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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Wednesday, September 4, 2013
T&T Film Company (TTFC) CEO
Carla Foderingham yesterday called
for local films to be shown year-
round and not only during the T&T
She made the statement during
the launch of the festival at the Hyatt
Regency, Port-of-Spain. It takes place
from September 17 to October 1.
Foderingham urged the public to
call on agencies, such as Caribbean
Airlines, the Public Transportation
Service Corporation and the T&T
Inter-Island Transportation Com-
pany to choose local films for their
She also urged the public and the
media to strengthen support for local
"We need to dream bigger and to
be proud Trinis. Film is worth it and
so are we," said Foderingham.
She added that film was one
avenue to building a better society
and unifying the country.
The TTFC has become a leading
sponsor of the festival and will spon-
sor the awards for Best Local Feature
Film and Best Local Short Film. This
was one of many announcements
made during the launch.
In addition to screening 142 films
and hosting panels and workshops,
the festival will include a UNESCO-
sponsored conference, a tribute to
filmmaker John Akomfrah, screenings
of music videos and the addition of
a closing night reception.
It was announced as well that the
festival s presenting sponsor, Colum-
bus Communications/Flow, has
signed on to support it for another
three years. The UNESCO confer-
ence, Cameras of Diversity for a Cul-
ture of Peace, takes place from Sep-
tember 25 to 27 at the Hyatt Regency
and would focus on film culture,
education through film, marketing
Both regional and international
film commissioners and film repre-
sentatives will attend the conference,
which is free to the public.
The tribute to John Akomfrah
would be carried out by a series of
screenings of his films throughout
the festival. Akomfrah is regarded as
one of the founders of black British
cinema and has won numerous inter-
Two new sections of the festival
are the screening of music videos
and the Women in Film section.
Music videos created by filmmak-
ers would be screened alongside films
while the Women in Film section
seeks to highlight female filmmakers.
In this year s festival there are 47
films directed, co-directed or pro-
duced by women.
This year, the festival also boasts
22 feature-length Caribbean films
and more than 50 local and
Caribbean short films.
This is the eighth annual festival
and it has grown widely. According
to Columbus Communications sales
and marketing vice-president,
Cindy-Ann Gatt, it started out with
only 35 films, three international
guests and 1,500 people in atten-
dance. Gatt said the festival now has
100 international guests and 17,000
people in attendance.
Also speaking at the launch were
Darryl White of RBC, Danielle Jones-
Hunt of bpTT, Emile Upczak and
Jonathan Ali, the festival s creative
and editorial director respectively.
RBC sponsors the Filmmakers
Immersion Programme and Pitch
Award and bpTT sponsors the Pio-
neers in Film initiative and the Local
Film in Development Award.
Other sponsors include the
National Gas Company and the
National Lotteries Control Board.
Guardian Media Ltd is the official
The festival kicks off on September
17 with a gala and Caribbean pre-
miere of Half of a Yellow Sun, a
Nigerian film based on the award-
winning novel by Chimamanda
TT Film Festival founder Bruce Paddington, third from left, with RBC Merchant Bank corporate banking regional vice-president, Darryl White, at left, the
festival's creative director Emilie Upczak, TIFF chief executive officer Carla Foderingham, the festival's editorial director Jonathan Ali, Columbus
Communications sales and marketing vice president Cindy-Ann Gatt, and bpTT corporate communications manager Danielle Jones at the press conference
to reveal details for this year's festival at the Hyatt Regency, Port-of-Spain, yesterday. PHOTO: BRIAN NG FATT
T&T Film Festival launched
...Call for local films year-round
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