TT films featured in Havana festival
December 17, 2014: For the third year running, the trinidad+tobago film festival presented Caribbean Calling, a showcase of Caribbean films, at the Havana Film Festival in Cuba.
The showcase comprised four feature-length and five short documentary and narrative films, all of which were selections at the ttff/14. The films represented a cross-section of the non-Spanish speaking Caribbean, and a number of them were ttff/14 prizewinners.
Officially known as the International Festival of New Latin American Cinema, the HFF is the oldest film festival in the region. This year, its 36th, the festival ran from December 4 to 14. Caribbean Calling was exhibited from December 4 to 7.
The lineup in the features category was The Abominable Crime (Micah Fink, Jamaica, 2013; The Price of Memory (Karen Marks Mafundikwa, Jamaica, 2014); Sensei Redemption (German Gruber, Curaçao, 2014) and Legends of Ska (Brad Klein, Jamaica, 2014.
In the Shorts category were The Seawall (Mason Richards, Guyana, 2010); Glass Bottom Boat (Kyle Walcott, T&T, 2014); Field Notes (Vashti Harrison, T&T, 2014); Cleaning House (Toni Blackford, Jamaica, 2013) and Creole Soup (Karine Gama, Guadeloupe, 2013).
In addition to the Caribbean films in the showcase, two other Caribbean films, both from this country, were screened at Havana as official selections of the festival. The first was Art Connect, a documentary directed by Miquel Galofré, while the other, Dubois, was a short narrative film directed by Kaz Ové.
A number of the filmmakers with work in Caribbean Calling were in Havana to introduce their films and engage in question and answer sessions after the screenings.