top of page
Film & Folklore Festival  Invitation - FFF6
Film and Folklore Festival

Film & Folklore Festival Invitation - FFF6

FFF6 - General_Website Banner.jpeg

Film & Folklore Festival presents: Folklore in Love

Once upon a time, in the vibrant twin islands of Trinidad and Tobago, a magical event was born. It was 2019 when the first

Film and Folklore Festival came to life, setting the stage for an enchanting journey through time and culture through film, food, festivities and family. 

 

The festival was conceived with a grand vision: to showcase the rich heritage of Trinidad and Tobago while celebrating folklore from every corner of the world. It was a celebration of stories - the timeless narratives that connect us all.

 

From the very beginning, it was clear that this festival was no ordinary affair. With film as its canvas and folklore as its paint, the festival painted a picture of a world where cultures collided, merged, and danced together in harmony.

โ€‹

A World of Folklore

As the years rolled by, the festival became a global sensation. It wasn't just about showcasing Trinbagonian culture; it was about inviting the world to share its stories. African drumbeats, Caribbean calypso, European legends, and Asian myths  all found their place on the festival's stage.

 

Attendees were whisked away on a whirlwind tour of world folklore. They laughed, they cried, and they danced to the rhythm of stories told through film.  It was a celebration of diversity, a tapestry woven from threads of cultures from every corner of the globe.

โ€‹

Rooted in Trinbago

Amidst the global tales, there was always a firm anchor in the festival's roots. Trinidad and Tobago's unique blend of influences, from African and Indian to Spanish and French, was proudly on display. Every film, every dance, every melody was a testament to the vibrant diversity that defined the islands.

 

As the festival grew, so did its fame. It became a social media sensation, with attendees sharing their experiences of wonder and awe. From the exhilarating film screenings to the lively camp folklore activities, the festival provided endless moments to treasure.

 

News outlets, both local and international, couldn't resist the allure of this unique celebration. They applauded the organizers for their dedication to preserving and sharing folklore, not just from Trinidad and Tobago, but from across the world.

FFF6 - General_Website Banner.jpeg

Folklore in Love

Welcome to the 6th Annual Film and Folklore Festival: "Folklore in Love"

Mark your calendars for a week of enchantment from February 26 to March 3, 2024! Join us as we celebrate the timeless union of tradition and love, expressed through captivating tales and cinematic wonders.

โ€‹

Save these dates and look out for more details. 

Festival & Film Summary

The Film and Folklore Festival’s 6th Edition: Folklore in Love, held from February 26 to March 3, 2024, was a remarkable showcase of cultural celebration and cinematic artistry. Throughout the festival, attendees engaged in a diverse range of activities, including virtual panel discussions, cinema screenings, Camp Folklore, and Streetlight Stories. These events provided unique opportunities for exploration, dialogue, and community engagement.

โ€‹

EVENTS
โ€‹

RED CARPET OPENING NIGHT

On 29th February 2024, the Red Carpet Opening Night of the festival commenced with glamour and sophistication, setting the tone for the week ahead. Special guests and celebrities graced the event, adding to the allure of the evening. Attendees were treated to an evening of celebration, signifying the formal initiation of the festival of events, brimming with cinematic enchantment at Green Meadows Santa Cruz from 7:30 to 10:30 pm. The recorded event, which was live-streamed on TTT Limited, featured various highlights, including festival advertisements, the presentation of Carnival Lens short film winners, and the screening of an in-house produced short film titled "Terra & Naiara." Attendees were also entertained by a talented saxophonist and storytellers who captivated the audience with their narratives, ranging from personal tales to traditional stories. Live performances and appearances by carnival characters added to the festive atmosphere of the opening night. Filmmakers from the USA, Canada, and Jamaica were among the distinguished guests who attended the event, contributing to the international flavor of the festival's kickoff.

โ€‹

STREETLIGHT STORIES

From February 27 to 28, 2024, Streetlight Stories illuminated the evenings with captivating narratives in local communities. Held at the Pleasantville Community Centre on February 27 and the Techier Community Centre on February 28, these intimate gatherings invited attendees to experience the charm of storytelling beneath the comforting glow of community streetlights. During these enchanting sessions, attendees were transported into the world of folklore as storytellers brought tales to life. The unique setting of Streetlight Stories fostered a sense of connection and intimacy among participants, creating memorable experiences for all who attended.

โ€‹

PANEL DISCUSSIONS

From February 26 to 28, 2024, participants had the opportunity to engage in insightful virtual panel discussions as part of the Film And Folklore Festival (FFF) 6th Edition: Folklore in Love. Hosted via the Zoom platform, these discussions featured international speakers and attracted a total of 180 attendees across three sessions. The panels delved into various aspects of the intricate relationship between folklore and cinema, exploring themes such as agenting, intellectual property (IP) and law, and directing. Industry experts and filmmakers led thought-provoking conversations, offering valuable insights and perspectives on the art of storytelling within the realm of filmmaking. The Agenting panel, attended by 78 persons, delved into the role of agents in the film industry, discussing topics such as representation, negotiation, and career development for filmmakers. The IP & Law panel, attended by 48 persons, explored the legal aspects of filmmaking, including copyright issues, licensing agreements, and intellectual property protection in the context of folklore-inspired content. The Directing panel, attended by 54 persons, examined the creative process of filmmaking, focusing on directing techniques, storytelling approaches, and the challenges and opportunities of incorporating folklore elements into cinematic narratives. Overall, these virtual panel discussions provided a valuable platform for participants to deepen their understanding of the intersection between folklore and cinema, connecting them with the magic inherent in the art of filmmaking. Stay tuned for more details on these enriching discussions and other festival highlights.

โ€‹

CAMP FOLKLORE

On March 3, 2024, the festivities concluded with an immersive experience at Camp Folklore. Nestled in a magical campsite setting, participants connected with like-minded individuals who shared a passion for folklore and cinematic wonders. Camp Folklore provided a unique opportunity to bond, share stories, and create lasting memories as attendees bid farewell to a week of enchantment. Throughout the afternoon, attendees engaged in traditional games hosted by Wendell Bompart and watched children's films, including shorts and animations. They listened to folklore stories and enjoyed traditional treats, immersing themselves in the cultural experience. The event, held at First Capital Park from 1:00 to 5:00 pm, offered a fitting conclusion to the week-long celebration of folklore and cinema. As the sun set on Camp Folklore, participants departed with hearts full of memories, marking the end of a truly magical experience.

โ€‹

CINEMA SCREENINGS

From March 1 to 3, 2024, the festival featured an array of cinematic experiences at Cinema at Caribbean Cinemas 8, San Fernando. Attendees had the opportunity to explore over 45 films from around the world, each a unique masterpiece telling its own story. In addition to the diverse selection of films, the festival premiered a 10-minute folklore film titled "Terra & Naiara." This film showcased local talent and highlighted folklore elements such as the Cunapo Growing Stone and the Mud Hut, promoting cultural heritage within the cinematic landscape. From thought-provoking documentaries to heartwarming narratives, the cinema screenings offered attendees an unforgettable journey through the art of storytelling.

โ€‹

AWARDS & PRIZES

Audience Award – ‘All Skin No Laugh' by Romario Jose Reyes and Israel Silva.

Best Local Film – ‘All Skin No Laugh' by Romario Jose Reyes and Israel Silva.

Best International Film - 'The Mirror of The Valley' by Alejandra G. Pinilla.

Special Mentions:

  • 'Panuru Cyborg' – a Trinidad and Tobago animation by Kelsey Noel

  • ‘Stick is Life’ – a documentary film by Miguel Galofre.

  • 'King of Sea' – an international animation film directed by Stéphane Berla.

Event Highlights

Attractions You Will Love

Panel Discussions

Feb 26 - 28, 2024

Immerse yourself in insightful virtual panel discussions where industry experts and filmmakers explore the intricate relationship between folklore and cinema. Engage in thought-provoking conversations that delve into the heart of storytelling, connecting us with the magic that lies within the art of filmmaking. Stay tuned for more details on these enriching discussions.

Streetlight Stories

Feb 27 - 28, 2024

Underneath the glow of community streetlights, experience the charm of Streetlight Stories. These intimate gatherings bring captivating narratives to life, creating a unique connection to folklore in the heart of local communities. Stay tuned for more details on these enchanting storytelling sessions, where the magic of tales unfolds beneath the comforting glow of streetlights.

  • Feb 27 | Pleasantville Community Centre
    6:30 - 8:00pm

  • Feb28 | Techier Community Centre
    6:30 - 8:00pm

Cinema at Caribbean Cinemas 8, San Fernando

Mar 1 - 3, 2024

Explore over 45 films from around the world, each a unique masterpiece telling a story of its own. Immerse yourself in diverse cinematic experiences right in the heart of San Fernando. From thought-provoking documentaries to heartwarming narratives, the cinema screenings promise an unforgettable journey through the art of storytelling.

Red Carpet Opening Night

Feb 29, 2024

Kick off the festival with glamour and sophistication on the Red Carpet Opening Night. Walk alongside special guests and celebrities, basking in the allure of the moment. Join us for an evening of celebration, marking the grand commencement of a week filled with cinematic magic.

  • Green Meadows Santa Cruz | 7:30 - 10:30pm

Camp Folklore

Mar 3, 2024

Conclude the festivities with an immersive experience at Camp Folklore. Nestled in a magical campsite setting, connect with like-minded individuals who share a passion for folklore and cinematic wonders. Camp Folklore offers a unique opportunity to bond, share stories, and create lasting memories as we bid farewell to a week of enchantment. Stay tuned for more details on this magical closing event.

  • First Capital Park | 1:00 - 5:00pm