TRINIDAD+TOBAGO FILM FESTIVAL COMPETITION WINNERS ANNOUNCED: WAS BARBADIAN SNUBBED IN LISTING?

{EDITOR’S NOTE – Amazingly, the fact a Bajan does well at a Trinidadian event appears to be put to one side, yet when a Trinidadian does well in Barbados Cosplay at Anime Kon in August, Trini & Bajan alike share in the thrill of Victory… As those in Port Of Spain like to say? “Eh-Eh!“}

Competition winners at the 2013 trinidad+tobago film festival were revealed on Sunday night (29 September), at an Awards ceremony at the Hyatt Regency hotel in Port of Spain, Trinidad, as the 8th edition of the Festival wound to a close.

A total of 142 films were screened as part of the 2013 trinidad+tobago film festival (ttff), which began on September 17th and officially closed on Tuesday 1 October.

Of the 50 feature films screened at ttff, 23 were Caribbean and diaspora films, which represented 14 countries. Five of the films were world premieres, while nine enjoyed their Caribbean premiere, and one its international premiere.

15 of the Caribbean and diaspora films were in official competition for one or more of four jury awards: Best Narrative Feature, Best Documentary Feature, Best T&T Feature and Best Caribbean Film by an International Filmmaker.

26 of the features were world cinema selections that screened in the Festival’s Panorama section, which comprises films from Latin and North America, as well as from Trinidad and Tobago’s “heritage” regions, including countries in Africa and Europe, India, and, for the first time, China.

In addition to the feature films, the Festival screened 56 Caribbean and diaspora shorts, as well as 36 experimental works from the Caribbean and the diaspora in its New Media section.

ttff/13 competition winners are:

ttff winner: Carlos Lechuga - Jury prize for best feature

ttff winner: Carlos Lechuga – Jury prize for best feature

Jury Prize: Best Feature
MELAZA, directed by CARLOS LECHUGA (Cuba)

* The jury awarded a special mention in this category to GOD LOVES THE FIGHTER directed by Damian Marcano (Trinidad and Tobago / USA)

* The jury awarded a special mention in this category to GOD LOVES THE FIGHTER directed by Damian Marcano (Trinidad and Tobago / USA)

Jury Prize: Best Documentary
There was a joint first prize: FATAL ASSISTANCE – directed by Raoul Peck (Haiti) / SONGS OF REDEMPTION, directed by Miquel Galofre and Amanda Sans (Jamaica / Spain)

ttff joint winner: Jury prize for best documentary - Miquel Galofre

ttff joint winner: Jury prize for best documentary – Miquel Galofre

Jury Prize: Best Local Feature Film
GOD LOVES THE FIGHTER, directed by Damian Marcano (T&T / USA)

Jury Prize: Best Short
There was a joint first prize: PASSAGE – directed by Kareem Mortimer (Bahamas) / PREVIOUS SCENES – directed by Aleksandra Maciuszek (Cuba / Poland)

Jury Prize: Best Local Short
AFTER MAS, directed by Karen Martinez (Trinidad and Tobago)

Best Caribbean Film by an International Director
3 KIDS, directed by Jonas D’Adesky (Haiti)

*The jury awarded two special mentions in this category:
TULA: THE REVOLT, directed by Joeren Linders (Curacao / The Netherlands) and THE STUART HALL PROJECT, directed by John Akomfrah (UK)

New Media Prize
Olivia McGilChrist

People’s Choice – Feature
GOD LOVES THE FIGHTER, directed by Damian Marcano

People’s Choice – Documentary
SONGS OF REDEMPTION, directed by Miquel Galofre and Amanda Sans

People’s Choice – Short
JAB IN THE DARK, directed by Robert McFarlane

RBC Focus Pitch prize: Shakira Bourne (Barbados, in yuh Ne'n-Ne'n!)

RBC Focus Pitch prize:
Shakirah Bourne (Barbados, in yuh Ne’n-Ne’n!)

bpTT Student Award
Maryam Mohammed

bpTT Film in Development Award
Kevin Adams

Full details about the award winning films can be viewed at ttfilmfestival.com.

Founded in 2006, the ttff is an annual celebration of films from and about Trinidad and Tobago, the Caribbean and its diaspora.

The Festival also screens films curated from contemporary world cinema and seeks to facilitate the growth of the Caribbean film industry by hosting workshops, panel discussions, seminars, conferences and networking opportunities.

The Festival is presented by Flow and given leading sponsorship by RBC Royal Bank, bpTT, The Trinidad and Tobago Film Company and the Ministry of Tourism.

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