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Brooklynites Wins Caribbean People’s Choice Award

MIAMI, FL – Esosa Edosomwan (pictured below, photo credit Lanly Le) is the 2016 ‘Flow Caribbean People’s Choice Award’ winner! Esosa’s television show concept Brooklynites – an inspired tale of young hopes, dreams, ambition, and the pursuit of lasting love – received the most online votes.

This People’s Choice Award is part of a broader initiative by CaribbeanTales, to enable strong content by regional artists and those living in the diaspora. The ten finalists that ‘pitched’ their TV show ideas were selected participants in the CaribbeanTales Incubator Programme (CTI) – a year-round development and production hub for Caribbean and Caribbean Diaspora Producers, of which Flow is the lead sponsor.

The Flow Caribbean People’s Choice Award gave regional audiences the chance to vote online for their favourite Caribbean ‘pitch.’ Once the polls opened on August 23rd, fans around the region closely followed Flow’s social media pages to see which finalist was featured each day and then cast thousands of votes on the CaribbeanTales website. After nearly two months of voting, Brooklynites came out on top.

Along with the honour, Flow presented Esosa with US$1,500 in cash and a premium handset valued at USD$1,000. Big Man Dan by Kafi Kareem Farrell and The Weekend by Sean Hodgkinson and Aurora Herrera came in a close second and third respectively.

Congratulating Esosa and her team, John Reid, CEO of Cable and Wireless and operator of Flow, pictured below, stated “Brooklynites won the people’s choice with its compelling story and is a great representation of what CaribbeanTales is trying to achieve through this project to help develop the indigenous film industry.” Reid also added, “All of the concepts presented were very strong and we look forward to working alongside the winners to help bring their creative ideas to life.”

Pictured above Frances-Anne Solomon (CaribbeanTales CEO), left, and John Reid (Flow CEO) right.

You can check out Esosa’s acceptance video here!

CEO and Founder of CaribbeanTales, Frances Anne Solomon, said, “The CPCA is a chance for people around the region and the world to engage with exciting new Caribbean TV series ideas and have a say in what they want to see on their screens! It is a honour to be working with Flow on such a ground-breaking initiative.”

Visit the CTI website for more information, and to apply for the 2017 CTI Programme.  And follow Flow and CaribbeanTales on Twitter and Facebook to stay up to date.

Alain Bidard creates first SCI-FI animated film from the Caribbean with Battledream Chronicle

Alain Bidard's BATTLEDREAM CHRONICLE won first place of the Jury Prize as well as the Audience Award at the 2016 CaribbeanTales Incubator Big Pitch Contest at TIFF Bell Lightbox.
Alain Bidard’s BATTLEDREAM CHRONICLE won first place of the Jury Prize as well as the Audience Award at the 2016 CaribbeanTales Incubator Big Pitch Contest at TIFF Bell Lightbox.

Groundbreaking filmmaker, Alain Bidard, changes the game as he creates the first SCI-FI animated film from the Caribbean with BATTLEDREAM CHRONICLE. The film has played at several film festivals and has won over 10 awards including the Spirit Award at the 11th CaribbeanTales International Film Festival.

Alain Bidard was driven by the exclusion of people of colour in animation and decided to create a world of his own, set in a futurist age. BATTLEDREAM CHRONICLE tells the story of Syanna, a young slave who is trying to regain her freedom in a futuristic world where plantations are video games.

Bidard is now pitching his breathtaking film into a TV series for pilot funding that will come to your TV screens. The series will also be created in English.  Want to see this pilot win funding?

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10 Teams of Caribbean Filmmakers for the 2015 CaribbeanTales Incubator

Ten teams of Caribbean filmmakers from nine different countries have been selected to attend the 2015 CaribbeanTales Incubator Program (CTI), taking place in Toronto, Canada, from September 8th to 13th.
The CTI, now in its sixth year, is a marketing and financing platform that offers selected Caribbean and Diaspora filmmakers an opportunity to hone their creative and business skills in the context of an international marketplace environment. The intensive six-week programme includes an intensive five-day workshop in Toronto, and culminates in a Caribbean Pitch Breakfast at the TIFF Bell Lightbox attended by high-profile industry delegates, The overall goal of the CTI is to increase the pool of strong, monetisable, world-class, indigenous film and television content from the Caribbean and its Diaspora, in order to build the region’s audio visual capacity.
The projects were selected from over 80 submissions from around the region by a panel of international industry specialists.  Executive Producers are Nicole Brooks (Producer, Director), Dr. Rita Shelton Deverell (Producer, co-founder of Vision TV), Rodney V. Smith (Director, Producer, Author), Christopher Laird (Filmmaker, Producer, Co-Founder of Banyan Ltd and Gayelle: The Channel) and Floyd Kane (Writer, Producer).

This year the CTI is supported by funding from the Inter American Development Bank through its Regional Entrepreneurial Asset Commercialization Hub (REACH); Telefilm Canada; the French Consulate in Toronto, and the St. Lucia Tourism Board. The project is also a component of CaribbeanTales’ 3D prjoject, supported by a financial contribution from the European Union and the assistance of the ACP Group of States.

Projects supported by REACH:

 – PLAIN SIGHT (crime drama, 6 x 1 hr., Trinidad and Tobago) From leading producer/director/writer Danielle Dieffenthaller, best known for the successful long-running series “Westwood Park”;

TAXIMAN (sitcom, 12 x 30 mins, Jamaica) From producer/director team Donna and Paul Noble of Mongoose Productions, represented by Carmen Franczyk, whose previous work includes international documentaries and commercials;

GIPPIE’S KINGDOM (soap opera, 12 x 22mins, Bahamas) From Bahamian producer/cinematographer Travon Patton, and TV personality/producer Tracey-Ann Perpall. “Gippie’s Kingdom” has already enjoyed two successful seasons on local television, and is in development for a third season;

THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF MYAT  (children’s animation series, 10 x 22 mins, Trinidad and Tobago) Created by animator and arts educator Omar Lewis whose children’s interactive adventure colouring book series of the same name has sold internationally;

 

 

ABIOLA (dramedy, web series, 6 x 15 min, Barbados) From Bajan wunderkind director/producer Rommel Hall, and producers Keren Hall and Shane Holford, creators of the popular Bajan series, “Keeping up with the Joneses”;

BOUKIE (drama, 6 x 1 hr, Haiti) From emerging writer/producer Natalie Holly in collaboration with Laurence Magloire, award-winning producer and founder of Haitian-based production company fastforward ;

LIFE WITH THE RAMSINGH’S (soap opera, 24 x 30min, Trinidad and Tobago). From director/producer team Rampaul Banseelal and Sean Mohan, whose production company, Total Chaos Productions, is now working on the second season;

 

Projects supported by Telefilm Canada:

 

BLACK MARIAH (action drama, 6 x 45min, Canada) Maureen Hill has teamed up with Michael Mosca, president and CEO of Montreal-based distribution and production company Equinoxe Films whose films include “Mambo Italiano” (2003) and “A Fish Story” (2013); and,

POETRY SAVED ME (documentary, web series, 10 x 20min, Canada/St.Lucia)  From talented newcomer spoken-word artist Chevy Eugene  (Canada/ St Lucia).

This project is also supported by the St. Lucia Tourism Board in Toronto.

 

Supported by the French Consulate in Toronto:

 

FRENCH GIRL IN NEW YORK! (dramedy, web series, 24 x 10 min, Guadeloupe) From award winning filmmaker Mariette Monpierre, whose feature film “ELZA” screened at numerous Film Festivals around the world, was a NYTimes Critics Pick, and won the Paul Robeson Award,, and the BAFTA Festival Choice and Festival Programmers’ Awards, PAFF/L.A. among others (Guadeloupe)

 For more information about the 2015 participants and their projects please visit:  http://www.caribbeantales.ca/CTI/2015-incubator/

CaribbeanTales Talks the Healing Power of Film at Caribbean Studies Conf.

Dr Keith Nurse
Dr Keith Nurse

NEW ORLEANS – CaribbeanTales Worldwide Distribution (CTWD) presented an important panel discussion on the unique role of film and new digital technologies in healing the historical hurts created by our colonial past, that have fueled divisions between Africa and the Creole cultures of the Caribbean and the Americas. The presentation took place during the 40th Annual Conference of the Caribbean Studies Association (CSA) in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Presenting on the panel were CTWD Chair, Dr. Keith Nurse; renowned filmmaker and Co-founder of Banyan Ltd., Christopher Laird; and filmmaker and ‘art-ivist’, Nicole Brooks. CTWD’s attendance at CSA was made possible by CTWD’s ‘3D Distribution Project’, financed by the ACP Cultures+ Program.

Caribbean Studies is growing in popularity among scholars and universities worldwide. This educational field is a core market for CTWD’s catalog of over 300 titles, many of which are used effectively as curriculum tools on a range of subjects, including history, cultural studies, immigration, sociology, economics, politics, and gender studies.

During the CSA Conference, CTWD also announced its landmark partnership with the Banyan Archives. This unparalleled Collection spans 4 decades and includes more than 3,000 high-quality documentary video recordings of Caribbean rituals, cultural festivals, and hundreds of interviews with celebrated Caribbean artists and icons.

CTWD-CaribbeanStudiesConfChristopher Laird said : “After two presentations at the CSA and the enthusiastic response from those who attended and who heard about the existence of this remarkable entrance into the resources available for Caribbean enquiry and research – which one person described as ‘epic’ – I think the use of video/film as a research tool in a context heavily invested in text is at last getting some traction. The excitement generated was palpable”

“Film records and documents our cultures, both past and living, and has the power to unite territories divided by distance, language and bodies of water. The synergies and similarities throughout the Diaspora are undeniable, haunting, resonant, and healing. Films on Caribbean subjects provide tools for education that did not exist before. They are invaluable for education, documentation and forward development, ” said Frances-Anne Solomon, Founder of CTWD.

Antiguan film “The Skin” premiering this Friday in Toronto

ST. JOHN’S, Antigua – The Skin, a supernatural thriller starring Carl Bradshaw, Aisha Ralph, Brent Simon, Peter Williams and Jeff Stewart will make its North American debut this Friday at the CaribbeanTales Toronto Film Showcase.
The Antigua & Barbuda Consulate is co-hosting the red carpet reception and premiere of the homegrown feature film made by Howard & Mitzi Allen of HAMAFilms Antigua on Friday, September 16th at Harbourfront Centre at 6 p.m. The screening follows at 7:30 with a talkback session with the filmmakers immediately after. Continue reading