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Entries for the tenth anniversary edition of the Secondary Schools Short Film Festival (SSSFF)
closed on March 14. The competition, held annually under the aegis of the Trinidad and Tobago
Film Company (TTFC), this year attracted 58 entries, representing projects from 39 schools and
three youth groups.
As the SSSFF looks back on a decade of developmental work with young would-be filmmakers,
it also looks forward to April, when this year's batch will begin their training.
An orientation session on March 19 prepared students and trainers for the work to come.
Students participating in the SSSFF have to write, produce, act in, direct and edit a five-minute
film that will be screened for a national audience in September. They receive technical know-
how from trainers supplied by the TTFC, and each group must have a teacher or adult on board,
but the work itself is made by students.
Each year, the TTFC provides themes upon which the groups must create their works. This
year's theme on Peace/ Social Change had some of the highest uptake of all the categories,
topped only by the new open category; 19 groups chose the open category and 13 chose Peace.
Other themes focus on Culture and the Environment.
Most of the groups in this year's festival come from east Trinidad, north Trinidad and south
Trinidad; there are two participating schools from the northeast, four from central and two from
the northeast. Three schools and one youth group from Tobago plan to compete for the Tobago
Award, as well as the overall awards for Best Script, Best Actor and Actress, Best Direction, and
This year's SSSFF continues to be held with the support of the Tobago House of Assembly,
MovieTowne Multicinemas Limited and the Ministry of Education. Joining them for the first time
in 2014 is the Maracas Valley Action Committee, which will sponsor an award for the Best
Something that mentions the excitement of the 10th anniversary, the number of schools, the
number of children participating this year and that training for the students begins in April.
Trinidad and Tobago Film Company (TTFC) Chairman Dr. Christopher Laird (fifth from left) and CEO Carla
Foderingham (sixth from left) stand with representatives from some of the schools participating in the 2014
Secondary Schools Short Film Festival. The TTFC sponsors the annual competiton. Its 2014 orientation for
the festival took place Wednesday March 19th at MovieTowne's Banquet Centre, Port-of-Spain. Photo cour-
tesy: Trinidad and Tobago Film Company."
WALKING FOR FUN
Participants of T&T for
the Advancement for
Women 5k walk/run held
in conjunction with the
Ministry of Gender, Youth
and Child Development at
the Queen's Park
Bail of $65,000 was granted on Monday to a 19-
year-old farmer charged with sexually assaulting
a three-year-old girl.
Omarion David, of Tabaquite, appeared before
Couva magistrate Lucina Cardenas-Ragoonanan.
He was not called upon to plead to the charge.
The charge alleged that on March 19 he committed
grievous sexual assault on the infant at a house in
Tabaquite. He was charged by PC Kevin Badal of the
Brasso Police Station.
In asking for bail, his attorney Darryl Giles expressed
concern that David s character was being tarnished.
He said people have been posting David s photo
with the word "rapist" written on it in the village.
The magistrate asked the prosecutor to investigate
the claim that David s photos were being posted in
the village. She also inquired if any relative of the
accused was in court and his mother came forward.
She gave her age as 38 and said she was willing
to take his bail.
The magistrate warned David not to come in contact
with the child.
Giles asked for disclosure of the prosecution s evi-
Police prosecutor Sgt Hasrath Haspoodeen said
he will be ready to begin the matter on the next
The magistrate adjourned it to May 7.
The funeral service
for PCS Silver Stars
Edwin Pouchet is sched-
uled for Friday, at 9.30
am, at Church of the
Assumption, Long Cir-
cular Road, Maraval.
Pouchet will be buried
at Lapeyrouse Cemetery,
Phillip Street, Port-of-
Spain. The acclaimed
musician, aged 57, died
at Westshore medical
facility in Cocorite last
Saturday morning after
a prolonged illness.
Yesterday, Pouchet s
wife Christine said since
his passing, prayers have
been held nightly at Sil-
ver Stars pan complex,
on Tragarete Road, New-
She said Pouchet s
family and the band are
planning a celebration of
his life on Saturday at
Silver Stars. Amongst the
many artistes expected
to perform are Tobago s
orchestra which Pouchet
arranged for, former
Monarch and Calypso
Queen Denyse Plummer
and Silver Stars.
funeral to take
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