The trinidad+tobago film festival (ttff) announced the first section of its programme of films for its 2013 edition, the Caribbean features section, today. Twenty-two feature-length Caribbean and diaspora films—ten fiction films and 12 documentaries—will screen at the ttff/13, which runs from 17 September–01 October.
The 22 films come from 14 Caribbean countries, and all but one will be making their local premiere at the Festival. In addition five of the films will be world premieres, nine will enjoy their Caribbean premiere, and two their international premiere.
Fourteen of the films will be in official competition, for one or more of four awards: Best Narrative Feature, Best Documentary Feature, Best T&T Feature and Best Caribbean Film by an International Filmmaker.
“We have a very strong Caribbean programme this year, films from right across the region, portraying us in all our diversity,” said Annabelle Alcazar, Programme Director of the ttff. “It’s very exciting to see the main section of our programme, grow.”
Still to be announced are the closing night film, the section of Caribbean short and medium-length films, the panorama section of feature-length films (films from world cinema), and the experimental films playing in the New Media section. Last week the Festival announced Half of a Yellow Sun, the Nigerian-UK drama directed by Biyi Bandele, as its opening night film.
The full lineup of Caribbean features follows. Films marked with an asterisk (*) are in competition.
Abo So Juan Francisco Pardo, Aruba, 2013, international premiere*
Ana’s Film Daniel Díaz Torres, Cuba, 2012, T&T premiere
Chrissy! Marcia Weekes, Barbados, 2012, T&T premiere
God Loves the Fighter Damian Marcano, T&T/USA, 2013, world premiere*
I Am a Director Javier Colón, Puerto Rico, 2012, T&T premiere*
Kingston Paradise Mary Wells, Jamaica, 2013, Caribbean premiere*
Melaza Carlos Lechuga, Cuba, 2012, T&T premiere*
Payday Selwyne Bourne, Barbados, 2013, international premiere
The Swimming Pool Carlos Machado Quintela, Cuba, 2012, T&T premiere
Three Kids Jonas d’Adesky, Haiti/Belgium, 2012, T&T premiere*
Carmita Laura Guzmán and Israel Cardenás, 2013, Dominican Republic//Mexico/Cuba, Caribbean premiere*
Fatal Assistance Raoul Peck, Haiti/France, 2013, T&T premiere*
Forward Ever: The Killing of a Revolution Bruce Paddington, T&T/Grenada, 2013, world premiere
No Bois Man No Fraid Christopher Laird, T&T, 2013, world premiere*
Poetry is an Island: Derek Walcott Ida Does, Aruba/The Netherlands/Suriname/Saint Lucia, 2013, world premiere*
Red, White and Black: A Sports Odyssey Robert Dumas, T&T, 2012
Silent Music Melissa Gomez, Antigua, 2012, Caribbean premiere
Songs of Redemption Miquel Galofré and Amanda Sans Pantling, Jamaica/Spain, 2013, T&T premiere*
The Stuart Hall Project John Akomfrah, UK/Jamaica, 2013, Caribbean premiere*
Ten Days of Muharram: The Cedros Hosay Che Rodriguez, T&T, 2013, world premiere*
Viva Cuba Libre: Rap is War! Jesse Acevedo, Cuba/Mexico/USA, 2013, Caribbean premiere*
The Wind that Blows Thomas Weston, St Vincent and the Grenadines/USA, 2013, T&T premiere
About the trinidad+tobago film festival
Founded in 2006, the ttff is an annual celebration of films from and about Trinidad and Tobago, the Caribbean and its diaspora. The Festival is presented by Flow and given leading sponsorship by RBC Royal Bank, bpTT, The Trinidad and Tobago Film Company and the Ministry of Tourism. The ttff/13 takes place from 17 September–01 October. For further information visit www.ttfilmfestival.com
Image: A still from God Loves the Fighter (Damian Marcano, T&T)