Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival 2013
PIONEERS IN FILM
Since 2011 the ttff, in partnership with bpTT, has implemented the Pioneers in Film initiative. This initiative has sought to document the history of cinema, film and television production and exhibition in Trinidad+Tobago since the start of the 20th century. In 2013, this important initiative moves into a third phase: recognising pioneers who have been making their mark in the more recent past. Fourteen visionary individuals and organisations, who have recently made major contributions to the film and television industry in Trinidad and Tobago, will be honoured. A luncheon in their honour will be hosted on September 13.
For the third consecutive year, the ttff and ARC Magazine will present New Media, a collection of artists’ works that explore a range of themes and issues, while pushing and blurring the boundaries between film and art. Featuring experimental films, video art and performances, the programme opens on September 20 at 6 pm at Medulla Gallery with a live projection event by Jamaican artist Olivia McGilchrist. The daily screenings will be complemented by a number of special evening events, including a closing night performance by Trinidadian artist, Rodell Warner, on the evening of September 27. The 36 works in New Media range in length from under one minute to 84 minutes and come from 27 artists across 15 countries, the majority of which lie within the Caribbean or its diasporas.
RBC FOCUS: FiILMMAKERS’ IMMERSION + PITCH SESSION
For the third year running, the ttff will be hosting RBC Focus: Filmmakers’ Immersion. An intensive four-day development programme, Focus will give ten selected emerging Caribbean filmmakers the opportunity to learn from film professionals.
RBC Focus takes place from September 24 to 27 at the ttff offices in Belmont. This year, the selected filmmakers will enter the programme with a concept for a feature-length narrative film, from which they will be expected to develop a detailed treatment.
RBC Focus will include group discussions on a range of topics concentrating on the artistic side of narrative filmmaking, sharpening the skills and abilities of participants. There will be a particular emphasis on enhancing the filmmakers’ creative voice and storytelling capabilities.
The programme is open to Caribbean filmmakers (citizens of Caribbean countries living and working in the Caribbean); filmmakers of the diaspora (persons of Caribbean descent resident outside of the Caribbean who intend to shoot at least part of their prospective project in the region); and international filmmakers living and working in the Caribbean. Applicants must have completed at least one narrative film (short or feature-length), but no more than two narrative features.
At the end of RBC Focus, the main facilitator will choose the top five participants. These five participants will then pitch their project to a jury at a public event on September 28. The participant with the best project and pitch, as determined by the jury, will win a cash prize of TT$20,000, courtesy of RBC Royal Bank.
PANELS / PRESENTATIONS / PITCHES
The ttff/13 will feature a number of panel discussions and presentations. Among them will be a presentation on producing with Andrea Calderwood, an award-winning producer and managing director of independent film and television production company Slate Films, who has won her British Academy of Film and Television Award (BAFTA) for Best British Film for her work on The Last King of Scotland. There will also be a director’s boot camp with presenter Bill Duke, who will break down the fundamentals of directing, and the key aspects of what one needs to know to become a competent director. For those interested in learning how to market and distribute their film, a session on this topic will be held by Brett Dismuke, Senior Vice President at One Village Entertainment and /Image Entertainment. Poppy Hanks, VP, Production and Development at 34th Street Films (Tyler Perry's company), will discuss the current methods, equipment, advancements and ways to stand out and improve one’s skills from a “Behind the Camera” aspect of filmmaking and production. As usual, there will be a filmmaker’s panel, a public platform for local and visiting filmmakers to discuss their craft, from the creative idea to production to the business of financing, marketing and, ultimately, distribution of films. Participants include: Damian Marcano/God Loves the Fighter; Ernest Che Rodriguez/Ten Days of Muharram: The Cedros Hosay; Christopher Laird/No Bois Man No Fraid; Ida Does/Poetry is an Island; Bruce Paddington/Forward Ever: The Killing of a Revolution; Miquel Galofré, Songs of Redemption.
As part of the overall Culture of Peace programme, UNESCO Havana and the ttff agreed to organise, during this year’s festival, an international conference to address the role that the film industry may play in strengthening a culture of peace. The conference contributes to one of the aims of the Culture of Peace Programme, namely exploring opportunities offered by the media, including new social media, as a vehicle for reconciliation, tolerance and intercultural understanding. A number of themes have been chosen that reflect UNESCO’s mandate in the field of education, culture, and communication and information: education, Communication and Archives, Women in Film, Film Criticism, Social Development, Film industry Development, Legal Frameworks, and Film exhibition.
The trinidad+tobago film festival awards prizes in three categories: jury prizes, people’s choice awards and special awards. The awards ceremony will take place on Sunday 29 September at the Hyatt Regency Trinidad in Port of Spain.
BEST FEATURE FILM – NARRATIVE
US$4,000 / Sponsored by the National Gas Company
Abo So – Juan Francisco Pardo, Aruba
God Loves the Fighter – Damian Marcano, Trinidad+Tobago
I Am a Director – Javier Colón, Puerto Rico
Kingston Paradise – Mary Wells, Jamaica
Melaza – Carlos Lechuga, Cuba
BEST FEATURE FILM – DOCUMENTARY
US $4,000 / Sponsored by the National Gas Company
Carmita – Laura Guzmán and Israel Cárdenas, Dominican Republic/Mexico
Fatal Assistance – Raoul Peck, Haiti
No Bois Man No Fraid – Christopher Laird, Trinidad+Tobago
Poetry is an Island: Derek Walcott – Ida Does, Suriname / Aruba / The Netherlands
Songs of Redemption – Miquel Galofré + Amanda Sans Pantling, Jamaica/Spain
BEST SHORT FILM
US $2,000 / Sponsored by the National Gas Company
Alex and Fabio Are No Longer Here – Alejandro Orengo, Puerto Rico
Auntie – Lisa Harewood, Barbados
The Gardener – Jo Henriques, Aruba
A Home for These Old Bones – Julien Silloray, Guadeloupe
Passage – Kareem Mortimer, The Bahamas
Previous Scenes – Aleksandra Maciuszek, Cuba
Holy Saturday – Gisela Ramos, Puerto Rico
Siblings – Leo Aguirre, Aruba
Vivre – Maharaki, Guadeloupe
Yolanda – Cristian Carretero, Dominican Republic
BEST LOCAL FEATURE FILM
TT$20,000 / Sponsored by the Trinidad and Tobago Film Company
God Loves the Fighter – Damian Marcano
Ten Days of Muharram: The Cedros Hosay – Ernest Che Rodriguez
BEST LOCAL SHORT FILM
TT$10,000 / Sponsored by the Trinidad and Tobago Film Company
After Mas – Karen Martinez
Mystic Blue – Dainia Wright
The Silver Dollar – Steve Hernandez
BEST CARIBBEAN FILM BY AN INTERNATIONAL FILMMAKER
US$1,000 / Sponsored by National Lotteries Control Board
Viva Cuba Libre: Rap Is War! – Jesse Acevedo, Cuba/USA
The Stuart Hall Project – John Akomfrah, United Kingdom
Three Kids – Jonas D’Adesky, Haiti/Belgium
Tula: The Revolt – Jeroen Leinders, Curaçao/The Netherlands
PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS
BEST FEATURE FILM
TT$5,000 / Sponsored by Flow
BEST DOCUMENTARY FILM
TT$5,000 / Sponsored by Agostini Insurance Brokers Limited
BEST SHORT FILM
TT$5,000 / Sponsored by NH International
BEST NEW MEDIA FILM
BEST STUDENT AT THE UNIVERSITY OF THE WEST INDIES
An all-expenses paid trip to the International Film Festival Rotterdam
2014 / Sponsored by bpTT
BEST LOCAL FILM IN DEVELOPMENT
TT$20,000 / Sponsored by bpTT
RBC FOCUS: FILMMAKERS’ IMMERSION PITCH WINNER
TT$20,000 / Sponsored by RBC Royal Bank