The festival artist for ttff/21 is Sheena Rose, a visual artist from Barbados. Her work, ‘Monolithic’, features on the festival guide, poster and buttons. (Image courtesy trinidad+tobago film festival)

The 16th edition of the trinidad+tobago film festival (ttff/21) is scheduled to get underway with a live-streamed Opening Night, at 7 pm on Tuesday 21 September 2021.

Festival organisers say the current global COVID-19 restrictions that have limited gathering and outdoor activities could not keep down the event this year, and they promise that Local and Caribbean creators, film enthusiasts, and supporters of art and culture will not be disappointed with the variety of activities in store.

The virtual Opening Night can be viewed at https://watch.eventive.org/ttff21.

In addition to remarks from senior officials of FILMCO, and the National Gas Company (NGC), the festival’s signature sponsor, Opening Night will feature speeches by the Dominican Republic’s Andrés Farías, film director of ‘Candela’, as well as Puerto Rico’s Raúl Abner Samrah, the writer of ‘Mano Santa’.

Feature films at ttff/21, ‘Candela’ and ‘Mano Santa’. (Image courtesy Filmes Casa)

ttff celebrates films from and about the Caribbean and its diaspora, as well as from world cinema. It also seeks to facilitate the growth of Caribbean cinema. Now in its sixteenth year, the film festival has become a much-anticipated event and a mainstay of Trinidad and Tobago’s cultural calendar.

Advance tickets for online screenings are available from the ttff’s office at 22 Jerningham Ave, Belmont; and online at https://ttfilmfestival.com/.