Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago: Trinidad+Tobago Film Festival introduced two of the TTFF/23 programmers. Two of the recently introduced programmers were Ivonne Cotorruelo and Jim Kolmar.
While introducing one of the programmes, named Jim Kolmar, TTFF noted that Kolmar is an independent programmer who curated films for the South by Southwest Film Festival (SXSW) from 2009-2020, where he continues to consult on international and feature films. He was a founding committee member at Festival Internacional de Cine Tulum (FICTU) and a guest curator for Portland International Film Festival 2021.
Jim is a contributing writer for Ambulante Film Festival in Mexico and has served on juries, panels and committees for organizations including Austin Film Society, BAFICI, Berlinale, Bogotá Audiovisual Market (BAM), CONNeXT, CPH: DOX, IDFA, IFFPanama, IN-EDIT Barcelona, San Sebastián, and Ventana Sur.
Further, while mentioning about Ivonne Cotorruelo, it stated that Cotorruelo is a Cuban Film Curator and Producer based in New York who has been empowering storytellers for over a decade. She is a Features Programmer at Cleveland International Film Festival CIFF, Outfest, Atlanta Film Festival ATLFF, and Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival TTFF, as well as a Shorts Programmer for Aspen ShortFest.
She has served as Juror for the Miami Film Festival, New Filmmakers LA, and Havana Film Festival NY. A Berlinale Talent Campus alumnus, she is always seeking out stories for underrepresented voices and working on a plan of strategic diversity, equity and inclusion.
It further claimed that the programming team undertakes the mammoth task of reviewing all submitted films that meet the festival’s stated criteria. They may also curate a small selection of films which they believe will enhance the film programme. Collectively, they are responsible for selecting all the films for the 2023 film programme, as well as choosing the films shortlisted for the competition.