Africa World Film Festival 2017

The Africa World Film Festival started today. Screenings will be held at UWI’s Film School in St. Augustine, and at the Caribbean Traveling Film School on Gordon Street in Port of Spain.

This is the 10 year anniversary of the film festival, so they’re doing a retrospective. Yesterday, I spoke to Festival Coordinator Wayne Cezair about the school and the film festival. The interview is below.

The full schedule is on their Facebook page.

CFAFF Schdule is Out!

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November 17th

6:30PM

Philippa’s Garden
Tickets  $75
Festival Launch & Cocktail Reception
Afro-diasporic Linkages and the Caribbean Voyage Art Exhibition Opening
CFAFF Special Selection – Boys of Soweto (4 mins)
CFAFF Official Selection -Destination Runway (21 mins)

November 18th

9:30AM

Arima Tennis Club
(Secondary School Students)
Afro-diasporic Linkages and the Caribbean Voyage Student Art Exhibition
Afro-diasporic Linkages and the Caribbean Voyage Panel Discussion with Dr. Olabisi Kuboni, Festival Chair
CFAFF Official Selections (20 mins)
Filmmakers Q & A

2:00PM
AKIMBO
(Fashion and Film Students Only)
International Fashion Film Screening Curated by Niccolo Montanari (45 mins)
Fashion Film Future Q&A with Niccolo Montanari, International Fashion Film Consultant

7:00PM
AKIMBO
Tickets TT $30
CFAFF Official Selections (80 mins)
*Complimentary Cocktails

November 19th

12:00PM
AKIMBO
Tickets TT $30
CFAFF Official Selection – Fanm Djanm – We Are Every Woman (2mins)
CFAFF Special Selection – DIVA Enemy of the People (95 mins)
The HeART of Fashion Panel Discussion with Nicole Joseph Chin, Founder of Ms. Brafit
*High Tea Served

7:30PM

The Rush Sports Bar and Night Club
Tickets $100
Afro-diasporic Linkages and the Caribbean Voyage Urban Gala & CFAFF Award Ceremony
*Entrance to After Party Included

10:00PM
At the Door $80
*Urban Gala After Party

For more information call 381-6469. Tickets are available at AKIMBO 37 C Pro Queen Street Arima. For collection in POS contact 761-9120 or  748-7156

#TTFF16 Ends, Here are the Winners

JURY PRIZES

BEST FEATURE FILM–NARRATIVE

TT$12,500 / Sponsored by The National Gas Company
In competition:
Antes Que Cante El Gallo (Before the Rooster Crows)-Arí Manuel Cruz, Puerto Rico-WINNER
El Acompañante (The Companion) – Pavel Giroud, Cuba
Esteban-Jonal Cosculluela, Cuba
Play the Devil-Maria Govan, Trinidad+Tobago, The Bahamas, the USA
The Cutlass-Darisha Beresford, Trinidad+Tobago

BEST FEATURE FILM–DOCUMENTARY
TT$12,500 / Sponsored by The National Gas Company
In competition:
Se Bondye vie Yuli (God Willing Yuli)- Jean Jean,Haiti/Dominican Republic-WINNER
Make Mine Country-Ian Berry,St.Lucia
Diva:Enemy of the People-Tony Oldham, St.Lucia

BEST SHORT FILM–NARRATIVE

TT$7,500 / Sponsored by The National Gas Company
In competition:
Carapazón/Shell-Joa Vidal, Cuba- WINNER
SO.C13.TY-Khris Burton, Martinique
Nightmare Before Wedding-Orain-Chomaud Fabienne, Guadeloupe
Lost Boy-Aisha Porter-Christie, Jamaica
Rico-Lynda D’Alexis, Guadeloupe

BEST SHORT FILM–DOCUMENTARY
TT$7,500 / Sponsored by The National Gas Company
In competition:
Iceberg-Juliana Gómez, Cuba- WINNER
Blessed Love-Kra Kouassi, Guadeloupe
Welcoming Arms-Rosanne Ma, Bermuda
H20 -Clish Gittens, Barbados

BEST T+T FEATURE FILM
Trip to Regional Festival/Market
Sponsored by The Trinidad and Tobago Film Company (FilmTT)
In competition:
The Cutlass – Darisha Beresford + Play The Devil – Maria Govan – JOINT WINNERS
Tomb – Nicholas Attin
Sanskara – Christopher Din Chong

BEST T+T SHORT FILM – NARRATIVE
Trip to Regional Festival/Market
Sponsored by the Trinidad and Tobago Film Company
In competition:
Sweat-Josiah Persad- WINNER
Redman-Jared Prima
Dream Seller-Shane Lee Kit

BEST T+T SHORT FILM – DOCUMENTARY
Trip to Regional Festival/Market
Sponsored by the Trinidad and Tobago Film Company
In competition:
Who I say I Am- Amir Aether Valen Ali- WINNER
The Dying Swan: Ras Nijinsky in drag as Pavlova – Christopher Laird
How We Play with Fire – Desiree Sampson
Living Without You – Anna-Lisa Wickham

BEST FILM AS DECIDED BY A YOUTH JURY
TT$5,000 / Sponsored by COSTAATT
In competition:
Play The Devil-Maria Govan, Trinidad+Tobago, The Bahamas, the USA-WINNER
Battledream Chronicles-Alain Bidard, Martinique
Antes Que Cante El Gallo (Before the Rooster Crows) – Arí Manuel Cruz, Puerto Rico
Ixcanul-Jayro Bustamente, Guatemala
Mustang-Deniz Gamze-Ergüven, France
Mountains May Depart -Zia Zhange, China
Presos (Imprisoned) -Esteban Ramirez, Costa Rica

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS PRIZE
TT$5,000
In competition:
Se Bondye vie Yuli (God Willing Yuli) Jean Jean, Haiti/Dominican Republic-WINNER
Antes que Cante el Callo (Before the Rooster Crows) Arí Manuel Cruz, Puerto Rico
El Acompañante (The Companion) Pavel Giroud, Cuba

UNITED NATIONS T+T AWARD FOR BEST EMERGING DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKER
TT$5,000
In competition:
Amir Aether Valen Ali-Who I Say I Am-WINNER
Desiree Sampson-How We Play With Fire
Jamie Lee Loy-Super Me
Dylan Quesnel-Small Change
Kyle Sahadeo-The Absentee

PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS
TT$5,000 each / Sponsored by Flow

BEST FEATURE FILM – NARRATIVE: THE CUTLASS – Darisha Beresford
BEST FEATURE FILM–DOCUMENTARY: LANDFILL HARMONIC – Brad Allgood + Graham Townsley
BEST SHORT FILM: SWEAT-Josiah Persad

RBC FOCUS: FILMMAKERS’ IMMERSION PITCH WINNER
TT$20,000 / Sponsored by RBC Royal Bank
Juliette McCawley, Avalon

CARIBBEAN FILM MART BEST PROJECT AWARD JOINT WINNERS

6 month consultation from international film industry professional Sydney Levine of SydneysBuzz
Karen Martinez, Scattered + Sonja Dumas, Angels Living in Tunapuna

Nneka Luke moves to FilmTT

FilmTT Appoints New General Manager

Nneka Luke

 Port of Spain, 30th August, 2016: The Board of Directors of the Trinidad and Tobago Film Company Limited (FilmTT) is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms. Nneka Luke to the position of General Manager effective 1st September, 2016.

Chairman of the Board, Camille Selvon Abrahams shared that this selection was a meticulous decision. “Ms. Luke was carefully selected from a group of highly qualified applicants. Her background in festivals, film and finance showed us that her base was wide and included elements that are critical for taking film in T&T to the next level,” she explained.

Ms. Luke possesses a unique combination of film industry experience and brand and communications expertise, which ideally positions her to lead the growth and development of FilmTT. She has held several senior roles in corporate communications, managing internal and external communications; brand and company strategy; sponsorship, events, and publications.

Her most recent role was External Relations Director at the trinidad+tobago film festival (ttff) where she directly contributed to the growth of the Festival and the overall brand at local, regional and international levels, to the increase of local audiences through cohesive brand and communications planning and execution, and built a regional and international network in the film industry that includes contacts in Europe, USA, South Africa, South America and the Caribbean.

Ms. Luke’s experience of building ttff’s brand, her knowledge of the local, regional and international film industries and years of state and private sector communications experience, makes her the ideal leader to take on the role of General Manager at FilmTT.

“After almost six years of involvement in the local film industry, first as a private sector sponsor and then at the ttff, it is exciting to have the opportunity to now contribute to its development at the state level. I see only the many possibilities to build on the foundation work that has been done to create a strategically-developed film industry that serves both international productions and T&T’s creative producers,” Ms. Luke stated.

Selvon Abrahams also added, “Her immense network of professionals in the field, and an understanding of film financing and support makes her suitably primed to take on this important role in the industry. She also has a wonderful connection to the local film stakeholders which is extremely important for us as we believe that we have some bridges to build in order to move forward.”

 

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