GUWAHATI, Sept 7 – In what is good news for the State’s film fraternity, journalist and film critic Manoj Barpujari has been invited by the Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival as a jury.
Barpujari will join a three-member jury which will judge the best Caribbean feature by an international (non-Caribbean) filmmaker, as well as the best Caribbean short and the best T&T short.
The workshop on film criticism to be hosted by the University of West Indies will be conducted by Barpujari. His book Touching the Trinity which he wrote as part of an international journalism fellowship will also be released there.
The well-known Caribbean film festival will be held at Port of Spain from September 19 to October 3.
The other jury members are Dr Gabrielle Hezekiah, a scholar and lecturer at the University of the West Indies, and Christian Valenzuela, director of the Vancouver Latin American Film Festival, Canada.
The prize money for the best films are worth TT$150,000. The programme of over 120 films, including 56 feature films, and feature-length and short films from Trinidad and Tobago (T&T), the Caribbean and its diaspora, Latin American countries in the Caribbean basin, Brazil, countries in Africa and India are already selected for screening in the festival.
This year the festival will have various sections. While most of the T&T films will be world premieres, many of the other films will be making their international or Caribbean premiere at the festival. Over 50 local, regional and international filmmakers, actors and actresses are expected to add glamour by their attendance in the festival.
Presentations and panels on film financing, marketing and distribution, with such organizations as the Tribeca Foundation, International Film Festival Rotterdam and Hubert Bals Fund are also among other various events of the festival. A series of workshops, including one on acting and one on the art of film criticism will be an added attraction of the film festival. There will be a film review-writing competition among the participants in the workshop and the prize for that is TT$5000.