The Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival (TTFF) 2016 kicks off today (September 20, 2016) and will be running until September 27, 2016. The film festival will feature some internationally acclaimed films including The Academy Awards-nominated film, Embrace of the Serpent. The TTFF started in 2006 and over the years it has provided tremendous opportunities for film makers in the Caribbean and Latin America. The TTFF has spawned an increase in confidence amongst Caribbean film makers and appreciation of the film industry in the Caribbean.
Details of the festival
Over 90 films will be featured in TTFF this year, at various locations across the twin islands. The festival will have four categories of films: Panorama, Caribbean, New Media and Short and Medium Length Films. The Panorama category will consist of international feature-length films; The Caribbean category will consist of feature-films made by film makers from Caribbean and the Diaspora and films shot in the Caribbean by international film makers. The New Media category will include video art and experimental films. The Short and Medium Length category will feature films under 30 minutes and between 30 to 52 minutes.
Movie Towne will show TTFF featured films at a discounted cost of $30 TTD for adults and $20 TTD for students. Screening at all other locations will be free. The other locations include: UWI, COSTAATT, OWTU Hall Headquarters, Hyatt Regency Hotel, The Little Carib Theatre, Trinidad Theatre Workshop, Big Black Box, Drink Lounge and Bistro, AKIMBO Boutique and TTFF office.
The following films are some of the top picks to watch. The Trinidad and Tobago premiere of these films will be at the festival.
Queen Nanny directed by Roy T Anderson
Queen Nanny is a documentary film which documents the resistance movements of the legendary Nanny of the Maroons. Nanny of the Maroons is a Heroine who led the fight of the Maroons (ex slave settlement) against the British in Jamaica in the 18th century.
Kenke (Weed) directed by Enrique Pérez Him
Kenke (Weed) is a feature film projected in Spanish with English subtitles.
“When teenage Kenny gets busted buying weed, his mother solicits Kenny’s respectable cousin Josué to help her boy conquer his addiction—not knowing that Josué himself smokes weed and is also dealing with a pregnant girlfriend. Shot-through with smart humor, the latest from Panama’s own Enrique Pérez Him hits a winning balance of cultural specificity and universal themes.” – IFF Panama.
Miles Ahead directed by Don Cheadle
Miles Ahead is a biopic of a legendary US trumpeter, Miles Davis. Plot summary: A down-and-out jazz trumpeter Miles Davis takes a break from the music industry. When he decided to revamp his music career and tape some sessions his tape gets stolen and he goes on an adventure to reclaim his stolen tapes. The story is based in the 70s.
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