Around the Corner: Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival 2010

Films from Africa will feature prominently at the fifth annual Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival (ttff/10), which takes place from September 22 to October 5, 2010. [See previous post The trinidad+tobago film festival 2010.]

Founded in 2006, the ttff—with the generous support of FLOW, the Trinidad and Tobago Film Company, the Tourism Development Company, and the National Gas Company—has grown over the past few years to become one of the leading film festivals in the Caribbean, screening dozens of Caribbean and Diaspora films, with the help of programming partners MovieTowne, the University of the West Indies-St. Augustine, and Studiofilmclub.

Last year, the festival introduced a heritage aspect to its programming, with a focus on the cinema of India. This year the focus shifts to Africa, with films from countries such as Senegal, Ethiopia, and Nigeria. A number of noted African filmmakers are also expected to attend the festival. In addition, the ttff/10 has entered into a partnership with the Zanzibar International Film Festival (ZIFF). This initiative will see films from Zanzibar and East Africa being screened at the ttff/10, as well as local films being shown at the ZIFF. There will also be a filmmaker exchange program.

Other features of this year’s festival include a celebration of Brazilian cinema and a series of technical workshops for aspiring and established filmmakers. There will again be cash prizes for the top films in the festival. The established pay-per-view initiative continues this year, where select films screened at the festival are made available for viewing on FLOW, with all proceeds going to the filmmakers.

The ttff/10 also announces that it has expanded its organizing committee to reflect a more youth-oriented outlook in order to get the young people of Trinidad and Tobago more interested in alternative and non-mainstream cinema.

For updates on preparations for the 2010 festival, visit the film festival blog at www.trinidadandtobagofilmfestival.com/blog and the main site at http://www.trinidadandtobagofilmfestival.com/default.asp

Image from Ethan Higbee and Adam Bhala Lough’s 2009 The Upsetter, a documentary film on Jamaican songwriter, singer, and producer Lee “Scratch” Perry, who helped to define reggae in the late 1960s and early 1970s. For more information, see http://www.slashfilm.com/2008/03/17/sxsw-movie-review-the-upsetter/

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