Monday 28 September, 2020

Watch: ttff/18 celebrates the film community at closing ceremony

The thirteenth edition of the trinidad+tobago film festival (ttff) culminated in a love-fest of awards and accolades for local filmmakers at the ttff/18 Awards Ceremony at Central Bank on Tuesday, September 25.

Loop was there to capture the culmination of the successful film festival. 


Check out the full list of winners below: 

The Best Film as Decided by a Youth Jury (sponsored by BP Trinidad and Tobago)

Buscando al Zorro (Looking for Zorro) – Wigner Duarte

El Chata (The Sparring Partner) – Gustavo Ramos Perales

Las Hijas De Abril – Michel Franco

Brown Girl Begins – Sharon Lewis

Le Rêve Français: Part 1 – Christian Faure WINNER

Sprinter – Storm Saulter


ttff/18 Future Critics Prize

For the third year, this initiative sought to prepare students of the Ken Gordon School of Journalism at the College of Science, Technology and Applied Arts of Trinidad + Tobago (COSTAATT) for the rigour, best practices and industry standards of critical film analysis and festival reporting.

Ten students from the programme were selected to write critical reviews of films under the mentorship of film critic and journalist, BC Pires, for posting on the ttff website and social media platforms during the Festival. Now, at the conclusion of the Festival, the best Future Critic has been selected on the basis of the quality of their writing and analysis, their ability to meet tight deadlines, and the number of reviews published.

Celine Dimsoy WINNER


The People's Choice Award for a Short Film 

Mangroves WINNER


The People's Choice Award for a Documentary Film (Sponsored by FilmTT)

Carnival Messiah WINNER


The People's Choice Award for a Narrative Feature Film (Sponsored by FilmTT)

Hero: Based on The Life and Times of Mr. Ulric Cross WINNER


Caribbean Film Mart Best Pitch (Sponsored by BP Trinidad + Tobago)

The 15 participants in the Caribbean Film Mart were invited to pitch their project at the end of the two-day mart workshop. Three international film professionals adjudicated this process.

The participants and their projects are:

Dance the Cocoa – Juliette McCawley

Mas Slaughter – Christopher Din Chong

The Jaguar – Ryan Khan

Virus – Michael Rochford

Steel – Glenford Adams

Paul Pryce – The Deliverer

Jamil Agard –

Igual Paraise – Shea Best

Wishing for Wings – Kim Johnson

Silk Road – Janine Mendes-Franco

Trinidad’s Missing – Reynald Seydass

Hey Handsome – Roderick Weever

Fairway – Kafi Kareem Farrell WINNER

Intersection – Khrystian Ramlogan

Right and Left – Sonja Dumas


Jury Awards 

Every year the ttff invites regional and international filmmakers and film professionals to adjudicate a selection of films

The ttff/18 jury includes: 

Ida Does, Filmmaker from Suriname

Renee Robinson, Film Commissioner for Jamaica

Gustavo Graef Morino, Filmmaker from Chile


Jury Prize for the Best Trinidad and Tobago Short Film (Sponsored by BP Trinidad + Tobago)

The Deliverer – Paul Pryce

Mangroves – Teneille Newallo

Venus and Magnet – Elspeth Duncan WINNER

Black Hair – Miquel Galofre

Live Bait – Dominic Boos


Jury Prize for the Best Trinidad and Tobago Feature Film (Sponsored by BP Trinidad + Tobago)

Unfinished Sentences – Mariel Brown WINNER


The trinidad + tobago film festival may be over but the film festival season isn't. 

The annual Green Screen-Environmental Film Festival will run from October 31 to November 3 with movies that focus on environmental conservation, climate change, green energy, and sustainable development. From October 24 - 27, Animae Caribe, the Caribbean's largest and most prestigious animation festival will provide a platform for the development of animators. The Festival attracts top animators from studios such as Dreamworks, Aardman, Pixar, Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon to Trinidad and Tobago to present and host workshops for potential, novice and professional animators. 


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