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Congratulations to the trinidad+tobago film festival 2016 awardees

Group shot of all ttff/16 Awardees. Photo courtesy ttff

Group shot of all ttff/16 Awardees. Photo courtesy ttff

The 2016 edition of the trinidad+tobago film festival (ttff) was filled with inspiring, touching, entertaining, and stunning films, which showcased local, regional, and international talent. With sold out tickets and continuing demand for additional screenings, this year’s local features were  strongly supported by film goers.

Two popular and highly praised local fearure films — Play the Devil and The Cutlass — walked away with prizes at the ttff awards ceremony yesterday. Both were so well regarded that they were jointly recognised with the Best Trinidad & Tobago Feature Film award. Furthermore, Play the Devil achieved Best Film As Decided by a Youth Jury, while The Cutlass won the People’s Choice Award for Best Feature Film.

Other local filmmakers taking home awards included:

  • Josiah Persad’s Sweat — Best T&T short film and People’s Choice Award for Best Short Film
  • Amir Aether Valen Ali’s Who I Say I Am — Best T&T short documentary film, and the United Nations T&T Award for Best Emerging Documentary Filmmaker
  • Juliette McCawley’s Avalon — the RBC Focus Filmmakers’ Immersion Pitch Prize (for a film in development)
  • Karen Martinez and Georgia Popplewell (Scattered) and Sonja Dumas (Angels Living in Tunapuna) shared the Caribbean Film Mart Best Project Award for their films in development.

Here is the full list of winners.

BEST FEATURE FILM – NARRATIVE

TT$12,500. Sponsored by The National Gas Company

Winner: Antes Que Cante El Gallo (Before the Rooster Crows) — Arí Manuel Cruz, Puerto Rico

L-R: Fofi George, Community Relations Officer, NGC presents the Award for Best feature film to Kisha Tikina Burgos (screen writer) and Arí Manuel Cruz (director)

L-R: Fofi George, Community Relations Officer, NGC presents the award to Kisha Tikina Burgos (screenwriter) and Arí Manuel Cruz (director). Photo courtesy ttff

BEST FEATURE FILM – DOCUMENTARY

TT$12,500. Sponsored by The National Gas Company

Winner: Se Bondye vie Yuli (God Willing Yuli) — Jean Jean, Haiti and the Dominican Republic

BEST SHORT FILM – NARRATIVE

TT$7,500. Sponsored by The National Gas Company

Winner: Carapazón (Shell) — Joa Vidal, Cuba

BEST SHORT FILM – DOCUMENTARY

TT$7,500. Sponsored by The National Gas Company

Winner: Iceberg — Juliana Gómez, Cuba

BEST TRINIDAD & TOBAGO FEATURE FILM

Trip to Regional Festival/Market. Sponsored by The Trinidad & Tobago Film Company (FilmTT)

Joint winners: The Cutlass (Darisha Beresford) and Play The Devil (Maria Govan)

Cast and crew of The Cutlass and Play the Devil - joint winners - Best T&T Feature Film, celebrate their Award with Nneka Luke (second left), General Manager, FilmTT. The FilmTT provided funding support for both films and sponsored the Awards.

Cast and crew of The Cutlass and Play the Devil celebrate their award with Nneka Luke (second from left), General Manager, FilmTT. Photo courtesy ttff

BEST TRINIDAD & TOBAGO SHORT FILM – NARRATIVE

Trip to Regional Festival/Market. Sponsored by the Trinidad & Tobago Film Company (FilmTT)

Winner: Sweat — Josiah Persad

BEST TRINIDAD & TOBAGO SHORT FILM – DOCUMENTARY

Trip to Regional Festival/Market. Sponsored by the Trinidad & Tobago Film Company (FilmTT)

Winner: Who I say I Am — Amir Aether Valen Ali

BEST FILM AS DECIDED BY A YOUTH JURY

TT$5,000. Sponsored by COSTAATT

Winner: Play The Devil — Maria Govan, Trinidad & Tobago and The Bahamas

Abigail Hadeed (white jacket), producer of Play the Devil, and lead actors Penelope Spencer, Nickolai Salcedo and Che Rodriquez, celebrate their Award for Best Film as determined by a Youth Jury, with Joel Nanton of COSTAATT (L). Photo courtesy TTFF

Abigail Hadeed (white jacket), producer of Play the Devil, and lead actors Penelope Spencer, Nickolai Salcedo, and Che Rodriquez celebrate their Award for Best Film as determined by a Youth Jury, with Joel Nanton of COSTAATT (L). Photo courtesy ttff

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS PRIZE

TT$5,000

Winner: Se Bondye vie Yuli (God Willing Yuli) — Jean Jean, Haiti and the Dominican Republic

UNITED NATIONS T&T AWARD FOR BEST EMERGING DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKER

TT$5,000

Winner: Who I Say I Am — Amir Aether Valen Ali

PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS

TT$5,000 each. Sponsored by Flow

BEST FEATURE FILM – NARRATIVE: The Cutlass — Darisha Beresford

from L - R: Cindy-Ann Gatt, Marketing Director, Flow presents the People's Choice Award for Best Feature Film to the cast and crew of The Cutlass - Darisha Beresford, the director, Teneille Newallo, the screen writer and producer, lead actor Arnold Goindhan and crew members Julietter McCawley and Drew Umland. Photo courtesy ttff

L-R: Cindy-Ann Gatt, Marketing Director, Flow presents the People’s Choice Award for Best Feature Film to the cast and crew of The Cutlass – Darisha Beresford (director), Teneille Newallo (screenwriter), lead actor Arnold Goindhan, producer Juliette McCawley, and Drew Umland. Photo courtesy ttff

BEST FEATURE FILM–DOCUMENTARY: Landfill Harmonic — Brad Allgood and Graham Townsley

BEST SHORT FILM: Sweat — Josiah Persad

RBC FOCUS: FILMMAKERS’ IMMERSION PITCH WINNER

TT$20,000. Sponsored by RBC Royal Bank

Juliette McCawley, Avalon

CARIBBEAN FILM MART BEST PROJECT AWARD JOINT WINNERS

6 month mentorship from international film industry professional, Sydney Levine

Karen Martinez (Scattered) and Sonja Dumas (Angels Living in Tunapuna).

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