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Film festival of firsts
Gayelle founders Tony Hall, Christopher Laird and Bruce Paddington will be among those honoured by the T&T Film Festival (ttff) as “pioneers of film.” It will the first time the festival will honour contemporary pioneers, most of them still involved in the industry: Hall continues to write scripts, Laird is chairman of the T&T Film Co (TTFC) and Paddington is the founder and director of the ttff. The awardees will be feted at a luncheon on Friday. The eight-year-old festival had previously looked at legacy works and early T&T filmmakers through an exhibition of photos, clips, equipment and posters. The other pioneers to be honoured include Carla Foderingham, CEO of the TTFC, and Frances-Anne Solomon, founder of the CaribbeanTales Film Festival in Canada, and television producer Danielle Dieffenthaller.
The TTFF, which officially begins on September 17 and runs until October 1, will for the first time also feature a package of music videos, including those from the artist I-Sasha and the bands Mungal Patasar & Pantar and Gyazette. In acknowledgement of the increasing number of women filmmakers in the region—47 contributions this year were made by women—the festival will have a segment called Women in Film. In addition to film screenings, this segment will involve Q&A sessions and panel discussions about the topic. This year, for the first time, the festival will present films in two distinct sections: Caribbean films, produced by people living and working in the Caribbean or Caribbean people abroad, and “heritage” films, produced in the countries of the ancestors of Trinidadians and Tobagonians. The second category will include films from India, Africa and Europe. Chinese films will also be shown for the first time.
Acclaimed Ghanaian/British filmmaker John Akomfrah will attend the festival, which will present a retrospective of his work. The films from T&T filmmakers that will make their debut at the festival include God Loves a Fighter, directed by Damian Marcano; Forward Ever: The Killing of A Revolution, by Bruce Paddington; and Ten Days of Muharram: The Cedro Hosay, by Ernest Che Rodriguez. The T&T Film Festival will feature 142 films this year. The number is up considerably from when it began in 2006, when it featured 35 films. For the screening schedule, venues and other information, go to ttfilmfestival.com—Erline Andrews
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