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Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Presenting the Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival 2007

A celebration of the best films from and about the Caribbean and its Diaspora

19th September to 27th October, 2007

Our Voices, Our Stories, Our Films

Award-winning feature films, documentaries, shorts, animations, training workshops with international specialists, a cinema caravan, lectures, are all part of the Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival 2007 (TTFF). A week of MovieTowne screenings starting on Wednesday 19th September kickstarts a month of activities all around the country, ending at UWI with the Animae Caribe Animation Festival.

Following on the successful TTFF 2006 there will be a host of work from Trinidad & Tobago filmmakers at home and abroad, but also new and classic work from The French and Spanish-speaking Caribbean. Among the highlights is Cousines by Richard Senecal, one of the most talented of a new generation of Haitian directors. This dramatic story about the hard reality of being young in a troubled country won awards for the best actress and best producer at the 2006 Brooklyn International Film Festival.

Also to be screened is the new prize-winning feature A Winter Tale by Toronto-based Trinidadian filmmaker Frances-Anne Solomon, and a number of films that received grants from the Trinidad and Tobago Film Company’s production and script development programmes as well as student films from UWI and the MovieTowne Schools Short Film Competition. This year the Festival will once again invite filmmakers to introduce their films and answer questions from the audience.

Of special interest is the ground-breaking work of late director Hugh Robertson and the screening of the legendary Bim, which has not been seen at local cinemas since the 1970s. Suzanne Robertson will be the guest of honour at the Festival, representing her husband and taking part in a workshop on how we can make our renewed efforts to build a film industry in Trinidad & Tobago sustainable.

A new innovation will be the Festival People’s Choice Awards for the most popular films shown, and to ensure that the most popular films reach a wide audience the caravan will take selected films and animation out to the people of Trinidad & Tobago, all free of charge. There will also be three nights of Caribbean London filmmaking at StudioFilmClub featuring, among others, the work of celebrated Trinidadian director, Horace Ove, CBE.

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