Frances Anne Solomon; Dr. Keith Nurse

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/

Caribbean filmmakers invade Toronto Film Fest

Jamaican-Canadian Producer and Actor Tonya Lee Williams, with Barbadian Filmmaker and Director of the Bridgetown Film festival Mahmood Patel (left) and Rubadiri Victor, artist and filmmaker from Trinidad (right).

TORONTO, Canada – Caribbean filmmakers descended on Toronto in numbers for the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) held at various venues around Toronto from September 9th to 19th.

These filmmakers, some new to the craft and others experienced hands, were assembled by the energetic filmmaker and producer Frances-Anne Solomon and her colleagues from Caribbean Tales Worldwide Distribution Inc., a newly-formed distribution company whose mission is to bring Caribbean films to the world.

Some of the filmmakers present included Mary Wells of Jamaica, Tony Hall of Trinidad and Tobago, Sharon Lewis of Toronto, and Allison Saunders of Barbados. In all 25 filmmakers from across the region participated in a 3-day Incubator Workshop held at the University of Toronto to develop and hone their marketing and presentation skills.

The workshop was facilitated by Michelle Materre of New York and Tanya Mudaly of the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation. They went on to participate in several TIFF events including the ReelWorld Indie Networking Event hosted by Tonya Lee Williams.

“It was a great experience,” said Davina Lee, a filmmaker and music video director from St. Lucia. “The best and most useful thing was the networking opportunities with both regional and international filmmakers. I feel like I’m part of something bigger not a lone filmmaker trying to make it in the region. It has brought the regional filmmakers closer and we will definitely work together in the future.”

TIFF Co-director Cameron Bailey who is Barbadian-Canadian, speaking at the Launch of CaribbeanTales Worldwide Distribution, flanked by Trinidadian filmmaker and CTWD Founder/CEO Frances-Anne Solomon, and Dr Keith Nurse CTWD Board Chair.

Ms Solomon expressed her delight at the strong participation of Caribbean filmmakers at TIFF thanks to sponsorship from UNIDO, Caribbean Export, Canada Council for the Arts, Invest Barbados, Caribbean Airlines and the Commonwealth Foundation.

She said “It was exciting to organize this event and very gratifying to see Caribbean and Diaspora filmmakers network with each other, make valuable contacts in the world of film and sharpen their pitching skills. I feel that Caribbean film is about to take off and Caribbean Tales Worldwide Distribution will be the spearhead of the effort to bring Caribbean stories to global audiences.”

She went on to state “We will be hosting the Second Caribbean Tales Film Festival and Symposium in Barbados in February 2011 and we will be back in Toronto for TIFF in September 2011 with an even larger contingent of Caribbean talent.”

See more pictures from the film festival and the film incubator workshop for Caribbean filmmakers here…

Some of the participants of the CTWD Program: L-R Tony Hall, Michelle Materre, Rubadiri Victor, Mahmood Patel, Camilo Antonio, Che Rodriguez, Louis Taylor, Hilary Brown, Dr Keith Nurse, Frances-Anne Solomon, Kirk Bucahannan CPTC, Davina Lee, Ryan Singh, Alison Saunders, Cabral Trotman, Ava-Gail Gardiner, Escipion Olliveira, Rommel Hall, Sheldon Felix.

Pushing Caribbean filmmakers

From The Nation, Barbados
Published on 5/20/2010.
BARBADOS IS SET to become the home of the first film distribution company in the English-speaking Caribbean. Last Wednesday, CaribbeanTales Worldwide Distribution Inc. was launched to present Caribbean film-makers to the international community.

CaribbeanTales was established to ensure that film-makers in the Caribbean could effectively have their work marketed and distributed.
Independent film producers have no centralised channel through which to market content, and content buyers have no centralised entity from which to acquire content.

Frances-Anne Solomon, chief executive officer of CaribbeanTales, said: “There is an explosion of products coming out of the region and there is a need for a focused distribution strategy to ensure that this content gets the best deals on the international market.”
Solomon emphasised the danger in not having avenues available for products indigenous to the Caribbean, where film review personnel might decide the work has no audience without taking time to invest in the product or understand the target market.

CaribbeanTales’ chairman Dr Keith Nurse, who is also director of the Shridath Ramphal Centre at the Cave Hill Campus of the University of the West Indies, said the biggest challenge was that throughout the Caribbean there was the generation of content but no outlets for getting this content into the markets.

Nurse said the creation of a company that could distribute Caribbean films was important, since film-makers currently relied on people outside of the region to distribute their work. This, he said, caused the money to stay outside of the region as the most money could be made through distribution and marketing. (LK)

CaribbeanTales Worldwide Distribution is founded by accomplished international filmmaker Frances-Anne Solomon, whose most recent award-winning feature film A Winter Tale, has won critical acclaim. Other principals include Dr Keith Nurse, Director of UWI’s Shridath Ramphal Center at Cave Hill, well-known Trinidad-based Publicist, Producer, and Media Personality Lisa Wickham,  and Jamaican filmmaker Mary Wells (“Kingston Paradise”).
CaribbeanTales Worldwide Distribution is part of the Barbados Business Enterprise Corp.family which provides Shepherding and Seed & Venture Capital services.