Behaviour, an incisive portrait of the life of an at-risk boy in Havana, claimed the top prize at the 2014 trinidad+tobago film festival (ttff) in an awards ceremony held in Port of Spain last evening.
Directed by Cuba's Ernesto Daranas Serrano, Behaviour beat out four other films to nab the Best Narrative Feature prize at the Festival. Behaviour was also a favourite with the Festival's youth jury, who awarded the film a special mention.
The youth jury gave its top prize to a Brazilian film, the charming LGBT-themed coming-of-age drama The Way He Looks, directed by Daniel Ribeiro.
Best Documentary Feature was awarded to a film from the Dominican Republic, Natalia Cabral and Oriol Estrada's You and Me, an intimate look at the complex relationship between an elderly woman and her domestic servant.
A documentary was also the winner of the Best Trinidad and Tobago Feature Film-Miquel Galofré's Art Connect, an uplifting crowd-pleaser featuring young people from the urban community of Laventille in east Port of Spain, whose lives are transformed when they undertake an art project.
The inaugural Amnesty International Human Rights Prize went to The Abominable Crime, Micah Fink's touching, troubling reflection of the struggle gays and lesbians in Jamaica face to achieve their rights.
Here is a full list of the awards:
Best Narrative Feature: Behaviour, Ernesto Daranas Serrano, Cuba
Best Narrative Feature, Special Mention: Sensei Redemption, German Gruber, Curaçao
Best Documentary Feature: You and Me, Natalia Cabral and Oriol Estrada, Dominican Republic
Best Documentary Feature, Special Mention: Hotel Nueva Isla, Irene Gutiérrez and Javier Labrador, Cuba
Best Short Film, Narrative: Bullock, Carlos Machado Quintela, Cuba
Best Short Film, Documentary: ABCs, Diana Montero, Cuba
Best Trinidad and Tobago Feature: Art Connect, Miquel Galofré
Best Trinidad and Tobago Short Film, Narrative: Dubois, Kaz Ové
Best Trinidad and Tobago Short Film, Narrative, Special Mention: Noka: Keeper of Worlds, Shaun Escayg
Best Trinidad and Tobago Short Film, Documentary: Field Notes, Vashti Harrison
Best New Media Film: They Say You Can Dream a Thing More Than Once: Versia Harris, Barbados
Amnesty International Human Rights Prize: The Abominable Crime, Micah Fink, Jamaica/USA
BPTT Youth Jury Prize for Best Film: The Way He Looks, Daniel Ribeiro, Brazil
BPTT Youth Jury Prize for Best Film, Special Mention: Behaviour, Ernesto Daranas Serrano, Cuba
People's Choice Award, Best Narrative Feature: A Story About Wendy 2, Sean Hodgkinson, T&T
People's Choice Award, Best Documentary Feature: Art Connect, Miquel Galofré, T&T
People's Choice Award, Best Short Film: Flying the Coup, Ryan Lee, T&T
RBC: Focus Filmmakers' Immersion Pitch Prize: Raisa Bonnet, Puerto Rico
RBC: Focus Filmmakers' Immersion Pitch Prize, Special Mention: Davina Lee, St Lucia
Best Student at the Film Programme of the University of the West Indies: Romarlo Anderson Edghill
Best Trinidad and Tobago Film in Development: Rajah: The Story of Boysie Singh, Christian James
About the trinidad+tobago film festival
Founded in 2006, the ttff is an annual celebration of films from and about Trinidad and Tobago, the Caribbean and its diaspora. The Festival also screens films curated from contemporary world cinema. In addition, the ttff seeks to facilitate the growth of the Caribbean film industry by hosting workshops, panel discussions and networking opportunities. The Festival is presented by Flow, given leading sponsorship by bpTT and TTFC, and supporting sponsorship by RBC Royal Bank, The National Gas Company of Trinidad and Tobago Limited, Ministry of the Arts and Multiculturalism and Embassy of the United States of America. For further information visit www.ttfilmfestival.com.