PRESS RELEASE – A package of five short Caribbean films—all previous selections of the trinidad+tobago film festival (ttff)—were screened at île Courts, the International Short Film Festival of Mauritius (ISFFM), which took place from 6–10 October.
The screenings of the short films formed part of an exchange between the ttff and ISFFM which saw a package of short films from Mauritius being screened at the recently concluded ttff/15.
The films that screened at ISFFM are:
ABCs, Diana Montero, Cuba (2013)
Doubles with Slight Pepper, Ian Harnarine, Trinidad and Tobago (2012)
Grave Digger, Gabrielle Blackwood, Jamaica (2012)
A Home for These Old Bones, Julien Silloray, Guadeloupe (2013)
Old Moon, Raisa Bonnet, Puerto Rico (2013)
Doubles with Slight Pepper and A Home for These Old Bones were screened as part of the ISFFM’s closing night festivities on Saturday 10 October.
“Trinidad and Mauritius share remarkably similar histories, never mind that one island is in the Caribbean and the other is in the Indian Ocean, thousands of kilometres apart,” said ttff Programme Director Annabelle Alcazar.
“We were thrilled at this opportunity to share aspects of the Caribbean experience with the people of Mauritius, just as we were happy to present Mauritian life to our audiences at ttff/15. We expect this to be the start of a fruitful collaboration between our two festivals, and both countries.”
Founded in 2007, ISFFM is an annual showcase of short cinematic works from island nations of the Indian Ocean. Part of the festival’s stated mission is to develop an audience for a “different kind of cinema” in Mauritius.
The ttff celebrates films from and about the Caribbean and its diaspora, as well as from world cinema, through an annual festival and year-round screenings. In addition, the ttff seeks to facilitate the growth of Caribbean cinema by offering a wide-ranging industry programme and networking opportunities.