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Caribbean Post: Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival September 2012

Caribbean Post: Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival September 2012

While at the Havana Film Festival, I met two women from the trinidad+tobago film festival: Co-Director Emilie Upczak and Melanie Archer, Art Director. They are now calling for submissions!

Under the leadership of ttff Founder and Festival Director Bruce Paddington, ttff has become the largest event of its kind in the English-speaking Caribbean. It continues to evolve and expand in celebrating expression and empowerment through film. The Festival screens the best films from from Trinidad+Tobago and the Caribbean, the Caribbean Diaspora, and Latin American countries in the Caribbean Basin. The ttff also seeks to facilitate the growth of the Caribbean film industry by hosting workshops, panel discussions, seminars, conferences and networking opportunities.  It also has a partnership with the Zanzibar Film Festival in East Africa (also now calling for submissions!). 

The film ’70: Remembering a Revolution, a documentary about the 1970 Black Power uprising, will be the first screening of this year’s T&T Film Nights, presented by the trinidad+tobago film festival (ttff), and sponsored by the Trinidad & Tobago Film Company (TTFC) in association with Reel Trini.

Directed by Alex de Verteuil and Elizabeth Topp, ’70 is a comprehensive and incisive look back at the heady events of 1970. The film features revealing interviews with many of the personalities who were part of the uprising, and is interspersed with compelling file footage from the era.

A soundtrack comprising many of the calypsoes of the era—including songs written about the Black Power movement itself—rounds out the film.

Acclaimed by critics, ’70 won the jury prize for best local feature film at the ttff/11, and has screened at various other film festivals abroad.

The trinidad + tobago film festival is held annually in September and is presented by Flow, given leading sponsorship by RBC Royal Bank and bpTT, and supported by the Trinidad & Tobago Film Company, the National Gas Company, the Tourism Development Company and the Tobago House of Assembly. For more information visit

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