Twenty-five feature-length films from the Caribbean and its diaspora will screen at the 2015 trinidad+tobago film festival (ttff), which takes place from 15–29 September.
The Festival announced the Caribbean section of its lineup today as it continues to roll out its programme. Among the films selected is the highly anticipated musical drama Bazodee, directed by Todd Kessler and starring Machel Montano, which will have its world premiere at ttff/15.
Also included in the T&T lineup of feature films is Joanne Johnson’s family-friendly drama Sally’s Way, which had a prizewinning world premiere at the Seattle International Children’s Film Festival earlier this year.
Re-percussions: Our African Odyssey, directed by Kim Johnson, is one of the T&T documentaries screening at ttff/15. The film—which will have its world premiere—follows up on Pan! Our Music Odyssey, which Johnson wrote and which opened last year’s Festival.
In addition to the feature films, a lineup of forty-nine short Caribbean films—twenty-four fiction films and twenty-five documentaries—will screen at ttff/15.
Announcements already made for the ttff/15 are the opening night film (the Haitian documentary Sweet Micky for President) and the ten classic Caribbean films screening in celebration of the ttff’s tenth anniversary. Still to be announced are the international films screening in the Festival’s Panorama section, and the experimental works of the New Media section.
For the full list of Caribbean films screening at ttff/15, as well as the films’ synopses, visitwww.ttfilmfestival.com. The films screening in competition are as follows.
BEST FEATURE FILM – FICTION
Murder in Pacot – Raoul Peck: Haiti, France, Norway
Project of the Century – Carlos Machado Quintela: Cuba, Argentina, Germany, Switzerland
Sand Dollars – Israel Cárdenas and Laura Amelia Guzmán: Dominican Republic, Mexico, Argentina
Venice – Kiki Álvarez: Cuba, Colombia
BEST FEATURE FILM – DOCUMENTARY
Casa Blanca – Aleksandra Maciuszek: Cuba, Poland
Citizens of Nowhere – Nicolas Alexandre Tremblay: Dominican Republic, Haiti
Denis – Gabrielle Blackwood, Jamaica
My Father’s Land – Miquel Galofré and Tyler Johnston: The Bahamas, Haiti, Trinidad and Tobago
Vanishing Sail – Alexis Andrews: Antigua
BEST TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO FEATURE FILM – FICTION
Bazodee – Todd Kessler
Pendulum – Michael Rochford
Sally’s Way – Joanne Gail Johnson
Trafficked – Sean Hodgkinson
BEST TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO FEATURE FILM – DOCUMENTARY
My Father’s Land – Miquel Galofré and Tyler Johnston
Our Soul Turned Inside Out – Mary-Ann Bradley
Re-percussions: Our African Odyssey – Kim Johnson
BEST SHORT FILM – FICTION
Alto Vista – Juan Francisco Pardo: Aruba
April 4th 1968 – Myriam Gharbi: Guadeloupe
Aurora – Pascal Fontana: Puerto Rico
The English Teacher – Alán González: Cuba
Giants – Damian Marcano: Trinidad and Tobago, the Netherlands, USA
In the Horizon’s Dreams – Ramón Alfonso Peña: Dominican Republic
Mommy Water – Julien Silloray: Guadeloupe
Ti Coq – Nadia Charlery: Martinique
Twilight – Juan Pablo Daranas Molina: Cuba
A Wall – Javier Ferreiro: Cuba
BEST SHORT FILM – DOCUMENTARY
The Enemy – Aldemar Matías: Cuba
The Farewell – Alejandro Alonso: Cuba
Lorenza, the Radio and You – Roya Esraghi: Cuba
The Miracle Worker – Diana Montero: Cuba
Papa Machete – Jonathan David Kane: Haiti, USA, Barbados
Sixteen – Vashti Harrison: Trinidad and Tobago, USA
BEST TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO SHORT FILM – FICTION
Fade to Black – Christopher Guinness
Giants – Damian Marcano
Goldfish – Elenie Chung
BEST TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO SHORT FILM – DOCUMENTARY
Riding Bull Cart – Rhonda Chan Soo
Sixteen – Vashti Harrison
The Cuatro Man – Mikhail Gibbings
Paradise Lost – Christopher Laird
The ttff celebrates films from and about the Caribbean and its diaspora, as well as from world cinema, through an annual festival and year-round screenings. In addition, the ttff seeks to facilitate the growth of Caribbean cinema by offering a wide-ranging industry programme and networking opportunities. The ttff is presented by Flow and given leading sponsorship by bpTT, and supporting sponsorship by RBC Royal Bank, The National Gas Company, National Lotteries Control Board, Ministry of the Arts and Multiculturalism, the Embassy of the United States of America and FilmTT.