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Jean Gentil takes top prize at T&T Film Festival
The story of a Haitian man looking
The Festival, in its sixth annual edition, ran from 21 September to
Jean Gentil, directed by Israel Cárdenas of Mexico and Laura
A documentary about the Black Power uprising that took place in
Hit Me with Music, a documentary about Jamaica’s dancehall
There were also people’s choice awards for the Jamaican feature-length urban drama Better Mus’ Come, directed by Storm Saulter, and the short documentary Chinee Girl, a film by Natalie Wei about Chinese women in T&T.
In addition to the prizes for films, a number of other awards were
The night also saw the ttff/11’s inaugural lifetime achievement award
The full list of the ttff/11 awards
Best narrative feature: Jean Gentil (Dominican Republic, Mexico); directed by Israel Cárdenas and Laura Guzmán
Best documentary feature: Hit Me With Music (Jamaica, Spain); directed by Miquel Galofré
Best short film: 10 Ave Maria (Aruba); directed by Juan Francisco Pardo and Ryan Oduber
Special mention, best narrative feature: Boleto al Paraíso (Cuba); directed by Gerardo Chijona
Special mention, best documentary feature: When the Drum is Beating (Haiti, USA); directed by Whitney Dow
Special mention, best short film: Classical Steel (T&T); directed by John Barry
Best local feature: ’70: Remembering a Revolution; directed by Alex de Verteuil and Elizabeth Topp
Best local short: Sweet Fries; directed by Renée Pollonais
Best actor in a local film: Gerry Bednob, The Rise and Fall of John Tesoro
Best actress in a local film: Dionese Sylvester, Sweet Fries
People’s choice awards
Best narrative feature: Better Mus’ Come (Jamaica); directed by Storm Saulter
Best documentary feature: Hit Me with Music (Jamaica, Spain); directed by Miquel Galofré
Best short: Chinee Girl (T&T, Canada); directed by Natalie Wei
Social awareness award
Positive & Pregnant (T&T); directed by Stacy Lela
Pioneers of T&T cinema
Lionel Belasco, William Pettigrew Humphrey, Timothy Roodal, Sarran Teelucksingh, Gokool Meah and Ranjit Kumar
Focus: Filmmakers’ Immersion pitch session winner
Graduate film development award
Lifetime achievement award
The ttff receives leading sponsorship from RBC Royal Bank, and is
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