TT Film Festival releases 2015 line up


Twenty-five feature-length films and forty-nine short films have been chosen for the 2015 trinidad+tobago film festival (ttff) from September 15th-29th. According to the TTFF, the films- which were released on Tuesday, "portray the subtleties and realities of Caribbean life as told by those who populate the region."
Bazodee (formerly known as Scandalous) a highly anticipated musical drama starring Machel Montano will make its world premiere at the festival. The locally filmed movie, Directed by American Director/Writer Todd Kessler, is also nominted for "Best Trinidad and Tobago feature film" in the fiction category. 
Also making its Caribbean premiere is Carlos Machado Quintela’s black-and-white dramatic study of homosocial malaise in contemporary Cuba. The film was a prizewinner at the International Film Festival Rotterdam, Netherlands where it had its world premiere.
The 25 feature films include 13 fiction pieces and 12 documentaries, and form the core of the lineup. However only eight of the fiction features and seven of the documentaries will be in competition.
Still to be announced are the international films screening in the Festival’s Panorama section, and the experimental works of the New Media section.

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, Mexico, 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


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