Experimental Films in Competition Announced for tt film festival

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Ranging from overt political commentary to social and personal interrogations and interventions, eight experimental films will screen at the trinidad + tobago film festival (ttff) – to be held from 19 – 26 September.

The programme of experimental films is the result of an open call for submissions for work on the theme Bearings which invited multi-disciplinary artists to submit explorations and presentations on identity, globalisation, placement/displacement, migration, contemporary politics and belonging.  The films are in competition for an Award of TT$5,000.

The work highlights the expanding field of visual art that interrogates contemporary experiences in experimental forms of presentation, deviating from conventional forms of filmmaking and visual presentations.

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The Experimental films  in competition are:

A Dress to the Nation – Richard Mark Rawlins, Trinidad + Tobago

After La Monte Young – Sandra Vivas, Dominica

Afloat – Devon Narine Singh, USA

Chaotic Beauty – Di-Andre Caprice Davis, Jamaica

Cathedral – Juliette McCawley, Trinidad + Tobago

Reforget – Volney Smith, Barbados

Xerox Island –  Alex Kelly, Trinidad + Tobago

Incertidumbre y Fracaso (Uncertainty and Failure) – Luis Vasquez La Roche and Joanna Helfer, Venezuela / Scotland

The winning film will be announced at the ttff’s Awards ceremony on Tuesday 26 September, at the Central Bank Auditorium.

The trinidad+tobago film festival (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; given leading sponsorship by bpTT and the Ministry of Community Development, Culture and the Arts; supporting sponsorship by the Inter-American Development Bank and UN Women; and contributing sponsorship from RBC Royal Bank.

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Film stills from:

  1. Cathedral

  2. A Dress to the Nation

  3. Chaotic Beauty

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