Five local feature length films: Green Days by the River, Moko Jumbie, The Lies We Tell, Quick Pick and Back to Freeport will be screened during the 12th Annual trinidad+tobago film festival (ttff) from September 19 to 26, 2017.
This was revealed at the launch held at the Hyatt Regency yesterday.
Nearly 120 feature-length, short and experimental narrative and documentary films from the Caribbean, its diaspora and contemporary world cinema will be screened including the five TT feature films, and over 34 short and experimental films, also made in TT.
Magella Moreau, Director of Public Relations, ttff said at the launch: “We continue to be excited by the quality of films made by local film-makers, many of you who are involved in the industry where you have to have passion to do this because it is not easy. The eternal search for funds etc it is very challenging, that you have to be either crazy or passionate to do it.”
She then acknowledge and paid tribute to some of the film-makers who were present at the event.
Trudy de Verteuil, Director of Communications and Stakeholder Relations, Columbus Communications Trinidad Ltd (Flow), title sponsor said it was important to make memories and to see ourselves on the silver screen hence the reason for the heavy investment into the ttff.
She added that it was one of the major ways to bring our film-makers together, and showcase their in various communities.
Danielle Jones, Manager Corporate Communications, BP Trinidad & Tobago (bptt), another major sponsor of the event said her company was thrilled to be part of the festival this year, and especially because one of the two films that bptt funded, Green Days by the River had been selected to be screened at the opening night gala on Tuesday September 19, at the National Academy for the Performing Arts (NAPA), Port-of-Spain.
A film adaptation of Michael Anthony’s classic 1967 novel of the same name, it brings to life childhood memories of the book, and a Trinidad otherwise long forgotten. It is directed by Michael Mooleedhar and at the opening night screening, both he and producer Christian James will be present to introduce their film that features secondary-school student Sudai Tafari (Shell), Anand Lawkaran (Mr Gidharrie), and veterans Che Rodriguez (Pa), and Dara Healy (Ma Lammy).
The other bptt sponsored film, to Be A Renegade, a short documentary is about bptt Renegades Steel Orchestra of the past, present and the future.
One of the ttff main programme highlights is when the spotlight falls on the celebration of National Patriotism Month from 31 August–24 September, and in partnership with the Ministry of Community Development Culture and the Arts, the ttff will present a day-long screening of local short and feature films, that will be held at MovieTowne Port of Spain, San Fernando and Tobago, on Republic Day, September 24.
The Ministry’s representative, Patricia Henderson-Brown, said their involvement is to engender national pride in achievers in the country.
It is a day for Trinbagonians to come together to celebrate who we are, through the cinematic stories of some of the nation’s finest film-makers, as well as those now emerging.
Henderson-Brown also spoke of the Ministry’s support in the area of script-writing and then challenged the ttff to make films from the first, second and third placed winning Best Village plays this year.
Annabelle Alcazar, Programme Director, ttff expressed the pleasure in having the diplomatic corps involved with the event via the supply of films and was also pleased that there are as much as seven finalists for the RBC Youth Jury Award.