The region’s premier film festival, Trinidad+Tobago film festival (ttff) is back with a full calendar of events. This year’s festival will see a return to in-person screenings and events after two years online due to pandemic restrictions.
With an impressive panel of film programmers comprising three Caribbean and two international industry specialists, more than 250 films were considered for the festival programme.
This year’s film programmers are Bruce Paddington (ttff founder), Danielle Dieffenthaller, BC Pires, Ivonne Cotorruelo and Jim Kolmar.
Together, they have shortlisted just over 25 films to compete for prizes and awards recognition.
Kolmar, also a writer who has been curating features for the renowned South by Southwest Film Festival (SXSW), shares: “It’s been a real thrill to work with the programming team on this year’s lineup. It represents the diversity, creativity and the sheer breadth of talent emerging from the Caribbean and beyond.
“Heartfelt and restlessly inventive, these films exemplify the bold visions and unique voices long celebrated by the festival.”
He continues: “The most exciting part of all this is the opportunity to watch these films with enthusiastic audiences. It’s the kind of community experience that we need more than ever, and it’s a great pleasure to play a part in that. I can’t wait for people to watch these remarkable films.”
Films in competition will be judged in various categories in two areas for jury prizes and special awards.
• Best Narrative Feature Film
• Best Documentary Feature Film
• Best Narrative Short Film
• Best Documentary Short Film
• Best Student Film
• ↓Best t+t film– the local winner selected from the aggregate scores of other categories
• ↓Special award – Smartphone Filmmaking Competition (Love in the 21st Century)
• ↓Special award – best film as decided by the Youth Jury
Anticipated crowd pleasers King David, a documentary by Walt Lovelace about calypsonian David Rudder, and Studio 17: the lost reggae tapes, which explores one of Jamaica’s legendary music recording studios (a hub for superstars Bob Marley, Peter Tosh and others), are among the films competing for prizes at ttff/22.
All winners will be announced at the festival’s award ceremony on 27 September.
Apart from the opening night, screenings will be held at MovieTowne, Port-of-Spain
and NALIS (AV Room and Amphitheatre). Screenings at NALIS are free to the public
and tickets will be available at the
MovieTowne box office from September 15.
BEST TRINIDAD AND
‘King David’ directed
by Walt Lovelace
‘My maxi’ directed
by Andrei J Pierre
by Ais Rutherford and Hira Hosein
‘The inner view’
directed by Eric Barry
BEST NARRATIVE FEATURE
‘Cette maison’ (This house),
directed by Miryam Charles
‘Ludi’ directed by Edson Jean
‘Perejil’ (Parsley), directed by José María Cabral
‘Receta no incluida’ (Without prescription), directed by Juliana Maité Irizarry
‘Una película sobre parejas’ (A film about couples), directed by Natalia Cabral + Oriol Estrada
BEST DOCUMENTARY FILM
‘Lo que se hereda’ (It runs in the family), directed by Victoria Linares Villegas
‘Mafifa’ directed by Daniela Muñoz Barroso
‘Mr. Emancipation: The Walter Perry story’ directed by Preston Chase
‘Paroles de nègres’ (The words of negroes), directed by Sylvaine Dampierre
‘Studio 17: The lost reggae tapes’ directed by Mark James