Machel Montano: Journey of a Soca King

Bart Phillips | Feature | 77 mins | 2017 | Trinidad and Tobago | 

With a lifelong mission to put soca music on the international map, Trinidad and Tobago’s Machel Montano has pioneered the evolution of the genre throughout his 34-year career. The film utilizes never before seen vintage footage along with insight from band members, peers, and family to tell the phenomenal story of the “Michael Jackson of the Caribbean”, while giving viewers a backstage pass to his 15 high-energy, non-stop, live performances during the last 5 days before Carnival Monday 2015 in Trinidad.



Alain Bidard | TV Series | 24 mins | 2017 | Martinique | English | PG

Set in Martinique, the animation film Battledream Chronicle tells about the story of Syanna and her classmates, who struggle to succeed at school during a futuristic age where everyone is a slave and must bring 1000 experience points every month to their master in exchange for their life. Those experience points can only be collected in Battledream, a dangerous video game where players die for real.

Special Guests

Music Superstar Machel Montano, whose documentary Machel Montano: Journey of a Soca King will open the Festival; actor Joseph Marcell (best known as “Geoffrey” the butler from Fresh Prince of Belair); Barbados’ soca queen Alison Hinds; Jamaica’s Sheldon Sheperd and Trinidad and Tobago’s Nickolai Salcedo are among the luminaries who will be at the Encore Screening slated for September 7, 2017 at Cineplex Morningside Cinema, 785 Milner Ave, Scarborough.

Machel Montano

Joseph Marcell

Alison Hinds

Sheldon Shepard

Nickolai Salcedo