The trinidad + tobago film festival (ttff) is a year-round organisation whose main event is a two-week film festival—an annual celebration of films from and about Trinidad and Tobago, the Caribbean, its diaspora and films curated from world cinema. Throughout the year, the ttff further maintains this mission with a nationwide community film programme, exposing audiences to films they would not normally have a chance to see, and engaging them in discussion and information exchange.
Founder and Festival Director of the ttff, Dr. Bruce Paddington, is a well-known academic and filmmaker, who also works on programming, fundraising and festival strategy. Dr. Paddington was involved not only in the founding of the ttff, but also in the creation of the first strategic plan for the then Trinidad and Tobago Film Company, and the establishment of the curriculum for the University of the West Indies Film Programme.
Alongside Dr. Paddington, the core team of the trinidad + tobago film festival are Annabelle Alcazar, Programme Director; Emilie Upczak, Creative Director; Nneka Luke, External Relations Director; Melanie Archer, Art Director; Magella Moreau, PR Director; Melvina Hazard, Community Development Director; Jonathan Ali, Editorial Director and Azreena Khan, Festival Coordinator. The team works all year round on the production of the Festival and on the pursuit of opportunities for Trinidad and Tobago and Caribbean filmmakers.
As the ttff hosted its 10th edition, from the 15th – 29th September 2015, two projects were launched that were made possible with the financial contribution of the European Union (European Development Fund) and the assistance of the ACP Group of States. One of the projects was the Caribbean Film Mart, which was a three day event to match fifteen emerging Caribbean filmmakers with thirty international industry professionals, to facilitate the possible financing, marketing and distribution of those projects. The other project was the Caribbean Film Database, which is a website of information on the Caribbean film industry. These projects are integral to the development and advancement of the local and Caribbean film industries.