trinidad+tobago film festival shares its New Media 2014 Report

By trinidad+tobago film festival Monday, February 2nd, 2015 Categories: Reports, TTFF, Updates

The trinidad+tobago film festival (ttff) shares a detailed report on its activities for the year 2014. Read an excerpt below about the festival’s New Media segment, which has been part of the programme for four years, held in collaboration with ARC Magazine and supported by Medulla Art Gallery and North Eleven. The ttff is also pleased to announce its dates for its 2015 edition, which will take place on September 15-29, 2015 and marks the festival’s tenth anniversary.

All photographs courtesy of ARC Magazine.

All photographs courtesy of ARC Magazine.

Film and art are natural partners and the ttff annually screens a selection of video art and experimental films. These works are shown as part of the New Media exhibition, held in collaboration with ARC Magazine, and supported by Medulla Art Gallery and North Eleven. The 2014 edition of New Media saw an increase in attendance of 75% from 2013, and an expansion of these experimental works to two new venues, which led to wider audience involvement. The 30 works in the programme ranged in length from one minute to 52 minutes, and came from 33 artists across 18 countries, the majority of which lie within the Caribbean or its Diaspora.

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Now in its fourth year, the New Media programme opened on 19 September at Medulla Art Gallery with the world premiere of the controversial work, Good Stock on the Dimension Floor: An Opera, by the Yams Collective (USA). The author of the libretto, Dawn Lundy Martin, was in attendance. (An article on the premiere of this work, written by ttff/14 international journalist Kaleem Aftab of the UK, appeared in the British newspaper The Independent.)

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Other special New Media events included Interactive Yard—a night of interactive works by St Martin artist and ttff/14 guest David Gumbs at Alice Yard—a first-time venue partner of the Festival; a screening of a collection of experimental shorts out of the USA called Black Radical Imagination with guests, curators Erin Christovale and Amir George; and the world premiere of the three-channel installation, Otherness, by Olivia McGilchrist (Jamaica/Canada) as part of the New Media showcase evening at the University of the West Indies.

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In addition to these special events, there was a daily, exhibition-style looped screening of the majority of works in the programme, which included three works from the highly-regarded Cuban-American artist, Ana Mendieta. This exhibition took place daily from 20–30 September at Medulla, who was again our main New Media partner.

Also, for the second time this year, there was a New Media prize of TT$5,000, which was awarded by a first-time New Media jury. The recipient of that award was Versia Harris (Barbados) for her film They Say You Can Dream a Thing More Than Once.

Read the full ttff/14 final report here.

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trinidad+tobago film festival

Founded in 2006, the trinidad+tobago film festival (ttff) is an annual celebration of films from and about Trinidad and Tobago, the Caribbean and its diaspora. The Festival also screens films curated from contemporary world cinema. In addition, the ttff seeks to facilitate the growth of the Caribbean film industry by hosting workshops, panel discussions, seminars, conferences and networking opportunities.