The renowned CaribbeanTales Incubator Program, now in its 4th year, was launched in 2010, with the aim of bringing together filmmakers from the Caribbean and its Diaspora, within the context of an international Marketplace setting.
The 3-day incubator program takes place during the Toronto International Film Festival, and takes the form of intensive participatory workshops and sessions that explore craft and market practice from a Caribbean Diaspora perspective, and is led by leading Caribbean and Canadian film practitioners.
The Incubator aims to:
Empower filmmakers and media artists to develop their unique voices within a global Caribbean Diaspora context, through collaboration with kindred artists and producers from around the world.
Foster the development of long-term partnerships between Diaspora and international practitioners.
Develop skills in the all-important packaging and marketing of films through market training and participation in a Pitch Breakfast.
In this way the Incubator contributes to the development of a vibrant world-class Caribbean film industry, by assisting filmmakers to create dynamic, distinctive and viable films that will stand tall in the international marketplace.
The Program includes:
A Welcome Dinner and Show & Tell: Participants meet, greet, and share their work with other participants.
A Gala Launch Event, to facilitate networking with producer and filmmakers from Canada and around the world
Intensive workshops that emphasize the unique voice and development of a global Caribbean film aesthetic.
A market training module including a Pitch Breakfast aimed at Delegates from the International Industry.
Access to the Toronto International Film Festival, and guidance to navigate this great event.
Open to filmmakers, producers, writers, animators, administrators, composers and media practitioners across all disciplines, from the Caribbean and its Diaspora including Africa, India and and South and Central America.
Up to 15 participants will be selected on a competitive basis based on the quality of their independent media/art work, and/or contributions to the Regional film industry.
Selection will be by our Steering Group of established producers and media arts practitioners who will also act as mentors throughout the process.
Deadline for Submissions: June 15th.
Please email the following to CaribbeanTales@gmail.com under the heading INCUBATOR SUBMISSION:
the synopsis and business plan for the project that you would like to work on at the Incubator. (Please note that if you do not wish to subit
a letter detailing why you would like to participate in this program.
artwork and/or a link to your online showreel.
Registration Fee – $500US. (A number of scholarships may be available closer to the time.)
Accommodation : 5 nights at the 5-star Intercontinental Hotel: special rate $50US/night for shared accommodation.
Toronto International Film Festival Sales and Industry Pass: CaribbeanTales Special Rate: $300.
NB: Participants are responsible for their own travel costs to Toronto, and expenses there.
CaribbeanTales is a group of companies that produces, markets and exhibits Caribbean-themed films for regional and international distribution, including: CaribbeanTales Worldwide Distribution, that links quality Caribbean movies and their audiences everywhere, the CaribbeanTales Film Festival Group that produces events and training programs all around the world, and CaribbeanTales.ca, a non profit based in Toronto, Canada, that produces educational programs through film, contributing to an inclusive Canadian society.
Now in its 8th year, the 10-day CaribbeanTales Toronto Film Showcase is produced in partnership with the Harbourfront Center, and includes a Film Festival, Incubator Program for filmmakers, and a 48-hr Film Challenge aimed at youth from Toronto’s Priority Areas.