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watch movies to make you move!

ttff’s next Backyard Cinema screening will make you want to move! On 05 December, we’ll screen two engaging ttff/20 films, Best Student Film winner: La Pieza de Casseus, and fan favourite, Jump! (directed by Shari Petti), at our in-person screenings on Jerningham Ave in Belmont.

Tickets cost $35 each and can be purchased in advance or at the gate for one of two showtimes: 6.15pm and 8.00pm. Screenings will take place at 22 Jerningham Ave, Belmont.

Films will be screened in compliance with health and safety guidelines for masks, size of the gathering, and social distancing.

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‱We can receive cash, credit card or linx payments, and there will be refreshments for sale.

La Pieza de Casseus
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.

Jump!
“Jump!” follows the three-month journey of the JumpTT programme which used parkour and physical theatre as an aesthetic to tell the stories of young people transitioning from childhood to adulthood.

don’t miss our first backyard cinema!

We’re delighted be be screening two of this year’s award-winning films at our first backyard cinema! 

Join us Friday 13 November at 22 Jerningham Ave, Belmont, for in-person screenings of “Unbroken” and “I don’t call it Ghetto”. Tickets cost $35 each and must be purchased in advance for one of two showtimes: 5.30pm and 7.30pm.

Films will be screened in compliance with health and safety guidelines for masks, size of the gathering, and social distancing.
 

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Unbroken: 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.

I don’t call it ghetto: Single, divorced, mother-of-three, police officer Onika James-Turner has had a life filled with challenges, obstacles and heartache. In “I Don’t Call it Ghetto”, we see how her difficult past has only made her stronger, impelling her to reach for a different life, one in which she could help her community. 

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free screening of Hamilton!

trinidad+tobago film festival presents a free screening of “Hamilton” in partnership with the U.S. Embassy in Port of Spain.

Date: Saturday 24 October
Time: 5.30pm – 8.30pm
Location: 22 Jerningham Avenue, Belmont

Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, R&B, and show tunes, “Hamilton” has taken the story of American founding father Alexander Hamilton and created a revolutionary moment in theater–a musical that has had a profound impact on culture, politics, and education. Captured at the Richard Rodgers Theater on Broadway in June 2016, the film transports its audience into the world of the Broadway show in a uniquely intimate way.

If you would like to attend, please register in advance at http://bit.ly/ttffhamiltonscreening This is an in-person event and there is limited seating. We ask that you only register if you are certain that you will attend. Groups are limited to a maximum of two persons per group.

This film will be screened in compliance with health and safety guidelines for masks, size of the gathering, and social distancing. 

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#inperson #sociallydistanced #ttfilmfestival

ttff/20 lapgniappe!

We’ve extended our online screenings through 22 September!

Did you miss a film you really wanted to see? Hoping for a re-watch of a new favourite? Well, here’s your chance!

All film bundles are now available until midnight on Tuesday 22 September! Bundles cost $35 (US$5.25) as usual, and are screening to the English-speaking Caribbean at online.ttfilmfestival.com

You can buy tickets for film bundles by heading direct to online.ttfilmfestival.com.

You can also buy a five bundle pass (for the cost of four bundles) here, and we’ll send you the coupons to watch the film bundles of your choice!

announcing the ttff/20 award winners!

trinidad+tobago film festival announced ten winning films across its two award categories (jury prizes and special awards) at our virtual awards ceremony held on Monday 14 September on Facebook Live. The juries comprised several international film industry professionals, and films selected for the juried competitions were rigorously discussed, dissected and unanimously agreed upon by the festival’s programmers before being selected for competition.

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT FILM

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

WINNER: Unbroken, directed by Gabrielle Blackwood

BEST DOCUMENTARY MED LENGTH FILM

I Don’t Call it Ghetto, directed by. Miquel GalofrĂ©
No Island Like Home, directed by Giulio Gobbetti and Jan Stöckel
Men sa lanmĂš di (Thus Spoke the Sea), directed by Arnold Antonin

WINNER: I Don’t Call it Ghetto, directed by. Miquel GalofrĂ©

BEST NARRATIVE SHORT FILM

Irma, directed Lisa Cruz
Mortenol, directed by Julien Silloray
Ma dame au CamĂ©lia (My Lady of the Camellia), directed by Édouard Montoute 
Ici C’est Paris (Paris Is Here), directed by LĂ©a Magnien and Quentin Chantrel 
Pure Service, directed by Reyda Gay
Yellow Girl and Me, directed by Isabella Issa 
Timoun Aw (Your Kid), directed by Nelson Foix

HONOURABLE MENTION: Irma, directed by Lisa Cruz
WINNER: Mortenol, directed by Julien Silloray

BEST NARRATIVE MEDIUM LENGTH FILM

Get Free!, directed by Akkel Charles 
Mightier dan de Sun, directed by Trevon Christopher Jugmohan
Zeen?, directed by Calyx Passailaigue

HONOURABLE MENTION: Get Free!, directed by Akkel Charles 
WINNER: Zeen?, directed by Calyx Passailaigue

BEST NEW MEDIA WORK

Murciélago (Bat), directed by Claudia Claremi
Centella (Firefly), directed by Claudia Claremi
Looking for ‘Looking for Langston’, directed by Adam Patterson
The Whole World is Turning, directed by Adam Patterson

WINNER: Centella (Firefly), directed by Claudia Claremi

BEST STUDENT FILM

Carmencita, directed by Nayibe Tavares-Abel
Endless Love, directed by Duda Gambogi
Carne e Casca (Meat and Shell), directed by Dani Drumond
La Pieza de Casseus (The Raging Dance of Casseus), directed by Camilo MejĂ­a
Waiting In Strange Times, directed by Kristof West
Wicket, directed by Harsh Khurana

HONOURABLE MENTION: Carmencita, directed by Nayibe Tavares-Abel
WINNER: La Pieza de Casseus (The Raging Dance of Casseus), directed by Camilo MejĂ­a

BEST FILM AS DECIDED BY A YOUTH JURY

Avatara, directed by Nadav Harel
Choosing Destiny, directed by Angelo Berkeley and Shemaiah Trotman 
Isla Serena, directed by Leonel GonzĂĄlez
K.I.N.G, directed by Rashad Frett
Mortenol, directed by Julien Silloray
Yellow Girl and Me, directed by Isabella Issa

WINNER: Mortenol, directed by Julien Silloray

BEST TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO FILM

Get Free!, directed by Akkel Charles
I Don’t Call it Ghetto, directed by Miquel GalofrĂ©
Mightier dan de Sun, directed by Trevon Christopher Jugmohan
Waiting In Strange Times, directed by Kristof West

WINNER: I Don’t Call it Ghetto, directed by Miquel GalofrĂ©

BEST DOCUMENTARY, FEATURE LENGTH

501 Not Out, directed by Sam Lockyer
A media voz (In a Whisper), directed by Patricia PĂ©rez FernĂĄndez and Heidi Hassan 
ServidĂŁo (Servitude), directed by Renato Barbieri
Stateless, directed by MichĂšle Stephenson

WINNER: ServidĂŁo (Servitude), directed by Renato Barbieri

BEST NARRATIVE, FEATURE LENGTH

La Imagen del Tiempo (Timeless Havana), directed by Jeissy Trompiz 
Malpaso, directed by HĂ©ctor M Valdez

WINNER: Malpaso, directed by HĂ©ctor M Valdez

Congratulations to all the winners!

meet the ttff/20 juries

This year, the ttff will award ten juried prizes. Films in juried competitions are rigorously discussed and dissected before being selected by the ttff/20 programming team, and must be unanimously agreed by the three programmers. The shortlist of films in competition is sent on to the various juries, who then watch and deliberate on all the films before coming to a final agreement. The best Trinidad & Tobago film will be decided based on the aggregated results of the combined juries.

We’re honoured to present this year’s jury members.

narrative jury

Ian Harnarine 
Ian Harnarine earned his MFA from NYU’s Graduate Film School. His film “Doubles With Slight Pepper” won a Genie Award for best live-action short drama from the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television, along with the 2011 Best Canadian Short Film Award at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). It was screened out of competition at the Cannes Film Festival. His work for “Sesame Street” was nominated for an Emmy. Harnarine was one of Filmmaker Magazine’s “25 New Faces of Independent Film” and has been profiled in the New York Times.

Jaie Laplante
Jaie Laplante has led Miami Dade College’s Miami Film Festival as executive director and director of programming for the past decade, overseeing the Festival’s international growth and influence. Additionally, he is the director of MDC’s Tower Theater Miami, the highest-grossing year-round art cinema in South Florida. In 2018, Laplante received the Knight’s Cross of the Order of Isabel la Católica from Felipe VI, King of Spain, for his career work in the exploration of contemporary Spanish and Spanish-language cinema in the state of Florida.

Robert Maylor
Rob Maylor is the CEO and founder of Mental Telepathy Pictures. The company’s first production “Sprinter,” directed by Storm Saulter, won three awards at the 2018 American Black Film Festival (Best Feature, Audience Award and Best Director) as well as awards from around the globe; Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith were executive producers. Rob began his career working with the late powerhouse attorney Johnnie Cochran and went on to hold Hollywood industry positions at United Talent Agency, Mark Burnett’s One Three Media and Mark Cuban’s Magnolia Pictures. He received his formal training at Princeton, William & Mary Law School, and the University of Southern California’s Peter Stark Producing Program, where he received a MA in Fine Arts. 

documentary jury

Leslie Fields-Cruz
Leslie Fields-Cruz is the executive director of Black Public Media, and the executive producer of the award-winning series “AfroPoP: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange”. Leslie serves on the board of directors for New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT) and New Era Creative Space, a local community arts center in Peekskill, NY.

Shola Lynch
Shola Lynch is a Peabody and Emmy award-winning filmmaker, and a 2016 member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. She makes films about audacious women – and in particular black women. She is best known for her documentaries, “Chisholm ’72: Unbought & Unbossed” (2004) and “Free Angela & All Political Prisoners” (2012). She is currently working on her first scripted film and the lead character is, of course, a woman. Lynch is also the curator of the Moving Image & Recorded Sound Division archive at the New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. 

Chris Metzler
Since graduating from USC with a degree in business and cinema, Chris Metzler’s film career has taken him from the depths of agency work, to coordinating post-production for awful American movies seen late at night in Belgium. His filmmaking work has resulted in him criss-crossing the country with the aid of caffeinated beverages and creating award-winning documentaries such as “Plagues & Pleasures on the Salton Sea”, “Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone” and, most recently, “Rodents of Unusual Size”. Metzler also serves as the associate director of programming for the all documentary film festival, SF DocFest, in San Francisco, California.

new media jury

David Gumbs
David Gumbs is an award-winning interdisciplinary artist from Saint Martin, based in Martinique. Recent works include the Currents New Media digital festival in Santa Fe, and the touring exhibition “Relational Undercurrents”, a major survey of Latin American and Caribbean Art, in the United States. 

O’Neil Lawrence
Chief curator at the National Gallery of Jamaica, Lawrence has curated over 35 exhibitions including the critically-acclaimed “Seven Women Artists” (2015), “Masculinities” (2015), “I Shall Return Again” (2018) and “Beyond Fashion” (2018). His research interests include race, gender and sexuality in Caribbean and African diaspora art and visual culture; memory, identity and hidden archives; photography as a medium and a social vehicle; Caribbean and general art history and museums and other public cultural institutions. He has contributed essays to publications on Caribbean art and sexuality, most recently Beyond Homophobia (UWI Press 2020). He is currently on the Advisory Council of the Caribbean Art Initiative.

Marsha Pearce
Marsha Pearce is a scholar, writer, educator, and curator based in the Caribbean. She holds a BA in Visual Arts and a PhD in Cultural Studies. Pearce is a lecturer and Visual Arts Unit coordinator at the Department of Creative and Festival Arts, University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus.

student films jury

Analisa Chapman
Analisa Chapman is one of the founding directors of the film production company, Have A Bawl Productions. She has had diverse experience as a producer, traversing film, radio and theatre; and is the president of the Jamaica Film and Television Association (JAFTA). By day she is an intellectual property and entertainment attorney.

Fanny Huc
Fanny Huc is the programming manager at the International Film Festival of Panama. She is also part of the Panalandia Film Festival programming team and collaborated in the first Panama Animation Film Festival. Huc has participated in multiple independent films as well as productions for mainstream media including the BBC, VH1, MTV, Netflix and others.

Eloise Van Wickeren
Eloise Van Wickeren was born and raised in Curaçao. After receiving her MA from the University of Amsterdam, she moved back to her island to apply her skills there. She has had extensive experience in filmmaking in Curaçao, writing and directing several documentaries and short films, but also doing location management for both feature films shot on the Island – “Tula: The Revolt” and “Double Play”.

new media is back!

A fixture of the annual trinidad+tobago film festival since 2011, we’re delighted to announce the return of new media to Medulla Art Gallery on Fitt Street in Woodbrook. The new media section of ttff comprises avant garde and experimental film and video works from artists and filmmakers in the Caribbean and diaspora.

Curated by Melanie Archer, works in our new media section can be viewed at Medulla Art Gallery weekdays (through 15 September) from 10am to 6pm, and Saturday from 11am to 2pm. All health and social distancing protocols will be in effect, with only five attendees at a time being allowed into the exhibition space. We ask that all attendees wear face masks, according to Government regulations.

works listing

group 1

Looking for “Looking for Langston”, by Adam Patterson
Hijo del mar (Son of the Sea), Candido Junior Bienvenido Cast
Displaced, Alex Mendez Giner

group 2

I am Sugar, by Richard Mark RawlinsIsland State of Mine, by Richard Mark Rawlins
How to break a horizon: a memory as retold by the sum of its residue, by Kearra Amaya Gopee
I cried so much I felt the universe pass through my eyes, by Luis Vasquez La Roche
Shade, by Analise Cleopatra
Alternative Facts, by Marina Santana de la Torre
El dĂșo de las hermanas gato (The Cat Sister’s Duet), by Marina Santana de la Torre

group 3

Goodbye to the Things, by Ian Schuler
The Whole World is Turning, by Adam Patterson

group 4

Wake Up, by Shinelle Ambris
Untitled, by Kelley-Ann Lindo
Howler Monkey Sex Noises at Lunchtime, by Rachel Lee
Silent Truths, by Rhiana Bonterre

group 5

Centella (Firefly), by Claudia Claremi
Palindrome, by David Parris 
Murciélago (Bat), by Claudia Claremi

independence greetings and ‘love t&t’ films!

Happy Trinidad and Tobago Independence, film lovers! In celebration of Patriotism Month and the development of the Trinidad and Tobago film industry, we bring you ‘love t&t’, a series of online film screenings during ttff/20, of some of the new films and filmmakers emerging in T&T.

‘love t&t’ is brought to you in partnership with the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and the Arts.

Production still from ‘Waiting in Strange Times’, directed by Kristof West
Our first love t&t bundle will be screened online Wednesday 09 September, and will be available for 24 hours. 

A Day at the Beach: Marcy is having a relaxing day at the beach when a nationwide catastrophe occurs in this sci-fi horror short set in South Trinidad.

The Interview: A confident young man meets with unforeseen complications at a job interview where things are not quite what they seem.

Get Free: 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.

The Covid Chronicles: Filmed during two weeks in March, “The COVID Chronicles” is an intimate, candid portrait of our strange new times, seen through the eyes of a group of friends spanning Trinidad and Tobago and Canada.

Waiting in Strange Times: 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.

Get tickets for love t&t bundle 1 here!


Production still from ‘Jump’, directed by Sharri Petti
Our second love t&t bundle will be screened online Thursday 10 September, and will be available for 24 hours. 

Mightier Dan De Sun: “Mightier dan de Sun” is the story of an Indian couple with nothing to lose. When combined with mental illness and supernatural forces, alcohol becomes a catalyst for unfortunate events.

Jump: “Jump!” follows the three-month journey of the JumpTT programme which used parkour and physical theatre as an aesthetic to tell the stories of young people transitioning from childhood to adulthood.

Get tickets for love t&t bundle 2 here!


Production still from ‘A La ‘Diablesse Curse’, directed by Jared Prima
Our third and final love t&t bundle will be screened online Monday 14 September, and will be available for 24 hours. 

A La’Diablesse Curse: 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.

Code R.E.D.D.: 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.

Get tickets for love t&t bundle 3 here!

tickets for online screenings

Tickets are now available for all our online screenings! Visit online.ttfilmfestival.com to browse through the daily film bundles, click the bundle you’d like to see, and take it from there! Please note, films will be available to viewers across the English-speaking Caribbean only.

All tickets for online screenings are quoted in USD. As a quick guide, our regular online tickets are tt$35, and tickets for the opening night film cost tt$50.

Click here for a detailed step by step of setting up your account to watch films during the festival.

Note, films will only be viewable on the day they are scheduled for. Take a minute to browse through our daily schedule or download a PDF of our guide here.

Printed guides can also be collected from a number of locations, including Paperbased Bookshop, Y Art Gallery, Medulla Art Gallery, Rituals St Ann’s, Ink Stop, SPLICE Studios, Full Bloom. You can also swing by our office to collect a copy of the guide or to pay for workshops and screenings. We’re at 22 Jerningham Ave, Belmont.

ttff/20 presentations: social media marketing, navigating contracts & clearances, and getting ready for distribution

trinidad+tobago film festival is pleased to announce our industry presentations for ttff/20! Click on the links below to register now. You can view our complete Industry Programme here.

social media marketing for filmmakers, with Neala Bhagwansingh

Collectively, we are spending more and more of our time engaging with content on networks like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Love it or hate it, social media has become a valuable tool for independent filmmakers, with its potential for greater audience reach, feedback in real time from fans, and networking opportunities with fellow filmmakers and investors. In this ttff/20 presentation, practitioner Neala Bhagwansingh shares invaluable tools and tips for harnessing the power of Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, to drive interest and investment in you and your film projects.

logistics

date: 10 september
duration: 1.5 hours
time: 12:00pm-1:30pm

This is a free presentation. Click here to register and to see our other Industry offerings.

about Neala Bhagwansingh

Neala Bhagwansingh has 12 years of marketing experience including social media management, and has developed and effectively managed social media campaigns for multiple businesses including the trinidad+tobago film festival and FILMCO.


navigating contracts and clearances, with Cindy F. Daniel and Dionne McNicol-Stephenson

ttff/20 is pleased to again present an integral seminar on contracts and clearances. This two-hour session will be led by facilitators Dionne McNicol-Stephenson and Cindy F. Daniel.

McNicol-Stephenson and Daniel will guide viewers through the main types of contracts needed on a project. Product placement contracts will also be covered in this presentation, and Dionne and Cindy will employ the use of local case studies.

logistics

date: 10 september
duration: two hours
time: 9:30am-11:30am

This is a free presentation. Click here to register and to see our other Industry offerings.

about Cindy F. Daniel and Dionne McNicol-Stephenson

Cindy F. Daniel has been involved with commercial theatre and film in Trinidad and Tobago for more than a decade as both a thespian and practising attorney. She has worked consistently in the entertainment industry as a voice talent, TV host, actor on both stage and screen, and theatre and creative content producer. After being called to the bar of Trinidad & Tobago, she worked primarily in the public service and has significant experience in policy and legislative development, contract negotiation and drafting, and intellectual property. She is attached to the Culture Division of the Trinidad and Tobago Ministry of Community Development, Culture and the Arts and has collaborated with the Intellectual Property Office to host workshops for artists. 

Dionne McNicol-Stephenson has over 20 years’ experience in the creative industries and 14 years experience in the area of intellectual property and entertainment law.  Her work has spanned the areas of music, theatre, film, live performance and live events – in the form of performance, administration, production, legal services and policy development. Her career path has had many twists and turns, most recently leading her to national service on the board of directors of Creative Industries Company of Trinidad and Tobago (CreativeTT) and as chairman of the Film Company of Trinidad and Tobago (FilmTT). She is a creative industries consultant and the chief connector at A Big Box of Crayons – a collective showcase of and for Trinbago’s creative makers and thinkers. 


getting ready for distribution, with Patricia Martin

Sales agents, distributors and digital outlets expect more than an HD master to release a film. In our present age, filmmakers must think about distribution from the get-go and start preparing for this stage of the process before filming even begins.

ttff/20 presents this integral talk on distribution facilitated by Patricia Martin of Habanero Film Sales in Brazil. Martin will explain why filmmakers must start budgeting and preparing their team for distribution before heading out to film.

Patricia will also discuss how film festivals have become alternative distribution platforms and also take a look at ‘windowing’ and what it means for hybrid distribution. Co-production agreements, territories and holdbacks will all be discussed to aid participants in their understanding.

logistics

date: 11 september
duration: two hours
time: 9:30am-11:30am

This is a free presentation. Click here to register and to see our other Industry offerings.

about Patricia Martin

With more than 25 years in the film business, Patricia has a particular wide-angle understanding of the industry based on her academic background and professional experience in media education, cultural entrepreneurship, film festival programming & film distribution. She is a Political Science graduate, with a persevering passion for international affairs and comparative cultures that earned her fellowships to pursue further training in Tokyo, Madrid and Washington D.C. She has served as program officer, consultant and media advocate for institutions in Venezuela, Cuba, Canada, Colombia, Mexico and Brazil. Together with her partner Alfredo Calvino, they run Habanero, a Brazilian based international sales company specialized in quality films by Latin American and Caribbean filmmakers. She is also founding director of Intermedi@rte, a non-profit art initiative focused on trans-disciplinary creative exchanges & collaborative learning. As visiting professor at Cuba’s International Film School – EICTV, she has conducted an international workshop on film festivals for 10 years. Patricia can most often be found chasing her 5 dogs around her beach house in BĂșzios, the small town two and a half hours north of Rio she calls home.