurce es Ley Urban Street Art Festival. Creating imagined worlds for the viewer, her work invites a deeper consideration into the power of symbolism, myth, and metaphor. Brissonnet’s art enforces connections between her work, herself, and the public in which it engages. Most importantly, her process is about becoming involved with kids in communities where she can tell stories of peoples, their land, and their culture. Wherever Brissonnet is creating there is likely to be a kid workshop, where she can share her experience and learn from the community to develop her particular art mural for each community location. She seeks locations where art is not accessible and finds importance in working with children to empower them to paint their stories with whatever materials they have. Brissonnet’s professional work is what enables her to travel to these conflict zones and rural communities. Leaving a colourful trace, her art has a feeling of accessibility as she visually translates her story, and that of others. Brissonnet’s work exists as an imprint. a:1:{i:0;s:83:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:20:"Julio Benito Cabrera";s:9:"biography";s:89:"Writer, producer & director. Born in Manila, Philippines currently living in Puerto Rico.";s:10:"photograph";s:94:"";}} 1
From Trash to Treasure: Turning Negatives into Positives United States of America 2020 documentary short 25 PG In Lesotho – a highland country surrounded by South Africa – an artist named Nthabiseng TeReo Mohanela takes discarded materials and transforms them into unique clothing and accessories. Teaching young people the benefits of recycling and re-creation, she calls her project “From Trash to Treasure”. With TeReo’s work as a starting point, this film showcases a broader spirit of reimagination among artists in Lesotho, who use creativity to respond to entrenched social problems, and encourages us to take lessons from those who rethink, reuse, and reinvent in order to promote positive change. a:1:{i:0;s:133:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:8:"Lara Lee";s:9:"biography";s:632:"Iara Lee, a Brazilian of Korean descent, is an activist, filmmaker, and founder/director of the Cultures of Resistance Network, an organisation that promotes global solidarity and supports agitators, educators, farmers, and artists to build a more just and peaceful world through creative resistance and nonviolent action. Her films address topics that are often overlooked by the mainstream media – including indigenous rights, food sovereignty, and environmental justice. They have shown across the world at events ranging from screenings in refugee camps and community centres to debuts at the Berlinale and Sundance festivals.";s:10:"photograph";s:133:"";}} 1
Mafifa Cuba 2021 documentary feature 77 PG Filmmaker Daniela Muñoz Barroso, who is almost completely deaf, takes a road trip in Cuba to learn more about a remarkable musician who died four decades ago, Mafifa. Barroso’s quest leads her on the trail of this enigmatic woman, and also makes her question her own head and heart. a:1:{i:0;s:91:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:22:"Daniela Muñoz Barroso";s:9:"biography";s:435:"Documentary filmmaker, producer, and cinematographer, Daniela Muñoz Barroso is a cinematography graduate of Cuba’s Universidad de las Artes. She co-founded Havana-based indie production company Estudio ST. She has produced and/ or directed several short films. Her documentary “¿Qué remedio? La Parranda” (2018), premiered at Havana Film Festival. ‘Mafifa’, her debut feature-length documentary, premiered at IDFA in 2021.";s:10:"photograph";s:103:"";}} 1
Twa Fèy (Three Leaves) Haiti 2020 narrative short 25 All Ages Esther is 6 years old and lives a carefree life until her father abuses her. A small metal box appears in her life and it does not leave. While trying to get rid of it, she discovers her mother’s music box. But her mother doesn’t seem to see her daughter’s metal box, nor hers… until she meets Farah. Three Leaves: three women’s stories that explore the roots of identity, resistance and sisterhood. a:2:{i:0;s:106:"èy-Three-Leaves-production-still-1-scaled.jpg";i:1;s:106:"èy-Three-Leaves-production-still-2-scaled.jpg";} a:2:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:17:"Eléonore Coyette";s:9:"biography";s:363:"Eléonore Coyette and Sephora Monteau met in 2018 in Port-au-Prince during a documentary workshop entitled "Women and Cinema" organised by the association SineNouvèl (co-founded by Sephora). They became friends and haven’t stopped sharing their common fight: feminism. They were looking for a way to give a form to this fight and that's how this film was born.";s:10:"photograph";s:127:"èy-Three-Leaves-Directors-Eléonore-Coyette-_-Sephora-Monteau.jpg";}i:1;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Sephora Monteau";s:9:"biography";s:363:"Eléonore Coyette and Sephora Monteau met in 2018 in Port-au-Prince during a documentary workshop entitled "Women and Cinema" organised by the association SineNouvèl (co-founded by Sephora). They became friends and haven’t stopped sharing their common fight: feminism. They were looking for a way to give a form to this fight and that's how this film was born.";s:10:"photograph";s:127:"èy-Three-Leaves-Directors-Eléonore-Coyette-_-Sephora-Monteau.jpg";}} 1
Tabanca Canada 2022 narrative short 13 All Ages Dampened by office life during a wet Vancouver winter, a genderqueer Trinidadian woman, Marlinn, misses out on the chance to celebrate Carnival season back home. Until, one night, they discover that the power of masquerade is within them no matter where they are. a:1:{i:0;s:91:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Lauren Marsden";s:9:"biography";s:365:"Lauren Marsden is a queer Canadian filmmaker and media artist of European and Trinidadian descent. She is currently based in Vancouver, BC, on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh nations. As a storyteller, she focuses on narrative and experimental works that revolve around gender, Caribbean identity, and human impact on the land.";s:10:"photograph";s:89:"";}} 1
Sugarcake Jamaica 2021 narrative short 12 14+ Damian Walker is mourning the recent death of his only child to cancer. Unwilling to carry on, he parks at the side of a desolate road, readying to shoot himself in the head. As he’s about to pull the trigger, there is a knock on his window – a prostitute named Sugarcake appears mistaking the car as another potential client. She is faced with an unexpected dilemma: should she save this stranger’s life? a:1:{i:0;s:86:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Joshua Paul";s:9:"biography";s:444:"Joshua Paul has a strong interest in culturally and socially impactful stories, usually including themes of realism and conflict based on intra-personal or societal issues. His award-winning films include ‘The Misadventures of Brian and Sachin’ (2015); ‘Kinto (2018); ‘For My Daughter’ (2019) completed as his master’s degree graduation project; and “Sugarcake” (2020). He is currently working on his first feature film project.";s:10:"photograph";s:88:"";}} 1
Lilian United Kingdom 2021 narrative short 16 All Ages The first black woman in the Royal Air Force, Lilian Bader challenges the history books. Both she and her husband fought in WW2 yet there aren’t any pictures or acknowledgement of the contribution of black servicemen and women. Fifteen years after the war, Edith, a person Lilian had tried to help, arrives at her door and brings new challenges. During the war years, Edith was trouble. Now, she stands before Lilian in a twin set and pearls. Why is she there? And why now? a:1:{i:0;s:84:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:2:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Cathy Tyson";s:10:"photograph";s:93:"";}} 1
Ici s’Achève le Monde Connu (Here Ends the World We’ve Known) France 2022 narrative short 25 14+ 1645, Guadeloupe. Ibátali, a Native Kalinago (one of the Caribbean’s first nations), is married to a French settler. She takes Olaudah, a Yoruba man, on a journey during which he could lose not only his freedom, but also his life. Will they manage to restore their humanity and escape their colonial fate? a:2:{i:0;s:137:"ève-le-Monde-Connu-Here-Ends-the-World-We_ve-Known-production-still-2.jpg";i:1;s:137:"ève-le-Monde-Connu-Here-Ends-the-World-We_ve-Known-production-still-3.png";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:17:"Anne-Sophie Nanki";s:9:"biography";s:502:"Afro-Caribbean director and screenwriter Anne-Sophie Nanki was born in Guadeloupe. ‘Ici s’achève le Monde Connu’, a historical drama, is her first short. Anne-Sophie is currently developing ‘Here the New World Begins’, the feature film stemming from the same world as her short. Her dream is to direct the feature-length films she’s been conjuring: ‘The Raft of the Medusa’, a queer afro-futuristic lesbian love story, and a biopic on the African American opera singer, Leontyne Price.";s:10:"photograph";s:145:"ève-le-Monde-Connu-Here-Ends-the-World-We_ve-Known-Director-Anne-Sophie-Nanki.jpg";}} 1
Gemini Cuba 2021 narrative short 19 14+ A brilliant countertenor prepares to compete in a life-changing audition. When his musical idol arrives from Europe to select the best singer of the company, he faces his twin brother in a fight that goes beyond the physical dimension. The demands of the singing teacher, the pressure from his mother, and the rivalry with a talented soprano, deeply shake him. The young performer has to find his voice, but he will not succeed without his brother. a:1:{i:0;s:91:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:20:"Orlando Mora Cabrera";s:9:"biography";s:444:"Orlando Mora Cabrera is a graduate of the University of the Arts of Cuba. He also studied New York University: TISCH School of the Arts, and is currently continues his film studies at the International School of Film and Television of San Antonio de los Baños (EICTV). His work has been selected for international festivals and film markets in Cuba, the United States, Mexico, Australia, Trinidad and Tobago, Spain, France and other countries.";s:10:"photograph";s:101:"";}} 1
Una Pelicula Sobre Parejas (A Film about Couples) Dominican Republic 2022 narrative feature 90 PG-13 Natalia and Oriol, a couple of filmmakers in their thirties, have a little daughter called Lia. One day they receive an offer to direct a documentary and they decide to make a film about couples in love. Natalia and Oriol interview many couples, always wanting to know how they get along and what their most typical problems are. But as filming progresses, wounds in their own relationship begin to open, fights and doubts seem to be endless. But finishing the film will be their opportunity to reformulate their love for each other and their love for cinema. a:1:{i:0;s:124:"";} a:2:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Natalia Cabral";s:9:"biography";s:578:"Natalia Cabral and Oriol Estrada are filmmakers whose work moves between fiction and non-fiction. Graduates of the International Film School of San Antonio de los Baños, they have directed ‘Tú y Yo’, which premiered at Visions du Réel, and won awards at Cartagena, Havana and Márgenes; "El Sitio de los Sitios" screened at IDFA, Malaga etc; ‘Miriam Miente’ and won awards at Karlovy Vary, Huelva, Gijón, Toulouse, Havana, Punta del Este and Sydney. Their most recent project, ‘Una Película Sobre Parejas", premiered in Rome and won awards at Gijón and Biarritz.";s:10:"photograph";s:102:"";}i:1;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Oriol Estrada";s:9:"biography";s:578:"Natalia Cabral and Oriol Estrada are filmmakers whose work moves between fiction and non-fiction. Graduates of the International Film School of San Antonio de los Baños, they have directed ‘Tú y Yo’, which premiered at Visions du Réel, and won awards at Cartagena, Havana and Márgenes; "El Sitio de los Sitios" screened at IDFA, Malaga etc; ‘Miriam Miente’ and won awards at Karlovy Vary, Huelva, Gijón, Toulouse, Havana, Punta del Este and Sydney. Their most recent project, ‘Una Película Sobre Parejas", premiered in Rome and won awards at Gijón and Biarritz.";s:10:"photograph";s:101:"";}} 1
Receta No Incluida (Without Prescription) Puerto Rico 2022 narrative feature 82 PG-13 Olivia is getting ready for her family’s Christmas Eve party. But her OCD, which has been under control, suddenly returns, prompting a desperate search for the pills that have helped her in the past. But as she doesn’t have health insurance, she reaches out to her friend Jessica – who she met years ago in a mental institution – who introduces her to David, the town’s pharmacist’s son, who agrees to sell her the pills. Trapped inside David’s apartment by a rainstorm, two strangers start uncovering truths about each other and begin a healing process that doesn’t necessarily involve pills. a:1:{i:0;s:116:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Juliana Maité";s:9:"biography";s:762:"Juliana Maité completed her studies in drama and film at the University of Puerto Rico; in 2012 she graduated from the EICTV (Escuela Internacional de Cine y Televisión de San Antonio de los Baños, Cuba). Her short films ‘Queso de Cabra’ (2011), ‘Agón’ (2012), ‘La Llave de mi Corazón’ (2017), ¨Preach’ and ‘El Paso’ (2019) have traveled the world and won multiple awards on the international film circuit and. Her first feature film ‘A Punto de Llegar’ (2019), a comedy, is available on Amazon Prime Video. Juliana's second feature, ‘Without Prescription’ (Receta no Incluida), premiered at SXSW 2022, winning the audience award in the global category. Juliana currently lives in Miami, where she is developing her next projects.";s:10:"photograph";s:122:"é.jpg";}} 1
Perejil (Parsley) Dominican Republic 2021 narrative feature 85 No Rating In 1937, near the border between the Dominican Republic and Haiti, Marie, a young Haitian woman, is expecting her first child with Frank, her doting Dominican husband. Despite rising racial tensions in the area, Marie and Frank are living a peaceful life as they prepare for the baby. One night, she is awakened by distant screams and Frank rushes out to investigate. The immediate execution of all Haitians on Dominican soil has been ordered – the so-called “Cut” – by Dominican dictator Rafael Trujillo, and what seals a victim’s fate is how they pronounce the word “perejil” (parsley), an indicator of where they are from. With nothing but the clothes on her back, Marie takes off to find Frank in the next town over. Alone in the mountains, nine months pregnant, and with nowhere to hide, she must make her way through the dense hinterland before the Parsley Massacre catches up with her. a:2:{i:0;s:92:"";i:1;s:92:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:19:"José María Cabral";s:9:"biography";s:803:"José Maria Cabral is a Dominican film director,screenwriter, and producer. He started making films when he was 16 years old, giving private screenings of his work to family and friends at local movie theatres. One of his short films, ‘Excexos’, got national distribution. His first feature film, ‘Jaque Mate’ (2011), was screened at a number of film festivals and selected as the Dominican entry for the Best Foreign Language Oscar at the 85th Academy Awards. ‘Arrob’, ‘Despertar’ and ‘Detective Willy’ followed. Cabral premiered ‘Carpinteros’, a film about the realities and relationships of prisoners in Dominican jails, at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. He also represented the Dominican Republic’s Oscar submission with his following film ‘The Projectionist’ (2019).";s:10:"photograph";s:111:"é-María-Cabral-scaled.jpg";}} 1
Ludi United States of America 2020 narrative feature 80 PG Ludi, a hardworking and exhausted nurse, battles coworkers, clients and one impatient bus driver to learn her self worth as she chases the American Dream in Miami’s Little Haiti neighborhood. a:2:{i:0;s:81:"";i:1;s:81:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:10:"Edson Jean";s:9:"biography";s:544:"Edson Jean is a Haitian-American actor, writer, director and Gotham Narrative Lab alum, who’s debut feature film, ‘Ludi’, premiered at SXSW (2021). Most recently, he was nominated for a Streamy and Mipcom award for directing all eight (23 minute) episodes of his dramedy, ‘Grown’, for Complex Networks. Edson also wrote, directed, and starred in "The Adventures of Edson Jean," which aired on HBO. As an actor, he has appeared in A24's “Moonlight,” Warner Bros. Pictures' “War Dogs,” HBO's "Ballers" and Netflix's "Bloodline."";s:10:"photograph";s:89:"";}} 1
Cette Maison (This House) Haiti 2022 narrative feature 90 PG Bridgeport, 2008: a teenage girl is found hanged in her room. While everything points to suicide, the autopsy report reveals something else. Ten years later, director Miryam Chalres – cousin of the teenager – examines the past causes and future consequences of this unsolved crime. Like an imagined biography, the film explores the relationship between the security of the living space and the violence that can jeopardise it. a:1:{i:0;s:100:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Miryam Charles";s:9:"biography";s:722:"Miryam Charles is a writer, producer, filmmaker, and director of photography based in Montréal, Quebec. She has directed several short and feature films, including ‘Fly, fly sadness’ (2016); ‘To the colonies’ (2016); ‘Three Atlas’ (2017); ‘The red album or A poetic intention’ (2019); and ‘Cette maison’ (2022) – which have screened at festivals such as Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), Berlinale, Third Horizon Film Festival and Hot Docs. Charles is the recipient of numerous grants, awards, and residencies, including IndieLisboa International Film Festival’s Silvestre Award for best feature film (2022). Her feature-length fiction film, ‘La marabout’ is currently in production.";s:10:"photograph";s:105:"";}} 1
Studio 17: The Lost Reggae Tapes Jamaica 2019 documentary feature 85 All Ages A treasure trove of rescued tapes revives the golden age of reggae and reveals the fascinating story behind one of Jamaica’s most legendary recording studios, Randy’s Studio 17. Randy’s was a small, family record store in downtown Kingston that expanded when ‘Studio 17’ was added: studio and store became a hub for the music revolution that followed Jamaican independence in 1962. In its prime, artists who recorded there included Bob Marley & the Wailers, Lee “Scratch” Perry, Peter Tosh, Gregory Isaacs, Dennis Brown, and many more. But during Jamaica’s political turmoil of the late 1970s, the Chin family fled to the USA and the studio was abandoned. 40 years later, a collection of original studio tapes has been salvaged, revealing many unheard, stunning recordings from the ‘golden age’ of reggae. a:1:{i:0;s:116:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:10:"Mark James";s:9:"biography";s:733:"Mark James is an award-winning director, editor, and cinematographer. He studied fine art at Goldsmiths College and film production at the Royal College of Art. He went on to direct a number of films for television including ‘Freeze’, the controversial first film on artist Damien Hirst and the new wave of YBAs (Young British Artists) for BBC 1. Since then, he has filmed, directed, and edited many films for television on music and the arts, including on Bryan Ferry, Dave Stewart and Phil Collins. His first feature film ‘Vampire Diary’ won 4 awards at the Milan International Film Festival, including ‘best film’. Mark has several new documentary projects in development, as well as feature films that he has written.";s:10:"photograph";s:110:"";}} 1
Paroles de Nègres (Words of Negroes) France 2020 documentary feature 78 PG In Marie Galante, an island off Guadeloupe, the past speaks. The island is covered with sugar cane fields which still shape the destiny of men; sugar is made from their sweat in the groaning and roaring machines. The workers and planters devote their strength to the survival of their old sugar factory: Grand Anse. It’s a cathedral of rusty iron where the past resurfaces, in the timeless landscapes, the anachronistic shape of the factory, the unchanged gestures of labour and the endurance it requires. In Paroles de Nègres, director Sylvaine DampierreI shares – with today’s sugar workers – transcripts from the 1842 trial of the Grand Anse plantation master, bringing back a part of their heritage. They seize and embody these words of Negroes, thus enlivening a memory that still forges their present. The cane has been the instrument of their fathers’ damnation, and remains, against all odds, the instrument of their dignity. a:1:{i:0;s:111:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:2:{s:4:"name";s:18:"Sylvaine Dampierre";s:9:"biography";s:353:"Sylvaine Dampierre is a director, screenwriter and script doctor. She works and lives in Paris, France. Her films have screened at many festivals, including Cinema du Réel in Paris, DOKLeipzig, IDFA Amsterdametc. In 2010, Dampierre founded Varan Caraïbe in Guadeloupe, where she supervises training in filmmaking, editing and documentary film writing.";}} 1
Mr. Emancipation: The Walter Perry Story Canada 2020 documentary feature 62 All Ages ‘Mr. Emancipation’ explores the life of Walter L. Perry and his progressive ideas for a festival in one of the most significant places and times in North American history. Perry usually sold newspapers at the Windsor/ Detroit tunnel, but in his spare time – for 30 plus years – he transformed his home town of Windsor, Ontario in Canada into the most exciting place to be. He staged an Emancipation Day festival which transcended divisions of race and class. Eleanor Roosevelt, Martin Luther King Jr, Jesse Owens all headed there because, as civil rights activist Dick Gregory said, “The largest Juneteenth celebration was not in America, it was in Windsor, Canada.” a:2:{i:0;s:124:"";i:1;s:117:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Preston Chase";s:9:"biography";s:641:"Preston Chase is a seventh generation African Canadian and a descendant of William Parker. Parker escaped American slavery in Maryland, and went on to play a key role in the Christiana Riots in Pennsylvania. Born to a single mother in the Black community of downtown Windsor, Ontario, Canada, Chase went on to become a high school teacher. He is also the family historian and a passionate advocate for greater awareness of a historic Black community, time has forgotten. It was a desire for everyone to know the story of his great uncle Walter Perry that led Chase to pick up a camera and make ‘Mr. Emancipation: The Walter Perry Story’.";s:10:"photograph";s:122:"";}} 1
Lo Que Se Hereda (It Runs in the Family) Dominican Republic 2022 documentary feature 84 PG-13 A revelation about Oscar Torres, her unknown and once world-famous queer filmmaker cousin, sends Victoria down a path of self-discovery through reconstructions of his intimate memories of living in 1950s authoritarian Caribbean, as Victoria leads re-enactments of his unproduced screenplays with the family who erased him. a:1:{i:0;s:115:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:25:"Victoria Linares Villegas";s:9:"biography";s:604:"Victoria Linares is a queer filmmaker based in the Dominican Republic. She studied film production at The New School. Her shorts have screened at New Orleans Film Festival, Atlanta Film Festival, Shorts México and AMOR Festival Internacional de Cine LGBT+ which got her the Audience Award in 2019. Her latest short film ‘My Mother Resents Me’ won an Honorable Mention at Milwaukee Underground Film Festival and Best Short Doc jury prize at Bushwick Film Festival (2019). Her debut non fiction film It Runs in the Family’ has been an official selection at True/False, BFI Flare and other festivals.";s:10:"photograph";s:122:"";}} 1
Soca in She Samba David Rudder in search of his Bahia Gyal 1987 documentary featurette 47 All Ages 1986 Calypso monarch, Young King and road march champion, David Rudder, travels to Bahia in Brazil in search of the ‘Bahia Gyal’ the subject of his winning road march. The programme examines African roots and traditions shared by Brazilians, Trinidadians and Tobagonians and most New World people. a:2:{i:0;s:84:"";i:1;s:84:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:6:"Banyan";}} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:17:"Christopher Laird";}} 1
Too Young to Soca 1986 documentary featurette 36 All Ages In 1986 an eleven year old boy and his family band caught the imagination of the public with a calypso “Too Young To Soca”. While sitting the common entrance examination for Secondary School he sang in the calypso tents and won the Junior Monarch crown. He was obviously destined for great things. Banyan filmed this documentary on the young singer, Machel Montano, who today is the leading exponent of Soca music in the world and is still setting the pace for the younger artists. a:2:{i:0;s:84:"";i:1;s:84:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:17:"Christopher Laird";}} 1
Bacchanal Time About an island wide stick-fight competition on Carnival Sunday, and two fighters in particular who have to travel great distances through treacherous, often hilarious circumstances to participate in this traditional event. 1977 narrative feature 108 PG-13 “Bacchanal Time” is a wildly hilarious Caribbean comedy set at Carnival time in Trinidad and crammed with the music of the season. The story is centered around an island wide stickfight competition on Carnival Sunday. It bubbles with the Carnival weekend excitement, culminating with the first bands on J’ouvert morning. It stars Gregory Ballantine and Kamalo Deen as stickfighters and features the acting skills of Calypso Rose, the Mighty Shadow, Crazy, Count Robin, Trinidad Rio, Mighty Wanderer, Stork St. Hill and a host of others. a:2:{i:0;s:81:"";i:1;s:81:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Kamalo Deen";}} 1
The Insatiable Season The Insatiable Season is a fun and intimate look at the creations, crises and passion of the Mac Farlane camp as they produce a beautiful costumed band for Trinidad’s Carnival. 2007 featurette 52 No Rating It’s January 2006 and Brian Mac Farlane’s carnival workshop is quiet and practically empty – littered with left-over costumes and a couple of hangers-on from last year’s carnival. As the days pass the atmosphere starts to change. One by one, carnival costume makers begin arriving at the workshop (mas camp) anticipating the release of designs for the 2006 band. So we meet the characters one at a time. Bogart is grumbling about everything being so late. Robby has been in a state of sustained carnival wonder since the early 80s. Paul is jammin’ in Trinidad with Mac Farlane for the first time, lookin’ forward to the party. Jhawhan is a folk dancer with dreams of being the king of carnival. Brian is ambitious and determined and Jenette is a first-time costume maker with stars in her eyes and memories of the good old days of playing carnival. What happens when all of these people come together is nothing short of wonderful. At times it is hilarious. At times it is nothing but stress. Always, it is suffused with the knowledge that wearable and mobile works of art are being made. And towards the end of the season, the monotony of having to produce yet another costume is starting to weigh on everyone. But into this mix comes the drive to produce a beautiful carnival king costume for Jhawhan to wear. And for a while, everyone’s energies are diverted, heightened and focused on making this magnificent king. When it comes time to perform, Jhawhan wears the costume well and everyone’s spirits are soaring, which makes the disappointment of his loss far greater. But the news gets worse. Because everyone’s energies have been so diverted, they’ve lost sight of the need to produce the carnival band, and so it’s a mad and frantic dash to what everyone is hoping will be a stunning finish line: Carnival Tuesday. a:2:{i:0;s:84:"";i:1;s:89:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Mariel Brown";}} 1
This is Home 'This is Home'—The Pan; The Midnight Robber; The Fancy Sailor; The Fancy Indian; The Jab Molassie / Blue Devil. Trinidad and Tobago 2020 a:1:{i:0;s:11:"educational";} documentary No Rating English Carnival in Trinidad and Tobago—the greatest show on Earth. We proclaim this as an absolute. But we have to celebrate very differently this year (for obvious reasons). Just as we did for Seasons 1 and 2 of ‘This is Home’ to commemorate NGC’s 45th Anniversary and celebrate Christmas, we invite you to celebrate our local culture and history, live vicariously and revel virtually through this beautifully curated ‘This is Home’, Carnival series. We present ‘This is Home’, Carnival—’The Pan’ performed by Mia Gormandy. We present ‘This is Home’, Carnival—’The Midnight Robber’ portrayed by Curtis Gross. We present ‘This is Home’, Carnival—’The Fancy Sailor’ portrayed by Keith Simpson. We present ‘This is Home’, Carnival—’The Fancy Indian’. We present ‘This is Home’, Carnival—’The Jab Molassie or Blue Devil’. a:2:{i:0;s:79:"";i:1;s:79:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Walt Lovelace";}} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Matthew Dasent";}} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:17:"Wendell Manwarren";}} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Walt Lovelace";}} 1
Calypso at Dirty Jim’s The most famous calypso artists invite you to return to the roots of Caribbean music. Trinidad and Tobago 2005 a:1:{i:0;s:10:"historical";} documentary feature 87 No Rating English Calypso is the soul of Trinidad. For three centuries, Calypsonians have been the folk singers of the Creole world, the griots of the Caribbean. Outstanding improvisers, poets allergic to all censorship, Calypsonians have told the story of slavery, freedom, world wars, independence and emigration, without forgetting love with a heavy dose of humour and sex. Lord Pretender, Lord Beginner and Lord Kitchener, many of the legendary Lords of Calypso have left us recently. But in Trinidad, some masters still exist such as Mighty Sparrow, Mighty Terror, Bomber, Calypso Rose, Lord Superior. In ‘Calypso at Dirty Jim’s’, the last great stars are still shining but a new generation is taking over: soca singers and rapso poets. ‘Calypso at Dirty Jim’s’ is the coming together of this generation of artists. a:2:{i:0;s:88:"";i:1;s:88:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Pascale Obolo";}} 1
Arts of Conflict The discourse of Notting Hill Carnival. United Kingdom 2019 documentary feature 67 No Rating English London’s Notting Hill Carnival is coming under increasing pressure and attacks from the British press, politicians, police and local residents who consider it an event of conflict. This is the story of the controversial event, from its inception out of the 1950s London race riots, to its present-day controversies that see it perceived as a Carnival of violence. Focusing on its arts and the darker past from which it emerged, Arts of Conflict seeks to open up the conversation about Carnival’s significance and its origins. a:1:{i:0;s:81:"";} a:2:{i:0;s:83:"";i:1;s:83:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Tony Oldham";}} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Tony Oldham";}} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Tony Oldham";}} Trinidad & Tobago Carifesta Edition 2019, Portobello Film festival 2019 1
Salt of the Earth When parang was born in Trinidad, it was played by workers in the cocoa plantations as entertainment for their families and friends after a hard day’s labour. "Salt of the Earth" explores this ancient music tradition called parang and the ones who made it survive. Trinidad and Tobago 2005 documentary short 52 No Rating English ‘Salt of the Earth’ explores one facet of Trinidad’s culture through the music tradition of parang and the performers responsible for its survival—the parranderos as well as beloved television presenter, Holly Betaudier. The music sets the pace for the discovery of the island’s beauty, its history, its landscape and its people. This is a journey into Trinidad’s past to better understand how an English-speaking country has managed to keep and continue a centuries-old Spanish tradition. a:1:{i:0;s:83:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:109:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:2:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Sophie Meyer";s:9:"biography";s:307:"Originally from France, resident in London (where she is an independent media producer), Sophie has been coming to T&T for over a decade. During that time she has made several films, including Salt of the Earth (2006, and a trinidad+tobago film festival selection in 2008), a documentary about parang music.";}} 1
La Gaita A story of two very different brothers. 2012 documentary feature 105 No Rating This film is the story of two very different brothers. Willy’s the difficult one consumed by his own impatience and Tito is the tireless believer and visionary. Despite their differences, Willy and Tito agreed on one thing: that their quest in life is to use their music to help the down-and-outers, the lonely and the broken to accept themselves during what some consider to be the loneliest and most vulnerable time of the year… Christmas. a:1:{i:0;s:73:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:72:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Stephen Cadiz";}} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Janine Fung";}} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Janine Fung";}} FILMCO , 'Peoples' Choice Award: Best Feature Documentary Film'—trinidad+tobago film festival (2012), 'Special Mention Jury Award Best T&T Film'—trinidad+tobago film festival (2012), 1
The Solitary Alchemist The Solitary Alchemist is a moving and intimate portrait of a life in art in the Caribbean. 2009 a:1:{i:0;s:9:"biography";} documentary No Rating What happens when talent isn’t enough? When, in spite of a life of work, you look around in the autumn of your life and discover that your world is not what you thought it would be. This is where we meet Trinidadian jeweller, Barbie Jardine. Trained at England’s prestigious Royal College of Art, Jardine moved back to her native Trinidad in 1974 where she developed new techniques in working with traditional and indigenous materials, and evolved a personal narrative style for making wearable works of art. But 30 years on from returning to the Caribbean, and in spite of having her work purchased by a major metropolitan museum, there are nagging questions she just can’t shake: Why isn’t my work more recognised? Have I made a crucial mistake? She is resentful and angry. And she wants something more. An opportunity to create a new piece for an exhibition in Scotland presents itself and Barbie is both nervous and hopeful. Will this be the chance to finally carve out her own space in the world? a:1:{i:0;s:83:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:82:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Mariel Brown";}} Barbara Jardine 1
Hinkson Trinidadian Donald 'Jackie' Hinkson talks about his life's work and demonstrates his techniques. Trinidad and Tobago 2013 a:1:{i:0;s:9:"biography";} documentary feature 97 PG English Trinidadian Donald ‘Jackie’ Hinkson, in his 70th year and on the occasion of a massive retrospective in four exhibition spaces talks about his life’s work and demonstrates his techniques in expressing his intention while creating a watercolor from the blank page to completion and work on a number of sculptures, public murals and drawings. His obvious skill expressed with candor and humility imbue this uniquely structured film with charm and ease while stunning the viewer with an unusual insight into the creative process of one of the country’s greatest living artists. a:1:{i:0;s:72:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:71:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:17:"Christopher Laird";}} 1
Coolie Pink and Green An experimental documentary exploring the aesthetics of an Indo-Caribbean population through colour, song and dance. Trinidad and Tobago 2009 documentary short 25 PG English Coolie Pink and Green is an experimental documentary, referencing Bollywood which takes the form of a narrative. Despite the significant presence of East Indians in the Caribbean, Indian culture has yet to be seen as being truly indigenous. This film projects a new way of seeing Caribbean Indian culture, through the story of a young Hindu girl who is learning the beauty of her culture, even as an elder in her community attempts to hold her in a traditional mould. While the girl is sympathetic to the elder’s views, she already lives in a hybrid culture and must celebrate both. a:1:{i:0;s:86:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:9:"Rex Dixon";}} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Nazma Muller";}} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:17:"Patricia Mohammed";s:9:"biography";s:389:"Patricia Mohammed is a professor of gender and cultural studies at the University of the West Indies, St Augustine, Trinidad. Among her publications is Imaging the Caribbean: Culture and Visual Translation (2010). She has made a number of short films including Sign of the Loa (2007) and Coolie Pink and Green (2009), which won the People's Choice Award for Best Short Film at the ttff/09.";s:10:"photograph";s:75:"";}} Anisa Ali 1
A Story about Wendy 1+2 Trinidad and Tobago 2012 + 2014 a:1:{i:0;s:5:"drama";} narrative feature 103 PG English A Story about Wendy Wendy Phillips’ life spirals out of control after the sudden departure of her fiance. Forced to move back in with her parents, Wendy’s Mother and childhood best friend, Giselle are concerned that Wendy is hanging out with a deviant, Sylvia. Wendy hopes that landing a job with Television Presenter Simone Davies, will help get her back on her feet, but Simone has other plans for Wendy. A Story about Wendy 2 Following on from A Story about Wendy (2012), when she was dumped by her fiancé and sought to get her life back together, Wendy Phillips returns in this hilarious second chapter of her adventures. Excited to start work at Quirky TV as Simone Davies’ personal assistant, Wendy proves that she is dedicated and efficient. But when she inadvertently discovers information that reveals what really happened to Simone’s previous assistants, Wendy realises that her life is in danger. a:2:{i:0;s:108:"";i:1;s:93:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Sean Hodgkinson";s:9:"biography";s:360:"Sean Hodgkinson is a writer, director and producer from Trinidad and Tobago. His debut film, A Story About Wendy, premiered at the ttff/12 and screened internationally at the Zanzibar International Film Festival. A Story About Wendy 2 is his most recent film. Currently, Sean is directing the dramatic film Trafficked, which is expected to be released in 2015.";s:10:"photograph";s:109:"";}} Yvette Adams, Damian Archie, Ayanna Cezanne, Catherine Emmanuel, Alan Ferreira, Ian Gill, Marcia Henville, Samantha John, Ricardo Jute, Jennifer Hay Kalloo, Pauline Mark, Karisse Montano, Natalie Purvis, Heidi Walcott 1
Musgo (Moss) Portugal 2021 short 11 PG A little girl is drawn to the inside of a chestnut tree where she embarks on a mystical voyage through the imaginarium of Trás-os-Montes. Her curiosity guides the viewer between rituals, geographies and customs specific to each one of Trás-os-Montes’ phases of life, like the baptism in Mizarela or the disquieting rite of passage of the “caretos”. Between fantasy and ethnography, emerges an affecting portrait of a people and their land. a:1:{i:0;s:89:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:89:"";} a:2:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:20:"Alexandra Guimarães";s:9:"biography";s:246:"Alexandra Guimarães and Gonçalo L. Almeida finished their degrees in Cinema and Audiovisual at ESAP (Porto) in 2020. Their first collaboration, “Musgo” was their final year film. Both have been Portuguese ambassadors for the LUX Film Prize.";s:10:"photograph";s:109:"ães-scaled.jpg";}i:1;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:19:"Gonçalo L. Almeida";s:9:"biography";s:246:"Alexandra Guimarães and Gonçalo L. Almeida finished their degrees in Cinema and Audiovisual at ESAP (Porto) in 2020. Their first collaboration, “Musgo” was their final year film. Both have been Portuguese ambassadors for the LUX Film Prize.";s:10:"photograph";s:98:"çalo-Almeida.png";}} 1
O Último Gás (The Last Stand) Brazil 2020 short 6 All Ages I must apply for the emergency artist relief fund. a:1:{i:0;s:105:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Duda Gambogi";s:9:"biography";s:457:"Duda Gambogi is a filmmaker, screenwriter, actress and film critic. She has been working with film since 2014, having directed video clips and short films. Her graduation project was the docufiction "Endless Love" (2020), a portrait of karaoke singers from Rio de Janeiro. During the Pandemic, she directed two hybrid works that explore self-fiction and are currently in distribution: "The Last Stand" (2020), and "This February I'll Go To The Moon" (2021).";s:10:"photograph";s:107:"";}} 1
Once More With Feeling United States of America 2021 short 6 PG An actress and her director make a scene. a:1:{i:0;s:100:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:100:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Rachel Chin";s:9:"biography";s:294:"Rachel Chin is a filmmaker and researcher from Kingston, Jamaica. In 2019, she was selected for the second cohort of the JAFTA-JAMPRO-British Council Feature Film Lab. Her first feature screenplay is an official selection of the 2021 Bahamas International Film Festival Screenwriters Residency.";s:10:"photograph";s:101:"";}} 1
Plant Speech Trinidad and Tobago 2021 short 3 No Rating They’re part of our everyday lives and even though we can talk to them, they can’t directly converse with us. However, if we could understand them, what stories would they have to tell? We went to the fields to find out what they had to say. a:1:{i:0;s:90:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:90:"";} a:2:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:16:"Lee Anna Maharaj";s:9:"biography";s:340:"Lee Anna Maharaj is a filmmaker who studied at UWI, majoring in Communication Studies and minoring in Film Studies. She has a deep love and appreciation for film. Lee Anna finds joy in capturing reality and reflecting life. She aspires to tell stories that can spark discussions. She also has a love for nature, especially plants and trees.";s:10:"photograph";s:100:"";}i:1;a:2:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Jovan Lalla";s:9:"biography";s:51:"Jovan Lalla studies film at the UWI Film Programme.";}} 1
Sisters Jamaica 2021 short 2 All Ages “Sisters” is a short film that shows the inner workings of a frustrated and grieving young music composer. When she tries to finish composing a specific song from her past, she is flooded with memories of a day she’d rather forget – the day she lost her sister. a:1:{i:0;s:85:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:85:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Lee-San Gayle";s:9:"biography";s:445:"Lee-San Gayle is a young filmmaker from St. Andrew, Jamaica. She is in her final year of Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Film Production at the Caribbean School of Media and Communication (CARIMAC) at the University of the West Indies, Mona. In the past three years, she has produced, edited and directed short films, television interviews and music videos, working closely with local production companies and other known creative professionals.";s:10:"photograph";s:88:"";}} 1
To Shake and Disturb and Bring Us Back to Ourselves United Kingdom 2021 short 8 All Ages A hybrid blend of documentary and experimental film, “To Shake and Disturb and Bring Us Back To Ourselves” is a spiritual exploration of connection to one’s ancestors, environment and by extension one another. Guided by voices, the activism for Black liberation becomes increasingly intertwined with aspects of the Spirit. a:1:{i:0;s:129:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:129:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Rhiana Bonterre";s:9:"biography";s:386:"Rhiana Bonterre is a UK based filmmaker, who's work draws inspiration from Caribbean life and culture, and the ways its complex and traumatic past affects and shapes thought, identity and perception in the present, both at home and amongst the Diaspora. Having grown up in Trinidad, the rich art forms of the region are intentionally intertwined and integrated within many of her works.";s:10:"photograph";s:134:"";}} 1
The Interview United States of America 2020 short 4 All Ages A budding documentary filmmaker struggles to find the right interviewee for her film school project. a:1:{i:0;s:91:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:91:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Ayana Harper";s:9:"biography";s:261:"An editor by trade, “The Interview” is Ayana's directorial debut. A graduate of the International Film School of Paris (2014), Ayana currently resides in Toronto and is the lead editor for Story Play Media, a production company based in Trinidad and Tobago.";s:10:"photograph";s:93:"";}} 1
Scolopendres et Papillons (Centipedes and Butterflies) France, Martinique 2019 documentary featurette 52 No Rating In Martinique, three women survivors of incest are trying to rebuild their lives. Confronted by strong taboos on the island, they dare to speak out to break the silence around these crimes and explore their deep wounds. “Scolopendres et papillons” is an intimate look at the womens’ resilience: Fabienne, association manager, Agnès, artist and Daniely, actress and director. Like butterflies, bruised by ferocious centipede bites, each tries to spread their wings again… a:1:{i:0;s:132:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:132:"";} a:2:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:22:"Laure Martin Hernandez";s:9:"biography";s:457:"A radio and print journalist for more than 20 years, Laure Martin Hernandez is an author and director of documentary films. Born in Auvergne in 1970, she lives and works in Martinique where she is interested in social issues, artistic creations and environmental themes in the Caribbean. She works regularly with Vianney Sotès with whom they have co-directed seven films including "Amazones, Art de revivre" in 2017 and "Scolopendres et Papillons" in 2019.";s:10:"photograph";s:148:"";}i:1;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Vianney Sotes";s:9:"biography";s:1305:"I was born in Nantes (France) on October 16, 1978. Passionate about photography and video, I went to Paris in 1997 to do an audiovisual training in two years (a BTS Audiovisual in image option). I worked very quickly in the field of television and web tv since I was entrusted with the production of tv programs in Toulouse on Occitanià Télévision then for the multimedia group of the Dépêche du Midi. At the same time, I also make video clips and try my hand at staging fiction. I then moved to Martinique in 2002 and became part of the show as a director, cameraman-editor. From then on, I multiply the projects of programs, clips, pubs and the documentary genre. I personally equip myself with shooting and post-production equipment to develop personal projects. For my apprenticeship in the documentary genre, I partnered with author journalist Laure Martin Hernandez and co-directed several films that often address cultural and artistic themes. I am also increasing my collaborations with different producers (Poischiches Films, BCI, 1.Ctwo, Bérénice Médias Corp.…). In 2017, still with Laure Martin Hernandez, I signed the film "Amazons the art of reviving", a very personal film that addresses the subject of post-breast cancer reconstruction by following my partner over several months.";s:10:"photograph";s:138:"";}} 1
Ghost of Hing King Estate Trinidad and Tobago 2009 narrative feature 120 PG-13 After six people mysteriously die over a five-month period on the Hing King Estate in Las Cuevas, Trinidad, all fingers point to the plantation owner’s wife, Carmelle Dauphin. This supernatural thriller is based on actual events. a:1:{i:0;s:101:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:2:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Horace Ové";s:9:"biography";s:403:"Born in Trinidad in 1939, Horace Ové has the distinction of being the first black filmmaker to direct a feature-length film in the United Kingdom (Pressure, 1975). His other films include Baldwin's Nigger (1968), Reggae (1971) and Dream to Change the World (2003), a portrait of the late Trinidadian-born British activist John La Rose. Ové was awarded a CBE, Commander of the British Empire, in 2007.";}} 1
Baldwin’s Nigger Trinidad and Tobago + UK 1973 documentary feature 60 PG In his first film, Horace Ové directs a striking, verité snapshot of writer, James Baldwin, at his sharp-witted best: conversing with civil rights activist, Dick Gregory, as they address a group of radical Caribbean students in 1960s London. The two discuss the Civil Rights Movement and black experience and identity in both Britain and the USA. a:1:{i:0;s:95:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:2:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Horace Ové";s:9:"biography";s:403:"Born in Trinidad in 1939, Horace Ové has the distinction of being the first black filmmaker to direct a feature-length film in the United Kingdom (Pressure, 1975). His other films include Baldwin's Nigger (1968), Reggae (1971) and Dream to Change the World (2003), a portrait of the late Trinidadian-born British activist John La Rose. Ové was awarded a CBE, Commander of the British Empire, in 2007.";}} 1
Recoger El Viento (Pick Up The Wind) Cuba 2019 short 13 All Ages “Pick Up The Wind” follows Anthony, a young child from the small, rural town of San Antonio de los Baños, Cuba. We experience the quotidien rituals of his daily life. While Anthony displays contradictory traits of creativity, destruction, rigidity, and tenderness, a story emerges from the multidimensionality of Anthony’s layered personality. a:1:{i:0;s:112:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:112:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:17:"Amir Aether Valen";s:9:"biography";s:532:"Amir Aether Valen is an audiovisual storyteller who likes to explore the reflections of man’s being which are found in nature, and reflect on the psychospiritual nature of the self through poetic, meditative, and contemplative pictures that follow human relationships with both their internal and external worlds. Amir studied at the Escuela Internacional de Cine y Televisión (EICTV) in San Antonio de los Baños, Artemisa, Cuba where he specialised in documentary direction. His work has screened at Sheffield DocFest and ttff.";s:10:"photograph";s:119:"";}} 1
Black Safari UK 1972 narrative feature 60 All Ages A spoof documentary, made as part of the BBC2 “World About” series, ‘Black Safari’ tells the story of an expedition to deepest, darkest Lancashire (UK), “the black man’s grave”, by a group of black African explorers and anthropologists in an attempt to locate the centre of Britain “whose whereabouts are still to be determined”. Ové narrates the film and appears onscreen as a member of the expedition. a:1:{i:0;s:93:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:10:"Colin Luke";}} 1
Pressure UK 1976 a:1:{i:0;s:5:"drama";} narrative feature 120 14+ With a screenplay written by Trinidadian writer, Samuel Selvon, “Pressure” follows three generations of a Trinidadian family living in West London’s Ladbroke Grove. Herbert Norville stars as the family’s youngest son, British born Tony, who grows more and more disillusioned as he faces unemployment. Alienated from his white friends, he follows his older brother into the Black Power Movement. a:1:{i:0;s:77:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:2:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Horace Ové";s:9:"biography";s:403:"Born in Trinidad in 1939, Horace Ové has the distinction of being the first black filmmaker to direct a feature-length film in the United Kingdom (Pressure, 1975). His other films include Baldwin's Nigger (1968), Reggae (1971) and Dream to Change the World (2003), a portrait of the late Trinidadian-born British activist John La Rose. Ové was awarded a CBE, Commander of the British Empire, in 2007.";}} 1
King Carnival Trinidad and Tobago + UK 1973 documentary feature 60 PG The highly acclaimed 1970s documentary, “King Carnival”, stands after all this time, as a love letter to T&T. Made for the BBC in 1973, by legendary Trinidadian-British director, Horace Ové, the film is still acclaimed as one of the best ever made about the history of Trinidad and Tobago Carnival. The UK’s Times newspaper had this to say at the time: “…beneath the fantastic spectacle there lies a history of cultural struggle. The influences of Europe, of India, and above all Africa are reflected in customs and ceremonies still alive in Trinidad today. The insistent, joyful music, stunning costumes and immense crowds make it a perfect TV spectacle; Horace Ove’s film shows it to be that, and much more.” a:1:{i:0;s:82:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:2:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Horace Ové";s:9:"biography";s:403:"Born in Trinidad in 1939, Horace Ové has the distinction of being the first black filmmaker to direct a feature-length film in the United Kingdom (Pressure, 1975). His other films include Baldwin's Nigger (1968), Reggae (1971) and Dream to Change the World (2003), a portrait of the late Trinidadian-born British activist John La Rose. Ové was awarded a CBE, Commander of the British Empire, in 2007.";}} 1
La Revolucion y los Artistas Mexico 2018 feature 110 16+ In the 1920s, the golden age of Mexican art, romance brews between the painters and writers Dr. Atl and Nahui Olin. José Vasconcelos has founded the Ministry of Education and called on every intellectual in the country to support his project. President Álvaro Obregón, devoted to intellectuals, allows one of the most important cultural crusades in Mexican history. During this transition stage, in which a liberal atmosphere allows acceptance of homosexuality, divorce and women’s sufferage, love affairs blossom in a whirl of ideas, passions, politics and ideology. a:1:{i:0;s:80:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:80:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Gabriel Retes";s:9:"biography";s:303:"Gabriel Retes was a filmmaker and theatre director. He is one of the most prolific and nationally/ internationally recognised Mexican directors. He made 20 feature films, and “El Bulto”, “Welcome Welcome”, and “The City to the Nude” are considered among the 100 best films of Mexican cinema.";s:10:"photograph";s:84:"";}} 1
Lavway Trinidad and Tobago 2021 narrative feature 61 PG From the visionary Creative Director of The Lost Tribe, LAVWAY is an experimental film based on traditions of Trinidad’s unique Carnival. The film harnesses the energy of the mas and is a rousing ode to the origins and rituals of the festival; awash in mysticism, vibrant colour and pulsating soca music. a:2:{i:0;s:73:"";i:1;s:73:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Ryan Gibbons";s:9:"biography";s:633:"Ryan Gibbons has always been passionate about his craft, honing his skills over the past fifteen years primarily as a cinematographer working on commercials, corporate features and music videos all over the English speaking Caribbean. In his own words he states, “I love being behind a camera and that ability to capture beautiful imagery; that gets me excited to wake up and do this every day.” In recent years Ryan has been exploring his skills as a director on various projects. In 2020, Ryan helmed the massively successful One Yard Caribbean Virtual Concert paving the way for his feature film directorial debut with Lavway.";s:10:"photograph";s:77:"";}} 1
Maybe One Day Trinidad and Tobago 2021 narrative short 2 All Ages For some, this past year has been the hardest of their lives. Stuck indoors, no contact with friends, constant sanitizing with the fear of the virus always present. So many things we take for granted that we normally forget, but we must always remember to ask ourselves the question: What are we thankful for? a:2:{i:0;s:80:"";i:1;s:80:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Riyadh Rahaman";s:9:"biography";s:243:"Riyadh Rahaman is award winning 22-year-old Trinidadian filmmaker with a passion for creating high quality, local films and is most known for his unique and creative abilities in storytelling including the genres of comedy, drama and thriller.";s:10:"photograph";s:86:"";}} 1
Untɨ les Origines (Untɨ, the Origins) French Guiana 2018 documentary featurette 56 No Rating Filmmaker Christophe Yanuwana Pierre’s journey to Talwakem (“the one who reflects” in the Wayana language) was a search for his identity. One of the Kali’na people, he grew up on the banks of the Maroni river in French Guiana. From Yalimapo beach, the place of the first meeting between his people and Europeans, to Tumuc Humac, which remains the home of Kaïlawa, a great Wayana warrior, his journey highlights his people’s connection to these lands. a:1:{i:0;s:114:"Ɨ-LES-ORIGINES-UNTƗ-the-origins-Production-Still_01.png";} a:1:{i:0;s:114:"Ɨ-LES-ORIGINES-UNTƗ-the-origins-Production-Still_01.png";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:26:"Christophe Yanuwana Pierre";s:9:"biography";s:840:"Born in French Guiana, Christophe Yanuwana Pierre grew up in the village Terre-Rouge in a family of 4 children. He began his studies, in the planning of territory but turns to communication. At the same time, he was introduced to audiovisual practice with the Image Pole of Maroni. He recently directed his first film “Unti, les origins” and also acted in the second season of the Guyana series (Shine Films, Canal +). Pierre is committed to the indigenous cause, he is co-founder and spokesperson for the Autochthonous Youth movement of Guyana. In June 2018 he was elected vice-president of the Grand Customary Council of the Amerindian and Bushinengé Peoples. He initiated the launch of the traveling cinema “Kuwenejaï” (“I see you, I look at you,” in Wayana language) which organises film screenings in indigenous villages.";s:10:"photograph";s:130:"Ɨ-LES-ORIGINES-UNTƗ-the-origins-Director-Christophe-Yanuwana-Pierre.jpg";}} 1
This Ain’t Normal United States of America 2019 documentary feature 109 PG-13 “This Ain’t Normal” follows the lives of gang-involved youth and young adults in the high impact crime neighborhoods of inner city Boston, the youth advocacy street and social workers tasked with helping transform their lives, and the organisations attempting to provide the bridges to opportunity. Told primarily through the point of view of gang involved youth/young adults, entangled in the intractable violence of inner city Boston, the film examines the individual motives behind those perpetrating violence, the culture and circumstances that precipitate these behaviors and the staff of StreetSafe Boston, who are on the frontline, delivering interventions in an effort to prevent violence and ultimately provide opportunities that stabilize the lives of the young men responsible for the majority of the gun violence. a:1:{i:0;s:80:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:80:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Rudy Hypolite";s:9:"biography";s:655:"Trinidadian born and Boston-bred, Rudy Hypolite is a director and producer. He is an American Film Institute (AFI) Robert M. Bennett short film award and Henry Hampton feature length documentary award recipient. Previous films include, "PUSH: Madison v Madison", the acclaimed inner city sports documentary, currently in distribution on ESPN Classics and PBS' World's America Reframed and American Graduate series. Hypolite manages Harvard University's Science Center Media and Technology Services and is the former director, editor and producer for the Harvard@Home multimedia website. He is a graduate of Boston University's Television and Film Program.";s:10:"photograph";s:83:"";}} 1
Juana Dominican Republic 2021 short 19 PG-13 A young domestic worker has to raise money to improve her father’s health, while she is forced to endure all kinds of sexual harassment from her boss’s son. a:1:{i:0;s:83:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:83:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:23:"José Antonio Martínez";s:9:"biography";s:379:"Dominican José Antonio Martínez Lizardo resides in Santo Domingo. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from the School of Cinema and Audiovisual Communication at INTEC in Santo Domingo. José has been a director, writer, photographer, and editor on various academic and professional projects. His work is rooted in the pursuit of exploring Caribbean culture through the cinematic lens.";s:10:"photograph";s:99:"é-Antonio-Martínez.jpeg";}} 1
Grief Trinidad and Tobago 2021 short 4 No Rating “Grief”, loosely based on real life experiences, explores a character’s journey to closure. a:1:{i:0;s:83:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:83:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Corinna Sequea";s:9:"biography";s:324:"Corinna Sequea is a student of the Film Programme at UWI St Augustine. She places a lot of value in learning, both through life and within the classroom. She has a great interest in cinematography and World Cinema – both go hand in hand in helping her learn to create images that tell stories and potentially impact lives.";s:10:"photograph";s:87:"";}} 1
Going Knowhere Trinidad and Tobago 2021 short 20 PG-13 In March 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic made its way to Trinidad and Tobago, causing panic and forcing us into isolation. “Going Knowhere” is an experimental record of this time which references the diary I kept and footage collected from my home. It is a study of the effects of isolation on the mind and soul. a:1:{i:0;s:92:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:92:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Darielle Allard";s:9:"biography";s:178:"Darielle is a young filmmaker from Trinidad. She is interested in deconstructing colonial identities and structures and uninterested in writing about herself in the third person.";s:10:"photograph";s:96:"";}} 1
Clash Trinidad and Tobago 2021 short 4 No Rating Ever wondered what it may feel like for a bipolar patient who is going through a manic episode? “Clash” combines several creative elements in order to explore that reality. The idea itself was born out of the understanding that there is so much stigma around mental health conditions in the West Indies and there ought to be ways in which these conversations can be sparked. a:1:{i:0;s:83:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:83:"";} a:2:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:18:"Kwame E. Boatswain";s:9:"biography";s:498:"Kwame Emmanuel Boatswain is a photographer who found a passion for filmmaking which grew stronger when he chose to pursue it on a tertiary level. Aside from leaning his intellectual lens on social topics, he uses his photography background to influence the way he creates his brand of films. He believes that when it comes to the Caribbean narrative, there is much to be explored and there’s nothing like the power of cinema to tap into that untouched well of stories that are waiting to be told.";s:10:"photograph";s:94:"";}i:1;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:20:"Xavier Kistow- Davis";s:9:"biography";s:355:"Xavier Kistow-Davis is a practicing visual artist with a passion for painting and chess. He majors in Visual Arts at the University of the West Indies. His involvement in the film programme was brief but worthwhile, having learnt about the different audio and visual dynamics of film as well as its social implications and how important representation is.";s:10:"photograph";s:95:"";}} 1
Caught in the Net Trinidad and Tobago 2021 documentary featurette 28 PG-13 Illegal poaching was once a major threat to the survival of turtles. Today, incidental bycatch by fishermen has taken over as the largest threat to sea turtles globally. Yet the two are more related than we might think. “Caught in the Net” jumps into the heart of Trinidad and Tobago, following the people who protect the endangered turtles—and those who kill them. a:1:{i:0;s:92:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Kaaria Quash";s:9:"biography";s:236:"Kaaria Quash is an environmental journalist and documentary filmmaker focusing on topics concerning climate change, wildlife, and Indigenous issues. He grew up in Trinidad & Tobago and France, and is currently based in Montreal, Canada.";s:10:"photograph";s:104:"";}} 1
Suriname Veteran Suriname 2021 art short 3 No Rating Although Suriname’s Civil War (1986-1992) was a modern conflict, it has largely evaded the grasp of filmmakers and storytellers worldwide. And of the Civil War stories that permeate South America’s smallest country, few focus on the everyday Maroon foot-soldiers who fought, tooth-and-nail, against Suriname’s Marxist regime. “Suriname Veteran” captures the transformation that occurred when Romeo donned his red beret and became a Corporal once again. a:1:{i:0;s:94:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Keoni K. Wright";s:9:"biography";s:511:"Keoni K. Wright is a Suriname based experimental filmmaker, documentarian, visual artist, and television producer. Born in Boston, Massachusetts to an Irish mother and a Filipino/African American father from Hawai'i, Keoni graduated from Boston's Emmanuel College before serving ten years in the United States Navy.To date, he is best known for his non-linear, experimental film "ReleaseD", which was nominated for Virginia Tech’s "2020 Virginia Dares Cinematic Arts Awards for Decolonizing Films and Media".";s:10:"photograph";s:107:"";}} 1
Rhythms of Trinidad Trinidad and Tobago 2021 art short 10 No Rating “Rhythms of Trinidad” is made of a found archive in collaboration with the National Archive of Trinidad and Tobago. It is a study of history through movement and production of space. a:1:{i:0;s:98:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:20:"Andreas Antonopoulos";s:9:"biography";s:311:"Andreas Antonopoulos is a filmmaker who works across fiction, documentary, experimental, and animation film. He has produced film work in Greece, UK and in Trinidad and Tobago. Antonopoulos is a film lecturer who has taught at Napier Edinburgh University, UK; Leeds Beckett University, UK, and UWI St Augustine.";s:10:"photograph";s:126:"";}} 1
Reconquête de Tintin United Kingdom 2018 art short 7 No Rating The Dadaists embodied absurdity. Absurdity in the context of art exploration has the close ‘pumpkin vine’ cousins humour, ritual, repetition, play, endurance, failure, irony, sarcasm and of course, rebellion and resistance. How long will I be able to brush this patch of hair with its natural curl? How long will it take for me to get its point straight or rather get straight to the point that it (my little Tintin coiff) has a mind of its own and won’t become straight? a:1:{i:0;s:98:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Richard Rawlins";s:9:"biography";s:722:"Richard Mark Rawlins is a graduate of the Royal College of Art’s print programme (2019). His research takes a transnational approach to the "pop-cultural" poetics and politics of life in the Caribbean, the contested and resultant histories/realities of colonialism, and black identity and diaspora politics. Rawlins’ work has been shown at “Drawn Out”, Drawing Room, London (2021); “The Human Touch”, Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge (2021); “Get Up Stand Up Now”, Somerset House, London, UK (2019), among others. Rawlins' work has been acquired by the Wedge Curatorial Collection, Toronto; AMBA Collection, London; the Soho House art collection, and the collection of the Central Bank of Trinidad and Tobago.";s:10:"photograph";s:110:"";}} 1
Moscow Dominican Republic 2021 art short 6 No Rating Moscow, cold as her gaze. A girl recounts her life and how she grew up around the ideal of being beautiful to be perfect. a:1:{i:0;s:91:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:17:"Leonela GardeMont";s:9:"biography";s:260:"Born in Dominican Republic, Leonela GardeMont is an architect, producer, director and actor. Among her most notable works are, ''Stagioni'', which won an official mention at FashionFilmRD, and was an official selection of the Dominican Film Festival DFFNY2019.";s:10:"photograph";s:91:"";}} 1
FreeFormed Jamaica 2020 art short 1 No Rating The idea for this project came to me when I was criticised for my hair and my overall image – the CFO of the company I used to work for asked: “Aren’t you afraid opportunities will pass you because of the way you look?” At the time my head was wrapped in a turban. I proceeded to let him know how I looked had nothing to do with my work ethic. This behavior wasn’t new to me because I have also been rejected for jobs because of my hair. I’ve always wondered what the true meaning of freedom is. a:1:{i:0;s:89:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:9:"Kim Friez";s:9:"biography";s:50:"QUILTAN |ACTRESS | PERFORMER | CREATIVE | WANDERER";s:10:"photograph";s:87:"";}} 1
Fouyé Zétwal (Plowing the Stars) Guadeloupe 2021 art short 14 No Rating On her way to meet her dad, a woman reflects on her life. Along the way, the country looks empty to her and, slowly, memories of past lives are coming back to her. Is it real? Or is it only a dream? a:1:{i:0;s:109:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:10:"Wally Fall";s:9:"biography";s:369:"Wally Fall is a filmmaker from Martinique. In 2016, along with fellow filmmakers and film professionals he founded Cinemawon, a film collective dedicated to creating new spaces to screen overlooked films from the Caribbean and the African Diasporas. “Plowing the Stars” was shot in Guadeloupe and is a project he started with friend and actress-writer, Anyès Noel.";s:10:"photograph";s:109:"";}} 1
Flight Path Trinidad and Tobago 2021 art short 4 No Rating A video narrative made in the isolated months of the first London Lockdown, “Flight Path” is a work that interrogates the notion of ‘reaching’ – of attainment and accomplishment – in regards to both the physical act of movement and attempting to advance oneself, and in examination of the concessions and negotiations involved in making advancements towards one’s final destination. a:1:{i:0;s:89:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:17:"Lisa-Marie Harris";s:9:"biography";s:753:"Lisa-Marie Harris is an artist from Trinidad & Tobago, living and working in London, UK. A graduate of Central Saint Martins, London UK, with an MA distinction in Contemporary Photography: Practices and Philosophies, Lisa-Marie was selected as the 2021/ 2022 recipient of the Helen Scott Lidgett Award, and is the 2021 winner of the Jane Carole Clarke Memorial Award. Her hybrid process investigates the idea of body as an object. It considers the absence of bodies alongside a breaking-apart and putting-together of form. Reproduction, lineage, and personal histories inform her work, with the body viewed as a thing to rearrange, depart and remove as notions around how we dehumanise, machine, and commoditise the body are examined, and reconstituted.";s:10:"photograph";s:96:"";}} 1
Errantry Jamaica 2021 art short 11 No Rating “Errantry” is a multi-channel video installation that centres the polyphonic rhythms of the coastal space, the surrounding Caribbean Sea, and the life sustained by them. Shot on location on the south coast of Jamaica with Fisherman and Painter, Tommy Wong. a:1:{i:0;s:86:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Simon Benjamin ";s:9:"biography";s:640:"Simon Benjamin is a Jamaican artist and filmmaker living in New York, whose work includes experiential installations, photography, film, and sculpture. Through research, oral history, and critical fabulation, he calls attention to the contradictions entangled in the enduring myths and images of the Caribbean as tropical paradise – a carefully constructed imaginary that replaced the harsh reality of the exploitative plantation. Rethinking the relationship of margin to centre in archival representation, vernacular materials, such as cornmeal and fish traps, become sculptural elements, embedding multiple temporalities and narratives.";s:10:"photograph";s:97:"";}} 1
Entre Puerto Rico y Richmond: Women in Resistance Shall Not Be Moved United States of America 2020 art short 17 No Rating “Entre Puerto Rico y Richmond” is a dance film that combines biography, poetry, and ritual with the energy of live performance to bridge stories of resistance and liberation between Puerto Rico and Richmond, VA, USA. The film honours Black women tobacco workers in Richmond and Puerto Rican tobacco factory, readers and activists, Dominga de La Cruz Becerril (1909-1981) and Luisa Capetillo (1879-1922). a:1:{i:0;s:146:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Alicia Díaz";s:9:"biography";s:532:"Originally from Puerto Rico, Alicia Díaz is co-director of Agua Dulce Dance Theater. As a Puerto Rican contemporary dance artist in the diaspora her choreographic work speaks to issues of migration, colonialism, and the legacy of slavery. Her artistic research is rooted in the premise that the body is a site of knowledge, and on questions of memory and identity.Her choreographic work has been presented in the United States, Spain, Cuba, Argentina, Mexico, and Puerto Rico. Alicia is dance faculty at The University of Richmond.";s:10:"photograph";s:147:"";}} 1
Digital Love (remix) Germany 2020 art short 5 No Rating “digital love (remix)” is the result of an online collaboration with the musical collective Lovemusic from Strasbourg (France). A neonwave audiovisual poem about love, desire and death bringing together an ambient remix of Daft Punk’s, “Digital Love”, with fragments of William Shakespeare’s erotic poem, “Venus and Adonis”.     a:1:{i:0;s:96:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:19:"Raphaël Languillat";s:9:"biography";s:366:"Born in Morocco, Raphaël Languillat is a French composer and multimedia artist. Merging acoustic instruments with electronic sounds, dealing with art history and the re-imagination of narratives, his works use extensively the “photographic” (still and moving images), as well as text and color as central elements. He lives and works in Offenbach/Main, Germany.";s:10:"photograph";s:111:"";}} 1
Berlin Loops: Savignyplatz United States of America 2021 art short 3 No Rating This short experimental film explores the visual architecture of the moving image. Using the special case of continuous lateral movement created from filming from a moving train, the film trails and loops across the screen, revealing the passing landscape. Filmed from the passenger compartment of the Berlin Ring-Bahn, the extended vision of the scenery includes surreptitious graffiti, elongated buildings, and a spatially compressed, passing train. The musical accompaniment is constructed from the original audio and created through the manipulation of delay-effect frequencies. a:1:{i:0;s:104:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Jeffrey Moser";s:9:"biography";s:481:"Jeffrey Moser is an experimental filmmaker and researcher of the visual dynamics of time-based media. He is an assistant professor of Interactive Design at West Virginia University. He holds an associate’s degree in Graphic Design, a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy, and an MFA in Studio Art. His video art has been exhibited internationally, including at the US National Gallery of Art, in the GBiennale Underground Film Festival in Geelong, Australia, and at On Art - Poland.";s:10:"photograph";s:107:"";}} 1
Back in the Island Dominican Republic 2021 art short 4 No Rating “Back in the Island” explored the creative journey of artist, Amanda Valle, as she returns to her home in the Dominican Republic. Following an emotionally draining period, Amanda seeks comfort in the local culture by immersing herself in the colours and textures that were once so familiar. A journey of self discovery, the film becomes the main source of inspiration for the artist’s new series of paintings. a:1:{i:0;s:104:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Amanda Valle";s:9:"biography";s:276:"Amanda Valle lives and works between the Dominican Republic and Miami, USA. dedicating her time to painting and art experimentation. She filled her time by drawing the worlds and colours living in her mind with the views from the window becoming muses for her self-expression.";s:10:"photograph";s:98:"";}} 1
An Affirmation Barbados 2021 art short 2 No Rating “an affirmation” shares an experience of receiving gender-affirming care, by way of HRT (hormone replacement therapy). In a world that can be hostile to trans* bodies, life can feel like a survival below the surface. Offering a slower, softer and subtler way of feeling closer to the vision of oneself, the experience of this care is likened to the ability of breathing underwater, where bodies shift and bend in the refraction of light and liquid. It is an experience of making a difference below the surface. a:1:{i:0;s:92:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:16:"Ada M. Patterson";s:9:"biography";s:429:"Ada M. Patterson (Bridgetown, 1994) is a visual artist and writer based between Barbados, London and Rotterdam. The 2020 NLS Kingston Curatorial & Art Writing Fellow, they have exhibited with LADA, London; Barbados Museum & Historical Society, Bridgetown; TENT, Rotterdam; Ateliers ’89, Oranjestad; Alice Yard, Port-of-Spain. Their writing has featured in ARC Magazine, Sugarcane Magazine, PREE, Mister Motley and Metropolis M.";s:10:"photograph";s:98:"";}} 1
// Current state = true; United States of America 2021 art short 3 No Rating Some memories are password-protected. Others always run without asking. Phantom sound bytes loop around the kitchen table, inside a house, in space. a:1:{i:0;s:96:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Laura Iancu";s:9:"biography";s:176:"Iancu is a visual artist working primarily in hybrid video forms and immersive 3D animation and gaming. She is currently teaching film production classes at Virginia Tech, USA.";s:10:"photograph";s:98:"";}} 1
Variety Canada 2021 documentary featurette 45 All Ages “Variety” is a documentary about choice, or more accurately, the lack of choice when faced with the reality of having too much choice. The over-abundance of variety in any given consumer product has negative effects on both the consumer and the world at large. Motivated by frustration, filmmaker Ramin Eshraghi-Yazdi attempts to understand variety and find a way to navigate the pitfalls of excessive choice. a:1:{i:0;s:92:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:20:"Ramin Eshraghi-Yazdi";s:9:"biography";s:288:"Ramin Eshraghi-Yazdi is an award-winning Canadian BIPOC filmmaker. With over 17 years of experience, Ramin has produced works from narrative drama and comedy to documentary and everything in between. Ramin is inspired by all that is visually stunning, and engaging stories not often told.";s:10:"photograph";s:95:"";}} 1
The Soul of a Cyclist Portugal 2020 documentary feature 73 All Ages Through a group of “classic” cyclists and their common interest in the classic bicycle, “The Soul of a Cyclist” discovers values that are being lost in our modern society, such as the importance of friendship, ecology, valuing the old, minimalism and, other important premises to achieve a happier, simpler and more fulfilled life with what really matters. As in life, in this documentary, bicycles transport us in our discovery, in our reflection. a:1:{i:0;s:99:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Nuno Tavares";s:9:"biography";s:605:"Nuno Tavares’ professional life started as an electrotechnical engineer in Portuguese telecommunication companies from 1999 to 2003. At a young age, he became an entrepreneur, founding at age of 27, his first company in Portugal. In 2019, founded a new company, which will pursue several sectors of activity, primarily, cinema, arts, and sustainability. Free minded, ecologist, pragmatic, creative, outsider (the word that he believes defines him the best), Tavares has started to develop his own path through creativity and art, with the tranquility, trust, and wisdom which come with being in his 40s.";s:10:"photograph";s:100:"";}} 1
Sapelo Switzerland 2020 documentary feature 91 All Ages “Sapelo” journeys within a unique American island to tell the story of its matriarchal griot, Cornelia Walker Bailey, and her adopted sons coming of age in the last remaining enclave of the Saltwater Geechee people. a:1:{i:0;s:91:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:16:"Nick Brandestini";s:9:"biography";s:452:"Nick Brandestini is an Emmy-nominated filmmaker based in Zurich. His film “Children of the Arctic” (2014) won numerous awards at international film festivals before airing on PBS World Channel. His previous film, “Darwin” (2011), screened theatrically in Canada, New York and Los Angeles, garnering praise in The New York Times, Variety, and the LA Times. His latest film, “Sapelo”, (2020) was awarded Best Feature Film at Visions du Réel.";s:10:"photograph";s:90:"";}} 1
You Can’t Stop Spirit United States of America 2021 documentary short 15 14+ ‘You Can’t Stop Spirit’ centres on the Baby Doll Mardi Gras masking tradition. Mardi Gras is the only day where social rank is abolished and everyone is equal. Against this backdrop, Black women experience a new freedom; one in which they are able to participate in nontraditional behaviors and practices without fear of critique. The Baby Dolls fearlessly pull a thread throughout time to reclaim culture, tradition and freedom while challenging society’s perception of how Black women are to act and exist in the world. a:1:{i:0;s:105:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Vashni Korin";s:9:"biography";s:729:"Vashni Korin is a Caribbean-American journalist, filmmaker and artist based in Los Angeles. Born in New York with roots in Barbados, Puerto Rico and the West Indies, her cultural background has influenced much of her research as she connects the larger diaspora through folklore, spirituality and celebration. Her first documentary short, “You Can’t Stop Spirit” explores themes of identity, sexual liberation and the freedom that carnival lends in New Orleans amongst Black women. She's worked alongside Lizzo as a cinematographer for her upcoming documentary and produces shorts that highlight Black history in the US. She is an awarded 2019/2020 New Orleans Film Society Emerging Voices and Antenna Works Platforms Fund.";s:10:"photograph";s:107:"";}} 1
Wendy Nanan Trinidad and Tobago 2019 documentary short 24 PG “Wendy Nanan” is a rare glimpse into the life and work of the groundbreaking Trinidadian artist, told in her own words. Sensitive to the artist’s reticence, the film follows Nanan’s creation of the sculptural work, “Breath”, as she recounts key moments in the development of her life and four-decades-plus practice in Port of Spain, Trinidad. a:1:{i:0;s:89:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Andil Gosine";s:9:"biography";s:449:"Andil Gosine is Professor of Environmental Art and Justice at York University in Toronto, Canada, and author of Nature's Wild: Love, Sex and Law in the Caribbean. He is also curator of the forthcoming exhibition "everything slackens in a wreck-" at the Ford Foundation Gallery in New York. Gosine's companion short film, "Breath", will premiere as part of Nanan's solo exhibition at the Art Museum of the Americas, in Washington DC, later this year.";s:10:"photograph";s:91:"";}} 1
UXO Puerto Rico 2020 documentary short 3 PG An island’s microcosm shaken by the constant detonations of UXOs is captured in a brief composition of sublime yet forceful sound and image. For over 60 years, the island of Vieques, which is part of Puerto Rico, was used as a bombing range and testing ground by the United States Navy. People have always lived on the island. Years of massive protests and acts of civil disobedience led to the Navy’s departure in 2003. Vieques was constantly in the news and part of the conversation. Now its inhabitants are left to cope with the aftermath of war, the years of cleanup by routinely detonating unexploded munitions in the open air. a:1:{i:0;s:88:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Margaret Mair ";s:9:"biography";s:717:"Margaret Mair is a Puerto Rican documentary filmmaker interested in the creation of art that contributes to intercultural dialogues. She is a documentary film graduate of Escuela Internacional de Cine y TV (EICTV) in Cuba. Mair holds a BA in International Relations from Brown University. Her two most recent documentary projects were selected to participate at Filma AFRO Cartagena 2020: International DocLab and at Firelight Media Groundwork Regional Lab 2019. Her short documentary films have been screened at many festivals: True / False Film Festival, BlackStar Film Festival, Philadelphia Latino Film Festival, European Film Festival of Puerto Rico, and San Juan Cinemafest. She lives in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico.";s:10:"photograph";s:84:"";}} 1
The 1938 Unrest Trinidad and Tobago 2021 documentary short 6 PG-13 “The 1938 Unrest” is based on the labour disturbances which took place in Jamaica in May 1938. These spontaneous labour riots and strikes spread islandwide from the sugarcane fields of Frome, Westmoreland to the wharves at the waterfront of Kingston. The film captures the emotions of the protagonist, an extremely angry and highly frustrated labourer. He is determined to create significant change by advocating on behalf of other workers for the improvement of working conditions, increased wages and the removal of colonial oppression. a:1:{i:0;s:93:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:20:"Justin-Paul Williams";s:9:"biography";s:272:"Justin-Paul Williams is a self taught content creator who continues to offer a fresh perspective in his storytelling. With “The 1938 Unrest”, JP hopes to bring awareness to Jamaicans and the wider Caribbean about the importance of the historical events of that period.";s:10:"photograph";s:110:"";}} 1
Port of Spain, A Writer’s Heaven Trinidad and Tobago 2021 documentary short 27 PG Trinidadian actor and performer, Wendell Manwarren, leads a walking tour of Port of Spain from a literary perspective. The city comes alive in new and unexpected ways when viewed through the lens of both classic and new works of Caribbean literature. This film was made as part of the 2021 NGC Bocas Lit Fest. a:1:{i:0;s:109:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Dion Boucaud";s:9:"biography";s:448:"Dion Boucaud is a cinematographer and editor with 20-plus years of industry experience, both locally and regionally, as well as in the Americas and Europe. He graduated with a BA (Hons.) in Film from the University of the West Indies, where he earned several academic awards. His portfolio includes news features, entertainment programmes, live broadcasts, magazine-format shows, several corporate and personality videos, and feature length movies.";s:10:"photograph";s:111:"";}} 1
Over-Flow Trinidad and Tobago 2019 documentary short 18 PG In 2018 a succession of floods plagues Trinidad and Tobago. “Over-Flow” is a firsthand account by filmmaker Elizabeth Ramjit, of the devastation from overbank floods and flash-floods in T&T. Ramjit interviews activists on a quest for revival who advise that by refraining from littering and enacting recycling, citizens will no longer be deemed instigators of ‘natural’ disasters and environmental anarchy. The documentary explores accountability in T&T, where a lack of environmental regulations and a culture of littering exacerbates natural disasters. a:1:{i:0;s:87:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:16:"Elizabeth Ramjit";s:9:"biography";s:81:"Elizabeth Ramjit is an American-Trinidadian filmmaker and Verizon media producer.";s:10:"photograph";s:94:"";}} 1
Little Moko Trinidad and Tobago 2021 documentary short 15 All Ages Due to the global pandemic, Trinidad and Tobago had to cancel ‘The Greatest Show on Earth’. In 2021, we had no Carnival, but culture can’t be canceled. Featuring music by Freetown Collective, “Little Moko” follows Adianka’s journey to learn the art of stilt-walking. a:1:{i:0;s:89:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:16:"Miquel Galofré ";s:9:"biography";s:481:"Miquel Galofré is a filmmaker from Barcelona based in Trinidad and Tobago. With broad experience in documentary film production, television and commercials, he has filmed around the world. His work strives for empathy and sensitivity around social justice issues, to help to reduce the negative impact of stigma. Miquel finds hope and magic even in the darkest places. His acclaimed films “Songs Of Redemption” and “Art Connect” received more than 20 international awards.";s:10:"photograph";s:101:"";}} 1
Junior Haiti 2020 documentary short 11 No Rating Gifted as a teenager, Jérôme “Junior” Simeon was recruited by top Haitian roots music group Racine Mapou de Azor and spent 20 years touring the world. When the lead singer of his band dies unexpectedly, Junior’s high-profile career comes to a shocking halt and he suddenly faces an uncertain future. a:1:{i:0;s:84:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"A.J. Wilhelm";s:9:"biography";s:259:"AJ Wilhelm attended the University of Michigan where he studied politics, music and film. Following graduation, AJ worked at National Geographic Society in Washington DC while also performing as a touring musician. “Junior” is AJ's first film as director.";s:10:"photograph";s:84:"";}} 1
IntranQu’îllités United Kingdom 2019 documentary short 20 PG-13 Lyrically narrated by award-winning Haitian poet, James Noël, “IntranQu’îllités” interweaves the work of several Haitian artists who want to redefine how their nation is perceived. It portrays the polyphony and energy of the contemporary Haitian art scene, presenting a more nuanced, complex and local perspective than is often heard or seen in mainstream media. “IntranQu’îllités” explores the role of art in society and the timeless importance of creativity. a:1:{i:0;s:93:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:8:"Ed Owles";s:9:"biography";s:425:"Ed Owles is a self-shooting producer/ director based in London. He's shot and directed films in over 20 countries for broadcast, festivals and online. His debut feature doc, “The Auction House: A Tale of Two Brothers”, was described by The Hollywood Reporter as “tremendously vivid and expertly entertaining” and screened in over 25 countries. Ed is an associate tutor in ethnographic film at various UK universities.";s:10:"photograph";s:91:"";}} 1
Firelei Báez: An Open Horizon (or) the Stillness of a Wound United States of America 2021 documentary short 8 PG Born in the Dominican Republic and working in New York City, artist Firelei Báez’s paintings of dramatically shapeshifting figures assert the power of the female form, challenging fundamental ideas around beauty and Caribbean history. Produced by the Peabody Award-winning nonprofit organisation Art21, the film features original dance choreography and follows the prolific Firelei as she creates new paintings in her Bronx studio and travels through the surrounding neighborhood. a:1:{i:0;s:136:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Souki Mehdaoui";s:9:"biography";s:323:"Souki Mehdaoui is a French-Moroccan director, writer, cinematographer and subject relations consultant for documentaries. Her work can be seen on Netflix, HBO, New York Times, A+E, Yahoo, Refinery29 and Topic, as well as in the Sundance-premiering documentaries “The Great Hack,” “Mucho Mucho Amor,” and “Cusp”.";s:10:"photograph";s:140:"";}} 1
Écoutez Le Battement de Nos Images (Listen to the Beat of Our Images) French Guiana 2021 documentary short 15 PG 60 years ago, the French government decided to establish its space center in Kourou, French Guiana. 600 Guianese people were expropriated to allow France to realise its dream of space conquest. Combining field investigation and archival video-editing processes, “Listen to the Beat of Our Images” gives a voice to an invisibilized and silenced population. a:1:{i:0;s:152:"";} a:2:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:20:"Maxime Jean-Baptiste";s:9:"biography";s:498:"Maxime Jean-Baptiste is a filmmaker based between Brussels and Paris. He was born and raised in the Guyanese and Antillean diaspora in France, to a French mother and a Guyanese father. His interest as an artist is to dig inside the complexity of Western colonial history by excavating surviving traumas from the past in the present. “Listen to the Beat of Our Images”, co-directed with his sister Audrey Jean-Baptiste, was selected for CPH:DOX, Hotdocs, and ISFF Clermont-Ferrrand among others.";s:10:"photograph";s:165:"";}i:1;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:20:"Audrey Jean-Baptiste";s:9:"biography";s:343:"Audrey Jean-Baptiste is a documentary and narrative filmmaker. She works between France and French Guiana. Her films address issues of race, gender and sexuality. Her first documentary, “Fabulous” (2019) screened in numerous international festivals including IDFA. Her film, “Goodbye Childhood” (2021), is currently in post-production.";s:10:"photograph";s:158:"";}} 1
Buscando Ana Veldford (Searching for Ana Veldford) United States of America 2021 documentary short 5 PG-13 A middle-aged mother of two reflects on her emotional decision to immigrate to the United States some 30 years earlier, in this reflective documentary short that borrows its title from a uniquely powerful poem by the legendary exiled Cuban writer, Lourdes Casal. a:1:{i:0;s:126:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Ronald Baez";s:9:"biography";s:443:"Ronald Baez is an award-winning Afro-Latinx filmmaker and immersive media artist from Miami, USA. Baez has exhibited work at HBO’s New York Latino Film Festival, Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film Festival, and the Oscar-Qualifying Florida and Short Shorts (Tokyo) Film Festivals. His work has also been screened and exhibited at prestigious arts and culture institutions such as the Norton Museum of Art and the Florida Museum of Natural History.";s:10:"photograph";s:129:"";}} 1
Becky Trinidad and Tobago 2020 documentary short 13 PG-13 “Becky” is an unexpectedly uplifting story about a Kenyan woman’s resilience on her journey to feeling complete. a:2:{i:0;s:83:"";i:1;s:83:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Nicola Cross";s:9:"biography";s:362:"Nicola Zawadi Cross is a self-shooting filmmaker with a focus on women and girls. She was born in Tanzania, raised in Trinidad and Tobago and attended university in the UK. Since 2012, Nicola has been using filmmaking as a tool for women's empowerment, shifting the dominant narratives, and to support the work being done to improve the lives of women and girls.";s:10:"photograph";s:85:"";}} 1
A Pasi Fu Romeo (Romeo’s Road) Suriname 2021 documentary short 22 PG-13 From the local Surinamese tongue, “A Pasi Fu Romeo” can be translated into either “Romeo’s Road” or “Romeo’s Passion”. In either case, the double meaning is appropriate when describing the passionate road the film’s main subject, Romeo Koffymaga, has taken to become an emerging Maroon voice in the fight against logging transportation practices in Suriname. As the film portrays, Romeo is a man who developed his righteous mentality as a fearless soldier fighting against a leftist military regime during Suriname’s Civil War (1986-1992). Today, Romeo has put down his rifle, but continues to fight using the power of his voice. a:1:{i:0;s:106:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Keoni K. Wright";s:9:"biography";s:511:"Keoni K. Wright is a Suriname based experimental filmmaker, documentarian, visual artist, and television producer. Born in Boston, Massachusetts to an Irish mother and a Filipino/African American father from Hawai'i, Keoni graduated from Boston's Emmanuel College before serving ten years in the United States Navy.To date, he is best known for his non-linear, experimental film "ReleaseD", which was nominated for Virginia Tech’s "2020 Virginia Dares Cinematic Arts Awards for Decolonizing Films and Media".";s:10:"photograph";s:107:"";}} 1
Madame Pipi United States of America 2021 documentary short 25 14+ “Madame Pipi” follows the lives of Haitian women bathroom attendants working in the nightclubs in Miami. Relatively invisible, underpaid and underappreciated, their stories are a journey of triumph as they navigate their patron’s personalities for tips. Despite the rising cost of living and the uncertainty of COVID-19 shutting down nightlife in Miami, their remittances – earned through tips – coupled with larger contributions from the Haitian diaspora fuel more than one third of the GDP in Haiti. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:16:"Rachelle Salnave";s:9:"biography";s:459:"For the past 20 years, Rachelle Salnave has focused her lens on the Global Black experience. She is a Sundance Institute Screenwriters Intensive Fellow. Her second feature documentary, “La Belle Vie” (“The Good Life”) landed her an Emmy nomination in 2016, and in 2017, Knight Foundation honored Rachelle as a “Knight Arts Champion” for her cinematic programming. Rachelle’s goal is to change the narrative around Haiti and the Haitian Diaspora.";s:10:"photograph";s:95:"";}} 1
Dibujos contra las Balas (Drawings against Bullets) Mexico 2020 feature 91 PG Women who live in Ciudad Juarez organise safe havens for children in some of the most violent neighborhoods in Mexico. There, Diana, Joseph and Gael seek out the freedom that they once had on the streets, and try to heal the wounds that the violence of organised crime has inflicted on them. “Drawings Against Bullets” is a loving depiction of the search for peace in Mexico. a:1:{i:0;s:131:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:131:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:16:"Alicia Calderón";s:9:"biography";s:423:"Alicia Calderón was shaped on the streets of Guadalajara, Mexico until she decided to direct her own film projects from a feminist and Human Rights perspective. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Sciences and Techniques from the UNIVA, and a Master’s Degree in Communication, Social Change and Development, from the Complutense University of Madrid. She lives in Barcelona, where she studied Documentary 3.0.";s:10:"photograph";s:131:"ón.jpg";}} 1
Al-Sit Sudan 2020 short 20 All Ages In a cotton-farming village in Sudan, 15-year-old Nafisa has a crush on Babiker, but her parents have arranged her marriage to Nadir, a young Sudanese businessman living abroad. Nafisa’s grandmother, Al-Sit, the powerful village matriarch, has her own plans for Nafisa’s future. But can Nafisa choose for herself? a:1:{i:0;s:84:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:84:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:17:"Suzannah Mirghani";s:9:"biography";s:548:"Suzannah Mirghani is a writer, researcher, and independent filmmaker. She is a media studies and museum studies graduate and publishes creative and scholarly work on a variety of cultural issues. Mixed race Sudanese and Russian, she is most interested in stories that examine the complexity of identity. Suzannah is the writer, director, and producer of “Al-Sit” (2020), which has won several awards, including the Grand Prix at the 2021 Tampere Film Festival and the Canal+ Award at the 2021 Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival.";s:10:"photograph";s:98:"";}} 1
Ahlan wa Sahlan France 2020 feature 93 All Ages In 2009, Lucas Vernier left for Syria accompanied by his camera and the photographs taken by his grandfather when he was a member of the Camel Corps during the French Mandate. As a diligent young filmmaker, he generously records his journey, reconstructs his grandfather’s route and connects to the descendants of his friends. In 2011, Lucas returned to continue his quest as the Bashar al-Assad regime changes from insurgency turns to civil war. The film changes course, and the quest to find a vanished ancestor becomes a race towards what will soon disappear. a:1:{i:0;s:100:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:100:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Lucas Vernier";s:9:"biography";s:485:"After studying history and cinema, Lucas Vernier devoted himself to documentary creation. His films, which always start from something that comes to him, are composed over time from research and meetings. His first feature, “Behind the Yellow Door” plays with imagining a post-mortem encounter with his former neighbor Lutz Dille, a damned photographer trapped in the history of art. In 2020, Vernier directed “Ahlan wa sahlan”, testimony to a journey started in Syria in 2009.";s:10:"photograph";s:96:"";}} 1
¡La Macha! Costa Rica 2021 featurette 55 All Ages “¡La Macha!” introduces Nadia on a stretch of her journey, cycling with her partner Sébastien around the world, trading their art in exchange for their livelihood. a:1:{i:0;s:89:"¡-La-Macha-Production-Still_01.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;s:89:"¡-La-Macha-Production-Still_01.jpg";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Claudia Chabot";s:9:"biography";s:236:"Claudia Chabot is a director/ producer. Art allows her to express herself, and through her films, she communicates her values, social and human concerns. Her latest short films have been screened in Canada, the United States and France.";s:10:"photograph";s:93:"¡-La-Macha-Director-Claudia-Chabot.jpg";}} 1
Climate Exodus Spain 2020 featurette 63 All Ages Having lost all because of climate change, three women from different countries and continents, Kenya, India and the Caribbean – have to migrate to start new lives. a:1:{i:0;s:92:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:92:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:11:"David Baute";s:9:"biography";s:376:"David Baute has trained in several film schools such as the Official Institute and Spanish Radio Television (Madrid), the Higher School of Arts and Entertainment in Madrid and the International Film School of Havana (Cuba). He complements his activity as a film director, with his role as artistic director of the MIRADASDOC International Documentary Film Festival (Tenerife).";s:10:"photograph";s:93:"";}} 1
Deux Options (Two Options) France 2020 narrative short 9 16+ In France, the country of Freedom, Equality and Fraternity; in this new Europe without borders, besieged by fear and intolerance, a Polish immigrant will have to face the reality of racism. “Two Options” was written, shot and edited in just five days at an International Filmmakers Laboratory in France. a:1:{i:0;s:102:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:102:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:10:"Gon Caride";s:9:"biography";s:435:"Born in a small village in rural Galicia, Spain, Gon Caride has always been in love with stories, travelling and meeting weird, passionate people. After getting his degree in Audiovisual Communication, he moved to New York where he studied Film Directing and Cinematography. Since then, he has worked on way too many projects as screenwriter, director, cinematographer etc. These days he's back in Galicia working on new film projects.";s:10:"photograph";s:103:"";}} 1
Elder’s Corner Nigeria 2020 feature 96 All Ages From the colorful, celebratory sounds of Juju to the politicised urgency of Afrobeat, Nigerian musicians have spearheaded some of Africa’s most prominent musical movements. Oftentimes, their work formed the backdrop against which the nation blossomed. So what happened to these pioneering artists who rose to prominence during the country’s halcyon years, and continued to endure when it faltered? “Elder’s Corner” is a voyage of return and discovery, an epic tale of survival, using music to reconnect the past to the present. a:1:{i:0;s:91:"";} a:2:{i:0;s:91:"";i:1;s:92:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Siji Awoyinka";s:9:"biography";s:757:"Siji Awoyinka is a multidisciplinary aural and visual storyteller. Born in the UK to Nigerian parents, he spent much of his early childhood in Lagos and London before moving to the US to pursue his musical ambitions. His music fuses elements of Soul, Jazz, Highlife, Afrobeat and Gospel music with traditional Yoruba rhythms drawn from his rich ancestral background. To further broaden his creative vision, Siji took to directing and producing videos and documentaries to help bring his musical compositions to life and to share part of his cultural history with a wider audience. His feature length documentary,”Elder’s Corner” (2020) screened at Sheffield Docs in the UK, DOC NYC, as well as the RAI Film festival where it won a Commendation award.";s:10:"photograph";s:94:"";}} 1
Wrecked Trinidad and Tobago 2020 narrative short 9 PG “Wrecked” explores the various stages of grief through a young man’s eyes. Trying to save his car which was recently damaged in an accident, he dives into dealing with a much deeper loss. a:1:{i:0;s:85:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:85:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Marc Beepath";s:9:"biography";s:469:"Marc Beepath grew up in southern, rural Trinidad. He began making films at the age of 10 on an old handheld camcorder with the help of his younger brother. Having directed numerous amateur films, he began posting them on YouTube to share with friends and family for a quick laugh. Marc has won numerous awards for his work, including a film internship with Montage Productions through Republic Bank. He is presently pursuing an undergraduate degree in Computer Science.";s:10:"photograph";s:94:"";}} 1
The Passenger Trinidad and Tobago 2020 narrative short 4 PG What happens when a passenger refuses to wear a mask in a taxi during the COVID-19 pandemic? a:1:{i:0;s:98:"";} a:2:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Kirk Budhooram";s:9:"biography";s:529:"Husband and wife team, Kirk Budhooram and Kavita Ganness, are graduates of the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine. They pursued the MFA in Creative Writing (Fiction). They are published authors and have been making movies, separately and together, for over 15 years. Kirk Budhooram won the People’s Choice Award for Best Short Film at the trinidad+tobago film festival (2007) for “Herman’s Tales: Kidnapped”. He was awarded the David Hough Literary Award (2016) for his short story “The Last Day of School”.";s:10:"photograph";s:125:"";}i:1;a:2:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Kavita Ganness";s:9:"biography";s:375:"Kavita Ganness has been published in The Caribbean Review of Gender Studies, She SEX Prose & Poetry Sex and The Caribbean Writer to name a few publications. She participated in the Cropper Foundation’s 8th Residential Creative Writers Workshop and was mentored by renowned Caribbean writer, Earl Lovelace and workshopped with writer, Monique Roffey and poet, Mervyn Morris.";}} 1
Sweet Rind Jamaica 2020 narrative short 26 PG Elsie holds Algie captive in the basement of her father’s unfinished church. Elsie administers heavy-handed punishment, juxtaposed with a lesson in Jamaican history while she sews a quilt. She struggles with the notion of forgiveness. Ending his life seems easier. Furthermore, justice may not be served to her satisfaction by the penal system. a:1:{i:0;s:88:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:88:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Andre Wynter";s:9:"biography";s:556:"Andre Wynter brings compelling, creative stories to life and is on a mission to tell multi-layered, authentic Jamaican stories while focusing on improving the financial viability of Jamaican cinema, thus, creating a robust, self-sufficient industry for the island's future creatives. Andre won best director at the LA Sun and Brazilian Independent Film Festival for “Sweet Rind”. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Management Studies from UWI, Mona and is pursuing his Master’s in Film and Television at Savannah College of Arts and Design in the USA.";s:10:"photograph";s:90:"";}} 1
Projet H (Project H) Martinique 2021 narrative short 5 All Ages To rebuild Haiti, three soldiers put together a plan of crazy audacity. a:1:{i:0;s:103:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:103:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:8:"Maharaki";s:9:"biography";s:344:"Maharaki is a screenwriter and director from Martinique. Building on the extraordinary journey of her short film, “Vivre”, and the success of her first documentary feature, “Jocelyne Mi Tche Mwen”, Maharaki is working on the production of her first two feature films, a romantic comedy and a political satire, both set in the Caribbean.";s:10:"photograph";s:101:"";}} 1
Pavement Poets Trinidad and Tobago 2021 narrative short 11 All Ages “What is home to you? In the 2021 NGC Bocas Lit Fest’s “Pavement Poets”, a few of Trinidad and Tobago’s top performance poets share their thoughts on what home and family mean to them. From their virtual pavements to yours! a:1:{i:0;s:99:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:99:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Elechi Todd";s:9:"biography";s:371:"Elechi Todd is a filmmaker with experience in documentary and experimental filmmaking. His 2017 directorial debut project, “Studio Archives”, chronicled the studio practices of Trinbagonian visual artists. Since then he has been working in various roles on local and international productions. He continues to collaborate with local artists on experimental art films.";s:10:"photograph";s:100:"";}} 1
Murphy’s Law Barbados 2019 narrative short 11 No Rating Two Filmmakers, one actor, 48 hours to make a film. What could possibly go wrong? Follow the journey of two quick-witted filmmakers defying the odds while trying to overcome each challenging situation. a:1:{i:0;s:90:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:90:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Vonley Smith";s:9:"biography";s:323:"Vonley Smith is a filmmaker, editor and director. His films have been screened at regional and international film festivals, including trinidad+tobago film festival (2017), Hairouna Film Festival (2021) and Caribbean Tales International Film Festival (2021). Vonley is currently working towards his first major film series.";s:10:"photograph";s:92:"";}} 1
Mano Santa Puerto Rico 2020 narrative short 13 All Ages Don Isidoro, better known as “Mano santa” in his hometown, shelters his grandson for a few days after he ran away from his home. a:1:{i:0;s:88:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:88:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:26:"Stephanie Camacho Casillas";s:9:"biography";s:377:"Stephanie Camacho (they/ them), is filmmaker and photographer from Puerto Rico. Camacho completed a BA in Cinematography with a concentration in Graphic Design from Atlantic University College in Puerto Rico. Steph is known for writing and directing the multi-award winning LGBTQ+ short, “Sam” (2017). Their work has been recognised and awarded locally and internationally.";s:10:"photograph";s:104:"";}} 1
Lovena French Guiana 2020 narrative short 28 PG-13 Lovena has become French Guiana’s chess champion – a double-edged sword for a teenaged illegal Haitian immigrant. a:1:{i:0;s:84:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:84:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Olivier Sagne";s:9:"biography";s:227:"Olivier Sagne has worked as an assistant director in feature films and as a television production assistant. His Haitian origins and his imagination converge in “Lovena”, his first socially engaged, experimental short film.";s:10:"photograph";s:88:"";}} 1
Love in Seven Movements Trinidad and Tobago 2021 narrative short 12 PG Boy meets girl. They fall in love. But will what has brought them together, tear them apart? One love story told by two couples. a:1:{i:0;s:101:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:101:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:17:"Juliette McCawley";s:9:"biography";s:502:"Juliette's McCawley’s short films have been screened in film festivals worldwide. Having lived and worked in the US and China, she returned to Trinidad where she has written/ directed/ produced several award-winning short films. Juliette has also collaborated with several production companies on feature films and documentaries. Her last short film, "Sampson's Heart", won People's Choice at the trinidad+tobago film festival. Juliette studied Advanced Film Directing at Central Film School, London.";s:10:"photograph";s:109:"";}} 1
L’enfant Orange (The Orange Child) France 2020 narrative short 12 All Ages An actor seeks answers when he finds his childhood computer, and discovers a video game he started creating when he was 11. In the game, he portrays himself as orange instead of Black. a:1:{i:0;s:110:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:110:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:16:"Alexandre Desane";s:9:"biography";s:462:"Alexandre Desane is an actor, photographer, filmmaker and web developer. As an actor, he has performed in several independent films including, “To Repel Ghosts” (2013 TIFF); and “Run” by Philippe Lacôte (2014 Un Certain Regard). In 2015, he was selected as a Berlinale Talent in the actor’s workshop. As a filmmaker, he has produced and co-directed a documentary series on self taught artists in France. “The Orange Child” is his debut short film.";s:10:"photograph";s:117:"";}} 1
Hang Jack Trinidad and Tobago 2021 narrative short 11 PG-13 Lucia, a Venezuelan immigrant, works at Jack’s Guest house, a private brothel in Trinidad. Sam, a frequent client, finds out that Lucia has become pregnant for him. When Sam learns that Jack the pimp will never allow them to keep the baby, he begins to plan their escape – which revolves around a make or break game of All Fours. a:1:{i:0;s:87:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:87:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Shane Lee Kit";s:9:"biography";s:330:"Shane Lee Kit is a film director, writer, editor, and producer who lives and works in Trinidad and Tobago. Shane has multiple film credits, mostly from his days attending the University of the West Indies Film Programme. His short films and documentaries made during his study have earned him several academic and festival awards.";s:10:"photograph";s:98:"";}} 1
Galavant Trinidad and Tobago 2021 narrative short 2 All Ages While self-quarantined at home, a young man is sent a link to a glitchy supernatural app. He tries to use it as a way to escape lockdown. a:1:{i:0;s:86:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:86:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:17:"Alexander Johnson";s:9:"biography";s:218:"Alexander Johnson is a writer who loves a little pun, fun or fanciful phrase, possibly filled with alliteration. He is also a calypsonian who has worked on many quirky Caribbean creative projects throughout his career.";s:10:"photograph";s:94:"";}} 1
Dorlis Martinique 2021 narrative short 23 14+ Nora, a 15-year-old teenager from Martinique, is forced to follow her mother Laure and her little sister Melissa to the north of the island to live for a while with Henri, her grandfather who is paralyzed from a stroke. They move in with the old man to help him. But very quickly, the atmosphere of the house and the presence of Henri will awaken in Nora childhood memories that will be embodied in the fear of the attack of an evil spirit… a:1:{i:0;s:84:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:84:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Enricka Moutou";s:9:"biography";s:263:"Enricka Moutou wrote and directed her first short film “La K-Z”, in 2019, a production which won several prizes in festivals. “Dorlis”, her second movie, was written at La Ruche de Gindou Residency, shot in Martinique and produced by Caïmans Productions.";s:10:"photograph";s:89:"";}} 1
Cheesecake Trinidad and Tobago 2021 narrative short 10 PG Brian Francis, a well-dressed man with stylish dreadlocks, tries to charm his way into an exclusive, yet mysterious brotherhood called, ‘The Alpha Society’. With impressive charisma and social charm, Brian holds a conversation with the Society’s two leaders over a slice of cheesecake. He is almost sure to have one foot in the door – that is, until he’s faced with two major obstacles – the admission fee and its next-day deadline. Internally hesitant but externally confident, Brian makes the brotherhood a shaky but bold guarantee of meeting their requirements. “Everything’s Cheesecake!” he says, as he now has to figure out how to make this money by tomorrow. But is everything as “cheesecake” as Brian thinks it might be? a:1:{i:0;s:88:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:88:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Jabari Daniel";s:9:"biography";s:350:"Jabari Daniel has a bachelor's in Visual Arts (Design) and years of experience as a digital content producer. He has produced projects for Major Lazer and many international companies. His main career goal is to direct, produce and act in blockbuster films with major studios such as Disney and Warner Bros. “Cheesecake” is his directorial debut.";s:10:"photograph";s:99:"";}} 1
Blue Hour Cuba 2020 narrative short 15 18+ Mariano visits the hospital for a prostate exam. China is waiting for the body of her dead husband. They have seen each other in the neighbourhood before. She is craving a shot of rum to forget, and he has been waiting for an opportunity to get closer to her. They spend the afternoon together, and as the night falls, Mariano makes a proposal that lets them imagine a different life. a:1:{i:0;s:94:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:94:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Zoe Miranda";s:9:"biography";s:336:"Zoe Miranda is a Cuban filmmaker based between New York City and Havana. Her works are mostly focused on documentary cinema and her films have been exhibited at IDFA, Sundance, Sheffield Doc Fest and Doc Leipzig among others. She has received fellowships and grants from IDFA Bertha Fund, Tribeca Film Institute, Ibermedia and Cinergia.";s:10:"photograph";s:95:"";}} 1
Beguiling Visions Belize 2021 narrative short 5 All Ages William is writing a novel, but he is having trouble figuring out how to end it. He looks up and notices a good looking girl walking by. William gazes at her and this introduces a dream sequence. The girl’s name is Elaine. William tells her about the writing problem he is having and she is interested and tells him to follow her, but where? a:1:{i:0;s:95:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:95:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Emile A. Mena";s:9:"biography";s:265:"When Emile A. Mena was 12 years old, he started making mini trailers and videos with his friends and family, and that’s when his love for filmmaking started. He has many upcoming projects, and he continues to work to help expand the filmmaking industry in Belize.";s:10:"photograph";s:98:"";}} 1
Uncontrol United States of America 2020 narrative short 6 PG A woman deep in the throes of psychosis has to face her inner demon. a:1:{i:0;s:94:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:94:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Manon de Reeper";s:9:"biography";s:309:"After making her mark on film criticism as founder and Editor-in-Chief of film magazine, Film Inquiry, Manon de Reeper moved into the filmmaking space as a genre writer/ director/ producer. Her directorial debut, a psychological horror short film called “Uncontrol”, was shot during the COVID-19 pandemic.";s:10:"photograph";s:99:"";}} 1
Rafameia (Riff-Raff) Brazil 2020 narrative short 24 PG After feeling threatened by an appliance company delivery man, Carmen’s daily life becomes overrun by conflict and violence when she notices the other beings that inhabit her surroundings. a:1:{i:0;s:103:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:103:"";} a:2:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Mariah Teixeira";s:9:"biography";s:262:"Mariah Teixeira is an actress, director and producer. She has been acting since 2006 in feature films, shorts, miniseries and plays, including performance in the films “Baixio das Bestas” and “Sol Alegria”. “Rafameia” is her first work as a director.";s:10:"photograph";s:91:"";}i:1;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Nanda Félix ";s:9:"biography";s:307:"With an extensive career as an actress and director in theatre, Nanda Félix is also a writer. She has been published in magazines such as Folha de São Paulo and Hysteria and released her first book, A Country In The Middle Of The Sea in 2017. She’s currently writing her second book, A Reasonable Woman.";s:10:"photograph";s:88:"";}} 1
Mal Nonm (Tuff Guy) Martinique 2021 narrative short 24 14+ Following an inappropriate remark towards a woman, a young man finds himself plunged into a parallel world where he faces a series of cat-calls and micro-attacks – the kind usually reserved for women! a:1:{i:0;s:95:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:95:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:18:"Yannis Sainte-Rose";s:9:"biography";s:359:"Born in Martinique, Yannis Sainte-Rose grew up in downtown Fort-de-France. During his studies in advertising in Paris, he discovered film production as an assistant on different shoots. After making several music videos, he made his first documentary in Haiti in 2015. Several short fiction projects followed, as well as documentaries and video installations.";s:10:"photograph";s:103:"";}} 1
Ikarus United States of America 2020 narrative short 17 16+ Teenage scavengers, Queen and her older brother, Birdie, are on their usual hustle of hunting down cargo drones. However, unbeknownst to Birdie, Queen has navigated the pair onto new paths, with the hopes of landing the ultimate payload, Nano-biotics. Queen’s plans go awry when her home-made honing device accidentally sounds, attracting unwanted attention. The siblings narrowly escape capture but, during the chaos, Birdie is shot in the stomach. With Birdie unconscious and consumed by a high fever, Queen must now attempt to hunt these very Nano-biotics on her own, if she’s to save her brother’s life. a:1:{i:0;s:91:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:91:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Shaun Escayg";s:9:"biography";s:347:"Shaun Escayg is a Trinidadian/ American writer and director with an extensive background in visual effects and animation in film, music videos and video games. Escayg is best known for his work on films such as, “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” and “Scott Pilgrim vs the World” and short films, “Fish” and “Noka: Keeper of worlds”.";s:10:"photograph";s:87:"";}} 1
Alma Puerto Rico 2021 narrative short 15 PG-13 Inspired by true events, “Alma” is the story of a single mother who works as a cock fight trainer and is caught in the throes of an abusive relationship. One morning she goes out for a run, never to return. As someone prays for her, life and death converge through memories. a:1:{i:0;s:82:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:82:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:21:"Lorraine Jones Molina";s:9:"biography";s:456:"Raising awareness about issues pertaining to women, sexuality and spirituality within the Caribbean, Lorraine Jones Molina is a Puerto Rican filmmaker who strives to use the medium as a tool for activism and healing. Winner of two Suncoast EMMY awards, she has also produced several award winning short films throughout the Caribbean and New York. Most recently, she co-wrote and produced a 10 episode web series as well as a pilot for a children’s show.";s:10:"photograph";s:94:"";}} 1
La Dama Blanca Curaçao 2021 narrative featurette 30 No Rating La Dama’s longing for her lost love is what keeps this once famous and grand actress going. What is life worth without these memories? They are the only place where she can find him everyday. But her butler Sancho, who cares deeply for her, is troubled over this daily ritual and thinks it’s time for change. Will he be able to chase this ghost of the past out of La Dama’s mansion? a:1:{i:0;s:92:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:92:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Guus de Sain";s:9:"biography";s:217:"Guus de Sain is a Dutch theatre director who emigrated to Curaçao five years ago. Once in Curaçao, he was inspired to make a film version of a play he wrote in the 1980s. La Dama Blanca is his first film production.";s:10:"photograph";s:95:"";}} 1
Killing Columbus Trinidad and Tobago 2021 narrative featurette 30 PG Donny, a middle aged struggling and defeated painter returns to Trinidad sponsored by Anya, a young, highly successful former protégé after failing to find success abroad. Donny is offered work by an anonymous client to paint a portrait of Christopher Columbus for a powerful political entity. Against his values and a need for financial independence from Anya, he accepts the job offer only to be paid more than money as Christopher Columbus is reborn from the painting in human form. Hunted by the political entity, Donny and Anya seek refuge remotely only for Anya to be betrayed by her former mentor. a:1:{i:0;s:94:"";} a:2:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:19:"Yasha Hanoomansingh";s:9:"biography";s:433:"Yasha Hanoomansingh is a filmmaker who is soon to graduate with a Bachelor's Degree in Communication Studies as well as Film Production from the UWI, St Augustine. She has worked on various student film projects as writer, director, actor, editor and videographer, and also works as a freelance creator in the local media. Yasha’s work, “Jai” about the late Cpt. Kemraj Singh, was screened at the trinidad+tobago film festival.";s:10:"photograph";s:107:"";}i:1;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"David Parris";s:9:"biography";s:440:"David Parris is a graduate of the UWI Film Programme with a double major in Film Production and Film Studies. He has starred in, written and directed several short films for the university. His documentary, “Tattoo’d” (2019) screened at the trinidad+tobago film festival as well as his experimental film, “Palindrome” (2020). He runs his film production company, Redakted Artists, with his friends Rebekah Guillen and Kirk Garner.";s:10:"photograph";s:100:"";}} 1
Batchack Man: The Power Of The Herbalist Trinidad and Tobago 2020 narrative featurette 54 PG-13 The action film “Batchack Man” is Trinidad’s unique answer to the Bat-Man. The un-caped (but often masked) crusader from the Land of Calypso fights crime and injustice using super powers derived from some form of super-powered batchack, the large ferocious ant found in Trinidad. a:1:{i:0;s:117:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:117:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Keyon Byron";s:9:"biography";s:176:"Keyon Byron has written four short films. “Filmmaking is a passion of mine, bringing ideas to reality,” he says. Keyon also works as a stuntman and a professional wrestler.";s:10:"photograph";s:118:"";}} 1
Right Near the Beach Jamaica 2020 narrative feature 79 No Rating When prominent Jamaican sprinter, Jeffrey Jacobs, is brutally murdered, rumours about the secret life he may have lived create public uproar, causing problems for the murder investigation and for Jeffrey’s father, who simply wants justice for his son. Filmed on location with a Jamaican cast, “Right Near the Beach” is an authentic case study of a country that continues to face the consequences of its turbulent past while trying to confront the new realities of sexuality and equality. a:1:{i:0;s:105:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:105:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Gibrey Allen";s:9:"biography";s:554:"Gibrey Allen is an award-winning filmmaker who was born in Jamaica and currently resides in New York City. Gibrey made his debut as writer and director of the short film, “Excuse For Jeff” which was screened at festivals domestically and internationally. Gibrey wrote and directed three other short films: “Volition”, “Max and Marco”, and “Back to Alaska”, most of which explore stories based on black and minority experiences. His feature film, “Right Near the Beach”, recently won an Audience Award at the New Orleans Film Festival.";s:10:"photograph";s:108:"";}} 1
Hoy El Salvador 2020 narrative feature 68 No Rating In the capital of El Salvador, the drivers of a bus, a taxi, a minibus and a private car confront the ravages of 12 years of civil war that continue to torment the country. a:1:{i:0;s:81:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:81:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Ricardo B'atz'";s:9:"biography";s:337:"Born in El Salvador, Ricardo B'atz' has a Bachelor’s degree in Modern Languages and a Master's Degree in Intercultural Relations. “Hoy” is his first feature film as a director. He acted in the short series, "El Sindrome de Piter Pan”, and in the movie “La Travesía". He also produced and co-wrote the short film, "La Partida".";s:10:"photograph";s:84:"";}} 1
Candela Dominican Republic 2020 narrative feature 81 No Rating A hurricane threatens the Caribbean. As if driven by its coils, the lives of three strangers become intertwined in the streets of Santo Domingo: Sera Penablanca, a girl from Dominican high society who goes to the slums every night to interact with strangers; Lieutenant Perez, a corrupt policeman who investigates a case in an attempt to repair the broken relationship with his daughter; and Candela, a performer from a poor cabaret seeking justice. The three are united by the mysterious death of Renato Castrate, poet and drug dealer. a:1:{i:0;s:92:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:92:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Andrés Farías";s:9:"biography";s:695:"Andrés Farías Cintrón is a filmmaker and video-artist from the Dominican Republic. In 2014, he was selected for the XXV Eduardo León Jimenez Art Biennial Competition with his video-installation “Honey Pot” for which he won the Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Collection Award. In 2015, his research project: “The representation of the Caribbean woman in Film – from sexual exoticism to auto-representation” was selected for Concordia’s University Emerging Leaders of the Americas Program (ELAP). His first feature film, “Candela” won the Dominican Fund for Cinematographic Promotion and was selected for Sundance Writers Lab, Sundance Edit Residency and Sundance Music Residency.";s:10:"photograph";s:93:"és-Farías.jpeg";}} 1
Bantú Mama Dominican Republic 2020 narrative feature 77 No Rating A French woman of African descent manages to escape after being arrested in the Dominican Republic. She finds shelter in the most dangerous district of Santo Domingo, where she is taken in by a group of children. By becoming their protégée and maternal figure, she will see her destiny change. a:1:{i:0;s:88:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:88:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Ivan Herrera";s:9:"biography";s:360:"Born and raised in Santo Domingo, Ivan Herrera is a Dominican director, producer, and screenwriter. Passionate about photography, it is by observing the world through the lens of his camera that he finds inspiration and interprets humanity. His short film, “La Pasión Original”, received the Judge's Choice award at TIFFxInstagram Shorts Festival in 2016.";s:10:"photograph";s:93:"ú-Mama-Director-Ivan-Herrera.jpeg";}} 1
Akilla’s Escape Canada 2020 narrative feature 90 No Rating “Akilla’s Escape” weaves the present and past in a crime-noir about the urban child-soldier. Set in Toronto and New York where over 450,000 Jamaicans reside, the story speaks to the historical criminalization of black boys that modern society overlooks. Akilla Brown is forty-years-old and for the first time in his life, the clandestine cannabis grow operation he runs is legit. Only one year into government approved legalization, the pendulum of hypocrisy takes a toll and Akilla decides to cash out. While making a routine delivery on a cool, summer night, destiny takes an unexpected turn when Akilla confronts a firestorm of masked youths in an armed robbery. Upon learning the bandits are affiliated with the Garrison Army, a Jamaican crime syndicate his grandfather founded, Akilla is forced to reckon with a cycle of violence he thought he’d escaped. a:1:{i:0;s:99:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:99:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Charles Officer";s:9:"biography";s:505:"Charles Officer is a writer, director, producer and founder of Canesugar Mediaworks. A former creative director and graphic designer, his film works include the crime-noir “Akilla’s Escape” (TIFF 2020). His feature documentary film, “Mighty Jerome”, earned him his first Emmy. “Unarmed Verses” received Best Feature awards at Hot Docs, Vancouver International Festival and TIFF Top Ten Festival. Officer is committed to realising work that amplifies people of colour and integrates the arts.";s:10:"photograph";s:98:"";}} 1
Perfume de Gardenias (Perfume of Gardenias) Puerto Rico 2021 narrative feature 103 No Rating A dark comedy, “Perfume de Gardenias” (“Perfume of Gardenias”) tells the story of Isabel, an elderly woman living in a middle-class neighborhood in Puerto Rico. She has just become a widow after having cared for her husband until his last breath. But her recent loss becomes a blessing when she crafts a beautiful, custom-made funeral for him that catches the attention of Toña, a pious but domineering woman who involves herself in local funerals. Toña is the self-appointed leader of a coterie of elderly church ladies, and she enlists Isabel to put her unusual talents to good use and design custom, idiosyncratic funerals for her ailing neighbors. Isabel agrees to perform this strange line of work, and finds renewed purpose in her own life. Along the way, however, Isabel is forced to question her own beliefs, as well as her relationship with both life and death. a:1:{i:0;s:105:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:105:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Macha Colón";s:9:"biography";s:659:"Gisela Rosario Ramos is Macha Colón, an undisciplined puertorrican artist based in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Her award-winning short documentary, “El Hijo de Ruby”, has been shown in international festivals. She’s also a cultural events producer and worked as Artistic and Programming Director at Casa de Cultura Ruth Hernández. She’s an Art Matters Foundation and NALAC grantee, and in 2020, she received the William Greaves Fund from Firelight Media. She’s a 2021 United States Artist Fellow and is part of the Puerto Rican Artist Initiative from Northwestern University for the next two years. “Perfume de Gardenias” is her first feature film.";s:10:"photograph";s:108:"ón-scaled.jpg";}} 1
Le Lien Qui Nous Unit (The Tie That Binds Us) French Guiana 2021 narrative feature 109 No Rating Somewhere on a road in Guyana, Solange and her father Paul are hitchhiking. They are trying to reconnect after many years of silence, but the road is difficult. a:1:{i:0;s:121:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:121:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:22:"Pélagie Serge Poyotte";s:9:"biography";s:387:"Born in Cayenne, French Guiana, Pélagie Serge Poyotte started making amateur short films in Super 8 and HI8 when he was a teenager. He worked as a TV and radio host for RFO Guyane in the early 1990s, directing reports and short films for the channel. He has directed several short films and series – “Le Lien Qui Nous Unit” (“The Tie That Binds Us”) is his first feature film.";s:10:"photograph";s:135:"élagie-Serge-Poyotte.jpeg";}} 1
Liborio Dominican Republic 2021 narrative feature 98 No Rating In the early 20th century, Liborio, a peasant, disappears in a hurricane and returns as a prophet. He says he’s been given a mission: to bring the good and take away the evil, curing the sick and teaching by example. People begin to congregate by his side and they move to the mountains to have total freedom and develop the dream of an independent community. Everything changes when the invading US Marines want to disarm and disband the community. Liborio wants to avoid a confrontation but knows that they can’t run forever. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:18:"Nino Martinez Sosa";s:9:"biography";s:419:"After studying film at Santo Domingo University, Nino Martinez Sosa won a scholarship to specialise in editing at the EICTV of San Antonio de Los Baños in Cuba, where he later became the coordinator of the editing department. He moved to Spain and began a prolific career as an editor, working on several award-winning feature films and documentaries, such as: “The Hours of the Day” and “Solitary Fragments”.";s:10:"photograph";s:118:"";}} 1
Elena Dominican Republic, Haiti 2021 documentary short 29 PG Because of their Haitian ancestry, Elena and her family have lost their Dominican citizenship. She must negotiate an opaque bureaucracy in a racist, hostile society, or else remain stateless in a country intent on deporting its darker-skinned citizens. a:1:{i:0;s:90:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:90:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:19:"Michèle Stephenson";s:9:"biography";s:428:"Filmmaker, artist, Michèle Stephenson, pulls from her Panamanian and Haitian roots to think radically about storytelling and disrupt the imaginary in non-fiction spaces. She tells deeply personal stories created by, for and about communities of color that reimagine and provoke. She is the recipient of three Emmys and Sundance Jury Prize and an NAACP Image Award. She is also a Guggenheim Fellow and a Creative Capital artist.";s:10:"photograph";s:115:"èle-Stephenson-scaled-e1630351249538.jpg";}} 1
Custódia (Custody) Brazil 2021 documentary short 25 PG Icaro and Valesca are arrested after being caught selling chocolate bonbons. After being imprisoned for months, they try to get some control over their fates. a:1:{i:0;s:94:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:94:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:16:"Vinicius Sassine";s:9:"biography";s:426:"Brazilian Vinicius Sassine is a documentary filmmaker and journalist. He holds a postgraduate degree in Theory and Practice of Creative Documentary from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB). His films “Escape” (53’, 2018, Brazil/ Spain) and “Exu matou um pássaro” (24min, 2020, Brazil) have been on the festival circuit and he has won four international journalism prizes, including the King of Spain Award.";s:10:"photograph";s:102:"ódia-Custody-Director-Vinicius-Sassine.jpg";}} 1
407 Jou (407 Days) Haiti 2020 documentary short 7 PG Lintho’s life merges with that of his puppets. The puppet of a story he did not write, but of which he was the toy. With grace, he makes his paper characters move to tell of the inhumanity of Haitian jails. a:1:{i:0;s:94:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:94:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:18:"Éléonore Coyette";s:9:"biography";s:219:"Éléonore Coyette captures, in her videos, the indocile heartbeat of the world. Her visual grammar is that of a poetess. Her portraits, dreamlike and organic, connect us to powerful narratives and to the soul of Haiti.";s:10:"photograph";s:109:"éonore-Coyette-scaled.jpg";}} 1
The Forgotten Boys Trinidad and Tobago 2020 documentary featurette 43 PG-13 “The Forgotten Boys” follows the stories of three strangers, Darrem, Cornelius and Jahmai, who collectively depict the realities and struggles of the various stages of incarceration. Each journey is an exploration of the intergenerational impacts of mass incarceration. The common thread between these young men is a prison-based English class and debate team taught and developed by Trinidadian journalist, Debbie Jacob. “The Forgotten Boys” follows the stories of three young men connected by a prison-based debate team, and takes you behind and beyond the bars seeking to humanise a sector of society that is often isolated. a:1:{i:0;s:96:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:96:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:16:"Alexandra Warner";s:9:"biography";s:568:"Alexandra Warner graduated from NYU Gallatin School of Individualized Studies with a BA in Documentary Production & International Relations. Her senior thesis explored storytelling as a tool for social and political change. She is the founder and director of Untold Docuseries Limited, a documentary series created to challenge stigmas, empower the misrepresented and influence social change. The pilot episode, “The Forgotten Boys”, is an official selection in Lift Off Global Network Showcase, Caribbean Tales IFF, and a semi-finalist at the Dumbo Film Festival.";s:10:"photograph";s:102:"";}} 1
Party Done Trinidad and Tobago 2021 documentary featurette 47 PG-13 For over a decade, murders, robberies and other violent crimes have soared in Trinidad leading to a massive change in the way that ordinary citizens live their lives. When a shocking daytime shooting happens, television personality Ian Alleyne uses anonymous tips from his audience to track down the suspect. Alleyne’s TV show, “Crime Watch”, is the most watched crime programme in Trinidad & Tobago. The show is also watched throughout the Caribbean and streamed to large audiences worldwide on Facebook and Youtube. With police corruption leading to a distrust among citizens, the public would rather give their information to Alleyne anonymously, who then works with the police to apprehend the suspects – sometimes to his own detriment. With unprecedented access to Alleyne, his crew and studio, a portrait of a complicated man and a troubled nation is revealed in “Party Done”. a:1:{i:0;s:95:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:95:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Ian Harnarine";s:9:"biography";s:807:"Ian Harnarine was born in Canada to Trinidadian immigrants. After earning a Bachelor’s in Physics & Astronomy and a Master’s in Nuclear Physics, he eventually became bored with Physics research, moved to Brooklyn and became a filmmaker. Harnarine has since earned an MFA from NYU’s Graduate Film School. He is a member of the National Board of Review, The Television Academy and the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television. His short film “Doubles With Slight Pepper”, won the Best Short Film Award at the TIFF and the Canadian Academy Award. “Caroni” premiered at TIFF and continues to screen at festivals worldwide. Harnarine’s work for “Sesame Street” garnered an Emmy nomination. He has been profiled in Filmmaker Magazine, The New York Times, Caribbean Beat and Playback Magazine.";s:10:"photograph";s:91:"";}} 1
Nieuw Licht: het Rijksmuseum en de Slavernij (New Light: the Rijksmuseum and Slavery) Netherlands 2021 documentary featurette 57 All Ages What happens when the leading national museum focuses its gaze on the history of slavery and the Netherlands? “Nieuw Licht” is a highly topical documentary about the genesis of the slavery exhibition in the Rijksmuseum. This film shows – up close and personal – how painful and bitter, but at the same time healing and liberating, compiling the exhibition was. In “Nieuw Licht” we can see what it means when a museum reinvents itself. a:1:{i:0;s:159:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:159:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:8:"Ida Does";s:9:"biography";s:640:"Ida Does is a documentary maker and producer whose work focuses on (colonial) history, art and culture, social justice and (Caribbean) literary pioneers. Her work has won multiple prizes at film festivals. Her documentary, “Amsterdam, Traces of Sugar” won best documentary at the Caribbean Tales IFF, where she was also honoured as the best female director of colour (2017). Her prizewinning film, “Poetry is an island, Derek Walcott”, has been screened worldwide at over 40 festivals and theatres. She is currently working on a film portrait of professor Philomena Essed, a pioneering thinker on everyday racism in the Netherlands.";s:10:"photograph";s:157:"";}} 1
Near-Death Experience Martinique 2020 documentary featurette 45 All Ages 20 years of making documentary films: the opportunity to have a party, to celebrate a huge career, mine. Pure happiness, that of making films about French West Indies for so many years, and also of realising that it is perhaps time to turn the page. A life of images and sweat. Years of sweating in the West Indies is the summary of my life as a director. Of course, there are the sea and the beaches, but it was not easy. What was it for? Really, what was the point in hindsight? Who got interested? Living mainly in France and filming mainly in Martinique: was it possible to link them? Is it because an island is too small, too limited? So many like me wanted to do it, and so many gave up. 20 years of questions, 20 years of strange answers, 20 years to come up with a new film. a:1:{i:0;s:99:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:99:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Jil Servant";s:9:"biography";s:277:"Jil Servant has been making documentary films for over 20 years. His work mixes identity issues, societal facts, historical research and cultural practices. His films have been shown at festivals around the world, and been broadcast on France O, RFO, ATV, TV5, Trace TV or KTO.";s:10:"photograph";s:108:"";}} 1
Born To Be Great Jamaica 2021 documentary featurette 37 PG “Born To Be Great” reveals how the lives of 12 young men and women from underserved communities across Jamaica were transformed under the Citizen Security & Justice Programme (CSJP), a social intervention programme carried out between 2000 and 2020. a:1:{i:0;s:94:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:94:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Oliver Hill";s:9:"biography";s:427:"Raised between the USA and Spain and resident in Jamaica, for Oliver Hill, the beaches and cultural patchwork of Latin America and the Caribbean beckoned from an early age. After graduating from Cornell University with a bachelor's degree, Oliver earned a master's degree in broadcast journalism from Columbia University. He has explored the theme of identity among people of Latin America and the Caribbean in his three films.";s:10:"photograph";s:102:"";}} 1
1979, Hmong from Javouhey French Guiana 2020 documentary featurette 52 All Ages Having hastily left their Laotian mountains to take refuge in camps in Thailand and flee the communist regime, the Hmong were welcomed in French Guiana by the French state in order to populate and cultivate the lands in the western area of the country. When they arrived on the tarmac at Félix Éboué Airport in Cayenne, French Guiana, in November 1979, a wind of freedom blew over them. Finally, after all these years of waiting, they could live their lives and start building something, far from their homeland in Laos. Now, 40 years later, how have the Hmong fared in their small village in western French Guiana? And how do they see the future? a:1:{i:0;s:102:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:102:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:16:"François Gruson";s:9:"biography";s:327:"After completing a Masters in Directing and Documentary Production at Lyon 2 University in France, François Gruson worked in production, first in Lyon then in Cambodia, before landing in French Guiana. In addition to developing documentary productions, he directs some of them. “1979, Hmong de Javouhey” is his first film.";s:10:"photograph";s:109:"çois-Gruson.jpg";}} 1
It’s Just a Lil’ Wine? Trinidad and Tobago 2021 documentary featurette 55 PG When dance is life, you’ll do whatever it takes to keep moving. You see dancers on stage, but what goes on when the lights go down and the crowds are gone? Hear their stories, in their own words. “It’s Just A Lil Wine?” gives an unfiltered look into the dance world in Trinidad and Tobago. It explores the boundless passion and perseverance of dancers, as they attempt to navigate the shortcomings of the dance industry and overcome obstacles in pursuit of their passions. a:2:{i:0;s:96:"";i:1;s:96:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:8:"Ryan Lee";s:9:"biography";s:574:"Born into a family of photography enthusiasts, Ryan Lee is a graduate of the UWI St Augustine film programme and holds a BA in Film Production. His films “Popo’s Journey”, “Cubes” and “Flying the Coup” have all been programmed by ttff, with “Flying the Coup” – his final year film – winning the People’s Choice Award for best short film at ttff/14. “Popo’s Journey” also screened at the Caribbean Tales International Film Festival in Toronto. Ryan has directed commercials for clients such as Stag and Courts with Youtube views in the millions.";s:10:"photograph";s:105:"";}} 1
Disruptor Conductor Canada 2019 documentary featurette 42 All Ages In this award winning documentary, Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser is an unlikely hero on a mission to create live orchestral shows that aren’t just for the rich and fancy. Bartholomew-Poyser is one of the first openly gay black conductors in Canada. The child of a working-class Caribbean single mother, he was raised in Calgary, Alberta and he understands what it is to be an ‘other’. As he struggled with his sexuality, he turned to music for solace, and finally found his voice as a conductor. He believes that the beauty and grace of music can unite and uplift all of us beyond race, class and gender barriers. In “Disruptor Conductor”, we see Bartholomew-Poyser on a mission to break down institutional walls and bring live orchestral music to millennials, people of colour, young people, LGBTQ, prisoners, refugees, students; anyone who identifies as ‘other’. a:1:{i:0;s:97:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:97:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Sharon Lewis";s:9:"biography";s:808:"Sharon Lewis has been nominated for 3 Canadian Screen Awards and recently won a CSA for Best Direction for a Factual Series. Her feature film debut, “Brown Girl Begins”, is an Afro-futurist sci-fi tale of a young black woman who saves her community through her connection to Caribbean spirits. The film has toured the world, garnering awards and recognition, including a Canadian Screen Award nomination for Lewis for Best Screenplay. Her next feature documentary, about the LGBTQ+ community's thriving after conversion therapy, “With Wonder”, will be released in Fall 2021. Although Sharon was born in Toronto, she still has ties to her Jamaican/ Trinidadian roots and works hard to give voice to black people and people of color in all the projects she has the privilege of directing and producing.";s:10:"photograph";s:99:"";}} 1
Vals de Santo Domingo (Santo Domingo Waltz) Dominican Republic 2021 documentary feature 76 All Ages Three teen ballet students – Raymundo, Angel and Victor – are the only boys in a class of twenty. In a country where dance is mostly considered an activity for women, they are determined to follow their dreams and challenge traditional gender roles. Like a waltz, music played in triple time, the three boys move through Santo Domingo while confronting, and sometimes abiding by, the Dominican machismo culture. a:1:{i:0;s:119:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:119:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:24:"Tatiana Fernández Geara";s:9:"biography";s:691:"Tatiana Fernández Geara is a freelance photojournalist and documentary filmmaker. She earned a Fulbright scholarship to get her Master’s degree in Photojournalism at the University of Missouri, and while there, she started a multimedia project about the lives of Dominican nannies who leave their children behind to go care for other people’s kids. This would later become her first documentary feature, "Nana", motivating her to pursue a career as a documentary filmmaker. She currently works as a director and DoP for documentary films touching gender and human rights, and as a freelance photojournalist for international media outlets. "Vals de Santo Domingo" is her second feature.";s:10:"photograph";s:132:"";}} 1
The Mali-Cuba Connection France 2019 documentary feature 81 No Rating In the midst of the Cold War, ten young promising musicians from Mali were sent to Cuba to study music and strengthen cultural links between the two socialist countries. Combining Malian and Afro-Cuban influences, they developed a revolutionary new sound and became the iconic ensemble, ‘Las Maravillas de Mali’. New Year’s Eve 2000: Richard Minier, a French music producer meets a former member of the band in Bamako and decides to bring the band back together. a:1:{i:0;s:102:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:102:"";} a:2:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Richard Minier";s:9:"biography";s:414:"Richard Minier is an author and director of documentaries and series like “Unknown Capitals”. He has developed several projects around music and travel, such as the series, "Mythiques Studios" and "Africa With Attitude”. He is also a composer and music producer: he produced albums for Jehro, Marathonians, and Pauline Croze, as well as the new versions of the album "Africa Mia" by the Maravillas from Mali.";s:10:"photograph";s:106:"";}i:1;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Édouard Salier";s:9:"biography";s:456:"Édouard Salier is a French director, designer and photographer. His projects, in particular his short films "Flesh" and “Empire”, have been presented and awarded around the world. His last short film "Habana" received the Grand Prize at the Festival Gerardmer in 2015. He directed the feature film “Cabeza Madre”, shot in Havana, produced by Iconoclast and Studio Canal, as well as several episodes of the Netflix series "Mortal" and "Revolution".";s:10:"photograph";s:113:"";}} 1
Negra Mexico 2020 documentary feature 71 PG I was about seven years old the first time someone called me “black” on the street. I turned around to see who they were talking to, then I realised it was me. That day I understood I was black, and the laughter it caused among the people nearby made me think being a black person wasn’t that great. Was this only happening to me? Or did it happen to other black women? “Negra” explores what it means to inhabit Mexico as a black woman. It tells the story of five afro-descendant women from southern Mexico, exposing racism, resistance and processes of self-acceptance, strategies for transcending stereotypes, and the celebration of their identity. a:1:{i:0;s:86:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:86:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:22:"Medhin Tewolde Serrano";s:9:"biography";s:603:"Medhin Tewolde Serrano is an Eritrean-Mexican woman originally from Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas, who has lived in Chiapas, Mexico for over 10 years. After her training in documentary filmmaking, she became concerned with telling the stories of Others. She has dedicated herself to participatory video processes and community communication in Spain, Tunisia, Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala. This has revealed her own process of constructing identity as an Afro-descendant woman, which motivated her to create a documentary that speaks to the significance and implication of being a Black woman in Mexico.";s:10:"photograph";s:95:"";}} 1
Monchoachi, La Parole Sovaj (Monchoachi, An Untamed Wor(l)d) Martinique 2020 documentary feature 69 All Ages Retired from the world and living in the foothills of the Vauclin mountain (Martinique), Monchoachi writes every afternoon after his morning walk in forests of the island. Poet (he says that one should pronounce this word while trembling), philosopher and essayist, he tries to build a thought that he claims to be wild. A thought detached from the occident, therefore eminently free. Many have drawn from his work a strength of resistance, creation and survival in the face of the violence of contemporary society. A journey with Monchoachi is a way to find echoes of our inquiries about our place in the world, in relation to Nature, the Word and the Sacred. a:1:{i:0;s:131:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:131:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:16:"Arlette Pacquit ";s:9:"biography";s:336:"Arlette Pacquit is a journalist and director based in Martinique. She has written and directed several films on Caribbean culture. Her documentary feature “Sons and Daughters of Vietnam” (2015) produced by SaNoSi Productions, was awarded Best Caribbean Film at RCM Martinique and Best Diaspora Film at Africlap Festival in Toulouse.";s:10:"photograph";s:137:"";}} 1
Entre Perro y Lobo (Between Dog and Wolf) Spain 2021 documentary feature 75 PG In the climate of change in today’s Cuba, three forgotten veterans of the Angolan War are reluctant to abandon the revolutionary spirit which brought them together as comrades. Marching to the top of the mountains, they continue to train, dressed in their old uniforms, just as they did over thirty years ago. Day after day, they take part in this ritual, as they attempt to return to a time when they felt young, strong and respected. They are the last Samurai of the Cuban Revolution. a:1:{i:0;s:117:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:117:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:16:"Irene Gutiérrez";s:9:"biography";s:677:"Irene Gutierrez is a filmmaker from Ceuta, a Spanish city located in Northern Africa. She earned a BA in documentary from the International Film School of San Antonio de los Baños (EICTV, Havana, Cuba) before receiving her MFA in fine arts & cinema studies with high honors. She has directed “Border Diaries” (2012), “Hotel Nueva Isla” (2014), “Exile Diaries” (2019) and “Entre Perro y Lobo” (2020). Her films have received funding from the Tribeca TFI programme and the Sundance Institute, among others, and have been screened in more than fifty international film festivals and art venues such as the Berlinale, Rotterdam IFFR and MoMA Documentary Fortnight.";s:10:"photograph";s:122:"";}} 1
Dentro da Minha Pele (In My Skin) Brazil 2020 documentary feature 86 PG A doctor mistaken for a thief. A cleaning lady treated as a slave. A mother who lost her son was murdered by the police. A trans employee who is never promoted. What do they have in common? The colour of their skin. “Dentro da Minha Pele” (“In My Skin”) is an exploration of Brazil’s deep-rooted racism. a:1:{i:0;s:109:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:109:"";} a:2:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Toni Venturi";s:9:"biography";s:569:"Toni Venturi is a Brazilian filmmaker known for works of a social and political nature. He is the founding Partner of Olhar Imaginário production company, and has directed and produced nine feature films which won numerous awards at national and international film festivals. His work has been screened at the Berlinale, Kerala Film Festival, IDFA and many others. "In My Skin”, premiered at the 25th It’s All True International Documentary Film Festival (2020) and had its international premiere at the 33rd IDFA: International Documentary Filmfestival Amsterdam.";s:10:"photograph";s:114:"";}i:1;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:9:"Val Gomes";s:9:"biography";s:524:"Val Gomes wrote, directed, and edited the short documentary “Weaving Stories and Embroidering New Paths” (2005), a project that later prompted exchange between women on the periphery of the city of São Paulo and Paris (2009 and 2011). Val was the head researcher on the documentary series “Restless Scene” (2018), a 26 episode series about blackness, gender, and political theatre, launched on SescTV in July 2020. She also directed the short fiction film, “Adelia’s Voice”, at the International Film Academy.";s:10:"photograph";s:111:"";}} 1
Between Fire and Water Columbia 2020 documentary feature 92 PG Camilo is the adopted son of an indigenous couple of the Quillasinga tribe in the southwest of Colombia. He is the only black person in his community and has always felt different. For years he has wondered who his biological parents are. He leaves school due to racism and bullying. The indigenous governor takes him under his wing and gives him Ayahuasca, a sacred remedy for spiritual guidance. During this transcendent experience, Camilo has visions of his biological mother, after which he decides to embark on a journey in search of his origins. For the first time in his life, Camilo discovers his afro heritage and meets the black community. a:1:{i:0;s:107:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:107:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:23:"Viviana Gomez Echeverry";s:9:"biography";s:341:"Viviana Gómez Echeverry is a Colombian director, producer and cinematographer. She studied Social Communication at Javeriana University, where she is a professor. She wrote and directed two short films, “Exotice Tropical” and “16th Birthday”. Her first feature film, “Keyla” was selected in competition for Warsaw Film Festival.";s:10:"photograph";s:122:"ómez-Echeverry-scaled.jpg";}} 1
Atardi | The Life of Curaçao’s Musical Genius Rudy Plaate Curaçao 2020 documentary feature 120 All Ages Filmmaker Selwyn de Wind is on a journey to find out all that he can about Rudy Plaate, Curaçao’s most popular singer/ songwriter of all time. But what happens when the subject suffers from dementia and is no longer able to retell his own story? Filmed over a four-year period, the documentary traces the highs and lows of the life and work of music legend Rudy Plaate. Extensive archival footage is combined with reflective interviews from family, friends and other artists. “Atardi” is a music-driven documentary that taps into the styles and heritage of Curaçao’s musical evolution, and illustrates how Plaate helped build the foundation with his unique sounds and melodies while living an interesting life. a:1:{i:0;s:134:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:134:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Selwyn de Wind";s:9:"biography";s:514:"Selwyn de Wind is a Curaçaoan photographer and filmmaker. After completing his BA at the University of the Arts Utrecht, where he graduated cum laude in direction, camera, and editing, he returned to Curaçao. In 2014, De Wind gained international acclaim with the taboo breaking documentary, “Sombra di Koló” (“The Shadow of Color”). The film, which explored the meaning of race and skin color in Curaçao, was co-produced with director/ producer Angela Roe. “Atardi” is his most recent documentary.";s:10:"photograph";s:140:"çaos-musical-genius-Rudy-Plaate-Director-Selwyn-de-Wind.jpg";}} 1
African Redemption: The Life and Legacy of Marcus Garvey United States of America 2021 documentary feature 86 All Ages Known as the ‘Negro Moses’, Marcus Mosiah Garvey arrived on the scene on August 17, 1887 in the tiny seaside town of St. Ann’s Bay on the northern coast of Jamaica, fifty-three years after slavery was abolished in that country. In his short life he would become the world’s foremost Pan-Africanist and, in some eyes, the greatest civil-rights leader of the twentieth century. He dedicated his life to the project of redeeming Africa, which he saw as the home to civilization. In “African Redemption: The Life and Legacy of Marcus Garvey” award-winning director, Roy T. Anderson, peels back all the layers in his presentation of this often misunderstood and controversial figure. Filmed in Jamaica, Ghana, Canada, the United States, United Kingdom, and Central America over the course of three years, the film features interviews and conversations with world-renowned leaders, scholars, and personalities, as well as present-day followers of Marcus Garvey’s teachings, such as the group known as Rastafari, perhaps the most ardent disciples of this iconic figure. a:1:{i:0;s:134:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:134:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Roy T. Anderson";s:9:"biography";s:396:"Roy T. Anderson is writer, director and producer of the award-winning films "Akwantu: the Journey" (2012), on the history of the Jamaican Maroons; and "Queen Nanny: Legendary Maroon Chieftainess" (2015), his sophomore film which expands on the story of the New World’s first successful freedom fighters, by shedding light on one of the leading figures in that struggle – Nanny of the Maroons.";s:10:"photograph";s:139:"";}} 1
SteelPan Now! Notes on Where Pan Gone United States of America 2021 documentary feature 60 All Ages “SteelPan Now! Notes on Where Pan Gone” peers into the current world of the steelpan – its players, its innovators, and the music that reverberates from this versatile instrument – to find answers to the question that many in Trinidad often ask, “Where pan gone?” The documentary follows several steelpan pioneers, inventors, players, composers, arrangers, and pan makers across several cities in the United States to present both a musical experience and historical document that reveals the personal stories of these practitioners, sharing the determination, skill, and virtuosity of the pannist wherever the instrument is found. a:1:{i:0;s:113:"";} a:2:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Ryan Saunders";s:9:"biography";s:696:"Born in Trinidad and Tobago, Ryan Saunders’ work includes short films and videos that explore his and others' experiences as Caribbean immigrants in North America. One such project, 'Look Ma Dese Streets Not Paved with Gold' screened at several festivals and galleries in the Baltimore/Washington region. In 2003, he released his feature-length documentary, “Bacchanal Time: The People’s Carnival”, which explored the initial history and spread of the Trinidad-styled Carnival to North America. The film won Best Caribbean Themed Film at the 5th Annual Jamerican Film Festival. For the past ten years, he has held the technical director position at Philadelphia Public Access Corporation.";s:10:"photograph";s:120:"";}i:1;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Aaron Astillero";s:9:"biography";s:578:"Aaron R. Astillero is an American writer, director, and producer. A native of Philadelphia, he graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a degree in engineering. Astillero co-wrote, “Changing the Game” (2012), a film that was distributed by Barnholtz Entertainment and Lions Gate Entertainment. He wrote, directed, and produced “Skullz” (2014), a children’s television show that aired on the Comcast and Verizon networks, serving the Philadelphia area. Astillero also worked in production and camera crew roles for several local public access television shows.";s:10:"photograph";s:122:"";}} 1
Option Zero Cuba 2020 documentary feature 80 PG The journey of a group of Cuban migrants stalls in Panama City. Stranded in a Caritas camp, the memory of the difficult passage through the Darien Jungle comes to life on their cell phones. a:1:{i:0;s:96:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:96:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Marcel Beltrán";s:9:"biography";s:284:"Marcel Beltrán is a Cuban artist, filmmaker and editor based in São Paulo,Brazil. Working with analog cinematographic processes, Beltrán's work combines image degradation, memory and life experience creating a dialogue between the poetic and political, the intimate and the public.";s:10:"photograph";s:93:"";}} 1
El Último Out (The Last Out) United States of America 2020 documentary feature 87 PG A small raft crosses the Suchiate River between Guatemala and Mexico, ferrying migrants onward on their journey. A smuggler yells at a mother to quiet her crying baby. For one of the men on the boat, a young Cuban baseball player, this isn’t the dream he imagined. Ten months earlier, in a quiet corner of San José, Costa Rica, three Cuban baseball players train: Happy, Carlos, and Victor. Here at the rundown Estadio Antonio Escarre, they have spent the past year training long and hard, thousands of miles away from their families in Cuba. They left with dreams of signing multi-million dollar contracts and becoming famous baseball superstars. But as the months advance with no Major League Baseball (MLB) offers on the table for Happy, his Cuban American agent, Gus Dominguez, no longer feels like he can afford the expense of supporting him. Happy may be cut and must decide whether to stay in Costa Rica or join other migrants and take the perilous trip north to the US by land. For Carlos and Victor, two elite pitchers, the future is equally uncertain. As mistrust grows between the players and Gus, the Houston Astros dangle a tantalising offer but Gus holds out for more money, setting up a series of tense final showcases. Set against the backdrop of the dangerous Central American migrant trail, “The Last Out” offers a rare window into the dark side of professional sports. a:1:{i:0;s:111:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:111:"";} a:2:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:9:"Sami Khan";s:9:"biography";s:540:"Sami Khan (director/ producer) is an Oscar-nominated filmmaker whose work has been supported by the Sundance and Tribeca Film Institutes, Impact Partners, Rooftop Films, IFP, the Berlinale, and NBC/Universal’s Directors Fellowship. His films have screened at leading festivals including Tribeca, TIFF, Hot Docs, and Mumbai. Sami’s most recent film, the short documentary “St Louis Superman” (with Smriti Mundhra), was nominated for a 2020 Academy Award and won prizes at festivals including Tribeca, Hot Docs, Big Sky, and AFI Docs.";s:10:"photograph";s:108:"Último-Out-The-Last-Out-Co-Director-Sami-Khan.jpg";}i:1;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Michael Gassert";s:9:"biography";s:430:"Michael Gassert (director/ producer) is an immersive producer, director, sound artist, and musician who revels in the diversity of our global treasures while working at the intersections of film and music. His documentary and archival work is supported by IFP, Sundance Institute, UNESCO, and The Kennedy Center. Notable sound mixing credits include “Beasts of the Southern Wild”, “Another Earth”, and “Circumstance”.";s:10:"photograph";s:114:"Último-Out-The-Last-Out-Co-Director-Michael-Gassert.jpg";}} 1
Subjects of Desire Canada 2021 documentary feature 102 PG “Subjects of Desire” explores the cultural shift in North American beauty standards towards embracing Black female aesthetics, and features – while exposing – the deliberate and often dangerous portrayals of Black women in the media. Told from the POV of women who aren’t afraid to challenge conventional beauty standards, the film is partially set at the 50th Anniversary of the Miss Black America Pageant, a beauty pageant that was created as a political protest. “Subjects of Desire” deconstructs what we understand about race and the power behind beauty. a:1:{i:0;s:96:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:96:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:16:"Jennifer Holness";s:9:"biography";s:559:"Jennifer Holness writes, produces, and directs. She is the only Black woman in Canada to win a Canadian Screen Award for best writing and is the 2021 Indiescreen Producer of the Year award-winner. She recently co-produced “Stateless” (2020 Hot Docs Special Jury Prize). Narrative feature films that she produced include “Home Again” and “Love, Sex and Eating the Bones”. Both films have won numerous festival awards, including the Best Canadian First Feature Film award at TIFF for Bones. “Subjects of Desire” is her feature directorial debut.";s:10:"photograph";s:102:"";}} 1
Dominica: Three Years After Hurricane Maria Dominica 2020 documentary short 7 All Ages 3 years after the devastating hurricane, Dominica looks refreshed, and in some places, better than before, surprising many with the speed of nature’s recovery and the resilience of its people. a:2:{i:0;s:120:"";i:1;s:120:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Derek Galon";s:9:"biography";s:397:"Derek Galon arrived in Dominica, which he now considers home, via a circuitous route which included Poland and Canada. He has earned several prestigious titles and distinctions such as Fellow of Royal Photographic Society (UK), and won dozens of international awards. His work is his passion. He keeps photographing and filming, documenting nature at its most beautiful and most difficult moments.";s:10:"photograph";s:121:"";}} 1
Fires of Hope Trinidad and Tobago 1983 a:1:{i:0;s:10:"historical";} documentary feature 61 No Rating English ‘Fires of Hope’ was filmed in 1983 to commemorate the Independence of Trinidad and Tobago, and features artists, bankers, businessmen, fishermen and agriculturalists, economists, workers—citizens all—from Port of Spain to Charlotteville, who reveal their hopes and criticisms of Trinidad and Tobago after many years of Independence. Seen against the expectations expressed through our national anthem and contextualized in the push for separation from the British Empire and the physical reality of the islands, with the music of our people ringing throughout. a:2:{i:0;s:85:"";i:1;s:85:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Hugh Robertson";}} 1
Moving Parts Zhenzhen is smuggled to the island of Trinidad where her brother Wei works construction. Trinidad and Tobago 2017 a:1:{i:0;s:5:"drama";} narrative feature 77 15+ English, Mandarin Zhenzhen is smuggled into Trinidad and is threatened upon her arrival—she has to pay more money to enter into the country. Her brother Wei, who is working on the island in construction, intervenes and promises to pay her debt. Wei finds Zhenzhen a job at a Chinese restaurant where she crosses paths with Evelyn, a well educated, upper middle class Afro-Trinidadian, who has recently moved back to Port of Spain and runs an art gallery next to the restaurant. Wei tries to get an advance from his employer, Logan, but is unsuccessful. Zhenzhen becomes desperate and asks her employer, Mrs. Liu for the money, who agrees to give her an advance, but makes Zhenzhen promise she will work it off. Help comes unexpectedly from Evelyn—but the contrast of the dark rooms above the restaurant and the white gallery walls, calls everyone’s innocence into question. a:1:{i:0;s:77:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:76:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Rhonda Chan Soo";}} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Emilie Upczak";}} a:1:{i:0;a:2:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Emilie Upczak";s:9:"biography";s:538:"Emilie Upczak is an independent filmmaker, originally from Boulder, she spent ten years developing her practice while living in Trinidad and Tobago, where she also worked in the local film industry as the Creative Director of the trinidad+tobago film festival in charge of developing the Caribbean Film Database and the Caribbean Film Mart. Emilie returned to Colorado to release her debut narrative feature, Moving Parts, which premiered at the Denver Film Festival in 2017 and has gone on to play to receptive audiences internationally.";}} Valerie Tian, Kandyse McClure, Jacqueline Chan, Jay Wong, Godfrey Wei, Keevan Chang On, Nickolai Salcedo, Stephen Hadeed Jr, Arnold Goindhan, Conrad Parris, Sanjiv Boodhu, Kongshiek Achong Low, Nicholas Emery, Dru Castiglione, Yussuff Clarke, Rachelle Hay, Peter Louis, Juliet Beresford. 1
Tickle Me Rich a:1:{i:0;s:6:"comedy";} narrative short PG English Got horned? Get even. In the comedic short, ‘Tickle Me Rich’ a distraught bride-to-be is comforted by three of her girlfriends who offer irreverent advice on sex, love, money and revenge. a:1:{i:0;s:79:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:2:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Sonja Dumas";s:9:"biography";s:159:"Sonja Dumas is a writer and producer, known for 'Tickle Me Rich' (2012), 'Life and Death' (2019) and 'Julia & Joyce: Two Stories of Two Dance Pioneers' (2010).";}} 1
Joebell and America "Joebell catching hell in Trinidad so he make up his mind to go. The place he choose is America..." Trinidad and Tobago 2004 narrative feature 83 PG English A poignant tale of love, ambition and self-discovery, ‘Joebell and America’ is a movie adaptation of a short story by Trinidadian author, Earl Lovelace. Brian Green has the lead role as Joebell, a gambler who takes a risky path to fulfilling his dream of going to America. When things don’t go the way he plans, the young man is forced to examine and consider his true identity. Gabrielle Gellineau plays the beautiful Alicia, the love of his life. Directed by Asha Lovelace, the cast includes acclaimed actors Eunice Alleyne, Errol Roberts and Grace Maharaj, and cameos by Earl Lovelace and the real-life character on which the movie is based. The movie features music by 3Canal, Ataklan and the late rapso pioneer, Lancelot Layne. a:1:{i:0;s:79:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:87:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Earl Lovelace";}} a:1:{i:0;a:2:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Asha Lovelace";s:9:"biography";s:636:"Filmmaker Asha Lovelace made her debut with the short film George and the Bicycle Pump at the Toronto International Film Festival, an official selection for Planet Africa. This short won Best Short Film at the Decibel Short Film competition Trinidad 2002. Asha co-wrote, produced and directed her first feature film Joebell and America which copped the award for Best International Narrative Feature Film at the Women’s International Film Festival, Miami. Asha is also the founder and festival director of Africa Film Trinidad and Tobago (AFTT), the only festival of its kind in the Caribbean dedicated solely to African cinema.";}} Brian Green, Eunice Alleyne, Hasani Wattley, Grace Maharaj Best International Narrative Feature—Women’s International Film Festival, Miami, Florida 2008 1
Yatra: The Journey of the Indian Presence in Trinidad and Tobago 1995 a:1:{i:0;s:10:"historical";} documentary featurette 66 No Rating English Anita Chandradath Singh, through an engaging narrative and sensitive visualization, traces the history, sociology, religions, cultural practices and traditions of the people of Indian decent in Trinidad and Tobago. The documentary establishes the lasting legacy, vibrant even today, of the shiploads of Indian indentured workers, brought to the islands during British colonial rule. Their toil and hard work saved a failing sugar cane industry. ‘Yatra: The Journey of the Indian Presence in Trinidad and Tobago’ was created in 1995 to commemorate the 150th Anniversary of Indian Arrival Day. Indian Arrival Day is a national holiday and falls on May 30th, each year. This is a compilation of the 25 part documentary series. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:23:"Anita Chandradath Singh";s:9:"biography";s:1080:"Anita Chandradath Singh is a pioneer in Trinidad & Tobago television. She began her career in India, the land of her birth, on nationally syndicated channel Door Darshan. In Trinidad & Tobago Anita has authored, directed and anchored several landmark productions for TV, Stage and Radio. Wife of accomplished Trinidadian Ambassador Chandradath Singh, she has contributed substantially to the promotion of T&T culture while on diplomatic missions abroad. Host of TTT’s ‘Evening Magazine’ in the 1980s, her landmark productions ‘Mehefil’ and ‘Humsafar’ garnered her critical acclaim. In the late 1990s Anita scripted, directed and anchored ‘Yatra – The Journey of the Indian Presence in Trinidad & Tobago’: a 25-part Documentary series created to commemorate the 150th Anniversary of ‘Indian Arrival Day’ in T&T. The series traces the history, sociology, culture, festivals, cuisine and traditions of Indo-Trinidadians over 150 years. Now re-released as an hour-long compilation, ‘Yatra’ is the definitive documentary on the history of Indo-Trinidadians.";s:10:"photograph";s:89:"";}} 1
After Mas | Dying Swan | Paradise Lost Trinidad and Tobago a:1:{i:0;s:10:"historical";} documentary short 64 No Rating English After Mas (20′) Directed by Karen Martinez and shot in Trinidad in February 2013 during Carnival, we experience the charge of this bacchanalian drama before following the characters return to their separate lives. In the cold light of day, can these young lovers from very different backgrounds stay true to their desires? Dying Swan (10′) After ten years, internationally acclaimed mas artist, Peter Minshall, reinterprets Mikhail Fokine’s classic ballet The Dying Swan for a ‘Moko Jumbie’ (a stilt dancer) in drag. Directed by Christopher Laird, this film chronicles the assemblage and performance of this mas at the King of Carnival competition in February 2016. Paradise Lost (34′) Carnival artist Peter Minshall tells the story of the design and construction of Paradise Lost, his first masquerade band for the Trinidad and Tobago carnival in 1976. Directed by Christopher Laird,‘Paradise Lost’ documents Peter Minshall’s recollection of the first band he ever designed under Stephen Lee Heung. The veteran producer of masquerade bands for Trinidad Carnival, Stephen Lee Heung, invited Peter Minshall to design his presentation for 1976 Carnival in Trinidad. 1
Soca Power Trinidad and Tobago documentary No Rating English Directed by Claude Santiago, the film’s powerful soca figures are Machel Montano, Bunji Garlin, Fay-Ann Lyons, and Isaac Blackman. Through the interwoven portraits of these four stars, Soca Power is an energetic immersion into the world of soca. a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Claude Santiago";}} 1
Jab! The Blue Devils of Paramin The district of Paramin, at Carnival time sheds its rural languor and erupts into an inferno of bluepainted ‘jabs’ or devils. 2006 documentary short 47 No Rating English Isolated in the mountains of Trinidad, the district of Paramin, once a year at Carnival time sheds its rural languor and erupts into an inferno of bluepainted ‘jabs’ or devils. Kootoo, King Devil, prepares with his three brothers to once again win the village competition for the most convincing devil band. Known for his athletic prowess, and given to extraordinary feats like ripping up trees and scaling tall buildings, the charismatic Kootoo must still work hard with his band of devils to win the prize in the face of serious competition from a new generation of ‘jabs’. a:1:{i:0;a:1:{s:4:"name";s:16:"Alex De Verteuil";}} 1
Mystic Fighters "Mystic Fighters" is the contemplative journey of a warrior paced by the beat of Trinidadian drums and rituals. Trinidad and Tobago 2011 documentary short 51 No Rating English with subtitles “Mystic Fighters” is a documentary-based story on the ritual of stick fighting in Trinidad & Tobago and the power of the ancestral drum. Mystic Fighters takes the spectator to the heart of Trinidad’s African heritage with testimonies of respected elders and well-established artists. The film’s tension revolves around the stick-fighting competition, the preparation, the fights leading to the finals where the winner is declared. The history behind the tradition is the story of Trinidad brushed over the past century and also portrayed by the reconstruction of the burning of the sugar canes from which the Canboulay celebrations were born. The rhythm of the film is constructed around the ‘chantuel’ and the calinda songs with drum being one of the main characters of the film; how its spirit is mastered is key to stick-fighting and transforming the sport into a ritual. a:1:{i:0;s:80:"";} 1
New Media art short 480 No Rating New Media comprises avant garde and experimental film and video works from artists and filmmakers in the Caribbean and diaspora. The physical iteration of the new media works, curated by Melanie Archer, will take place at Medulla Art Gallery, 09–15 September, giving viewers the chance to better engage with the works. All health and social distancing protocols will be in effect, with only five attendees at a time being allowed into the viewing space. Please wear masks as directed. Alternative Facts Centella (Firefly) Displaced El Dúo de las Hermanas Gato (The Cat Sister’s Duet) Goodbye to the Things (Adeus às Coisas) Hijo del Mar (Son of the Sea) Howler Monkey Sex Noises at Lunchtime How to Break a Horizon: A Memory as Retold by the Sum of its Residue I am Sugar I Cried so Much I Felt the Universe Pass Through my Eyes Island State of Mine Looking for ‘Looking for Langston’ Murciélago (Bat) Palindrome Shade Silent Truths The Whole World is Turning Untitled Wake Up 1
Build Your Film’s Website with WordPress with Shaun Rambaran 120 No Rating 1
The Role of the DP with Gabrielle Blackwood 180 No Rating 1
Getting Ready for Distribution 120 No Rating 1
Social Media Marketing for Filmmakers 90 No Rating 1
Navigating Contracts and Clearances 120 No Rating 1
Cost-Effective Lighting with Robert Macfarlane 180 No Rating 1
Creative Producing with Lee Thomas No Rating 1
La Promesa (The Promise) Mexico 2018 narrative feature 103 No Rating Spanish with subtitles Leo is a rebellious but very intelligent child who makes life impossible for Professor Cruz and his schoolmates. Despite his behavior, Leo’s talent distinguishes him from other students, and Leo’s mom has high expectations that her son will go far with that talent. But Leo doesn’t want to listen to Professor Cruz, who tries to teach him to read classic novels, as he believes that through reading, his students can aspire to a better future. Professor Cruz falls into depression when his wife flees with the school’s PE coach. Leo, pitiful of his master, visits him at home. It is now the student who forces the teacher to go to school. a:1:{i:0;s:74:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:16:"Oscar Blancarte ";s:9:"biography";s:259:"Producer, writer and director with 8 feature films and several TV series and documentaries under his belt. His films tend to showcase his country, Mexico in an unusual way and its complex reality. He has won national and international awards and recognitions.";s:10:"photograph";s:103:"";}} 1
Winter Moth United States 2019 short 10 No Rating English A young homeless couple living on the shores of the Mississippi River during spring, summer, fall and winter in Saint Paul, Minnesota become part of the cycle of the life and death of nature around them. a:1:{i:0;s:81:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:17:"Christopher Lange";s:9:"biography";s:523:"Christopher Lange’s eye for the image brings a sense of the painterly to his cinematic work, providing emotional, dream-like, and sensory experiences within the lives of characters. His films have screened at the Walker Art Center and Wexner Center for the Arts, and at the Athens International, Minneapolis St. Paul International, Charlotte, Buffalo Niagara, Chicago Underground, UFVA, AmDocs, Maryland, and many other festivals. He resides in Minnesota, USA, where he has been working as a cinematographer and director.";s:10:"photograph";s:87:"";}} 1
Palanteer M’bedd (The Window’s Muse) Brazil, Senegal 2020 narrative short 13 No Rating Wolof with subtitles A painter who lacks inspiration, Moussa cannot understand her neighbour from across the street. In the day she appears to him veiled, and in the night she reveals herself completely. But she may well be his new muse. a:1:{i:0;s:82:"";} a:2:{i:0;s:73:"";i:1;s:80:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Mamadou Diop";s:9:"biography";s:404:"Filmmaker, photographer and journalist, Mamadou Diop lives and works in Dakar, Senegal. After earning a Master’s degree in film and audiovisual in Cape Verde in 2011, he directed his first short film which has participated in several festivals in Senegal, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Nigeria and Canada among others. Today he works as a reporter/videojournalist while continuing to develop his film projects.";s:10:"photograph";s:86:"";}} 1
The Last Tree United Kingdom, Nigeria 2019 feature 98 No Rating Femi is a British boy of Nigerian heritage who, after a happy childhood in rural Lincolnshire, moves to inner London to live with his mum. Struggling with the unfamiliar culture and values of his new environment, teenage Femi has to figure out which path to adulthood he wants to take in this tender coming-of-age story. a:2:{i:0;s:72:"";i:1;s:72:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:10:"Shola Amoo";s:9:"biography";s:683:"A graduate of The National Film and Television School in the UK, Shola Amoo's debut feature was a multimedia film called "A Moving Image". It had its world premiere at the LA Film Festival 2016 in competition for the World Fiction prize and received The Special Recognition Award at The Blackstar Film Festival in Philadelphia. It had its European Premiere at The BFI London Film Festival and was released theatrically in the UK in April 2017 through Verve Pictures. Shola was commissioned by The British Council to direct a reinterpretation of Othello, called "Dear Mr. Shakespeare", which was selected in competition for The Sundance Film Festival 2017 and featured on BBC iPlayer.";s:10:"photograph";s:82:"";}} 1
The Esmeraldas Beach Ecuador, France 2019 featurette 58 No Rating In today’s Ecuador, the black population, the descendants of slaves, continue to experience strong social discrimination. Yet people in the community still strive to value their specific culture and transmit the rebellious memory of their ancestors who fought for freedom. On arriving in Esmeraldas in Ecuador, Patrice Raynal finds himself immersed in the tumult of a carnival. The music and dancing – part of this culture, but a more ambi­guous phenomena than first appears – provide the through-line for his first-person narrative. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Patrice Raynal";s:9:"biography";s:693:"After studying social sciences and music composition, Patrice Raynal turned to documentary creation. Following an immersive film shoot in Burkina Faso, his first film raises awareness among rural populations about AIDS. Following this experience, he continued his training at the Créadoc d'Angoulème and obtained a Master's degree in documentary production in Bordeaux. Reynal co-founded the association, Tourné Monté Films, which works to promote and educate on the documentary and the image. Winner of Archi'doc of the Fémis, he began writing what became "Esméraldas Beach". Today, Patrice Raynal works as a sound engineer and regularly works in an audiovisual school for young people.";s:10:"photograph";s:93:"";}} 1
One Word Germany 2020 documentary feature 83 No Rating English “One Word” is a documentary about the impacts of climate change on the Republic of the Marshall Islands and its people. Most parts of the Marshall Islands are less than 5.9 feet above sea level. Forecasts predict the uninhabitability of the country by 2050. The movie was developed and filmed with the inclusion of Marshallese people through film workshops run over a period of nine months. The filmmakers trusted the Marshallese to be the only reliable experts on the story of their land. a:2:{i:0;s:80:"";i:1;s:80:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Viviana Uriona";s:9:"biography";s:801:"Born in Argentina in 1973, Viviana Uriona has lived in Germany since 1996. She has a degree in political science, studying first at the University of Cologne, later at the Free University of Berlin. She is currently finishing her doctorate in social movements and community radios in Latin America. In 2015, Viviana and Mark Uriona released the full feature documentary, "No Rest. No Haste." – a movie about the battle over the land between the indigenous population of Argentina and transnational agribusinesses. In 2012, they released the full feature documentary, "Sachamanta", which deals with community radio stations in northern Argentina and their role in defending the land of the indigenous communities against land grabbing. Both of these films were produced with a participatory approach.";s:10:"photograph";s:81:"";}} 1
Mogra India 2020 short 20 No Rating Thirteen-year-old Santosh sells flowers for a living, helping to support his family. He lives with his uncle in Mumbai, the ‘City of Dreams’, but his life is one of deprivation, a daily struggle for survival. As a result, he seeks solace in a world of fantasy where all of his adolescent needs—physical, mental and sexual—are satisfied. A unique and troubling story unfolds as a consequence of this world of fantasy and imagination. a:1:{i:0;s:84:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:17:"Mayur Dhamapurkar";s:9:"biography";s:533:"Mayur Dhamapurkar has a post graduate degree film and television from Mumbai University, prior to which he was associated with renowned theatre groups and wrote and directed several plays. He has written a short film based on unemployment, "Seat Down" which was officially selected for MAMI (2013) and other national film festivals. Dhamapurkar's diploma film, "MinKeen", also participated in national and international film festivals. "Filmmaking is not only my passion but I assimilate this craft that represents my personal life."";s:10:"photograph";s:88:"";}} 1
Miracle Fishing Colombia, United States 2020 feature 104 No Rating On September 23, 1994, an American journalist named Tom Hargrove was kidnapped outside his home in Cali, Colombia by armed men in ski masks. His wife Susan and two adult sons Miles and Geddie had no choice but to take matters into their own hands and negotiate directly for his release. As a coping mechanism, Tom’s eldest son Miles began a video diary capturing the negotiations, creating home video for his father in the hope that he would return. Twenty five years later he revisits the footage as a celebration of the people who came together to help his family. a:2:{i:0;s:87:"";i:1;s:87:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Miles Hargrove";s:9:"biography";s:311:"Miles has worked as a BTS documentarian on productions like "Proof of Life" and the "Harry Potter" franchise. His feature work includes co-directing and editing "The Starck Club", and editing "Torey’s Distraction". Recently he has shot for the Emmy nominated 6DOF, live-streaming VR for events like Coachella.";s:10:"photograph";s:88:"";}} 1
La Vendedora de Liros (The Lillies’ Seller) Argentina 2020 short 18 No Rating Jacinta and her granddaughter Indira are Bolivian migrants. During the spring they work collecting flowers on the bank of the river, which they then sell in the Magdalena town cemetery. Their daily tasks are hampered by the racial problems that still exist in Argentina in relation to the ancestral cultures of Latin America. a:1:{i:0;s:88:"ÓSTER_La-Vendedora-de-Lirios.jpg";} a:2:{i:0;s:65:"";i:1;s:65:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:10:"Igor Galuk";s:9:"biography";s:882:"Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Igor Galuk has a degree in audiovisual communication from the National University of La Plata (UNLP). He is a screenwriter and audiovisual producer at Riocine and worked at TV Universidad, Untref Media and Panorama. With his short films "Tunnels on the river" (2009), "Sabaleros" (2013), "Palo Blanco" (2014), he has participated in several national and international festivals, among them the Festival of San Sebastián, Locarno and Viña del Mar. He made several documentary series including: "Olvidados del Río" (2011) and "Paisanos" (2012), which were premiered on Public TV and on the Encuentro Channel and awarded in the Nueva Miradas competitions on Television (UNQ). He has just completed his new short film, "La Vendedora de Lirios" (2019), and is finishing post-production of his first documentary feature, "Silencio en la ribera" (2020).";s:10:"photograph";s:87:"";}} 1
El Oro de Cajamarca (Gold of Cajamarca) Colombia 2019 short 16 No Rating A short handcrafted 16mm documentary about the fight against one of Colombia’s biggest open-sky gold mine projects. A black and white ballad sounding through the green mountains of Tolima in the Colombian Andes, talking to Cajamarca’s valley inhabitants. On the surface are green fertile lands and peaceful agriculture, but hidden underground are invisible fields of gold coveted by a multinational company which could reshape this whole world. Sometimes with just their voices, sometimes allowing their faces to be shown, Cajamarca’s workers reveal different aspects of their lives and the threat they face from the open-sky gold mine project. a:2:{i:0;s:82:"";i:1;s:82:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Alexandre Regol";s:9:"biography";s:534:"After studying cinema production and audiovisual techniques in university, Alexandre started to work as an assistant director on fiction films. Having always been attracted to photography, he experimented with analog and alternative processes in his free time, and recently joined a pair of collaborative artist-run labs in Paris, where he has learned how to make movies with analog film, in an autonomous way. After a few experiments, he soon started to work on projects with the idea of linking the film’s matter with the subject.";s:10:"photograph";s:95:"";}} 1
Cryptopia: Bitcoin, Blockchains and the Future of the Internet Australia, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States 2020 feature 86 No Rating English Five years after his first documentary, award-winning producer/director Torsten Hoffmann revisits Bitcoin and sets out to explore the evolution of the blockchain industry and its new promise, meeting with the big brains and big egos behind this controversial industry. Can this technology, designed to operate independent of trust and within a decentralized network, really provide a robust alternative to the Internet as we know it? a:1:{i:0;s:79:"";} a:2:{i:0;s:91:"";i:1;s:92:"";} a:2:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:16:"Torsten Hoffmann";s:9:"biography";s:905:"In many ways, Torsten has been working on this story for 10 years: in 2009, during his MBA studies University of Oxford, he published a paper on alternative (paper) currencies; In 2013 he discovered Bitcoin and went down the rabbit hole; In 2014 he started work as co-director, producer and writer for his debut film, “Bitcoin: The End of Money as We Know It“. The film was released in 2015 and won 4 international film festival awards. The film became a viral hit and was one of the most pirated documentaries of 2015; Since 2012, Torsten has founded several start-ups and is a frequent speaker about technology trends at conferences such as MIPTV & MIPCOM (9 times), AIDC and Medientage. He also conducts 4k and VR workshops (Discovery Asia & NHK) and often speaks about blockchain-related innovation. His global media clients include Netflix, Deutsche Telekom, DirecTV, NBC Universal and many more.";s:10:"photograph";s:83:"";}i:1;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:19:"Michael Watchulonis";s:9:"biography";s:1021:"From biographies to nuclear submarines, Michael’s storytelling experience crosses a broad range of subjects that have earned twenty-nine regional Emmy Awards and two national Emmy nominations. His works span award-winning science and nature documentaries, adventure programming, entertainment specials, video games and VR. To date, Michael has produced and directed more than 300 long-form narratives for television, six stereo 3D HD documentaries and he has been working in 4k since 2014. He is currently directing a 3D Virtual Reality series. Michael ‘s factual and entertainment content has been featured on TBS, History Channel, CNN, NatGeo, Sky, Amazon, CCTV and many other international broadcasters. Since 2011, Michael and Torsten have jointly worked on ten projects. They both co-directed “Bitcoin: The End Of Money As We Know It“ in 2014/15. As director of “CRYPTOPIA“, Michael’s role in the creative process is to craft Torsten’s vision and subject-matter expertise into a compelling narrative.";s:10:"photograph";s:96:"";}} 1
Because We Are Girls Canada 2019 feature 83 No Rating “Because We Are Girls” is the story of a conservative South Asian family in small-town British Columbia who must come to terms with a devastating secret: Three sisters were sexually abused by a cousin over a period of almost two and a half decades, beginning in their early childhood. The sisters had planned to keep the abuse secret forever, but when they begin to suspect their cousin of abusing other family members, they courageously decide to come forward and pursue justice through the police and the courts. a:1:{i:0;s:85:"";} a:2:{i:0;s:96:"";i:1;s:96:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Baljit Sangra";s:9:"biography";s:716:"Baljit Sangra is a Vancouver based filmmaker who has been working on documentaries, corporate videos, feature films and factual entertainment. Her passion is exploring social and cross-cultural issues. Most recently, she directed/produced "Many Rivers Home", a personal story that focuses on seniors in assisted care and looks at the end story of life, for OmniTV. She has directed/ produced the documentary "Warrior Boyz" in association with NFB and Canwest which examines the long-running gang scene unique to the Indo-Canadian enclave of the Lower Mainland. "Warrior Boyz" premiered at Doxa and was nominated for three Leos. Baljit also directed an A&E for CityTV and Channel M called "VIVA!" for several seasons.";s:10:"photograph";s:92:"";}} 1
Wicket India 2020 narrative short 4 No Rating A young boy dreams of being a cricketer but, like almost everyone else, ends up having an ordinary job. Nevertheless, his passion never dies and he lives his dream every day for the rest of his life. a:1:{i:0;s:82:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Harsh Khurana";s:9:"biography";s:937:"Harsh Khurana is a media student pursuing his passion for filmmaking and photography alongside his academics in Mumbai, India. He made his directorial debut in 2019 with the short film ‘Ekaki’ and has now written, directed, and shot 4 short films along with 3 short ad films. His latest short films - Wicket and Punarnav - won the ‘Short Film of The Day’ appreciation by Shorted and stood as semi-finalists in MOIFF and Lisbon Film Rendevouz. He was also awarded the ‘Best Cinematographer’ for Punarnav by MFP2020. Being very new to the field filmmaking, he is always looking for opportunities to brush-up his skills. Apart from being a promising filmmaker, he excels in academics and has been topping his university for 2 years. His hobbies include playing instruments like flute, keyboard, and guitar; traveling, exploring new places, fantasizing about things that are never going to happen, and of course, watching movies.";s:10:"photograph";s:78:"";}} 1
Waiting in Strange Times Trinidad and Tobago 2020 narrative short 4 No Rating Set in Trinidad during the lockdown imposed by the government to prevent the spread of COVID-19, “Waiting In Strange Times” explores space and time during a period of boredom, uncertainty, confusion and fear. a:1:{i:0;s:102:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Kristof West";s:9:"biography";s:402:""Waiting in Strange Times" is Kristof West's debut film. West is a Liberal Arts student studying Media and Performance in Holland. The film is an amalgamation of media techniques learned in his first year. His cultured upbringing in Trinidad and Tobago in addition to his extensive international travel and a two year residency in Hong Kong has greatly shaped the lens through which he views the world.";s:10:"photograph";s:95:"";}} 1
Velare United States 2020 narrative short 6 No Rating Velare is a special girl: she is invisible to the people who love her. As she starts a new relationship, she is afraid that the boy will fall in love and thus lose sight of her. She decides to do everything she can to delay his love, but the inevitable happens. She remains optimistic about continuing the relationship, but what awaits her ahead? a:2:{i:0;s:84:"";i:1;s:84:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:9:"Kayla Sun";s:9:"biography";s:440:"Kayla Sun is one of the recipients of the 2020 Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Production Grant, and is currently a student at University of Southern California in film and television production. She wrote and directed the narrative “Shop”(2017), which screened at several festivals internationally, the experimental film “Awake”(2017) which exhibited at MUST’s Todd Art Gallery, and “Hail The Goer”(2015) at Vanderbilt Art Centre.";s:10:"photograph";s:74:"";}} 1
Unexpected Suspect Trinidad and Tobago 2018 art short 10 No Rating When a student who is constantly bullied reaches his breaking point, he decides that something needs to be done to get back at his bullies and embarks on a plan that puts him on a path of darkness. a:1:{i:0;s:83:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:65:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:9:"Sai Saidu";s:9:"biography";s:584:"Sai Saidu is a 19 year old amateur photographer and filmmaker. He uses film as a means of self-expression, and also as a way to document the goings-on in the complex world around him. Each film tells its own story in its own way, and that is what makes filmmaking such an infinitely interesting hobby. His interest in film started at quite a young age when his dad first bought a digital camcorder to immortalize special moments in his life, with the only confines being the limit of the memory stick. Over time, he began to learn, and more importantly, understand, the rules of film.";s:10:"photograph";s:86:"";}} 1
Unconditional United States 2020 narrative short 3 No Rating After his mother leaves him home alone, Cameron can explore his true self and his interest in femininity. Although young, he is aware of society’s expectations for boys and must face his own insecurities. Dealing with gender expression, queerness and innocence, “Unconditional” explores the defining moment in a mother and son’s relationship. a:2:{i:0;s:72:"";i:1;s:102:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:20:"Austin Jaye Braddock";s:9:"biography";s:246:"Austin Jaye Braddock is a graduate of the Pratt Institute, (New York, USA) with a BFA in 3D Animation. Having spent all his energy the last year and a half on his thesis film, he is excited to begin new projects and expand his portfolio and reel.";s:10:"photograph";s:92:"";}} 1
Timeout Martinique 2019 narrative short 10 No Rating In a not-too-distant future, Alice must survive a chase to the death on a post-apocalyptic island formerly called Martinique. a:2:{i:0;s:76:"";i:1;s:76:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Laura Bucher";s:9:"biography";s:350:"With a Master's in History and Caribbean Cultural Heritage, Laura Bucher is first a lover of theatre, photography, cinema and art. Through the workshops of "Passeurs d’Images", she now has the opportunity to learn and put into practice her knowledge with a first short film entitled "Timeout", which she produced with a team of 30 young art lovers.";s:10:"photograph";s:78:"";}} 1
La Última Fiesta (The Last Celebration) Mexico 2020 narrative short 17 No Rating Spanish with subtitles The Patron Saint’s Festival is the most important celebration of the year. Esther knows it and wants to attend but her husband Esteban doesn’t. The past reemerges for this elderly couple who must decide whether to attend a celebration which will allow them to recapture something in their relationship for the last time. a:1:{i:0;s:82:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Adrián Ramos";s:9:"biography";s:460:"Born in Mexico, Adrián Ramos studied filmmaking at the University of Guadalajara and at the University of Audiovisual Media. He has worked as a director, producer, cinematographer, camera assistant and production assistant. He has collaborated with brands such as Audi, Urrea, Gran Via among others. The projects in which he has participated have been screened at festivals in Mexico and North America. "The Last Celebration" is his first foray as a director.";s:10:"photograph";s:91:"";}} 1
The Interview Trinidad and Tobago 2019 narrative short 7 No Rating A confident young man meets with unforeseen complications at a job interview where things are not quite what they seem. a:2:{i:0;s:90:"";i:1;s:90:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:22:"Louris Martin Lee-Sing";s:9:"biography";s:336:"Louris Martin Lee-Sing is a multi-skilled professional creative from Trinidad and Tobago. She began her career as an actor and has grown to become a theatre and film producer and director. Her career as a comedian has influenced her approach to directing and she is always looking for visual ways to connect to audiences through humour.";s:10:"photograph";s:94:"";}} 1
Ten Rupee Note India 2016 narrative short 27 No Rating English A young woman is thrown back into the past when her fiancé finds a message written on a ten rupee note. a:1:{i:0;s:91:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:19:"Sagnik Bhattacharya";s:9:"biography";s:277:"Sagnik Bhattacharya is an Indian filmmaker. He has made over 10 short films and has been awarded best director and best story awards from several festivals, namely Kolkata Short Film Festival, Nexgn Film Festival and Goa International Film Festival. Film making is his passion.";s:10:"photograph";s:92:"";}} 1
Tabula Rasa Martinique 2019 narrative short 16 No Rating Amina is a gothic teenager who’s failing at school. An unexpected discovery gives her the chance to change all of her grades to A+ by solving four puzzles. Amina decides to take up the challenge, but will she succeed? a:1:{i:0;s:82:"";} a:2:{i:0;s:79:"";i:1;s:78:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:19:"Sarah Carmen Marlin";s:9:"biography";s:573:"Sarah-Carmen Marlin is a student at the Victor Schœlcher high school, specialising in literature and theatre. She discovered the world of cinema in 2017 when she worked as a volunteer with the C.A.D.I.C.E Ciné Woulé association, then she joined the "Passeurs d'IImages" workshops to learn how to create films. She was able to wear several hats such as production designer, assistant, clapman. In 2019, she worked as an assistant cinematographer then made her directorial debut with her first short film "Tabula Rasa", produced thanks to a team of 30 young cinema lovers.";s:10:"photograph";s:92:"";}} 1
Susana United States 2020 documentary short 4 No Rating Widespread injury and abuse of migrant workers led Human Rights Watch to dub slaughterhouse work “the most dangerous factory job in America.” In the last year, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement conducted the largest raids in modern history at slaughterhouses, arresting and deporting undocumented workers. Despite the danger to herself and her family, former slaughterhouse worker Susana returns to the scene at night to care for animals on their way to the kill floor. a:1:{i:0;s:83:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Laura Gamse";s:9:"biography";s:495:"Director/producer Laura Gamse's work has been featured on NPR, the National Geographic Channel and Netflix, and covered in The New York Times and The Washington Post. Her first documentary, "The Creators: South Africa Through the Eyes of Its Artists", was named Best Documentary at the National Geographic Society’s All Roads Film Festival. She is currently in post-production on "Brigidy Bram", a feature documentary whose shorter incarnation was named Best Short Film at the Bahamian Oscars.";s:10:"photograph";s:76:"";}} 1
Sa Ou Pa Sav Gran Paséw (What You Don’t Know is Bigger than You) Martinique 2019 narrative short 12 No Rating French with subtitles Michel’s life is a dream, but for this dream to continue he must regularly update his wristband. One day the device stops working and he realises that his entire life has been an illusion. Now he’s ready to do anything to return to his dreamworld. a:2:{i:0;s:77:"";i:1;s:77:"";} a:2:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Laury Granville";s:9:"biography";s:393:"Laury Granville is a young director of short films and music videos from Martinique. She made her first film "I ja le" in 2016 and won the first prize at the Festival Rencontres Cinéma de Martinique. In 2018, she became an assistant director on two short films and directed her second film "An Laria". Then in 2019, she co-directed the film "Sa ou pas av gran pasé’w" with Paul Rémi Leti.";s:10:"photograph";s:86:"";}i:1;a:2:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Paul-Rémi Leti";s:9:"biography";s:353:"Paul-Rémi Leti, 20 years old, graduated with a scientific high school degree in computer science and digital science, has worked as a boom operator since Passeurs 2013, where he was able to learn and acquire all the skills and techniques used to make his first short footage entitled "Sa ou pas av gran pasé'w" and shot with fifteen young enthusiasts.";}} 1
No Se Aceptan Prostitutas (No Hookers Allowed) Dominican Republic 2019 narrative short 15 No Rating Spanish with subtitles Sela is a young woman who has always had the support and love of her father, but when she starts exploring her sexuality, secrets come to light that may endanger their relationship. a:1:{i:0;s:83:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:95:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:10:"C. M. Cots";s:9:"biography";s:1149:"Cristina Marie Cots is a writer and filmmaker Born in Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic. She has worked in several fiction and documentary projects. Her short film "Juntos" was a finalist in the Red Film Festival" for AIDS prevention and awareness. She got a scholarship at the Alliance Française of Santiago to study French in 2015, after four years she got the professional diploma of a DELF B2. She studies Film at Intec (Instituto Tecnológico de Santo Domingo) since 2017, with a scholarship from the university and the Dgcine (Dirección General de cine the Dominican film commission). She is a fan of black and white movies, specially Truffaut films, even though (admits) she didn't like to watch them; and feels grateful to her college professor and filmmaker J. J. Namnun for having taught her how to appreciate the beauty of black and white films. Among the non black and white films, her favorites are Prenon Carmen by Jean Luc Godard and F for fake by Orson Welles. Her favorite Latin-American films from the past 10 years are Nostalgia for the Light by Patricio Guzmán and Miriam Lies by Natalia Cabral and Oriol Estrada.";s:10:"photograph";s:90:"";}} 1
La Pieza de Casseus (The Raging Dance of Casseus) Dominican Republic 2020 narrative short 16 No Rating Casseus is a young Haitian man who decides to enroll in a ballet academy in order to accomplish his dream of being a dancer, but his job as a bodega delivery guy in the Dominican Republic gets in the way of his goal. a:1:{i:0;s:77:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:65:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Camilo Mejía";s:9:"biography";s:672:"I was born on February 21st, 1997, in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Since I was little I had the intention to communicate, no matter how, and it was at the age of 10 that I had my first encounter with a camera. Since then, cinema has accompanied me in my development as a person and as an artist. I studied Film and Audiovisual Communication at the Instituto Tecnológico de Santo Domingo (INTEC). I took workshops offered by the Dirección General de Cine (DGCINE) and Instituto Tecnológico de Las Américas (ITLA) on cinema with a focus on filmmaking. As an artist I am curious about the internal processes of people and how these are projected in our environment.";s:10:"photograph";s:99:"ÍA.jpg";}} 1
Isla Sirena (Mermaid Island) Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela 2019 narrative short 15 No Rating Spanish with subtitles Vivi, a young inhabitant of a fishing village, takes a trip by road and sea with her friend Vale to get to an island where, according to the stories of her dead mother, the mermaids live. a:1:{i:0;s:88:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:16:"Leonel González";s:9:"biography";s:362:"Leonel González is a filmmaker from Margarita Island, Venezuela, and it is the warmth and rural life of the island that he seeks to capture in his stories. He studied at ESCINETV - Escuela de Cine y Televisión de Caracas. He has several student and amateur short films. Isla Sirena (Mermaid Island) is his first professional short film and also is his thesis.";s:10:"photograph";s:85:"";}} 1
Inexorable Martinique 2018 narrative short 13 No Rating A young woman and her dying father struggle to survive on a devastated island destroyed by poisonous seaweed that they are now forced to collect for an evil mega-corporation called Sunryse. a:2:{i:0;s:79:"";i:1;s:79:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Philippe Lugsor";s:9:"biography";s:376:"At the age of 17, with a High School degree in cinema, Philippe Lugsor is a young Caribbean who has worked as a cameraman and an editor at LUMINA TV before joining the Youth workshop Passeurs d'Image 2018, where he now has the opportunity to learn and put into practice his knowledge with a first short film entitled "Inexorable" and filmed with a team of 30 young art lovers.";s:10:"photograph";s:84:"";}} 1
Filadelphia Brazil 2018 documentary short 7 No Rating “Man here can take two weeks. When you have a whole month, they’re already gone ”. In a wooden shed on the east side of São Paulo, 16 women work at Cooperativa Filadelphia, which has been working for a decade sorting recyclable material. The women’s hands quickly separate the products, collected by the cooperative members in the city of São Paulo and received through a partnership with the City Hall. As they work, one issue inevitably comes up: why don’t men last as workers at the cooperative? a:2:{i:0;s:97:"";i:1;s:97:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Dani Drumond";s:9:"biography";s:859:"Born in Belo Horizonte / MG, Dani Drumond has a degree in Social Communication from the University of São Paulo and a student of Arts at the Universidade Federal Fluminense. He works as a documentary filmmaker and director of photography. Under the guidance of Ateliers Varan in the H2O Cine Recife workshop, he made the short film Carne e Casca (2016, 16 '), shown in festivals and exhibitions in Brazil and France. He directed, photographed and edited Banzo (2018, 3 '); Filadelphia (2017, 8 '), winner of the best film award by the FAVERA 2018 popular jury; Dollmaker (2018, 3 '), awarded as best film by the popular jury of the 5th Super OFF; and I want to do with you what spring does to the cherry trees (2020, 13 '). He directed the photography of the short films Cantareira (2019, 26 '), by Rodrigo Ribeiro, and Handala (2020, 20'), by Khaled Aldeek.";s:10:"photograph";s:82:"";}} 1
Endless Love Brazil 2020 documentary short 20 No Rating A series of characters experience the joy of performance, demonstrating that it is better to live than to dream. a:1:{i:0;s:77:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:89:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Duda Gambogi";s:9:"biography";s:452:"Duda Gambogi is a filmmaker and film critic. Over the last eight years she has worked as an assistant director, art director and producer in several independent films and music videos that were screened nationally and internationally. She has also integrated the body of traditional film festivals in Brazil as a Youth Jury, such as the Tiradentes Film Show and Janela de Cinema do Recife - Int’l Film Festival. Endless Love is her debut documentary.";s:10:"photograph";s:83:"";}} 1
El Monte (The Woodland) Cuba 2018 documentary short 13 No Rating Spanish with subtitles In Sierra Maestra, Cuba, José Manuel shares his vision of the world with his granddaughter Malena through his deep knowledge of nature’s mysteries. Plants and people have great similarities and must respect each other. José Manuel hopes that Malena will inherit the knowledge that he obtained from his father and will become a great mountain tree. a:1:{i:0;s:98:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Claudia Claremi";s:9:"biography";s:698:"Claudia Claremi is a graduate in Documentary Film at the EICTV, International Film and TV School of San Antonio de los Baños, Cuba (2018), and also in Fine Arts at the University of the Arts London, UK (2009). She has directed experimental and documentary films such as "Centella" (Firefly), "Murciélago" (Bat), "El Monte" (The Woodland) and "Patio de Butacas" (Audience). Her art projects and films have been exhibited in Cuba, Puerto Rico, the US and Spain as well as at international film festivals such as Ann Arbor (US), Alcine, Documentamadrid (Spain), MakeDox (Macedonia), Ji.hlava (Czech Rep), FIC Gibara (Cuba), MIDBO (Colombia), FCIU (Uruguay), FICGuadalajara, Oaxaca Filmfest (Mexico).";s:10:"photograph";s:95:"";}} 1
Diving for Balance Curaçao 2020 documentary short 26 No Rating With 50 per cent of the Caribbean’s coral reefs already lost, young diver Katie Leeper is putting all her energy and effort into rebuilding the coral reefs of Curaçao. Following this determined environmentalist, “Diving for Balance” is the story of Leeper and the Coral Restoration Foundation Curaçao (CRFC), a non-profit organisation working on restoring the country’s shallow-water coral reefs through a process of growing baby corals and replanting them in the sea. An inspiring portrait of people devoting their lives to saving the dying reefs. a:1:{i:0;s:83:"";} a:2:{i:0;s:95:"";i:1;s:95:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:34:"Steff Donkers and Sara Cornelissen";s:9:"biography";s:649:"As filmmakers, Steff Donkers and Sara Cornelissen are passionate about the passion of others, "We want to dedicate a film to the people who put all their effort into saving and restoring coral, that is 'overlooked' by so many others," they have said. Steff grew up in Curacao and has been diving since she was 11 years old. She loves the Island and its beautiful reefs, however, she never knew how important those reefs were until she met Katie. Sara grew up in the Netherlands and has never dived, but she loves to contribute to a better world and hopes that one day everybody will know as much about coral and its uniqueness as she does right now.";s:10:"photograph";s:111:"";}} 1
Choosing Destiny Trinidad and Tobago 2019 narrative featurette 35 No Rating Two high school students are faced with life-changing choices as they try to navigate their love and the difficult circumstances that surround them. Tackling the contemporary issues of teenage pregnancy, abortion, suicide and illegal drugs, “Choosing Destiny” follows young people at a crossroads in their lives. a:1:{i:0;s:94:"";} a:2:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Angelo Berkeley";s:9:"biography";s:663:"Angelo Berkeley is an Upper Sixth student at Signal Hill Secondary School with a passion for film and theatre. He was the main camera man, one of the supporting actors and the director of "Choosing Destiny", which highlighted various social issues such as suicide, teenage pregnancy, broken homes and financial instability. He was also strongly involved in his school’s drama club S.H.A.P.E Up Productions and has been an active member and actor for the past five years. Angelo is also a musician and songwriter with training in seven instruments with key focus on the guitar and drums. Angelo’s current goal is to pursue film and theatre at university level.";s:10:"photograph";s:82:"";}i:1;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:16:"Shemaiah Trotman";s:9:"biography";s:671:"Shemaiah Trotman is a fifth form student of Signal Hill Secondary. She is multitalented both on and offstage. She has training in cultural dance, performed at Music Festival before joining SHAPE Up Productions, her school's drama club where she blossomed on stage. She auditioned for the lead role and took on the character Jayde in the film "Choosing Destiny". As she became invested in the project, her role widened to director – her knowledge of the film made her an asset in the editing of the film. Trotman's future goals are to pursue writing for film and theatre as well as costume design, another skill she developed as co-designer of her costumes for the film.";s:10:"photograph";s:91:"";}} 1
Carne e Casca (Meat and Shell) Brazil 2016 narrative short 16 No Rating In the bowels of the Recife mangrove is Ilha de Deus (God’s Island). There, José Joaquim Francisco Filho, known as “Mosquito”, the oldest sururu (mussel) fisherman of the region, battles on. In the Capibaribe river, one of the most polluted in Brazil, Mosquito fights for the survival and future of his grandchildren. a:1:{i:0;s:92:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Dani Drumond";s:9:"biography";s:858:"Born in Belo Horizonte / MG, Dani Drumond has a degree in social communication from the University of São Paulo and was a student of Arts at the Universidade Federal Fluminense. He works as a documentary filmmaker and director of photography. Under the guidance of Ateliers Varan in the H2O Cine Recife workshop, he made the short film "Carne e Casca" (2016), which has been shown in festivals and exhibitions in Brazil and France. He directed, photographed and edited "Banzo" (2018); "Filadelphia" (2017), winner of the best film award by the FAVERA 2018 popular jury; "Dollmaker" (2018), awarded as best film by the popular jury of the 5th Super OFF; and "I want to do with you what spring does to the cherry trees" (2020). Drumond directed the photography of the short films "Cantareira" (2019) by Rodrigo Ribeiro, and "Handala" (2020), by Khaled Aldeek.";s:10:"photograph";s:85:"";}} 1
Carmencita Dominican Republic 2020 documentary short 27 No Rating Spanish with subtitles In this documentary short, filmmaker Nayibe Tavares-Abel sets out to make a film based on her great grandmother’s diary entries written in 1918. Incorporating stop motion animation and a silent film shot in 16mm, the filmmaker begins with the aim of poking fun at her great grandmother’s jealousy and conceit, but ends up revealing much about herself in the process. a:1:{i:0;s:75:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:19:"Nayibe Tavares-Abel";s:9:"biography";s:682:"Nayibe Tavares-Abel is Dominican of Palestinian and Lebanese origin. She studied French and political science in Michigan and Paris before completing a Filmmaking Conservatory at Altos de Chavón School of Design in La Romana, DR (2019). Actress-ethnographer for independent theatre groups of Santo Domingo, Tavares-Abel has field experience in the film industry as 2nd and 3rd assistant director, and key production assistant in Dominican and international productions. Her short films as director, "365DAA" (2019) and producer, "Pasajero" (2016) have been showcased at the Premio Joven del Centro de la Imagen and the Muestra Nacional de Cine in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.";s:10:"photograph";s:88:"";}} 1
Binimoy India 2019 narrative short 18 No Rating Gauri and Amal are about to celebrate their first wedding anniversary in their little home in North Calcutta. While Gauri wishes to find her husband a special gift, this isn’t quite as simple as it seems. A portrait of a young couple navigating their socio-economic struggles to make their first anniversary special. a:1:{i:0;s:84:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Tanvi Chowdhary";s:9:"biography";s:470:"Born and raised in Calcutta, Tanvi Chowdhary earned her BFAs in film from the Srishti School of Art and Design in Bangalore, India. She has won various awards for her audio-visual and photographic works. She has worked with a renowned wedding film company, The Wedding Filmer, and has also worked internationally with Los Angeles based production house, Veyra. She seeks to explore and tell stories about human dynamics, identity and gender through her personal artwork.";s:10:"photograph";s:81:"";}} 1
Atlas Martinique 2019 narrative short 12 No Rating French with subtitles Tired of their precarious social environment, Lucas and Alex decide to change their lives. After a catastrophic and deadly robbery, they run away in opposite directions. Lucas has to deal with his guilt while Alex takes care of getting the money. a:2:{i:0;s:84:"";i:1;s:82:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:16:"Anthony Chambeau";s:9:"biography";s:102:"Anthony Chambeau was born and raised in Martinique, and is currently studying cinema in Paris, France.";s:10:"photograph";s:80:"";}} 1
A La’Diablesse Curse Trinidad and Tobago 2020 narrative short 14 No Rating English A womanising absentee father is hunted by La Diablesse, a powerful shape-shifting Caribbean spirit, who demands his soul in exchange for his son’s freedom. a:1:{i:0;s:78:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Jared Prima";s:9:"biography";s:626:"Jared Prima is a Trinidad and Tobago cultural activist, teacher, dramatist, and performer whose mind constantly dwells in huge fantasy worlds. Since realising that the stage was too small a canvas for the worlds his mind creates, he transitioned to film as it had plenty of real estate for building huge fantasy worlds out of his island’s culture. After successfully completing his Masters in Film Directing and Production (a programme made affordable by winning the 2018 Fulbright Scholarship) Jared has embarked on his lifelong goal: to expose the world to the immense potential of Caribbean cultural stories and folklore.";s:10:"photograph";s:93:"";}} 1
Zanmi Martinique 2019 narrative short 10 No Rating New Year’s Eve, 2019, Martinique. Like every year at this time, Alex and Samuel share a moment with family and friends. As every year, laughter flies to the rhythm of the champagne bottles opening but between teasing and good-natured play, who will still be at the table to hear the twelve strokes of midnight? a:1:{i:0;s:70:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:71:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Nadia Charlery";s:9:"biography";s:1110:"Nadia Charlery is a Martiniquaise director who, after studying at ESRA Paris (Ecole Supérieure de Réalisation Audiovisuelle), decided to return to her country of origin to live her passion for the image. For several years, she worked as a director's assistant, production manager and casting director on TV films, commercials and TV magazine programmes with various production companies. Charlery directed her first short film, "Le pense bête", which won an award at an ecological festival. At the same time she directed video clips, commercials and institutional films. Her second short film, "Entre deux", received the "Prix de court", "le prix du scénario" at the Festival Prix de court Antilles-guyane 2013, and the "prix spécial du Jury" at FEMI. Full of ideas for projects and passionate about writing, Charlery's screenplay for her short film "Ti Coq", was awarded in Cannes as part of the HOHOHA competition. "Ti Coq" went on to win prizes at various Caribbean and international festivals. At the moment, Charlery is working on documentary projects, short films and writing her first feature film.";s:10:"photograph";s:78:"";}} 1
Yellow Girl and Me United States 2019 narrative short 19 No Rating English Set in the Jamaican countryside, a young child named Nicole waits for her sister, Yellow Girl, to teach her how to swim. Like the water, Nicole does not resist; she flows, and nothing can stand in her way. Circumstances escalate when Yellow Girl breaks her promise and Nicole realizes that she is next in line for a lifestyle of sexual abuse. Nicole is forced to decide how far she will go in order to protect herself and her sister. a:1:{i:0;s:83:"";} a:2:{i:0;s:95:"";i:1;s:95:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Isabella Issa";s:9:"biography";s:449:"Isabella Issa was born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica, where she developed a curiosity for the relationship between human beings and their surroundings. She received her MFA in Directing from the AFI Conservatory and a BA in Film Production from Pepperdine University. Born of Lebanese descent, Isabella yearns to tell stories which are not included in the master narrative. Her passion lies in the outliers - in human beings and their differences.";s:10:"photograph";s:97:"";}} 1
Waters of March United States 2020 narrative short 16 No Rating English Grandmothers are the protectors of a child’s imagination; they ward off evil spirits and have a remedy for any illness. In “Waters of March”, illness and grief transform a young boy’s life as he grapples with the loss of his grandmother in this exploration of grief and how it affects a family. a:1:{i:0;s:83:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Chase Johnson";s:9:"biography";s:574:"Chase Johnson is an up and coming director based in Los Angeles, CA, with Waters of March being his debut short. Chase's work is based on the cultural significance of the West African "Griot”, one who is tasked with preserving oral tradition carried by storytellers of all walks of life. Chase wishes to tell tales of humans that exist today and reimagine the futures of those who will exist tomorrow. In these narratives, he has dedicated himself to exploring the complex nuisances and "grey areas" embedded within our own concepts of identity politics and ways of being.";s:10:"photograph";s:87:"";}} 1
Timoun Aw (Your Kid) Guadeloupe 2020 narrative short 25 No Rating While being chased, Chris discovers a baby on his stair landing who seems to be intended for him. Doubtful of his paternity, he sets out to find the mother of the child. a:1:{i:0;s:86:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Nelson Foix";s:9:"biography";s:489:"Nelson Foix is a young talented scriptwriter and film director, on the way to share his universe, between Caribbean and Urbanstyle. After two years studying Light and Camera at school in Paris, he learned by doing. The Kid is his third short movie over those past three years and the first time he works with a production and professional materials. He is the kind of director who knows precisely what he wants. Always in a mood for creation, he is already thinking about his next project.";s:10:"photograph";s:78:"";}} 1
Trois Machettes (Three Blades) Haiti 2019 narrative short 29 No Rating French/ Haitian Creole with subtitles A day in the life of a family of three in contemporary Haiti. Child, adolescent, man – each with his dreams and frustrations and each finding a way to live. A day like every other day and everywhere, in every hand, there is a machete. So what will happen when night falls and dreams and frustrations collide? a:1:{i:0;s:77:"";} a:2:{i:0;s:89:"";i:1;s:89:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:22:"Matthieu Maunier-Rossi";s:9:"biography";s:415:"Matthieu Maunier-Rossi is a screenwriter and director. Geography and travels are at the core of all his projects. From 2014 to 2017, he wandered across the Caribbean, looking for new stories. His journey became a book (« Les îles buissonnières », Ed. Rudbeckias, 2018). After more than one year spent in Haiti working with NGOs, he went back to the island during the summer of 2018 to direct « Three blades ».";s:10:"photograph";s:93:"";}} 1
Sweetness Trinidad and Tobago 2020 narrative short 1 No Rating English Five young people think about making the decision to have sex, while access to sex education is limited or skewed. A film about the challenges youth experience when they begin exploring and expressing their sexuality; experimenting and sometimes making risky sexual decisions. a:2:{i:0;s:86:"";i:1;s:89:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Deneka Thomas";s:9:"biography";s:691:"Deneka Thomas is an award-winning Spoken Word Poet, writer, arts educator and activist from Trinidad and Tobago. She is passionate about working to empower and advance the rights of girls and women and of LGBTQI rights. Deneka is the Founder and Creative Director of On-Word Creative. She was the 2018 First Citizens National Poetry Slam Champion and is the 2nd runner up of the competition in 2019. She is Nominated to revive an award for Best Female Spoken Word Artist of Trinidad and Tobago by Trinidad and Tobago's Youth Government. Deneka is a 2018 Woman Deliver young Leader. She is a Professional Spoken Word Artist and Teaching Artist with youth empowerment NGO the 2 Cents Movement.";s:10:"photograph";s:81:"";}} 1
Sinceramente, Candy (Sincerely, Candy) Curaçao, Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela 2019 narrative short 28 No Rating Carolina writes a letter in which she explains how her world was transformed forever. As a refugee she boarded an overloaded boat with people in search of a better life. They experienced trauma at sea, but the real nightmare started in the place of possibilities. The story of Venezuelan refugees who must resort to prostitution in order to survive and provide for their families. a:2:{i:0;s:95:"";i:1;s:96:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:16:"Chantal Anthonia";s:9:"biography";s:1689:"Chantal Anthonia (1989) has been interested in film from a young age. She used to watch and evaluate films every day. As a young adult, she started to create her own projects under the name of Ciann Line. She is an honours alumni from Breda University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands. She has lived, worked and studied in several parts of the world including Mexico, Australia and Hong Kong, where she had the opportunity to develop herself into a better storyteller. She worked on a couple of films including her very recent "Sinceramente, Candy", which she wrote, directed, produced, for her graduation. "One Decision" which she wrote and directed and premiered at the Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival 2017. She was also the producer for her first film “Submerged” about somebody dealing with loneliness after the death of her loved one. This film won “Best Film” and “Best Cinematography” at a NHTV Film Festival in 2014. After that she produced other films like “Headlines” about a news reporter doing everything to get a good story, inspirational video “My Move Matters” about taking care of the earth, and as a director of photography for “Spotlight” in which famous Dutch individuals are exchanging places with students and sharing their world. Furthermore, she has worked as assistant producer, assistant director and casting director for brands such as Adidas, NBC Universal, Amnesty International, Julio, Spectrum, Soft Dreams and so on. She also produced segments for a live TV show in England and helped with filming for the feature film Incipit in Germany. Her personal projects always contain content that can enhance the life of individuals.";s:10:"photograph";s:93:"";}} 1
Reflexion Martinique 2020 narrative short 5 No Rating English Created during quarantine, an animated short about what happens when social distancing goes wrong. a:2:{i:0;s:74:"";i:1;s:76:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Alain Bidard";s:9:"biography";s:780:"Alan Bidard is an award-winning animation film director in Martinique who has been creating animation films since 2000 after graduating from SUPINFOCOM, one of the best 3D animation schools in Europe. Between 2000 and 2015, he has directed several short films, documentaries and live-action films which were nominated internationally and received several awards. In 2015, Bidard released the first animation feature film ever made in the Caribbean, “Battledream Chronicle”, awarded by 24 awards and 70 nominations worldwide. Then in 2018, he created the first Caribbean animated TV series awarded by 25 awards and 105 nominations worldwide. As for now, Bidard is the only Caribbean animated film director who has won more than 60 awards and 250 nominations through his career.";s:10:"photograph";s:79:"";}} 1
Red Alert: Crime In Trinidad and Tobago Trinidad and Tobago 2019 narrative short 10 No Rating Your paranoia is someone else’s reality. A loved one leaves the house, insisting that they will be home at a certain time. The time passes and fear grows as they don’t return. In times like this, it’s not far-fetched to think the worst, but the voice in your head keeps going back and forth. Is something wrong, or are you being paranoid? a:1:{i:0;s:74:"";} a:2:{i:0;s:68:"";i:1;s:75:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:2:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Riyadh Rahaman";s:9:"biography";s:993:"Riyadh Rahaman is 20-year-old Trinidadian filmmaker with a passion for creating high quality, local films and is most known for his unique and creative abilities in storytelling including the genres of comedy, drama and thriller. He graduated from St. Stephen’s College in 2018 and completed a 2 month intensive filmmaking course at Maine Media Workshops + College in the fall 2019 and is currently pursuing his dream of becoming a full time filmmaker. He has amassed an audience of over 20,000 followers among his various social media platforms following his work in film and he’s been twice officially selected in the Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival. His 2019 submission ‘The Lagahoo’ was aired twice on local TV station TTT as part of their 'Live for Local’ series also gaining him an interview on the TTT Now Morning Show with Lisa Wickham. He was also interviewed by the Trinidad Express newspaper in 2019 for his crime short film ‘Red Alert’ which is one of his best works.";}} 1
Pure Service Barbados 2020 narrative short 5 No Rating “Pure Service” is a humorous glimpse into the minds of two characters on opposite sides of the service counter. What happens when the manager isn’t available and the customer doesn’t have their receipt? Sometimes the solution is right in front of you. a:1:{i:0;s:83:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:9:"Reyda Gay";s:9:"biography";s:762:"Enamoured by the creative world, Reyda Gay has been pursuing an artistic career from a young age. Her path has led her from theatre arts at Christ Church Foundation to Mass Communication at the Barbados Community College (BCC) and then cinematic arts at the Errol Barrow Centre for Creative Arts (EBCCI). At EBCCI, she developed a love for screenwriting and editing and her most noted works thus far are Beneath the Dock (2016), a fantasy film involving the Barbados Landship, and COVID Comic (2020), a digital comic series published by the NCF. Reyda continues to work in the film industry, gaining experience on local and international film productions and further specialized in screenwriting with a MA in Writing for Script and Screen at Falmouth University.";s:10:"photograph";s:87:"";}} 1
Mortenol Guadeloupe 2019 narrative short 28 PG Eleven-year-old Dwayne wants to avenge his older brother who was killed by an enemy gang. a:2:{i:0;s:87:"";i:1;s:87:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Julien Silloray";s:9:"biography";s:855:"Julien Silloray is a very promising french director, actually preparing his first feature. His previous shorts, Féfé Limbé (2016), Mommy Water (2014) and A home for these old bones (2013) have been very well received in prestigious festivals worldwide as Clermont Ferrand FF (Special prize of the Jury for Féfé Limbé), BFI London film festival (Special Prize of the jury), FIFAM Amiens (Best short film), Namur film festival, Filmets Badalona, Kuki interfilm Berlin, Tanger, Vues d'Afrique Montréal, Black film festival Montreal, Busan BISFF, Edinburgh Short film festival, Fémi Guadeloupe, TTFF Trinidad & Tobago, Third horizon Caribbean FF Miami, Timehri FF, etc. Julien Silloray's films take a humanistic look at a Creole people and culture that is not well represented in world cinema. Like all his films, Mortenol has been shot in Guadeloupe.";s:10:"photograph";s:82:"";}} 1
Ma Justice (My Justice) Guadeloupe 2019 narrative short 10 No Rating The story of a man who is persuaded to avenge his daughter who was hit by a car. a:1:{i:0;s:75:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:87:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Olivier Kancel";s:9:"biography";s:689:"Olivier Kancel was born in Guadeloupe. He trained as a director in Lyon. He returned to Guadeloupe after making his first 52-minute documentary «Antillais» broadcast by Lyon television. Back in Guadeloupe, he opened his production KOPROD. He makes and produces films like “Ah, si j 'étais pauvre…” and «Ma montagne» and he also works with other production as for the production of the documentary «Les coqs de Dolorès» broadcast by France television and produced by Ext-jour and Poichiche film. Today, Olivier Kancel and his team produce short films such as, «Du côté d 'Abraham», the web series «Samantha» and the series «Shaman» while preparing their next projects.";s:10:"photograph";s:83:"";}} 1
Ma Dame au Camélia (My Lady of the Camellia) French Guiana 2019 narrative short 15 No Rating French with subtitles Patrice, a black actor in his forties, powdered and dressed as a 19th century courtesan, comes to the audition organised by the powerful casting director Selena Meyer. Assisted by Betty, she is looking for the female lead for a new cinematographic adaptation of “Camille – the Lady of the Camellias”. Among the young and pretty contenders, Patrice will have a hard time legitimizing his presence. a:1:{i:0;s:97:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:16:"Edouard Montoute";s:9:"biography";s:1518:"Edouard Montoute was born in Cayenne, French Guiana, an Oversea French Territory. He is an actor known for Femme fatale (Brian de Palma), Taxi (Luc Besson) and La Haine (Mathieu Kassovitz). Attracted by acting, Edouard Montoute was enrolled in a free class at Cours Florent. He first appeared on screen in 1989 in "Jean Galmot", a film shot in French Guiana. His first roles came from a new generation of filmmakers, including Olivier Assayas, who directed "Paris S'éveille/Paris Awakens", "J'irai Au Paradis/I’ll go to Heaven" by Xavier Durringer, and "La Haine/Hate" directed by Mathieu Kassovitz. He gained popularity by playing in the football series "Goal" in 1992 where he met Frédéric Diefenthal, an actor with whom he shared many shoots in his career. He played the character Alain as the cop friend in the four-series “Taxi” saga. He is particularly famous in comic book register such as “Asterix and Obelix: Mission Cléopâtre”. He appeared in the buddy movies "La Voie est Libre/The Coast is Clear" by Stéphane Clavier, “Our Friends the Cops” directed by Bob Swaim and “Before it is too late” by Laurent Dussaux. He also makes appearances on television series like “Flics/Cops” and “Les Toqués/The Goofs”. More recently, we have seen Edouard Montoute in "Les Petits Mouchoirs/Little White Lies" by Guillaume Canet. In 2018, Edouard Montoute made his directorial debut with a classic but revisited "Ma Dame au Camelia/The Lady of the Camelia" in which he also played.";s:10:"photograph";s:98:"";}} 1
La Amante (The Mistress) Puerto Rico 2019 narrative short 11 No Rating During her husband’s funeral, 70-year-old Maritere receives an unexpected visit from Angela, whose presence re-awakens feelings from the past. Maritere must decide whether to continue her life as a widow or give herself the chance to feel love again. a:1:{i:0;s:87:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:9:"Pati Cruz";s:9:"biography";s:401:"Born in Puerto Rico in 1990, Pati Cruz studied Film Directing at the Escuela Internacional de Cine y TV (International School of Film and Television) in San Antonio de los Baños, Cuba (2015-2018). She obtained a Bachelor of Arts at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York (2012). Since 2012, she works as a Screenwriter and Freelance Filmmaker in audiovisual productions in New York and Puerto Rico.";s:10:"photograph";s:80:"";}} 1
Kara Guadeloupe 2020 narrative short 20 No Rating English When Marc brings home an intelligent home management system called Kara for his fiancee, Cindy is unnerved by her increasingly intrusive presence and becomes convinced the device is spying on them. Kara begins to frighten Cindy while Marc is out at work, but he thinks she’s imagining it. a:2:{i:0;s:82:"";i:1;s:82:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:23:"Catherine Kerr-Phillips";s:9:"biography";s:932:"Catherine is a multilingual writer, director, photographer, translator and assistant director. She lived abroad for several years, travelling and working, before studying languages, economics and theatre at Nice University graduating in 2009. While in the South of France, she initially started acting in various French television series (Les Toques, Section de Recherches) before deciding to pursue a career behind the camera in 2015. Since then, she has worked as an Assistant Director on numerous British and foreign productions, including Goldfinch Studio’s World War II film, Waiting for Anya, That Good Night, and popular dramas such as Casualty, East Enders and Death in Paradise. She has written and directed three award winning short films and two short animations, and her short screenplay The Wedding Car was produced for BBC 2 in 2016. She has written three feature screenplays and published a memoir, Hoping for Rain.";s:10:"photograph";s:86:"";}} 1
K.I.N.G United States 2019 narrative short 12 No Rating English In the aftermath of Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria, a troubled boy is sent to Connecticut from the Virgin Islands to temporarily stay with his paternal aunt. In hopes of seeing his deadbeat father after broken promises, he ventures out into an unfamiliar city to find him. a:1:{i:0;s:72:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:84:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Rashad Frett";s:9:"biography";s:1409:"A first generation American from a Caribbean background, Rashad Frett was taught from a young age to work hard for his goals. He was always fascinated in the arts but started pursuing it seriously after joining the U.S. Army. Experiencing 9/11 first hand when his Army unit was sent to NYC to help with rescue/ evacuation, Frett wanted to make a positive impact on society. Telling stories through the power of the media became his passion. Frett furthered his education and honed his filmmaking skills which got him accepted into the NYU Tisch Graduate Film program.He's an MFA Candidate with a Writer/Director concentration at NYU Tisch and is a recipient of the 2018 BAFTA - HBO scholarship, the Martin Scorsese Young Filmmakers scholarship, a 2019 BET Blackhouse Foundation Fellowship at Sundance, a King Wasserman Award Winner at 2019 NYU's First Run Film Festival, Winner of the 2018 DGA Student Film Award in the Eastern Region African American category, Best Student Film at 2019 Bronzelens Film Festival, 2019's national winner for Gentleman Jack's Real to Reel film competition with Omari Hardwick, and a 2019/20 recipient of the Spike Lee Production Fellowship. Additionally, Frett is a Cinematographer with work that has screened in Prestigious festivals including SXSW, LA Film Festival, San Francisco International Film Festival, American Black Film Festival, Aspen Film Festival, and Berlinale.";s:10:"photograph";s:78:"";}} 1
Traytown (JAFTA Block) Jamaica 2020 narrative short 14 No Rating English Newly-married Aria Sawyer is a charismatic and attractive young woman who is after one thing – a seat in Parliament – and she gets it. However, the sweet taste of victory quickly grows sour when her power-hungry husband, Dimitri, finds out about her on-and-off affair with Janelle Rose, a spunky female journalist. He offers a trade: his silence for her seat in Parliament. a:2:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Nadean Rawlins";s:9:"biography";s:609:"Nadean Rawlins is the Founder and Managing Director of RAW Management, a Talent Management Agency and Production Co. Nadean has produced five stage plays to include the award-winning play The Black That I Am in 2015. An emerging film producer and director, she co-directed and produced her first short film Traytown written by Letay Williams in 2020, and is currently involved in developing other feature film projects. Rawlins also has over 20 years of experience as an award-winning actress and firmly believes in developing and promoting all kinds of talents through advancement and international exposure.";s:10:"photograph";s:123:"";}i:1;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Gareth Cobran";s:9:"biography";s:744:"Gareth started off directing and shooting a myriad of music videos for international recording artistes, gaining exposure and familiarity within the industry. As his journey progressed, he decided to sharpen his skills specifically as a Director of Photography, telling unique stories and ultimately syncing himself with a completely different side of production. He started Image Development Studios as a cornerstone for quality local and regional production, which further enhanced his portfolio allowing him to shoot, direct, and edit. He branched off into the commercial avenue, shooting adverts for many prominent companies including Digicel, Coke Zero and KFC to name a few. In 2012 co-directed the documentary OnePeople: The Celebration.";s:10:"photograph";s:80:"";}} 1
Out of Many (JAFTA Block) Jamaica 2020 narrative short 15 No Rating English The bubble of Asha’s privilege is popped when she sees the dead body of a street cleaner while out with her driver, GT. To Asha the body represents a side of Jamaica that she has, up until that point, only seen on the news. She sees a part of GT in that body and maybe even a part of herself. From this point on Asha’s world seems tainted, and she is thrust into deep introspection. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:16:"Rebecca Williams";s:9:"biography";s:215:"Rebecca Williams is a filmmaker, photographer and writer based in Kingston, Jamaica. She recently graduated Magna Cum Laude from the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) with a B.F.A in Film and TV Production.";s:10:"photograph";s:94:"";}} 1
Irma United Kingdom 2020 narrative short 5 No Rating Set on a French Caribbean island threatened by Hurricane Irma in 2017, in the calm before the storm, a little girl is excited to meet the mysterious Irma everyone is talking about. a:2:{i:0;s:80:"";i:1;s:74:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:9:"Lisa Cruz";s:9:"biography";s:472:"Lisa Cruz is a French Artist and 2D animator based in London. She did her BA in Fine Art and Stage Design at ESAP, Monaco, then she went to the Atelier de Sèvres in Paris to study animation followed by an MA at Royal College of Art in London where she graduated in 2019 in Narrative Animation. From her background in Stage Design she draws special attention to Space and Perspective. Her films are staged in a theatrical way to highlight her character’s point of view.";s:10:"photograph";s:72:"";}} 1
Immune United Kingdom 2020 narrative short 15 No Rating English In a world scourged by a terrible disease, a healthy mother-to-be must escape the clutches of an authoritarian government or risk losing her life and that of her unborn child. a:2:{i:0;s:84:"";i:1;s:84:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:17:"Robert Macfarlane";s:9:"biography";s:1076:"Robert Macfarlane is a narrative Director with over 15 years’ experience in the Film, TV and commercial sectors in the UK and Caribbean. After completing his BA at London South Bank University, he started his production company, focusing his attention on directing narrative music videos, producing over 40 in a three-year period for various artists across genres. He then moved to Trinidad and Tobago and in his quest to become a better director, he worked in a variety of roles on feature films, commercials, and corporate films. After returning to the UK, Robert worked as a creative director at a boutique production house directing over many high end corporate and educational films before he chose to focus solely on narrative directing. His credits range from directing award-winning shorts to editing the multi-award-winning feature film Sally's Way released in North America and the Caribbean. Broadcast credits include editor on TV shows for CTV in Trinidad & Tobago and the BBC as well as director of music videos which have aired on MTV Base, VH1 and the Box.";s:10:"photograph";s:82:"";}} 1
Ici c’est Paris (Paris is Here) French Guiana 2020 narrative short 16 No Rating French with subtitles The peaceful life of Georges, an introverted Guyanese teenager, becomes complicated when he falls in love with Gisèle, a dreamy girl who hopes more than anything to see Paris. a:1:{i:0;s:78:"";} a:2:{i:0;s:90:"";i:1;s:90:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:33:"Léa Magnien and Quentin Chantrel";s:9:"biography";s:1483:"Léa Magnien & Quentin Chantrel form a duo of photographic directors, the collective Lova Lova. Together, they combine their skills for the production of short films and photographs almost always anchored in French Guyana where they both grew up. Léa Magnien did the fine arts of Aix en Provence and was then admitted to the National School of Arts and Techniques of Theater (ENSATT) in Lyon in the field of costume. Quentin Chantrel embarked on self-directed filmmaking with his first short film "A heart on the canvas" awarded at the Palmists Canvas Festival (French Guyana) before becoming a graduate by integrating DU Creations and Audiovisual and Cinematographic Techniques from Corsica where he directed the short film "Secondary residence", produced by the Cinematographic Research and Essay Group. Thanks to their technical experiences on the French Guyana series (canal +) in particular and Maroni (Arte), they decide to create a duo, the Collective Lova Lova, and direct their first very short film in 2017 "Je suis un vélo" . They then directed in 2018 the short film "Ici, c'est Paris" produced by Palaviré Production.In parallel with their achievements, the duo encountered colorful characters on stage through offbeat photographs that tackle the concept of exoticism and question the representation of the Other. The duo did an artist residency in Bélem (Brazil) and Oaxaca (Mexico). They also exhibited their photographs in Alsace, Marseille and Hanover (Germany).";s:10:"photograph";s:105:"éa-Magnien-and-Quentin-Chantrel.jpg";}} 1
Home Sweet Home United States 2020 narrative short 13 No Rating When the ghost of a far removed Jamaican past shows up at her humble Brooklyn apartment, 60-year-old Esmerelda, a kindly illegal immigrant who works as a home health aide, is dumbfounded. The proverbial ghost, her estranged ex-husband, has flown from Jamaica, eager to find her, and bears news of their terminally ill son; the child he denied her when she was forced to flee Jamaica some 30 years prior. The son’s dying wish is to meet the mother he’s never known. But Esmerelda is torn; America is home. If she leaves, there is no going back, but she has long yearned to be reunited with her only child, and going back now is her only chance. a:2:{i:0;s:86:"";i:1;s:86:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:17:"Natasha Griffiths";s:9:"biography";s:1548:"Natasha Griffiths is a screenwriter-director and educator from Manchester, Jamaica. She has a commendable background in Theatre (acting), which was the pursuit of her undergraduate studies. After her undergraduate tenure, a joint programme between the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts and The University of the West Indies, Ms. Griffiths pursued filmmaking. While serving as a high school Theatre Arts teacher, she undertook several film training, and more specifically, screenwriting programmes. After eight years as a high school educator, while moonlighting as a writer and production assistant, Ms. Griffiths pursued a Master of Fine Arts degree in screenwriting. In May 2018 she concluded her MFA at the Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema in Brooklyn, NY. To date, Ms. Griffiths has written a number of screenplays; shorts, features, one-hour television episodes and web-series episodes. A Fire and a Funeral, the pilot episode of her television drama series Showa was short-listed for the 2018 Sundance Episodic Lab, and her feature screenplay Lukewarm, which won a place in the British Council/JAMPRO/JAFTA Feature Film Lab is now in development. Ms. Griffiths has served as an adjunct screenwriting professor at Hofstra University, Brooklyn College (Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema), New York University (TISCH School of the Arts) and The University of the West Indies (CARIMAC). Currently Ms. Griffiths is a full-time faculty member at The University of Technology, Jamaica, where she lectures in screenwriting.";s:10:"photograph";s:91:"";}} 1
A Day at the Beach Trinidad and Tobago 2020 narrative short 2 No Rating English Marcy is having a relaxing day at the beach when a nationwide catastrophe occurs in this sci-fi horror short set in South Trinidad. a:1:{i:0;s:95:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:16:"Jeremy Ramberran";s:9:"biography";s:363:"Jeremy Ramberran is a Trinidadian freelance writer, poet, and published author. He holds a B.Sc in Sociology from the University of the West Indies where he also studied creative writing under Dr Merle Hodge. His work is heavily influenced by William Shakesapeare, Charles Dickens, Hans Andersen and Stephen King, usually carrying strong fairy-tale-like elements.";s:10:"photograph";s:93:"";}} 1
Zeen? Canada 2019 narrative featurette 30 PG-13 English Chad is a pretentious white Jamaican film director. With his ragtag Caribbean cast and crew, he aims to shoot a highbrow social drama called “Brothers in Babylon” in this comedy mockumentary about filmmaking, culture and privilege. a:2:{i:0;s:81:"";i:1;s:81:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:18:"Calyx Passailaigue";s:9:"biography";s:1372:"Calyx Passailaigue is an award winning writer, director, producer and editor. His projects are Official Selections at many international film festivals including Beijing, Adana, Oakville, the Montreal Black Film Festival, the Toronto Black Film Festival, the San Francisco Black Film Festival and the International Film Festival of South Asia. Calyx is a winner of the Jeff Young Drama Award, the Jack Kuper Film Award, the Universal Studios Canada Scholarship in Filmmaking, the Merit Award at the Canada Shorts Film Festival and Best Film / Screenplay at the Miami 4 Social Change Film Festival. In 2017, Calyx earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree for Film Production from Ryerson University. His latest projects include “Men at War,” a comedic drama starring Eric Osborne and Richard Walters from the Netflix series Degrassi, a horror series pilot called “The Injustices,” featuring the music of Grammy nominated / Juno winning composer Michael Hanson (Glass Tiger, #NoJoke) and “Zeen?,” a comedy mockumentary produced with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts and the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto. Currently, he is working with producers Sander Shalinsky (Beatriz at Dinner, The Red Sea Diving Resort) and Michael Bien (Billionaire Boys Club, The Clapper) to develop and write feature film scripts for a new production company.";s:10:"photograph";s:88:"";}} 1
Mightier dan de Sun Trinidad and Tobago 2020 narrative featurette 37 No Rating English Ten years in the making and filmed in Trinidad and Tobago with a team of home-grown professionals, “Mightier dan de Sun” is the story of an Indian couple with nothing to lose. In combination with mental illness and supernatural forces, alcohol becomes a catalyst for unfortunate events. a:1:{i:0;s:104:"";} a:2:{i:0;s:111:"";i:1;s:111:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:18:"Trevon C. Jugmohan";s:9:"biography";s:1068:"My name is Trevon C. Jugmohan, I am an actor, producer and director. I have been a member of the theatre fraternity since 2006, a registered artiste with the Ministry of Community Development, Culture and the Arts of Trinidad and Tobago and recently I completed my first short film, ‘Mightier dan de Sun’, premiering this year. First Instinct, my production company, collaborated with JCS Entertainment between the years 2012 to 2016, producing musicals such as; ‘The Sound of Music’ and ‘Mahalia: A Gospel Musical’, just to name a few. November 2019, we, John H. Smith and I were honoured with the award for achievements in Musical Theatre from the National Academy for the Performing Arts (NAPA), at the ten year anniversary gala. April 2019 marked my thirteenth year as apprentice and producer for Raymond Choo Kong. Studying the art forms from one of our local masters, everything from front of house to staging plays, from script selection to character development, passing on knowledge that will ensure the continuation of quality productions in T&T.";s:10:"photograph";s:101:"";}} 1
Get Free! Trinidad and Tobago 2019 narrative featurette 37 No Rating English Twenty-one-year-old Iris’ life is endangered as her ex-boyfriend returns to seek unwanted closure. A series of events unfold as we see what was, and what still is, between them. A raw, realist exploration of violence against women. a:1:{i:0;s:75:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Akkel Charles";s:9:"biography";s:540:"Akkel "Lee" Charles is a 22 year old filmmaker who is from Laventille, Trinidad and Tobago. This is the second time a film of his has been selected for the Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival. His previous submission was 'Life In Kolour' in 2019. Akkel's drive to create content comes from the immediate reality around him. The "Lee" in his name is to signify the Lee in the names of his inspirations Spike and Stan Lee. His near term goal is to further his studies in film and go to countries in Africa and Europe and continue making films..";s:10:"photograph";s:84:"";}} 1
YAFA Le Pardon (YAFA Forgiveness) France 2019 narrative feature 85 No Rating Demba is an African who has fled an oppressive regime in his own country and is seeking asylum in Paris. One night he encounters Lucien, a policeman from the Caribbean, who speaks to him in the voice of the dominant class. But in his country Demba is a professor of History and Geography while Lucien left school early to help his mother, a cleaning lady. “YAFA Le Pardon” explores the social and economic dynamics at work in their relationship as they seek to understand each other, aided by Welcome, a Baule Komian who does not hesitate to officiate as the parties meet on the Quai de l’Oise, in the centre of Paris. a:1:{i:0;s:81:"";} a:2:{i:0;s:93:"";i:1;s:93:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Christian Lara";s:9:"biography";s:397:"Christian Lara was born in Basse-Terre, Guadeloupe and is known as the “Father of West Indian Cinema.” Formerly a journalist (based in France) he has directed over twenty films since 1971, including Coco-La-Fleur, candidat (1978), Bitter Sugar (1998), 1802 freedom now (2004) and Lost Heritage (2009). His last films are Slave and Courtesan and Summer in Provence, shot in the south of France.";s:10:"photograph";s:89:"";}} 1
No Place Like Home Jamaica 2019 narrative feature 90 No Rating English When Susan, a film producer from NYC, goes to Jamaica to shoot a shampoo commercial, she finds herself, through a series of unforeseen circumstances, drifting further and further away from the world she knows and into the life of the island, a strange alternative reality that turns many of her previously held assumptions upside down. a:1:{i:0;a:2:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Perry Henzell";s:9:"biography";s:1161:"Perry Henzell was a film director and writer. Born in Port Maria, Jamaica on March 7th, 1936, he was married with three children, and died in Treasure Beach, Jamaica on November 30th, 2006. Henzell was a man who exuded an almost supernatural calm; he was always effortlessly congenial company, with a permanent twinkle of humour in his enquiring eyes. Both his parents were of old Caribbean stock, his father managing a sugar estate on the Jamaican north coast, where his only son and two daughters were born. After attending Shrewsbury School and McGill University in Montreal, Perry Henzell became a floor manager for BBC television in London. In 1959, learning that television was about to start up in Jamaica, he returned to the island. There he set up Vista Productions, which over the next decade made hundreds of commercials, honing his directing skills. English commercials directors like Ridley Scott would use Vista’s facilities. By 1969 Henzell was ready to begin filming his first feature. Funded by relatives, as well as by Chris Blackwell, The Harder They Come was not finally completed until 1972, shot at weekends or in one or two-week bursts.";}} 1
Malpaso Dominican Republic, Haiti 2019 narrative feature 80 PG-13 Candido and Braulio are twin brothers growing up near the border between Haiti and the Dominican Republic. While Candido stays home secluded due to his albinism, Braulio helps his grandfather sell coal in the market. Their life takes a turn for the worst after the unexpected death of their grandfather. Now Braulio will need to look after his brother while attempting to make ends meet in the border town market. All the while, Candido dreams of the eventual return of their absent father. a:1:{i:0;s:72:"";} a:2:{i:0;s:84:"";i:1;s:86:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:17:"Héctor M. Valdez";s:9:"biography";s:1316:"Hector M. Valdez (Santo Domingo, 1989) began making short films as a teenager and throughout his university years, at McGill University. His studies include courses in Film Directing, Acting and Performance in Film and an Overview of the Film Industry at UCLA. In 2015, he directed the documentary feature-length film República del Color: a film that explores how the depiction of Caribbean identity has evolved in the country’s rich history in visual arts. His follow up film, Melocotones, was a Yellow Robin nominee at the IFFR-Curaçao and held its North American premiere at the Montreal World Film Festival in 2017. Melocotones was then selected as the ‘Film of the Festival’ at the Raindance Film Festival. This distinction granted him the opportunity to write and direct the official trailer for the ‘26th Raindance Film Festival’ in 2018 which received wide media exposure in the UK. Malpaso is his most personal film to date; made to give a voice to the youth in the most neglected region of his country: the Haitian-Dominican border. During its post-production, the film was one of the five films featured in the work-in-progress lab Primera Mirada at the IFF Panama in 2019. Malpaso will hold its World Premiere as part of the Official Selection of the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival.";s:10:"photograph";s:82:"";}} 1
La Imagen del Tiempo (Timeless Havana) Cuba 2019 narrative feature 70 No Rating Shot through the eyes of Felipe, a tortured film director trying in vain to create the authentic portrayal of love that his grandfather so easily captured in his amateur films of decades prior, his lens follows Edel and May, actors playing the characters Alejandro and Rita, strangers with different motives looking for the same girl. Their search meanders through a chaotic Havana that gets them simultaneously nowhere and entangled. Likewise, Felipe’s film meanders from scene to scene lacking a coherent thread and conclusion and leaving him unsatisfied. He is incapable of capturing the compassion in his takes that his grandfather did until he realizes that – unlike himself – his grandfather had the capacity for love. With his new-found awareness, he sets his characters free from their hopeless search. a:1:{i:0;s:101:"";} a:2:{i:0;s:100:"";i:1;s:90:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Jeissy Trompiz";s:9:"biography";s:1334:"Born in Maracaibo, Venezuela, 1986. Direction and Scriptwriting degree, Escuela Internacional de cine y TV, Cuba (EICTV). His artistic formation started in theater as an actor and writer. He has directed the short films: Me dicen Drupi ... (Fiction, 2008) I live in the downtown (Documentary, 2009) Bolivar, the liberator of souls (Documentary 2015) Two feet (Documentary, 2016) Child fish (Fiction, 2016), The Flood (Fiction, 2018), Autumn of Socialist Nation (the collapse of the Soviet Union) (2019) . His short films have been screened in deferents festivals like the Festival Internacional del Nuevo Cine Latinoamericano (Cuba); Huesca Film Festival (Spain); Dresden filmfest, Germany, Videoteca del Sur (New York, EEUU), United States Super 8 Film + Digital Video Festival, (New Jersey, EEUU); Dresden International Film festival (Germany); Festival de cine universitario Eureka (Colombia); Panalandia (Panamá); Festival de cine Manuel Trujillo Durán (Venezuela), Margarita Film Festival and Documenta (Venezuela), Muestra Cine Joven (Cuba). He has directed the feature film La Imagen del Tiempo (Timeless Havana), an official selection in FID Marseille 2019. He’s currently working on the short film I Suoni del tempo (Italian-Cuba-Venezuela co-production, Premio Zavattini 2018 for development project with archive films).";s:10:"photograph";s:109:"";}} 1
Secrets de Famille (Family Secrets) France 2019 narrative feature 60 No Rating French with subtitles Paul is a young Caribbean man living in London. While being a brilliant financial executive in the City, he gradually self-destructs by rejecting his roots and his family and trampling on his wife and daughter. Everyone suspects that a terrible family drama is the cause of this change of behavior. However, Paul can only break out of his silence by facing his past and its hidden secrets. a:1:{i:0;s:79:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:90:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:2:{s:4:"name";s:12:"Julien Dalle";s:9:"biography";s:1696:"Julien Dalle is today recognized as an essential representative of the new generation of Caribbean directors. His first two feature films are screened multiple times in the West Indies each year, after making festivals around the world. « Retour au pays », also with Firmine Richard, was screened 240 times (09/2019) in Guadeloupe, which constitutes a record for a West Indian film. His writing focus is around contemporary Creole journey where he mixes Caribbean characters and universal narrative themes. Thus his films have both the authenticity of Caribbean characters, while allowing other viewers around the world to also identify themselves. For example, "Retour au Pays" was distributed throughout French-speaking Africa where it met with great success. Its leitmotif is to show images of the rest of the world to the West Indies and to show images of the West Indies to the rest of the world. Thus “Family Secrets” was filmed in London where 30 technicians and actors came mainly from Guadeloupe for the shooting. Today, after having lived and shot in London, Paris and Barcelona, he returned to live in his native Guadeloupe, where in parallel with his audiovisual business where he directs TV commercials, documentaries and institutional films, he works actively to promote West Indian cinema to a large audience with the help of its association ALMA (Association du Long-Metrage Antillo-guyanais). His three feature films to date all have their French exploitation visa. As an SACD member (French company of dramatic authors and composers) with screenplays for other feature films already registered, Julien Dalle will continue to develop new feature films in the years to come.";}} 1
Code R.E.D.D Trinidad and Tobago 2020 narrative feature 90 No Rating English A man with a briefcase is more dangerous than a man with a gun. Two struggling private detectives hired to find a briefcase instead find themselves running for their lives. Now they must find the businessman who set them up and thwart his plans to set up a human trafficking ring in Trinidad. a:1:{i:0;s:75:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:9:"Joel Moss";s:9:"biography";s:309:"Joel Moss was born and raised in San Fernando,Trinidad. He has been a writer for the past 13 years spending most of his efforts on short stories and poetry. He took an interest in videography in 2018 after writing his first script. Code R.E.D.D. is his second script that he turned into a full length feature.";s:10:"photograph";s:77:"";}} 1
Wake Up Trinidad and Tobago 2020 art short 4 No Rating English As the Spirit of Death roams around looking for its next victim, a young couple out celebrating their anniversary is viciously attacked, leaving the man severely injured. As he slowly fades away from the physical realm, it is revealed to him why he must fight to stay alive. a:1:{i:0;s:79:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:85:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Shinelle Ambris";s:9:"biography";s:326:"Shinelle Ambris is a graphic designer and filmmaker with 5 years of experience. Her film practice is focused on the production of music videos, that thematically challenge Caribbean femininity. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Film Production and Film Studies at the University of the West, St Augustine.";s:10:"photograph";s:82:"";}} 1
Untitled Jamaica 2020 art short 3 No Rating An animated film built on fragments. Each frame is a composite fragment using hand-drawn illustrations that are typically minimal and void of color, echoing the way memory can be ever shifting. The narrative is non-linear and focuses on themes of absence, short-term memory, traumatic memory and the quirks/tropes of memory that permeate childhood. They are representations of the everyday that expose the extraordinary nature of the quotidian by reflecting the incoherent intrusions, recollections and imaginary representations of truth (memory). a:1:{i:0;s:85:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:16:"Kelley-Ann Lindo";s:9:"biography";s:1057:"Born Kingston, Jamaica Kelley-Ann Lindo has been educated at the Edna College of the Visual and Performing Art (BFA in Painting, 2015). She worked as a gallery assistant at the CAGE Gallery, as a curatorial assistant at the National Gallery of Jamaica all in Kingston, Jamaica. She lectured at the Edna Manley College of the Visual & Performing Arts, and is currently pursuing a Masters of Fine Arts in Painting and Printmaking at Virginia Commonwealth University under a Fulbright Scholarship. She has been artist-in-residence at Alice Yard, Port of Spain, Trinidad (2016), at NLS, Kingston, Jamaica (2017) and at Blaqmango Consultancy, Kingston, Jamaica (2018). Her work has also been exhibited at the Barbados Museum & Historical Society (Arrivants Exhibition, 2018), the National Gallery of Jamaica (Jamaica Biennial 2017), Edna Manley College of Visual and Performing Arts (Final Year exhibition, 2015), and the College’s CAG[e] Gallery (2014). Lindo produces large, mixed media installations, but also works in drawing and print media, and in video.";s:10:"photograph";s:83:"";}} 1
The Whole World is Turning Netherlands 2019 art short 21 No Rating English A group of lovers is visited by a familiar guest. They remark on how this guest has turned, how they have turned and how the whole world keeps turning. How will they receive this turn of events? a:1:{i:0;s:103:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:16:"Ada M. Patterson";s:9:"biography";s:429:"Ada M. Patterson (Bridgetown, 1994) is a visual artist and writer based between Barbados, London and Rotterdam. The 2020 NLS Kingston Curatorial & Art Writing Fellow, they have exhibited with LADA, London; Barbados Museum & Historical Society, Bridgetown; TENT, Rotterdam; Ateliers ’89, Oranjestad; Alice Yard, Port-of-Spain. Their writing has featured in ARC Magazine, Sugarcane Magazine, PREE, Mister Motley and Metropolis M.";s:10:"photograph";s:98:"";}} 1
El Dúo de las Hermanas Gato (The Cat Sister’s Duet) Mexico 2019 art short 3 No Rating Two sisters struggle to play without fighting. a:2:{i:0;s:97:"";i:1;s:97:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:26:"Marina Santana De la Torre";s:9:"biography";s:1576:"Born in Mexico City, Marina’s early interest in arts led her to painting. After graduating from High School she became more interested in social research and human behavior and received a major in Social Sciences at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México. (Mexico Autonomous Institute of Technology, ITAM). During this time she was also interested in theatre and participated as an actress in ITAM’s theatre company. While still enrolled at ITAM she was accepted in Asociación Mexicana de Cineastas Independientes (Mexican Association of Independent Filmmakers, AMCI). Her first short documentary film, La Paradoja del Muay Thai, “Muay Thai Paradox”, a reflection of the desire for violence; premiered at the acclaimed Festival Pantalla de Cristal 2008 and was nominated for Best Short Documentary and at the International University Film Festival, FICU LANTERNA 2009. She later became Director and Cinematographer of most of her films. Her thesis project from AMCI La Fortuna en un día de Sol y lluvia, “The fortune of a Day with Sun and Rain” premiered at the New York City International Film Festival (NYCIFF) 2013 and won the award of Best Director in a Short Film. In 2015 she was awarded a full merit scholarship to attend California Institute of the Arts, CalArts. Her thesis project Fenestram Window Phobia (2020) was inspired by the uncertainty of the political scenario and a period of isolation and sadness after receiving the news of a tragedy in her family. She is currently working in her feature film Alma Rosa, “The Soul of a Rose”.";s:10:"photograph";s:105:"";}} 1
Hijo del Mar (Son of the Sea) Dominican Republic 2019 art short 9 No Rating Spanish with subtitles On a remote beach in the Caribbean, a fisherman, trapped in the monotony of his daily life, wakes up to the call of Yemayá, the goddess of the sea. a:1:{i:0;s:79:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:92:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:32:"Candido Junior Bienvenido Castro";s:9:"biography";s:494:"Candido Bienvenido Castro was born on the 29th of June of 1998 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Film student at Instituto Tecnologico Santo Domingo (INTEC). He has worked on short movie projects which have been awarded in national and international film festivals. Currently working on his directorial debut "Hijos del Mar", which has participated in national film labs. He aspires to make films that explore the collective and social imaginary of the Dominican Republic and the Caribbean.";s:10:"photograph";s:98:"";}} 1
Silent Truths United Kingdom 2019 art short 4 No Rating An experimental look at the effects of colonialism, shot on Super 8 and digital film. Showing the contrasts between old and new, it uses contemporary dance movements to express the psychological effects of colonialism, specifically within the Caribbean. a:1:{i:0;s:91:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Rhiana Bonterre";s:9:"biography";s:520:"Rhiana Bonterre is a BA film student at Kingston School of Art, London. Her films focus on themes involving the Caribbean and it’s diaspora, as well as personal, social and cultural identity. Her work has been screened at the British Film Institute, and as she continues to produce films, she intends to draw much of her inspiration from her own experiences in Trinidad where she grew up, past and present ideologies that shape its culture, and the vast and differing experiences of people who come from the Caribbean.";s:10:"photograph";s:94:"";}} 1
Shade United States 2019 art short 3 No Rating English Trees as the spirit of our ancestors; talking stink about us. a:1:{i:0;s:73:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:17:"Analise Cleopatra";s:9:"biography";s:82:"Analise Cleopatra is a Trinidadian-American artist & filmmaker based in Miami, Fl.";s:10:"photograph";s:81:"";}} 1
Palindrome Trinidad and Tobago art short No Rating English An experiment based on time manipulation and what it does in film. The filmmaker takes the first half and flips it to the end so that watched backwards or forwards the same film would be played.     a:1:{i:0;s:75:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:88:"";} a:3:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:12:"David Parris";s:9:"biography";s:353:"David Parris is a student at the University of the West Indies pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Film Production. He has starred in, written and directed several short films for the university such as The Smiling Man(2017) and Grey (2018). His documentary Tattoo’d (2019) also premiered in the Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival 2019 Carifesta Edition.";s:10:"photograph";s:81:"";}i:1;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Lee-Anna Boyce ";s:9:"biography";s:379:"Lee-Anna Shirlin Boyce is a theater arts teacher at the Moruga Secondary School. She is the founder of the Artistic Dance theater, Creator of the Mourga folk character haunted house, Rouge Masquerade and a mas designer. She is passionate about the preservation of the culture of Trinidad and Tobago. She is presently pursuing her BA in Dance at the University of the West Indies.";s:10:"photograph";s:82:"";}i:2;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:18:"Kwame E. Boatswain";s:9:"biography";s:286:"Kwame Emmanuel Boatswain is a young cinematographer from Trinidad & Tobago aspiring to raise mental health awareness by using the art of Cinema and Caribbean Story Telling. Kwame believes that great filmmaking can be used to help others heal as it challenges their mind, body, and soul.";s:10:"photograph";s:77:"";}} 1
Looking for ‘Looking for Langston’ Barbados, Netherlands 2018 art short 16 No Rating A performative video work in search of Isaac Julien’s “Looking for Langston” (1989). A captain dreams of setting sail, in search of a mysterious, intangible, comforting vision that rests at the edge of the horizon. An exploration of desire and distance, pleasure and disappointment, secrets and surprise, “Looking for ‘Looking for Langston’” is a cruise of poetic correspondence, queering sailors and transgressing horizons. a:2:{i:0;s:77:"";i:1;s:109:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:16:"Ada M. Patterson";s:9:"biography";s:429:"Ada M. Patterson (Bridgetown, 1994) is a visual artist and writer based between Barbados, London and Rotterdam. The 2020 NLS Kingston Curatorial & Art Writing Fellow, they have exhibited with LADA, London; Barbados Museum & Historical Society, Bridgetown; TENT, Rotterdam; Ateliers ’89, Oranjestad; Alice Yard, Port-of-Spain. Their writing has featured in ARC Magazine, Sugarcane Magazine, PREE, Mister Motley and Metropolis M.";s:10:"photograph";s:98:"";}} 1
Island State of Mine Trinidad and Tobago 2017 art short 1 No Rating This idea of “paradise” is sometimes the furthest from the truth. We are constantly trying to keep our heads above water and stay afloat, presenting idyllic faces to the world all the while struggling with the global realities of climate change, refugee crises, and Belt and Road Initiatives. a:1:{i:0;a:2:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Richard Rawlins";s:9:"biography";s:435:"Richard Mark Rawlins (b.1967), Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago. He currently lives and works in Hastings, UK. A graduate of the Royal College of Art’s print programme (2019), Rawlins’ research takes a transnational approach to the "pop-cultural" poetics and politics of life in the Caribbean, the contested and resultant histories/realities of colonialism and it’s transpontine consequence, black identity and diaspora politics.";}} 1
I Cried so Much I Felt the Universe Pass Through my Eyes Trinidad and Tobago 2020 art short 5 No Rating A collection of phrases from 2013–2016 that talk about blackness, failure, hopelessness, and death; thoughts about water and how it gives life and takes life. a:1:{i:0;s:67:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:21:"Luis Vasquez La Roche";s:9:"biography";s:749:"Luis Vasquez La Roche was born in Venezuela. In 2002 migrated to Trinidad and Tobago. They have been actively producing and exhibiting work since 2009. They have exhibited work in Trinidad, Bahamas, Venezuela, Colombia, Scotland, Germany, and the US. They were selected to be part of the residency program OAZO AIR in The Netherlands in 2013 and Beta Local’s 2016 Itinerant Seminar in Puerto Rico. In 2013, co-founded See You on Sunday, an artist collective committed to arts education. They lecture at The University of Trinidad and Tobago and Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. Fulbright Scholar 2018-2020, MFA Painting and Printmaking, Virginia Commonwealth University. BA Special Visual Arts, University of the West Indies";s:10:"photograph";s:136:"";}} 1
I Am Sugar United Kingdom 2018 art short 1 No Rating English A redactive moving image poem created from bubbling sugar, that takes as its starting point Stuart Hall’s analogy of the contested history of the Atlantic Slave trade, its consequences (colonialism), sugar and English identity. Hall writes: “I am the sugar at the bottom of the English cup of tea. I am the sweet tooth, the sugar plantations that rotted generations of English children’s teeth.” Hall speaks not only as a Jamaican descendant of enslaved Africans transported to the British colonies but as all diasporic Africans whose legacy is rooted/routed in the transpontine consequence of sugar manufacture, thereby establishing a position of power and right to be/exist – in defiance of Otherness. a:1:{i:0;s:71:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:2:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Richard Rawlins";s:9:"biography";s:435:"Richard Mark Rawlins (b.1967), Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago. He currently lives and works in Hastings, UK. A graduate of the Royal College of Art’s print programme (2019), Rawlins’ research takes a transnational approach to the "pop-cultural" poetics and politics of life in the Caribbean, the contested and resultant histories/realities of colonialism and it’s transpontine consequence, black identity and diaspora politics.";}} 1
Howler Monkey Sex Noises at Lunchtime Trinidad and Tobago 2019 art short 2 No Rating English An experiment in visual and auditory cacophony which dives deep into trauma and personal healing and coming to terms with one’s inner demons. Inspired by traditions of masquerade and the carnivalesque as spaces of healing. a:1:{i:0;s:85:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:91:"";} a:2:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:10:"Rachel Lee";s:9:"biography";s:261:"Rachel Lee is an artist and writer whose work is highly introspective and attempts to reconcile trauma and identity. Her written work spans from journalism to playwriting. She is currently a literature student at the University of the West Indies, St Augustine.";s:10:"photograph";s:77:"";}i:1;a:2:{s:4:"name";s:20:"Christopher Lou-Hing";s:9:"biography";s:355:"Christopher Lou-Hing is an artist and researcher based in Trinidad and Tobago. Their practice is centered on issues of post-coloniality, queer identity, and its relation to the image. Lou-Hing’s current research project is based at the University of the West Indies, St Augustine and investigates lens-based artistic practices in the Caribbean diaspora.";}} 1
How to Break a Horizon: A Memory as Retold by the Sum of its Residue United States 2019 art short 5 No Rating English “How to Break a Horizon: A Memory as Retold by the Sum of its Residue” is part of a sculptural installation that considers the future of the queer Caribbean diaspora in the face of impending ecological and social collapse. The installation in its entirety can be viewed at a:2:{i:0;s:84:"";i:1;s:99:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:18:"Kearra Amaya Gopee";s:9:"biography";s:889:"Kearra Amaya Gopee is a multidisciplinary visual artist from Carapichaima, Trinidad and Tobago based in Los Angeles, California. Their research based practice focuses on the nature of violence and erasure, and the particularities of those that are inflicted on the Caribbean and its diasporas by the global north. While complicating the viewer's understanding of economic and social marginalization in the region, their practice also desires to test the mettle of these frameworks. Through their interventions, they aim to temper what we have known to be true with the potential of intuitive knowledge that have been historically cast aside in favour of Western assimilation. They hold a BFA in Photography and Imaging from New York University and are an alum of the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Currently, they are a MFA candidate at University of California, Los Angeles.";s:10:"photograph";s:99:"";}} 1
Goodbye To The Things Brazil 2019 art short 17 No Rating A short musical film in a spiral rhythm, featuring objects found on the “shopping floor” of Glória, and in the antiques fair in Praça XV, in Rio de Janeiro. A still life of a certain material production from different eras. a:1:{i:0;s:86:"";} a:2:{i:0;s:98:"";i:1;s:98:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Ian Schuler";s:9:"biography";s:709:"Filmmaker, PhD student in Visual Arts at UERJ and Master in Communication at ECO-UFRJ, Ian Schuler exhibited his short film "Goodbye to Things" (2019) at "21º Festival Brasileiro de Cinema Universitário" (FBCU), winning the Language Research Award, and in the 3rd Echo Brics Film Festival, in Moscow. He also exhibited the documentary "Cópia Própria" (2017) at "É Tudo Verdade - Festival Internacional de Documentários" in his competitive show (2017, RJ-SP) and Cine Fronteira (2017, BH). Since 2012, he has presented video works at Largo das Artes (RJ, 2016), Escola de Artes Visuais do Parque Lage (2013-2014, RJ), Fosso (2018, RJ), A Mesa (2016, RJ), Galeria Alfinete (2013, DF) and in other spaces.";s:10:"photograph";s:91:"";}} 1
Centella (Firefly) Cuba 2019 art short 17 No Rating In Cuba the flight of fireflies, in the night, is said to be like a meeting of miniature spectres, weakened fires or wandering souls. Isabel invokes them and triggers the dance. a:1:{i:0;s:72:"";} a:2:{i:0;s:84:"";i:1;s:84:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Claudia Claremi";s:9:"biography";s:670:"She graduated in Documentary Film at the EICTV, International Film and TV School of San Antonio de los Baños, Cuba (2018), and also in Fine Arts at the University of the Arts London, UK (2009). She has directed experimental and documentary films such as Centella (Firefly), Murciélago (Bat), El Monte (The Woodland) and Patio de Butacas (Audience). Her art projects and films have been exhibited in Cuba, Puerto Rico, US and Spain as well as at international film festivals such as Ann Arbor (US), Alcine, Documentamadrid (Spain), MakeDox (Macedonia), Ji.hlava (Czech Rep), FIC Gibara (Cuba), MIDBO (Colombia), FCIU (Uruguay), FICGuadalajara, Oaxaca Filmfest (Mexico).";s:10:"photograph";s:81:"";}} 1
Displaced Greece, Italy, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Spain, United States 2019 art short 14 No Rating English More than 80 years ago Franco pushed half of my family out of Spain. They found refuge in Venezuela. Now I belong to the Venezuelan diaspora: an immigrant; descendant of immigrants. This is my lament. My attempt at understanding. Absurd historic recurrence. a:2:{i:0;s:84:"";i:1;s:83:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:17:"Alex Mendez Giner";s:9:"biography";s:1444:"Alex Mendez Giner is a filmmaker whose works defy the boundaries of storytelling, exploring complex characters at the intersection of subjective experience, reality and the marvelous real. His meticulously designed images, redolent of an allegorical atmosphere, create a visual experience capable to subsume other senses. He has screened in major international film festivals including Clermont-Ferrand Film Festival, Milan International Film Festival, Viña del Mar International Film Festival, Sapporo International Film Festival, Guadalajara International Film Festival, Bilbao International Film Festival, and Durban International Film Festival. He is recipient of the Audience Choice Award from the Shanghai International Film Festival, the Grand Prize from the Snowtown Film Festival, the Best Film and Best Directing Awards from the Caracas City Hall Film Awards, the Best Story Award from the Buffalo-Niagara Film Festival, and a production grant from the New York State Council of the Arts. He is founder artist of the Multimedia Center for the Arts at the Contemporary Art Museum of Caracas and has been guest speaker at Santa Maria Della Scala Museum in Siena, University of the Andes in Colombia, State University of New York at Oswego, the Wits School of Arts in Johannesburg and the National University of Laos, among others. His professional practice combines constant film production with film teaching at Syracuse University.";s:10:"photograph";s:85:"";}} 1
Murciélago (Bat) Cuba 2018 art short 12 No Rating A sensory essay told through body and sound. A composition made from the trance and the vibration of macroscopic figures seen at a millimetric distance from the skin of eight people in Cuba. Inside a black hole, rapid movements fill the void. Macroscopic corporal landscapes follow one after the other to percussion in crescendo. White skin pulsates serenely and black skin wiggles, showing a face. Bright discharges explode in the air. In a slow, swaying trance, a shining eyelid reveals and then hides a liquid eye. The swelling and contracting skin of an abdomen makes deep sounds to an unrelenting beat. a:1:{i:0;s:79:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:88:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Claudia Claremi";s:9:"biography";s:670:"She graduated in Documentary Film at the EICTV, International Film and TV School of San Antonio de los Baños, Cuba (2018), and also in Fine Arts at the University of the Arts London, UK (2009). She has directed experimental and documentary films such as Centella (Firefly), Murciélago (Bat), El Monte (The Woodland) and Patio de Butacas (Audience). Her art projects and films have been exhibited in Cuba, Puerto Rico, US and Spain as well as at international film festivals such as Ann Arbor (US), Alcine, Documentamadrid (Spain), MakeDox (Macedonia), Ji.hlava (Czech Rep), FIC Gibara (Cuba), MIDBO (Colombia), FCIU (Uruguay), FICGuadalajara, Oaxaca Filmfest (Mexico).";s:10:"photograph";s:88:"";}} 1
Alternative Facts Mexico 2020 art short 1 No Rating A reflection on the phrase “Alternative Facts” used during a press conference on January 22, 2017. a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:26:"Marina Santana De la Torre";s:9:"biography";s:1576:"Born in Mexico City, Marina’s early interest in arts led her to painting. After graduating from High School she became more interested in social research and human behavior and received a major in Social Sciences at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México. (Mexico Autonomous Institute of Technology, ITAM). During this time she was also interested in theatre and participated as an actress in ITAM’s theatre company. While still enrolled at ITAM she was accepted in Asociación Mexicana de Cineastas Independientes (Mexican Association of Independent Filmmakers, AMCI). Her first short documentary film, La Paradoja del Muay Thai, “Muay Thai Paradox”, a reflection of the desire for violence; premiered at the acclaimed Festival Pantalla de Cristal 2008 and was nominated for Best Short Documentary and at the International University Film Festival, FICU LANTERNA 2009. She later became Director and Cinematographer of most of her films. Her thesis project from AMCI La Fortuna en un día de Sol y lluvia, “The fortune of a Day with Sun and Rain” premiered at the New York City International Film Festival (NYCIFF) 2013 and won the award of Best Director in a Short Film. In 2015 she was awarded a full merit scholarship to attend California Institute of the Arts, CalArts. Her thesis project Fenestram Window Phobia (2020) was inspired by the uncertainty of the political scenario and a period of isolation and sadness after receiving the news of a tragedy in her family. She is currently working in her feature film Alma Rosa, “The Soul of a Rose”.";s:10:"photograph";s:102:"";}} 1
Yves & Variation Haiti, United States 2019 documentary short 15 No Rating In this inspiring documentary, a New York City doorman wears many hats—father, art curator, and violinist—as he works tirelessly to give back to his community in Haiti. a:1:{i:0;s:80:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Lydia Cornett";s:9:"biography";s:615:"Lydia Cornett is a documentary filmmaker from Baltimore, Maryland based in Brooklyn, NY. She was the Valentine & Clark Emerging Artist Fellow at the Jacob Burns Film Center, a CoLab Fellow at UnionDocs, and a two-time recipient of the NYC Women's Fund for Media, Music and Theatre. In 2019, her film Narmin's Birthday won the Festival Jury Runner-Up Award at the Nitehawk Shorts Festival and premiered online with NoBudge. Her subsequent film Yves & Variation premiered at BAMcinemaFest and went on to screen at the Hamptons International Film Festival, DOC NYC, Big Sky Documentary Festival, and Aspen Shorts Fest.";s:10:"photograph";s:86:"";}} 1
What Are You? Canada 2019 documentary short 20 No Rating In this revealing short documentary, 11 people from a range of backgrounds discuss what it’s like being of mixed racial heritage within the context of North America. Each presents their unique outlook on growing up mixed and the challenges they’ve faced living in a racially divided world. a:1:{i:0;s:77:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:89:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:17:"Richard B. Pierre";s:9:"biography";s:932:"Richard B. Pierre is a multiracial filmmaker who has written and directed over a dozen short films that have screened in festivals worldwide. Richard's goal is to tell stories that depict the lives of diverse individuals and their cultures while making films that are deeply personal. Richard’s first feature length screenplay 'Crooked' was selected as a quarter-finalist for the 2009 Nicholl Fellowship. In 2011 he received the Emerging Filmmaker at the Toronto Urban Film Festival. His first dramatic 35 mm short film ‘The Toboggan,’ funded by the Ontario Arts Council, premiered at the 2011 Chicago International Children’s Film Festival. In 2012 his first interactive short film ‘Far From The Heart’ was nominated for a Golden Sheaf Award and he was named a ReelWorld Film Festival 2012 Emerging 20 Filmmaker. He received the 2015 Curtíssima Award for Best Short Under Five Minutes for his film ’The Toboggan.’";s:10:"photograph";s:88:"";}} 1
Unpacking Puerto Rico 2020 documentary short 22 No Rating Moved by the need to support their families, a group of Dominican women embark on an uncertain and dangerous journey on a “yola” to Puerto Rico. Far from being a dream country, they face the worst abuse and discrimination. However, they are strong and stubborn women, who keep fighting for a better life. a:1:{i:0;s:87:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:16:"Annabelle Mullen";s:9:"biography";s:998:"A lawyer by profession, a producer by vocation, since 2009, Annabelle has produced fiction and documentary films. On March of 2013, she was accepted to the Directors’ Guild of America as Unit Production Manager. Under her company, Belle Films (Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic & Spain), she develops content in an artisanal way that touch upon social and political issues to be told through film. Her most recent projects include documentaries such as “The Last Colony” (2014) and fiction films such as “El Hombre que Cuida” (PR-Dom. Rep. -Brazil co-production, 2017) and “El Chata” (Puerto Rico, 2018). In 2017, she won the Movistar+ Development Award at Conecta Fiction, with her comedy series “Love in Times of Tinder.” Recently, she completed the MPXA, a Masters Program in Executive Production by the University of A Coruña, the Amancio Ortega Foundation and the Santiago Rey Fernández-Latorre Foundation. Her first attempt at directing is the short documentary "Unpacking."";s:10:"photograph";s:84:"";}} 1
Unbroken Jamaica 2020 documentary short 12 All Ages Jamaican amputee Laron Williamson takes up rowing with the aim of competing in the Paralympic Games. When he learns that the nature of his amputation means that he doesn’t qualify his choices are to give up rowing or compete against able-bodied rowers. “Unbroken” is the inspiring story of how Williamson defies the odds to qualify for the Jamaican Olympic Rowing Team. a:1:{i:0;s:73:"";} a:2:{i:0;s:83:"";i:1;s:87:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:19:"Gabrielle Blackwood";s:9:"biography";s:1517:"Gabrielle is an award winning Jamaican Director and Director of Photography who has written, directed and shot short films, documentaries and commercials in both Jamaica and New Zealand. Her films have been screened at: the Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) in LA, Diversity in Cannes (Audience Award, Best Short), The American Black Film Festival, Festival International du Film PanAfricain de Cannes (Best Short), LA Film & Script Film Festival (Best Short Doc), Bentonville Film Festival (Audience Award), Impact Doc Awards, DOC LA Festival, the Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival (Best Doc Feature nominee), the Edinburgh Short Film Festival, the Havana International Film Festival, the Festival Ile Courts, the Bermuda International Film Festival and the Caribbean Film Academy Brooklyn, New York, amongst others. Gabrielle is also a recipient of the Geoff Evans Award for Excellence in Screen Production in New Zealand. Her feature screenplay 'Kendal' has also been shortlisted for a Sundance Lab, the Screencraft Drama Feature Writing Competition and is the winner of the Caribbean Tales 2019 Big Pitch Competition. Born in Jamaica, Gabrielle who has her Masters (Hons) and Post Grad Dip. in Screen Production from the University of Auckland, New Zealand and a BA (Hons) in Media & Communication from the University of the West Indies, is the immediate past President of the Jamaica Film & Television Association (JAFTA), a Co-Convenor of Women In Film Jamaica and resides in Kingston as an independent filmmaker.";s:10:"photograph";s:86:"";}} 1
Those Who Have Eyes To See Trinidad and Tobago 2020 documentary short 19 No Rating English The Spiritual Baptists of Trinidad have a common saying – “Those who have eyes to see, shall see”. It refers to their ability to see and access both the physical and spiritual realms. This film explores this way of seeing by comparing the physical, spiritual and ethnographic eye. a:1:{i:0;s:106:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Melanie Grant";s:9:"biography";s:908:"Melanie Grant is an award-winning Barbadian filmmaker, lecturer and visual ethnographer. Her short films have been screened at local, regional and international film festivals and cultural events. At the 2017 National Independence Festival of Creative Arts (NIFCA), Melanie was the recipient of the Prime Minister’s scholarship for her two gold award winning films. Although she considers herself first and foremost an artist she also sees herself as an academic. Her passion for gender and queer studies has shaped her purpose as a filmmaker and she endeavours to use cinema to educate, to advocate for positive social change and to document the stories of women and sexual minorities in the Caribbean. Her most recent films explore the themes of gender, sexuality and spirituality. Melanie holds a Bachelor's degree in Creative Arts and a Masters in Visual Anthropology from the University of Manchester.";s:10:"photograph";s:98:"";}} 1
El Mundo Que Nos Rodea (The Surrounding World) Dominican Republic 2019 documentary short 29 No Rating Spanish with subtitles In the heart of a Caribbean island, images, words and sounds create a rural symphony. When the long expected progress comes, it offers more questions than answers. a:1:{i:0;s:82:"";} a:2:{i:0;s:81:"";i:1;s:96:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:16:"Wendy P. Espinal";s:9:"biography";s:1934:"Dominican producer and documentary filmmaker based between Santo Domingo and Madrid, Spain. Her work as a filmmaker is built on research, process and meaning. She has worked in multiple cultural and film projects, actively participating in their production, including feature films like “Holy Beasts” (L.A. Guzmán & I. Cárdenas, 2019), “Cocote” (N.C. de los Santos – Locarno Film Festival Signs of Life Best Feature Film 2017), “Petra” (J. Rosales, 2018), “El Rey de la Habana” (A. Villaronga, 2015), “El Cosmonauta” (N. Alcalá, 2013). With the short films "The Harvest", “Food”, “Mujeres Tierra” and “The Surrounding World” (to be premiered at Havana International Film Festival 2019), her work as a director has been supported by Programa Ibermedia, Fonprocine Dominican Republic, Berlinale Talents Guadalajara, Iberdoc, UN Women, MiradasDoc, Directed by Women Spain, and other international organizations and film festivals. She graduated from UNAPEC's School of Arts and Communications, the National Theatre School of Santo Domingo, and has a MFA from Université Sorbonne Paris 1 / Universidade de Évora / Universitá degli Studi di Padova as part of an Erasmus Mundus Master Program. She’s also trained in international workshops with Susana Barriga, María José Díez, Marcos Pimentel, Pedro Loeb, Belkis Vega, Eduardo Milewicz, Bob McAndrew, Hernán Musaluppi, Lucrecia Martel, Tanya Valette, Eliseo Altunaga, among other renowned filmmakers. Together with associate producer Carla Jovine (Candela, El Rey de la Habana, María Montéz, Los Fabulosos), she started the 1981 Cinema Collective, an independent film production company based in Santo Domingo, which aims to develop and produce narrative and documentary films with an important cultural quest and artistic sense to rethink Caribbean film languages, while building coproduction bridges throughout the iberoamerican region.";s:10:"photograph";s:93:"";}} 1
The Onyx Butterfly Canada 2019 documentary short 6 No Rating An exploration of the life of a black male ballet dancer, “The Onyx Butterfly” follows Jordan as he grapples with the pressures of being a black male in a traditionally white feminine landscape, while also struggling against the gender expectations placed upon black men. Incorporating dance performance, the film explores the psychological impact of stereotypes on a black male attempting to redefine black masculinity. a:1:{i:0;s:70:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:19:"Yasmin Evering-Kerr";s:9:"biography";s:380:"Yasmin is a proud Toronto native. Born and raised in the cultural mosaic of the GTA, she uses her roots to inspire her artistry. A recent graduate of Film Studies at Brock University, she has finished her post-graduate diploma at Sheridan College in the Advanced Film and Television. She is a passionate storyteller who frequently addresses issues of race and gender in her films.";s:10:"photograph";s:96:"";}} 1
The International King Conference and Show Trinidad and Tobago 2020 documentary short 15 No Rating English In 2019, I Am One (a Trinidad and Tobago gender and LGBTQI organisation) hosted its first International King Conference and Show, with participants from the Caribbean, South America and the African continent. This documentary is a record of a conference and show celebrating the diversity of trans men and masculine-presenting lesbian, bisexual and queer women. a:1:{i:0;s:71:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Melanie Grant";s:9:"biography";s:908:"Melanie Grant is an award-winning Barbadian filmmaker, lecturer and visual ethnographer. Her short films have been screened at local, regional and international film festivals and cultural events. At the 2017 National Independence Festival of Creative Arts (NIFCA), Melanie was the recipient of the Prime Minister’s scholarship for her two gold award winning films. Although she considers herself first and foremost an artist she also sees herself as an academic. Her passion for gender and queer studies has shaped her purpose as a filmmaker and she endeavours to use cinema to educate, to advocate for positive social change and to document the stories of women and sexual minorities in the Caribbean. Her most recent films explore the themes of gender, sexuality and spirituality. Melanie holds a Bachelor's degree in Creative Arts and a Masters in Visual Anthropology from the University of Manchester.";s:10:"photograph";s:114:"";}} 1
The Grass Men II St. Vincent and the Grenadines 2020 documentary short 17 No Rating English A follow-up to Roudette’s 2018 documentary about a groundbreaking prison rehabilitation project in St Vincent and the Grenadines, showing the power of nature to transform lives. a:1:{i:0;a:2:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Aiko Roudette";s:9:"biography";s:689:"Aiko Maya Roudette is a Vincentian documentary filmmaker who has been based in New York for the past 9 years. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Film Production and Master’s Degree in Media Studies. For the past five years she has worked as a documentary cinematographer and editor, archival researcher, sound tech on narrative film shoots, director, producer, and production assistant. Roudette’s work spans a wide range of short films and videos produced for a variety of clients. She has been employed in New York, London, St. Vincent, Dominica, St. Kitts and Uganda. She is currently working on establishing the first film courses to be offered in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.";}} 1
Sonje Lapli Ki Leve Mayi Ou (Remember The Rain That Made Your Corn Grow) Canada 2019 documentary short 12 No Rating Montreal’s Haitian community now makes up the largest non-European ethnic group in Canada and the increasing influence of Haitian Canadians on Montreal’s creative culture is undeniable. The first film about the vibrant Haitian culture of Montreal, “Sonje Lapli Ke Leve Mayi Ou” follows the path of three first-generation immigrants through their experience of music, food and culture. A personal story about the strong Haitian community making its mark in Montreal. a:2:{i:0;s:95:"";i:1;s:95:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:24:"Xavier Girard Lachaîne ";s:9:"biography";s:395:"Photographer and director Xavier Girard Lachaîne is a Montreal born and raised lifestyle photographer who’s lived and worked in London, New York and now based in Tokyo. Xavier’s editorial, documentary and commercial work is blended into a vivid form of image making. Published in Conde Nast Traveller, Bloomberg, Vogue, The Guardian, Vice, Wall Street Journal among many other publications.";s:10:"photograph";s:119:"îne.jpg";}} 1
Regeneration Trinidad and Tobago 2020 documentary short 20 No Rating English Two NGOs, IAMOVEMENT and Sustrust, partner in the attempt to rehabilitate five acres of National Quarries’ Sand and Gravel division in Sangre Grande, Trinidad & Tobago. a:2:{i:0;s:105:"";i:1;s:106:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Dylan Quesnel";s:9:"biography";s:503:"Dylan Quesnel is a freelance Director of Photography. Dylan has honed his skills primarily as a documentary filmmaker with proficiencies in the Camera Department. His first independent documentary film ‘Small Change’ has been to six film festivals, two of which were in Seattle and Toronto respectively. He has worked on many narrative, documentary, corporate and commercial productions for clients such as BP,Scotia Bank and independent productions such as “The Cutlass” and “She Paradise.”";s:10:"photograph";s:84:"";}} 1
Plastic Warriors Bahamas 2019 documentary short 10 No Rating English “Plastic Warriors” is a profile of Kristal Ambrose, a young Bahamian environmental scientist also known as “Kristal Ocean”, following her fight to battle plastic pollution in The Bahamas. The film aims to raise awareness of the need to protect the Bahamas from the effects of pollution through this portrait of the woman who sparked a plastic pollution revolution in her native country. a:1:{i:0;s:78:"";} a:1:{i:0;s:82:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Lavado Stubbs";s:9:"biography";s:1315:"Lavado Stubbs is an award-winning director and producer, born and raised in Nassau, Bahamas. He harnessed his talents early on in his hometown before branching out to the United States via Los Angeles and Canada via Toronto. Over the years, Lavado has developed a cinematic style rooted in Bahamian culture to bring the world a visual style that has yet to be seen before. In 2014, he would receive the Bahamian Icon Award and firmly establish his place in his country’s history while providing inspiration to the younger generation to follow their creative pursuits with all of their heart. Lavado would go on to form his own production company, Conchboy Films. Over the years he has progressed the brand from a small startup to a budding creative organization, nailing work for criti- cally acclaimed short documentaries like “AFTER: The Kellie Greene Story,” which aired on Direct TV while winning first place at the Enzian Film Slam competition, and music videos for major label artists, such as Sony Records Grammy award-winning group, Baha Men. In addition to these achievements, Lavado and the company have seen great success through their work on short films and music videos along with commercials, documentaries, and many other multimedia projects with Bahamian companies and international artists.";s:10:"photograph";s:88:"";}} 1
Perry Henzell: A Filmmaker’s Odyssey Jamaica 2019 documentary short 27 No Rating English “Perry Henzell: A Filmmaker’s Odyssey” tells the inspiring story of the re-discovery and completion of “No Place Like Home” – the late great Perry Henzell’s follow-up to his Jamaican classic “The Harder They Come” – tracing the long journey it took to bring the film to the big screen. “No Place Like Home” is also being screened at ttff/20. a:2:{i:0;s:74:"";i:1;s:79:"";} a:2:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:14:"David Garonzik";s:9:"biography";s:2071:"David Garonzik was born in Queens, New York, and studied film at Brooks Institute of Photography, U.C.S.B., and U.C.L.A. Working from his current base in Los Angeles, he has become an important participant in the world of independent film. Fascinated by film, David studied to be a skilled projectionist. His first job as a projection was in Washington, DC at the age of 17. He would eventually move on to film festivals, operating dozens of highly regarded events such as the Hamptons IFF and Palm Springs IFF. It was at Palm Springs that he was invited by Miramax to manage their new screening room built for Quentin Tarantino. While running Miramax’s screening room, David screened The Harder They Come for the first time and it became a cinema mantra for him. He in turn set out to write and direct a children’s musical set on the island of Jamaica using the best reggae music. While doing research in Jamaica for this project, David had the opportunity to meet Perry Henzell, the filmmaker who had changed his life, and in the process was soon to learn about No Place Like Home, Henzell’s long lost follow-up feature to 'The Harder They Come'. David was determined to help locate the film’s negative that had been missing for 30 years. He succeeded, and then went on to organized the restoration and finishing with Henzell of No Place Like Home. Through his efforts, the film was finally completed and premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. David followed No Place Like Home with the documentary, Man Free. Directed by Kinsey Beck, the film teamed Garonzik once again with editor Alexis Chavez, who also edited No Place Like Home. He produced and directed the documentary Perry Henzell: A Filmmaker’s Odyssey, co-directed and produced with noted filmmaker Arthur Gorson. He has just completed work on the documentary Girl for director Kandeyce Jorden, which chronicles several of the most important female DJ’s in the EDM community. David Garonzik currently works with Dick Clark Productions, managing their screening and DI facilities.";s:10:"photograph";s:124:"’s-Odyssey_David-Garonzik-Arthur-Gorson.jpg";}i:1;a:2:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Arthur Gorson";s:9:"biography";s:2090:"Arthur Gorson was born and raised in New York City where he established a career in film and music production. He was lured to his current home in Los Angeles to take a position as feature film producer for Dreamstreet, Inc., with offices at Universal and Paramount Studios. He developed projects with prominent directors such as Taylor Hackford, Colin Bucksey, and Tony Scott. Mr. Gorson’s extensive feature film screen-credits, as producer, include: “Cronos” by Guillermo Del Toro; “Better Watch Out” and “Road to Nowhere” by Monte Hellman; “Cabeza de Vaca” by Nicolas Echevarria; “Night Watch” by Timur Bekmambetov; and “No Place Like Home” (2019) by Perry Henzell. Among his recent short film creditsare: “The Silent Children”, “Roots of Reggae”, and “A Filmmaker’s Odyssey.” He is currently active in the development of TV series, including: “High & Outside” based on tales of the underbelly of sports by Ned Colletti, and written by Paul Eckstein (creator/writer of “Narcos” and “Godfather of Harlem”); and “Seek to Know No More” directed by Alejandro Toledo and written by Michael Thomas (“Countryman”, “Scandal”, “The Devil’s Double” and “The 33”). In addition to film, Mr. Gorson has produced over 100 national broadcast commercials and music videos, working with innovative directors such as Dean Karr, Zack Snyder, Patricia Riggen, Timur Bekmambetov, Alejandro Toledo and Paul Boyd. As of Summer 2020, Mr. Gorson’s music video productions with Dean Karr have received over 650 Million combined views on YouTube. His work has received numerous awards, including: Cannes Film Festival - Semaine de la Critique (Gold); Saturn Film Award; Telly Award; Much Music Award; Billboard Awards; MTV Europe; and Kodak Award. He was a producer, with David Garonzik, of the 3 disc compilation for Shout!Factory “The Harder They Come: Collector’s Edition” which was chosen by the Los Angeles Times as among the “10 Best of 2019.” He is currently president and executive producer at Wild Indigo, LLC.";}} 1
Our Own House Belize 2020 documentary short 22 No Rating The locals in Punta Gorda, a small remote town in Southern Belize, remember a time without electricity, roads and plastics. Amidst the influx of single-use plastics, an activist and his neighbours confront the threat to their piece of paradise. a:2:{i:0;s:102:"";i:1;s:102:"";} a:3:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:18:"Vanessa Bergonzoli";s:9:"biography";s:1549:"Vanessa Bergonzoli is a multicultural, award-winning filmmaker, experienced at all stages of production for film, TV, news media, and contemporary art. Her directorial documentary debut was commissioned and screened by The Shed (NYC) in their 2019 inaugural year’s programming for Collision/Coalition. Committed to bring real life stories to the big screen, her producing work has garnered significant award recognition including the HBO, Academy Award-nominated documentary Mondays at Racine (2013); the viral and CLIO-winning commercial Selfie (2014) for DOVE; the Emmy Award-winning Sesame Street special, Growing Hope Against Hunger (2012). In addition to producing for award winning filmmakers like Whitney Dow, Cynthia Wade and Amei Wallach, Vanessa captained contemporary art productions for renowned international artists Melik Ohanian, Joan Jonas, Alfredo Jaar, and Mateo Lopez for decades. Vanessa continues to gravitate towards stories of the underdog and her dynamic filmmaking style stems from training in social theater traditions as a puppeteer and thespian. She is a multilingual communicator who excels at international field production and promotes cross-cultural awareness in her everyday practice. Currently Vanessa is also producing a documentary on the artist Robert Rauschenberg by Amei Wallach and writing her first script about a real life American, female scientist and pioneer violin maker. She holds BA degrees in theater and literature from Emerson College and a master’s degree in media studies from the New School.";s:10:"photograph";s:133:"";}i:1;a:2:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Jeremy Kaplan";s:9:"biography";s:777:"Jeremy Kaplan received his B.A. from Boston College in Film and Philosophy and his M.A. in Documentary/Media Studies at The New School. His documentary work has brought him across the globe with topics ranging from the environmental impact of American corporations in Costa Rica to a portrait of a progressive New York orthodox Jewish community. His first feature length documentary, A Will for the Woods, played at over 80 film festivals, winning two awards (audience and environmental) at Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, along with awards at New Orleans Film Festival, Virginia Film Festival, San Francisco Indie Fest, Kansas City Filmfest. A Will for the Woods was distributed by First Run features and played on PBS World Channel documentary series, America Reframed.";}i:2;a:2:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Tyler Robinson";s:9:"biography";s:678:"Tyler Robinson attended NYU Tisch School of the Arts for Film Studies. Driven by a passion for environmental topics, Tyler has executive produced several films that aim for environmental impact, notably Grit (2018) and Born Sweet (2008) by Cynthia Wade, both documentaries which won many accolades including an honorable mention at the Sundance Film Festival and top awards at Atlanta Film Festival, Aspen Shortfest, Ashland International Film Festival, Independent Film Festival of Boston and Palm Springs Shortfest. Tyler knows Punta Gorda like the back of his hand having traveled to Belize repeatedly over the past 10 years, drawn by the town’s beautiful nature and people";}} 1
My Watershed, My Home Trinidad and Tobago 2020 documentary short 22 No Rating In Fondes Amandes, St Anns, on the outskirts of the capital in Trinidad and Tobago, diverse members of the community come together to work at reforesting their watershed and bringing back its biodiversity. But they must also get creative to address the underlying issues fueling the persistent threat of forest fires. Taking us on this journey into their community and into nature, through the issues and their work, they make a case for why they do what they do, and what’s at stake if we do nothing. We hear the traditional Carnival character the Midnight Robber, who performs “robber talk” as a form of resistance against oppression and explore ideas of home and questions around development, and witness examples of how communities can begin to take charge of the environments in which they live. a:1:{i:0;s:87:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Rhonda Chan Soo";s:9:"biography";s:1513:"Rhonda Chan Soo is a Trinidadian documentary filmmaker who is working to develop a body of work dealing with contemporary issues of Caribbean identity, aimed at examining where we are, where we’ve come from and where we’re headed. A combination of merit-based scholarships allowed her to pursue her tertiary studies in the United States, where she earned an MA in documentary filmmaking from Wake Forest University and a BSc in Environmental Science from Furman University. She worked as a multimedia fellow with the Southern Environmental Law Center in Birmingham, Alabama in 2013 before returning home to Trinidad. Within the narrative realm, she worked as co-producer of Moving Parts, a drama directed by Emilie Upczak and set in Trinidad and Tobago, which explores the realities of immigration and human trafficking. Rhonda’s previous notable documentary film works include: Riding Bull Cart a documentary portrait which won best local documentary short at the trinidad + tobago film festival in 2015; Quiet Revolution, which took home the jury award at Green Screen 2016; and Nearest Neighbours (2019), a short documentary film which has been screened at film festivals internationally, contributing an intimate look at the experiences of Venezuelan refugees and asylum-seekers in Trinidad and Tobago. 'My Watershed, My Home' is her most recently completed documentary film, which highlights the problem of fires in the Port of Spain Watershed, as well as the community’s response at preservation.";s:10:"photograph";s:94:"";}} 1
Ganga Dhaara: Sacred Spaces Trinidad and Tobago 2020 documentary short 30 No Rating The Ganga Dhaara festival, a one-day pilgrimage of Hindus to the Marianne River along the north coast of Trinidad, originated in 1993 and continues to this day. It was inspired by a Hindu festival in India which commemorates the descent of the Ganges River from the Heavens to Earth. “Ganga Dhaara” examines how and why the festival came to be, based on accounts from the key founders and participants. It addresses how religious and cultural practices persist in modern societies and how spaces are shared, used and made sacred. It also looks at how philosophical and cosmological beliefs echo in other religions, such as the Trinidad Orisha religion. a:2:{i:0;s:89:"";i:1;s:89:"";} a:2:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:18:"Dr. Sharda Patasar";s:9:"biography";s:1130:"Dr. Sharda Patasar is a freelance musician and researcher and writes a weekly column on arts and culture for the Trinidad and Tobago Newsday. Her main academic interests are folk music cultures, religion and religious iconography. Her work includes a study of the Ganesh Festival inTrinidad, published in the journal Asian Diasporic Visual Cultures and the Americas (Brill, 2016) and a chapter on Pichkaaree music published in the essay collection Shabd Aur Sangeet: Unravelling Song Texts in India (Three Essays Collective/Flame University, India, 2019). As a musician, she has given concerts at home and abroad. Her main musical work has been experimental in nature and she has given her music to artistic and written work in experiments with sound, light and words. She has also worked on soundtracks for two local films, Coolie Pink and Green (2009) as musical director. Her most recent work is a joint production with GISL Channel 4, where she served as Producer along with photographer Nyla Singh, and Music Director for the documentary “Voices of a Century” (2017), brief oral histories of six East Indian centenarians.";s:10:"photograph";s:95:"";}i:1;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:15:"Dr. Perry Polar";s:9:"biography";s:404:"Dr. Perry Polar has worked extensively in several areas including agriculture, environment, history and the urban sector. An urban sector project he worked on led to the creation of the film ‘City on the Hill’ (2015) which examined leveraging built and cultural heritage in East Port of Spain, Trinidad. As an Actor, he has had roles in The Hummingbird Tree (1992) and Green Days by the River (2017).";s:10:"photograph";s:85:"";}} 1
Dominica Forest: A Virtual Journey in 4K Dominica 2020 documentary short 7 No Rating Dominica – the Nature Island – is among the most mountainous of the Eastern Caribbean islands. It is also covered with a dense tropical forest which results in magical nooks, picturesque rivers and a maze of beautiful hikes waiting to be discovered. Dominica’s nature is breathtaking but the country has endured many disasters, most recently Hurricane Maria in 2017, which shattered the island and its forests. Yet nature bounces back quickly. Three years on from Maria, filmed in 4K with drones and static cameras, and using slow motion and time-lapse techniques, this film gives you an immersive experience of Dominica’s resurgent tropical forest – offering a moment of relaxation, pleasure and healing vibes in these difficult times. a:2:{i:0;s:93:"";i:1;s:79:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Derek Galon";s:9:"biography";s:830:"Born in Poland, I studied there music, arts and photography. My first photo job came at age of 14, and my first solo exhibition at age of 16. I have vast photography experience supported by knowledge of arts and decades of creative work. After living for 30 years in Canada, I decided to relocate to Dominica, Eastern Caribbean, which I now call my home. I earned several prestigious titles and distinctions such as Fellowship of Royal Photographic Society (UK), won dozens of international awards, sat as a juror of top photography competitions, co-managed photography books publishing house Ozone Zone Books, created 3-D animated holograms, organized workshops and competitions. To say it simply - my work is my passion. I keep photographing and filming, documenting nature at its most beautiful and also most difficult moments.";s:10:"photograph";s:110:"";}} 1
Coast Land Guyana 2020 documentary short 26 No Rating Set in Guyana, “Coast Land” speaks to the vulnerability of the country’s coastal region, home to the majority of its population, and examines the effects of rising sea levels and cyclical erosion including massive overtopping and the disruption of livelihoods. a:1:{i:0;s:77:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:16:"Alexander Arjoon";s:9:"biography";s:1676:"Alexander Arjoon is a 27 year old Guyanese environmental filmmaker. He started filmmaking later in his professional career. After graduating from Franklin and Marshall College in 2015 and having worked in the United States for a year then decided to return home and contribute to his home country's development. He always had a keen interest in the environment from a young age. His mother, an environmentalist by profession, always made sure that he was aware of the natural environment in Guyana and was encouraged to be a steward in its protection. However, he was also interested in fostering his creative ambitions. With that in mind he decided to get involved in videography so that videos could be made to educate Guyanese nationals on the different cultural, social and environmental aspects of the country. His first entry into film was making content for the local television company E-Networks where he produced my own show called Round Town. After two years of working at E-Networks he formed his company Reel Guyana which specifically focused on the environment and Guyana's hinterland region. Reel Guyana has gone on to produce a number of videos promoting the country's eco-tourism product as well as a full length documentary on our coastal region. The company is committed to ensuring every Guyanese national has access to the content so that they can understand their country outside the bounds of the coastal plains. His film company has also collaborated with NGO's, both in the private and public sector as well as foreign based film production companies and studios with the intention of promoting more global awareness and putting Guyana on the map.";s:10:"photograph";s:92:"";}} 1
Canada’s Unchecked Racism Canada 2019 documentary short 6 No Rating Growing up as a non-white Canadian, you experience racism every day. What makes Toronto’s racism so unique, is that you almost don’t notice it. a:1:{i:0;s:100:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Zoë Davidson";s:9:"biography";s:703:"Zoë Davidson is a cinematographer and director from Toronto, Canada. A graduate of both Howard University and Oberlin College, Zoë’s focus has always been on the arts. Her films have been featured in two dozen film festivals worldwide and have earned her accolades such as the Juror’s Choice Award at the Women of African Descent Film Festival and the Paul Robeson Award for Excellence in MFA Documentary Film Production from Howard University’s School of Communications. As a cinematographer, Zoë has shot over a dozen short films, some of which can be found on her website, Zoë is currently a tenure-track Assistant Professor at the University of the District of Columbia.";s:10:"photograph";s:95:"";}} 1
But You’re Not Black Canada, Trinidad and Tobago 2019 documentary short 19 No Rating A Chinese-Caribbean-Canadian woman, driven by people’s inability to separate her skin colour from her culture, tries to embrace her parents’ Trinidadian identity. Filmmaker Danielle Ayow struggles with how people see, and how she should see herself. Using humour and heart, she tries to anchor herself to the culture she knows should feel like hers, speaking to her Chinese-Caribbean-Canadian peers, to Trinidadian locals, and to experts. The film challenges perceived correlations between race and culture, asking the audience to examine their own assumptions about cultural identity as Ayow navigates her own. a:1:{i:0;s:105:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Danielle Ayow";s:9:"biography";s:1210:"Danielle is a Toronto-based writer, actor, and comedian. After theatre school, she understudied on the prestigious Second City Mainstage in Toronto and acted alongside 49 of Canada’s leading actresses in the English adaptation of Tout Comme Elle (directed by Brigitte Haentjens, Artistic Director at Canada's National Arts Centre French Theatre). She’s appeared in many commercials and TV shows including The Handmaid’s Tale, Spinning Out, and Shadowhunters. From her time on set, she developed a keen interest in the other side of the camera. As a frequent guest co-host on the popular Royal Canadian Movie Podcast, she’s picked the brains of numerous film greats and made it onto the CBC/Radio-Canada Playlist. As a writer, she focuses primarily on stand-up and sketch comedy, drawing from her personal life. Her dry wit and comedy played an integral role in writing But You’re Not Black. In 2017, with the help of the Toronto Reel Asian International FIlm Festival’s program Been Here So Long, Danielle developed an 8-minute proof of concept version of But You’re Not Black to secure funding for the 20-minute version. This is her first time directing and her first time writing a documentary.";s:10:"photograph";s:92:"";}} 1
Banwari Man and The Canoe Makers Trinidad and Tobago 2019 documentary short 9 No Rating English “Banwari Man and The Canoe Makers” describes the seminal find, in Trinidad in 1971, of human remains indicating the earliest dates of human settlement in the Caribbean, as told by the head of the Banwari Man excavation team, Peter Harris. a:1:{i:0;s:70:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:24:"Neisha Agostini-Irlacher";s:9:"biography";s:638:"Independent filmmaker Neisha Agostini-Irlacher resides in Trinidad &Tobago and has worked with an array of local media agencies producing cultural interest television programmes. Educated at Boston University and Goldsmiths College, London she has received a BA in TV and Film Production and an MA in Documentary Filmmaking. She has produced and directed 5 independent short films analyzing multicultural patterns in T&T society, exploring the diversity which exists and what it is to be uniquely Caribbean. She is currently looking for finishing funds for her most recent documentary Upside Down that explores the history of Dragon Mas.";s:10:"photograph";s:115:"";}} 1
Avatara Israel 2020 documentary short 25 No Rating Hindi with subtitles Set in the cultural frontier zone of the Hindu Himalaya, “Avatara” (from the Sanskrit, ‘descent’) explores the lived religion of goddess worship (Shaktism) in a remote pastoral valley. For her farmer and herder followers, the goddess’s presence is all too real; quick to anger and ever-thirsty for sacrifices, she haunts them in their dreams and rituals, demanding complete submission as both child-like friend and motherly-punisher. In this enchanted world of magical creativity, the encounters with the goddess are transient, intuitive events that hold the key to creation and, for those lucky enough to see her, a short-lived salvation. a:2:{i:0;s:93:"";i:1;s:94:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:11:"Nadav Harel";s:9:"biography";s:390:"Nadav is documentary filmmaker, based in Tel Aviv where he founded the production house Noprocess films. His films specialise in wildlife, philosophy, medicine, hunting and Hinduism. Nadav’s work was screened world wide in venues such as BBC World, Museum of Natural History NYC, Harvard Medical School, Berlinale, Sheffield, SBS, YLE, CH8, and the Museum of Modern Art NYC and many more.";s:10:"photograph";s:77:"";}} 1
Atordoado, Eu Permaneço Atento (Stunned, I Remain Alert) Brazil 2020 documentary short 15 No Rating Portuguese with subtitles Journalist Dermi Azevedo has never stopped fighting for human rights and now, three decades after the end of the military dictatorship in Brazil, he’s witnessing the return of those same practices. a:2:{i:0;s:74:"";i:1;s:80:"";} a:2:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"Henrique Amud";s:9:"biography";s:359:"Henrique Amud is a screenwriter and image researcher working in Rio de Janeiro. His first feature debut as a writer is the documentary "Como Você Me Vê?" (Canal Brazil, 2017), and his next documentary as a writer and researcher will be the upcoming "Othelo, O Grande", by Lucas H. Rossi dos Santos. "Stunned, I Remain Alert" is his debut film as a director.";s:10:"photograph";s:143:"ço-Atento_Henrique-Amud-and-Lucas-H-Rossi.jpg";}i:1;a:2:{s:4:"name";s:26:"Lucas H. Rossi dos Santos ";s:9:"biography";s:508:"Lucas H. Rossi dos Santos is a producer on feature films such as "Kabadio", "Canastra Suja" and "Death Inhabits at Night" (Premiering at the 2020 Rotterdam Film Festival), as well as award-winning short films "Ao Final da Conversa Eles se Despedem com um Abraço" and "Repulsa". "O Vestido de Myriam"", his first narrative short as a director, has been selected to more than 90 international festivals. He's currently in editing his first feature, a documentary about legendary Brazilian actor Grande Othelo.";}} 1
Pasión Amerindia (Amerindian Passion) Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela 2019 documentary short 16 No Rating “Amerindian Passion” is a record of five years of experimental archeology in Venezuela. In the first ever expedition of its type, the team researches the pre-Hispanic navigational routes of the Amerindians of the region, building replicas of their indigenous curiaras in which to navigate them. The film is a summary of the expeditions from their beginning, revealing the pre-Hispanic period to be one of the richest, most beautiful and unjustly forgotten stages of our history. a:1:{i:0;s:95:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:13:"David Bottome";s:9:"biography";s:404:"David Bottome: Adventurer, Expeditionary, Filmmaker. Trained as a Professional Pilot and Sailor, he has traveled in his kayak the entire coast between Venezuela and Panama, capturing his adventures in short documentaries. He has led several Expeditions of Experimental Archeology that rescue Pre-Hispanic navigation routes. His new project, "Reto Guaiquerí", seeks to rescue the Piragua Margariteña.";s:10:"photograph";s:90:"";}} 1
Men Sa Lanmè Di (Thus Spoke the Sea) Haiti 2020 documentary featurette 49 No Rating French with subtitles The Haitian Sea, as you’ve never seen or heard it before: the sea tells the story of its relationship with the Haitian people, showcases its riches, reveals its mysteries and raises the alarm. From the excessive use of its resources to the consequences of climate change and pollution, all is revealed in different shades of blue. Haiti’s fate will be linked to the coasts and the children of Haiti – voodoo priestesses, fishermen, merchants, entrepreneurs, urban planners, historians, biologists and climate experts – help to tell the tale. A candid depiction of the challenges and the opportunities that must be seized before it’s too late. a:2:{i:0;s:96:"";i:1;s:96:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:2:{s:4:"name";s:14:"Arnold Antonin";s:9:"biography";s:945:"Through a multi-faceted career, Arnold Antonin is well-known for his social, political and cultural commitment, nationally and internationally. With more than 60 films done, he directed the very first haitian full-length feature film. He’s been honoured for his career achievements, receiving the Prix Djibril Diop Mambety at the Cannes International Cinema Festival in 2002. He’s a three-time award winner of the Prix Paul Robeson du meilleur film de la Diaspora africaine at the FESPACO in Ouagadougou in 2007, 2009 and 2011, and received many other distinctions in various festivals for his documentaries and feature films. He has been President of the Association Haïtienne des Cinéastes (AHC) from 2005 to 2009.He founded in 1986 the Pétion-Bolivar Centre, primarily to foster democratization in the TV and filmmaking industry in Haiti. Through this organization, Arnold Antonin also produces his own documentaries and feature films.";}} 1
There All Along Trinidad and Tobago, United States 2020 documentary featurette 34 No Rating The untold story of the women who participated in the 1970 Black Power Revolution in Trinidad and Tobago. “There All Along” is a record of the impact of female participation in the events of 1970, told through the first-person accounts of women revolutionaries, their male counterparts and scholars in the fields of sociology and gender. a:1:{i:0;s:93:"";} a:1:{i:0;a:3:{s:4:"name";s:18:"Keisha V. Thompson";s:9:"biography";s:847:"Keisha V. Thompson, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Kingsborough Community College, City University of New York. She is also the co-creator and co-director of the Historically Underrepresented Faculty & Staff Resource Center at Kingsborough . Dr. Thompson holds her doctorate in Counseling Psychology from Texas A&M University. A Native of Trinidad & Tobago, Dr. Thompson grew up in Brooklyn, NY. She completed her bachelor’s degree in Business Communication at Baruch College, CUNY, and her master’s degree in School Counseling at Hunter College, CUNY. Dr. Thompson enjoys spending time in the classroom and community empowering i