T&T Film Festival a ticket to the Caribbean

A scene from the movie “Better Must Come” directed by Storm Saulter.
Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival

Trinidad and Tobago will be the “destination of choice” for movie and film enthusiasts in the month of September as the twin-island republic hosts its annual film festival, the Trinidad and Tobago Tourism Development Company says.

Voted one of the 25 coolest film festivals in the world by MovieMaker Magazine in 2014 and one of the top-10 unmissable events in the Caribbean by Culturetrip.com in 2015, the Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival will run from Sept. 15–29.

“Featuring films from and about the region and its Diaspora, the film festival aims to facilitate the growth of Caribbean cinema by offering a wide range of industry programs and networking opportunities,” the group said.

Some of the stand-out events included in this year’s festival are the opening night red-carpet gala and after-party, an awards ceremony and the screening of about 100 feature length and short films created by Caribbean and Diaspora film makers, many of which will make their world premiere on the stage there.

The festival, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, will also screen 10 classic Caribbean films and, for those interested in the art of film making, host workshops, a documentary master class facilitated by renowned documentary film maker Nick Broomfield and a three-day academic symposium entitled Caribbean Cinema Now.

Participants will also have the opportunity to network with some of the best local and international directors and film makers, including Pras Michel of the Fugees, who will be attending the festival to promote the Caribbean premiere of his film “Sweet Micky for President,” which will be shown at the opening night gala and after-party.

Festival memorabilia such as T-shirts, mugs and bags with this year’s slogan “It starts here” will also be available for purchase during the festival, TTTDC said.

“To experience a true taste of the Caribbean and for a chance to meet and network with the people who know it best, the Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival is the place to be in September,” the group said. “The fun starts here.”

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