Film festival to go Bazodee as Caribbean selections announced for ttff/15

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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.

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