Barbados Film to open CaribbeanTales 2011 at Island Inn

A Handful of Dirt, a film by Barbadian director Russell Watson will open CaribbeanTales 2011 on Barbados in March.

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – The Barbados premiere of “A Handful of Dirt”, a debut feature film by Barbadian, Russell Watson will kick off the CaribbeanTales Film Festival(CTFF), Symposium & Marketplace on March 14,  2011 at the New Island Inn. This was disclosed at the launch today which was attended by media, sponsors and a cross section of persons in the film and cultural industries as well as the wider business community.

CEO of CaribbeanTales Worldwide Distribution (CTWD) and award-winning film maker, Frances-Anne Solomon in her address at the launch disclosed an exciting follow up to last year’s programme which is designed to further boost the local and regional film industry particularly in the area of content development.

“Our Motto for this year is Vision, Momentum and Action… Our aim is to provide an injection of creativity with good business sense into the exploding Caribbean industry.”  Solomon said.

She revealed that CT2011 which will run to March 20, will feature a 5-day intensive Content Incubator aimed at developing market-driven audio-visual content.  The programme will also include screenings, workshops, a symposium and market place.

“Our focus for 2011 is on the exploration of popular indigenous stories and characters that will attract large audiences and funders, and contribute to a sustainable regional industry” Solomon noted.

Filmmaker Russell Watson and Founder of CaribbeanTales Film Festival franchise and Host of CT2011 Frances-Anne Solomon

Dr Terrence Farrell, a Director of the CaribbeanTales Worldwide Distribution revealed that the 2011 event will once again feature a  Symposium.   Farrell who is the coordinator of the symposium and a former CEO of One Caribbean Media noted that the Symposium aims to bring together key players from around the world to build a viable regional audio visual industry.

“The first symposium laid out the obstacles and presented some models. This year we want to get more precise and we are bringing together regional and international players to help us create an actionable blueprint” he said.

The original CTFF held in Toronto for the last five years has been described as “bringing Caribbean films to the world”, while the Barbados event aims to bring the film world to the Caribbean with a view to developing the regional audio-visual industry.

In 2010, the inaugural Barbados edition of the festival attracted 76 film makers, buyers, media professionals and visitors from the Caribbean, North America, the UK and South Africa to these shores and was a major boost for the fledgling Barbadian film industry.

CaribbeanTales Worldwide Distribution Inc., the only company dedicated in the English-speaking Caribbean to the distribution of Caribbean audio-visual content will stage the event which will include a public film festival, educational screenings, and workshops.

CaribbeanTales 2011 @ Island Inn, Barbados is sponsored by Island Inn, The Starcom Network, Ultimax TV, Lisa Wickham’s Ezone, the Commonwealth Foundation, SFa Communications , Hall-e-wood Productions , TrulyCaribbean.Net, Morenamedia , HAMA Productions, Barbados Government Information Service, Caribbean Tourism Organisation, Caribbean Media Corporation, US EMBASSY, Animae Caribe,  Merville Lynch Prods, Steinhill Studios , Blue Light Media, Autonomous Entertainment.

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