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Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival 2013: Overview

Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival 2013: Overview

The short and medium-length films
that will screen at the 2013 Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival (ttff) have been announced. Fifty-six of these films will be shown in all at the ttff/13, which
runs from September 17th-October 1st

The 56 films—both fiction and documentary—represent 18 countries in the Caribbean and the diaspora. Twenty-eight films (exactly half) come from from T+T.
In addition, 13 of the films will be in Competition, for either Best Short Film or Best Local Short Film.

“As ever, the largest section of our film lineup is our short films section,” said Jonathan Ali, Editorial Director of the ttff. “And also as ever, the
selection of shorts is wonderfully diverse, in terms of content, style and countries represented. We hope audiences will enjoy the films chosen.”

The Festival, which is in its 8th year, has already announced its opening and closing night films — Half of a Yellow Sun and Tula: The Revolt, respectively — as well as its 22 Caribbean features.

To see the lineup of shorts, go here.


The film Half of a Yellow Sun, starring Thandie Newton and Chiwetel Ejiofor and based on the award-winning novel by Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, will open the trinidad+tobago film festival (ttff) 2013. The opening night gala takes place at Queen’s Hall on 17 September, and will kick off the two-week Festival, which runs until 01 October.
The screening of Half of a Yellow Sun as the ttff/13’s opening night selection will mark the film’s Caribbean premiere. It will also be only the second time audiences will get to see the film, after its world premiere a few weeks prior at the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival.

Read more about Half of a Yellow Sun and watch the film’s trailer here.

Closing Night: TULA: THE REVOLT

This period from Jeroen Leinders tells the story of Tula (Obi Abili) a slave living in 1795’s Curacao who inspired by the French Revolution becomes a leader that unifies his people in order to claim freedom from oppressors. Leinders film will see it’s Caribbean premier at ttff which is sure to be an important one because of the subject matter and the region’s historical heritage.

Read more about Tula: The Revolt and watch the film’s trailer here

Panorama Films (World Cinema)

Completing the selection of this young festival are 26 films from around the world in an effort to truly make the event a global showcase of not only Caribbean talent, but also works from Latin America, Europe, Africa and even China. Some of the highlights of this section are films like Pablo Larrain‘s NO, Brazil’s Neighboring Sounds and the Academy Award nominated Beast of the Southern Wild, all of which will screen for the first time in the region. 

Check the full line-up of the Panorama Films section here

New Media Section

Running from September 20th-27th the varied selection of works that conform the New Media section at the ttff represents the best of the region’s experimental film and video art. The selections will be presented at the festival’s partner venue Medulla Art Gallery, and as part of a special program the selection will also be screened at the University of the West Indies expanding even more the outreach of this unparalleled cinematic platform in the Caribbean.  

Check the full line-up of the New Media section here

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