Monday, August 31, 2015

Your ticket to the Caribbean!

The must-attend happening in Trinidad and Tobago in September is the Trinidad +Tobago film festival (ttff), which will be held this year from 15–29 September. A hot-ticket event, the ttff was voted one of the 25 coolest film festivals in the world by MovieMaker Magazine in 2014, and one of the top ten unmissable events in the Caribbean, by in 2015.

The festival celebrates its tenth anniversary this year. Some of the standout events taking place are the opening-night red-carpet gala and after-party, the exciting awards ceremony, and the screening of nearly a hundred feature-length and short films made by people living in the Caribbean and its diaspora, many of them making their world premiere. Digging deep into the archives of the region’s cinema, the ttff will also screen ten classic Caribbean films as part of its birthday celebrations.

For those interested in the art of film-making itself, there will be panel discussions and workshops, including a documentary masterclass from renowned documentary filmmaker Nick Broomfield, as well as a three-day academic symposium, Caribbean Cinema Now, examining the status of contemporary Caribbean cinema.

There will also be lots of limes—parties—with opportunities to meet local directors, and visiting filmmakers from the Caribbean and across the globe. You will also be able to purchase Festival memorabilia including T-shirts, mugs and bags with this year’s slogan, “it starts here.”

Adding to the excitement of this year’s festival will be Pras Michel of the Fugees, who will be in T&T to promote the Caribbean premiere of his film Sweet Micky for President, at the opening night gala and after-party.

Trinidad & Tobago:
They are two islands with two unique experiences. The twin-island republic of Trinidad and Tobago is a unique and true Caribbean paradise boasting of a heady mix of cultural activities, eco-adventure and culinary delights. From relaxing on palm tree-lined white sandy beaches, to swimming in aquamarine clear waters, from the picturesque Maracas Beach to enjoying the greatest show on Earth, the Carnival, Trinidad and Tobago is indeed a paradise with their lush forests and nature reserves, rare tree frogs, pristine corals, unforgettable hiking and exotic birds. The twin-islands undoubtedly offer a one-of-a-kind island escape. 

Visas: Because of historical ties and/or bilateral agreements between Trinidad and Tobago with India, citizens of India do not need visas to travel to the twin islands. However, one must procure a UK or a USA visa in order to transit from the respective ports for flights into Trinidad & Tobago. 

Fast Facts:
Official Name: Republic of Trinidad and Tobago
Capital: Port of Spain
Population: 1.3 million
Official language: English
Currency: Trinidad & Tobago Dollar (TTS)
Airport: Trinidad – Piarco International Airport
           Tobago – A.N.R Robinson International Airport
Climate: Tropical; rainy season (June through December)
             Dry Season (January through May)

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