Films made in T&T and from the Caribbean were announced at a virtual ceremony of the Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival last evening.
The “Best T&T Film” was awarded to the director Nicola Cross, for her short doc, Becky, which is an unexpectedly uplifting story about a Kenyan woman’s resilience on her journey to feeling complete.
Trinidad-based director, Andreas Antonopoulos won “Best New Media Film” – for his work, Rhythms of Trinidad, which he created in collaboration with the National Archives of Trinidad and Tobago.
The film looks at history through movement and production of space.
Out of 13 student films screened, Juana, by Dominican director José Antonio Martínez, emerged as the winner of “Best Student Film”.
Young and aspiring filmmakers and industry professionals also played a key role in judging films in competition at this year’s T&T Film Festival.
The award for “Best Film as selected by the Youth Jury” was juried by young film jurors under the mentorship of seasoned film critic BC Pires, and was presented to Olivier Sagne for his film Lovena.
Winning film categories and filmmakers are as follow:
● Best Film as selected by the Youth Jury – these are films with a youth focus
Lovena- OlivierSagne (French Guiana)
● Best Student Film
Juana – José Antonio Martínez (Domincan Republic)
● Best New Media Work
Rhythms of Trinidad – Andreas Antonopoulos (T&T)
● Best Documentary Short
Écoutez le battement de nos images (Listen to the Beat of Our Images) – Audrey Jean-Baptiste & Maxime Jean-Baptiste (French Guiana)
● Best Narrative Short
Rafameia (Riff-Raff) – Mariah Teixeira & Nanda Félix (Brazil)
● Best Documentary Feature
Option Zero (Curated) – Marcel Beltran (Cuba)
● Best Narrative Feature
Perfume de Gardenias – Macha Colón (Puerto Rico)
● Best T&T Film
Becky – Nicola Cross (T&T)