Side by Side, a trio of free and exciting public events, will take place as the trinidad+tobago film festival, supported by the Inter-Ministerial Committee for the Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Independence, joins the nation in celebrating 50 years of independence. Comprising a film series, exhibition and filmmaking competition, Side by Side will take place at the Academy for the Performing Arts (APA) in Port of Spain and across both islands.
Film Series: 05 – 25 August
From The Right and the Wrong (1970) – the first local feature film to be made in colour – to Bim (1974), considered one of the most important films produced in Trinidad and Tobago, as well as a series of short films from the archives of the Government Film Unit, the films all provide important commentary on the history and development of Trinidad and Tobago. The screenings take place from 05 to 25 August at 10 venues across Trinidad and Tobago.
Exhibition: 16 August – 02 October
At APA, an exhibition on the history of film in T&T from 1927 (when the first feature film was made here) to 1999, will document important milestones in the filmmaking and national history of the country, including the production of local feature films and international productions filmed locally. The exhibition will be held from 16 August to 02 October, Monday to Saturday, 10am to 6pm. It will also feature local pioneers of the film industry, both at home and internationally, and a display of historic film production equipment. The exhibition will feature screens with clips from some of the films as well as photographs by Trinidad-born, British filmmaker Horace. Ové and 13 other pioneers will be honoured at a special ceremony hosted by bpTT.
50-Second Film Competition: 1 July – 1 August
The final element of Side by Side – a 50-second film competition which was launched on 1 July and closed to entries on 1 August – was open to all residents of Trinidad and Tobago and invited contestants to make a 50-second film on the theme of independence. The five films selected for the finals will be screened at the exhibition and the overall winning film will be announced at the ttff/12 awards ceremony on 30 September. The five finalists will all receive cable television, telephone and Internet service packages from Flow, while the winning filmmaker will win an additional cash prize of TT$5,000.
The trinidad+tobago film festival is held annually in September and is presented by Flow, given leading sponsorship by RBC Royal Bank and bpTT, and supported by the Trinidad and Tobago Film Company, the National Gas Company, the Ministry of Arts and Multiculturalism and Copa Airlines.
Sunday 05 August, NALIS, Port of Spain, 7.00pm
This Land of Ours (31’) + Bim (142’)
Monday 06 August, NALIS, Port of Spain, 2.00-6.00pm
Bobby Simpson’s Australian Cricket Team (12′) + Captain of the People: 100 Anniversary of the Birth of Arthur Cipriani (50′) + Labour Day 27th Anniversary (40′) + Bacchanal Time (120′)
Tuesday 07 August, NALIS, Port of Spain, 2.00-6.00pm
East Dry River (12′) + Cine Magazine 1954 – 1 (14′) + T&T in the 1980′s (33′) + Pan Fusion Ep. 3 (25′) + Mama dis is Mas (40′) + 18 on Steel (18′) + The Rig (90′)
Tuesday 07 August: Arima Basketball Court, 7.00pm
18 on Steel (18’) + The Right and the Wrong (100’)
Wednesday 08 August, NALIS, Port of Spain, 2.00-6.00pm
The Louis Brothers (13′) + A Man and His Work: Pat Chu Foon (15′) + Who the Cap Fits ep. 5 (30′) + Westwood Park (30′) + Terrific and Tranquil (30′) + Pan Man (110′)
Thursday 09 August, NALIS, Port of Spain, 2.00-6.00pm
Hurricane Flora (8′) + Turn of the Tide (100′) + Flight of the Ibis (120′)
Thursday 09 August: Medulla Art Gallery, Woodbrook, 7.00pm
A Man and His Work: Pat Chu Foon (15’) + Mama Dis is Mas (40’)
Friday 10 August, NALIS, Port of Spain, 2.00-6.00pm
Our Forgotten Ones (6′) + Brother Frederick (21′) + This Land is Ours (31′) + Girl From India (145’)
Friday 10 August: Magdalena Grand Resort, Tobago, 7.00pm
Hurricane Flora (8’) + Fire Down Below (116’)
Thursday 16 August: Mayaro Resource Centre, 7.00pm
Carnival in T&T (20’) + Bacchanal Time (110’)
Sunday 19 August: Divali Nagar Site, Chaguanas, 7.00pm
Bridge of Friendship: Visit of Indira Gandhi (13’) + Girl From India (95’)
Monday 20 August: Holy Faith Convent, Couva, 6.00pm
Mama dis is Mas (40’) + Terrific and Tranquil (31’) + Carnival in Trinidad (20’)
Tuesday 21 August: Holy Faith Convent, Couva, 6.00pm
The Shouters and the Control Freak Empire (28’) + Mas Man (59’)
Tuesday 21 August: San Fernando Hill, 7.00pm
Best Village Finals 1967 (32’)+ Bim (102’)
Wednesday 22 August: Holy Faith Convent, Couva, 6.00pm
The Sadhu of Couva (5’) + Chinee Girl (44’) + Amerindians (40’)
Thursday 23 August: Holy Faith Convent, Couva, 6.00pm
‘70: Remembering a Revolution (114’)
Thursday 23: Academy for the Performing Arts, Port of Spain
The Audacity of the Creole Imagination (13’) + The Sadhu of Couva (5’) + Classical Steel (42’)
Friday 24 August: Holy Faith Convent, Couva, 6.00pm
Friday: Flight of the Ibis (94’)
Saturday 25: Point Fortin Public Library, 7.00pm
The Louis Brothers (13’) + Men of Grey II: Flight of the Ibis (94’)
Fruit vendor with poster image courtesy Paria Publishing.