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Top Caribbean Filmmakers to participate in Toronto Incubator

by Sydney Levine
August 23, 2011 2:30 AM
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Frances-Anne Solomon, CEO of CaribbeanTales Worldwide Distribution, the region’s premier film marketing and distribution entity, this week announced that 15 top Caribbean filmmakers will participate in CTWD's highly effective Market Incubator Program. The Program, now in its second year, trains Caribbean content creators in the all-important packaging and marketing of films, and will take place as part of the CaribbeanTales Toronto Film Showcase, from Sept 7-17tth at Harbourfront Centre.


This year’s Core Faculty consists of: CTWD CEO and Program Director Frances-Anne Solomon; Creative Industry Specialist, Dr. Keith Nurse; and Media Personality and Producer, Lisa Wickham. They are supported by a stellar team of guest specialists that includes:

- Hayet Benkara, International Festival Consultant
- Johanna Samuel, Distribution Specialist
- Charlotte Rose, CEO, Green Light Artist Management
- Joan Vogelsang, CEO, Toon Boom Animation
- Sonja Heinen, Project Manager, World Cinema Fund and Head, Berlinale Co-production Market,
- Anne Frank, Regional Director of Business Development, Telefilm Canada.
- Anais Clanet, Head of Sales, WIDE Management, France
- Tonya Lee Williams, Actor and President of Canada’s Reel World Film Festival

The "Class of 2011" includes some of the hottest current and emerging filmmakers from around the Caribbean Diaspora:

- Chris Browne, Jamaican writer / director, whose film “Ghett’a Life” will have its North American Premiere at the CaribbeanTales Showcase. Browne’s first feature “Third World Cop” is the largest grossing Caribbean film to date having played in Jamaican cinemas for over four months.
- Michelle Serieux, St. Lucian producer and director, co- founder of New Caribbean Cinema, a Jamaica-based film collective that includes filmmakers Storme Saulter, cinematographer, Nile Saulter, and filmmaker Joel Burke.
- Rodney Smith and Aubrey Padmore, the team behind innovative, NY/Barbados web series “Dominion”
- Nicole Brooks multi-talented Canadian filmmaker, producer, songstress and theatre artist, creator and producer of the series ECHO, and director of “The Orisha Suite” and “Ase”.
- Darren Anthony, Jamaican-Canadian writer of runaway hit play “Secrets of a Black Boy” that has just closed at New York’s ActNow New Voices In Theatre Festival.
- Alison Saunders, whose documentary project “Panama Fever” was one of the projects supported by Toronto’s 2010 Incubator Program.


The Incubator Program 2011 is funded by the CaribbeanTales Scholarship Fund, that this year is supported by Camilo Antonio, Leroy Crosse, Rita Cox, Terrence Farrell, Fil Fraser, Jay MacPherson, Selwyn Rouse, Jimmy Stewart, Carl Thorpe, Jean Sheen.

For more information about the Incubator Program, the Film Showcase Schedule, and to buy tickets click here: http://caribbeantales-events.com

About CaribbeanTales Worldwide Distribution
CaribbeanTales Worldwide Distribution is the first full-service film distribution company in the English-speaking Caribbean, and aims to become the go-to solution for producers and buyers of Caribbean-themed content. The company holds marketing events through the CaribbeanTales Film Festival Group, and provides co-production services to producers. CTWD was founded by award-winning filmmaker Frances-Anne Solomon, and its principals include creative industries expert Dr. Keith Nurse, economist and businessman Dr. Terrence Farrell, media personality and producer Lisa Wickham, and filmmaker and writer Mary Wells. CTWD is a member of the BIM Ventures family of entrepreneurs.

For further information, visit www.caribbeantales-worldwide.com

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