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    Weekend Cinema, Fri 21 Jan to Sun 23 Jan

  • ttff/22

    Save the Date, 21–27 Sep 2021

ttff/21 winners—youth | student | new media films: ‘Rhythms of Trinidad’ + ‘Becky’ + ‘Juana’ + ‘Lovena’

ttff/21 winners—narrative films: ‘Rafameia’ + ‘Perfume de Gardenias’

ttff/21 winners—documentary films: ‘Écoutez Le Battement de Nos Images’ + ‘Option Zero’

Misogyny and the Male Gaze

Thurs 23 Sept, ​​1.00–2.30 p.m. (est)
location: Facebook Live, YouTube Live, ttfilmfestival.com
tickets: free
moderator: BC Pires
panellists: Nicola Cross, Ryan Lee, Sue Ann Barratt
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For almost all of its history, men have dominated the film and TV industry. The representation of women on screen and behind the scenes is a direct corollary of that domination. But the global MeToo movement has brought these inequalities into sharp focus. This notwithstanding, the famed Bechdel test is still consistently failed, as women are presented through the lens of the male gaze. In this 90-minute session, panellists will take an in-depth look into the problematics of the ubiquitous male gaze in contemporary and Caribbean cinema; they’ll discuss how this shapes societal perception and the possible routes to transformation.

Cultural Appropriation and the Caribbean Space

Sun 26 Sept, ​​10.00–11.30 a.m. (est)
location: Facebook Live, YouTube Live, ttfilmfestival.com
tickets: free
moderator: Franka Philip
panellists: Alpha Obika, Abeo Jackson
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Because of our multicultural history, the Caribbean has evolved to become a region overflowing with diversity and creativity. While there are similarities between the nations, each country has its own uniquely expressed culture and entanglement of traditions and practices brought by different settlers, whether free, enslaved or indentured. We can be protective of the artistic forms and practices that we’ve developed over the years because they tell a story of our roots, evolution and possible future. But, given that we are a region built on “appropriation”, whether forced or organic, can we argue against cultural appropriation? In this 90-minute conversation, journalist Franka Philip will delve into the effects of cultural appropriation across the Caribbean while giving her own insight into the topic.

Understanding Risk in Filmmaking

Thurs 23 Sept, ​​10.00–11.30 a.m. (est)
location: Facebook Live, YouTube Live, ttfilmfestival.com
tickets: free
moderator: Jason Lindsay
panellists: Kareem Mortimer, Lorraine O’Connor, Michael Mooleedhar
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Understanding the creative side of producing a great film is not always enough to ensure success. Investors need to feel confident in the filmmaker’s ability to return a profit. Understanding the business side of filmmaking is a valuable asset when approaching investors for your film. This knowledge can also help to secure you a continued career in the industry. This 90-minute discussion will address both the filmmaker and the investor’s point of view on “risk in filmmaking”. The experienced panel will give insights from these different perspectives on how successful filmmakers turn investments into profit and explain why it’s so important to take the risk and invest.

The Caribbean Gaze: Authenticity versus Universality

Wed 22 Sept, ​​5.00pm-6.30pm (est)
location:  Facebook Live, YouTube Live, ttfilmfestival.com
tickets: free
moderator: Mariel Brown
panellists: Asha Lovelace, Gabrielle Blackwood, Ian Harnarine, Justine Henzell
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Creating a unique and authentic story that connects with audiences across the globe is a challenge for any filmmaker. If your desire is to produce an original yet honest film you must develop a new and interesting world and, at the same time, tell a story that your and other cultures can relate to and that feels authentic. Panellists from across the region will go in-depth in this 90-minute discussion on how to remain authentic in your work as a Caribbean storyteller while creating material that resonates with an international audience.

New Media Panel

Wed 22 September, ​​3.00–4.30 p.m. (est)
location: Facebook Live, YouTube Live, ttfilmfestival.com
tickets: free
moderator: Melanie Archer
panellists: Lisa-Marie Harris, Ada M. Patterson, Alicia Diaz, Keoni K. Wright, Laura Iancu, Richard Mark Rawlins
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Documentary Filmmakers Panel

Sat 25 Sept, ​​5.00–6.30 p.m. (est)
location: Facebook Live, YouTube Live, ttfilmfestival.com
tickets: free
moderator: Janine Mendes-Franco
panellists: Alexandra Warner, Eleonore Coyette, François Gruson, Nicola Cross, Rudy Hypolite, Ian Harnarine
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Narrative Filmmakers Panel

Sun 26 Sept, ​​3.00–4.30 p.m. (est)
location: Facebook Live, YouTube Live, ttfilmfestival.com
tickets: free
moderator: Teneille Newallo
panellists: Andrés Farías, Ayana Harper, Juliette McCawley, Macha Colón, Yannis Sainte-Rose
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