The ttff is an annual celebration of the best in Caribbean and Caribbean Diaspora film, as well as films from Latin American countries that border the Caribbean Sea. This year the festival runs from September 22 to October 5.
One of the distinctive features of the ttff is the Festival Image. Every year, an artist is commissioned to create an image that in some way reflects the art of film or the cinema-going experience, especially as it relates to the Caribbean. This image is used throughout the festival, and becomes the basis of the festival’s poster.
Christopher Cozier, this year’s selected artist, is one of Trinidad and Tobago’s leading contemporary artists.
He has participated in a number of well-received art exhibitions in the Caribbean and internationally. Earlier this year, Tropical Night, a series of Cozier’s drawings, formed part of the exhibition Afro Modern: Journeys Through the Black Atlantic, at the Tate Liverpool gallery in the United Kingdom.
Cozier’s work was also featured recently in the Infinite Island exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum in New York, and the Rockstone and Bootheel exhibition at Real Art Ways in Connecticut. Both shows received excellent reviews.
The Festival Artist initiative began in 2008 as a way of bridging the worlds of local contemporary art and film. That year, the Festival Image was provided by Peter Doig, and last year by Edward Bowen.
As in the previous two years, a limited-edition print of this year’s Festival Image will be produced for sale. This print, sponsored by the National Museum and Art Gallery, will be unveiled in July.
Now in its fifth year, the trinidad+tobago film festival is supported by the Trinidad and Tobago Film Company, the Tourism Development Company and the National Gas Company. In addition to film screenings, the festival also features technical workshops, discussion panels and social events.