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The CaribbeanTales Media Group produces, markets, and sells Caribbean-themed film and television content for global audiences.It includes CaribbeanTales Inc. a registered Charity based in Toronto, Canada; the Caribbean-Tales International Film Festival (CTFF) that produces events around the world; the renowned CaribbeanTales Incubator Program, a development and production hub for original Caribbean content; CaribbeanTales Worldwide Distribution (CTWD), the largest full-service distribution entity dedicated to the monetisation of Caribbean content; CaribbeanTalesFlix, our production arm, and CaribbeanTales-TV, a video on demand platform.

21 filmmakers chosen for the 10th annual CaribbeanTales Market Incubator

CaribbeanTales recently announced the 21 filmmakers that will take part in the Tenth Annual CaribbeanTales Market Incubator (CTI) in partnership with The Caribbean Development BankOntario Creates and Telefilm Canada, and with support from the National Film & Video Foundation of South Africa.  At the annual Big Pitch, they will compete for prizes that will include an award of $10,000 for Best Caribbean Project.

Celebrating its tenth anniversary this year, CTI is a development and production hub for international producers. It aims to increase the volume of compelling world-class content from the Caribbean Region and from the world. This year’s filmmakers come from Canada, Cuba, Trinidad, Jamaica, Belize, Haiti, and South Africa. Sixty percent of the selected filmmakers are female creators and all are producers of colour.

Frances-Anne Solomon, CaribbeanTales’ CEO said: “We are thrilled to be celebrating our tenth year of bringing compelling projects from some of the most talented producers in our wide Diaspora to the international market — enabling these filmmakers to find partners and funding, and to connect with, and be seen by, audiences worldwide. This year we are focused on forging international relationships and co-productions. I am looking forward to building on this important milestone in our growth, to create sustainable co-ventures between Canada the Caribbean, and the world.” After receiving a record-breaking number of applications, projects were assessed by a team of industry professionals. From these, eleven (11) projects were selected, that range across romance, drama, thriller and speculative fiction.   

Haitian film star and producer Jimmy Jean-Louis brings his feature psychological thriller steeped in Haitian folklore, Mother Water.  Jamaican cinematographer and director Gabrielle Blackwood’s Kendal is a coming-of-age period drama, set in 1950’s colonial Jamaica. From Trinidad and Tobago, Teneille Newallo and Stephen Hadeed’s Soucouyant is a supernatural Amerindian thriller, set in the time of Christopher Columbus. Canadian director Reem Morsi’s Fish  is a speculative fiction television series  that delves into the dark side of greed, betrayal and monsters; while Sylvia Vollenhoven’s feature drama Buckingham Palace tells the story of District Six, a Capetown slum in the 1960’s –and what happens when the bulldozers come. And from Cuba, Rosa Maria Rodriguez brings her horror feature Nara, that tells the tale of two sickly siblings confined at home, who succumb to their darker natures. 

For a  full list of the projects  and the participants please visit
the CTI website. 

The third CineFAM Co-Production Accelerator aims to develop female-led Canada-South Africa content

CaribbeanTales Media Group (CTMG) and the Durban FilmMart (DFM) have announced the renewal of their partnership to develop films and television content by African women and women of colour from the global Diaspora. The 3rd CineFAM-South Africa Co-Production Accelerator will be launched during the 10th DFM which takes place from 19 to 22 July 2019.

The 2019 CineFAM programme will take the form of a series of workshops, in Canada and South Africa, that aims to kickstart original co-productions led by experienced and seasoned female producers, writers and directors from both countries.

“We are excited to expand our programme and our partnership with DFM, with a focus on building a slate of compelling co-productions aimed at the global market. Our ultimate goal is to increase the pool of world-class female-driven content so as to build the audio visual capacity of both our countries,” said Frances-Anne Solomon, founder and executive director of CineFAM, and CEO of the CaribbeanTales Media Group.

The programme is co-led by Solomon and experienced South African producer Zikethiwe Ngcobo of Johannesburg-based Fuzebox Entertainment who said: “I am delighted to join this successful initiative. There is undeniably a need for women to start working across borders with each other, and at the helm of strong original international co-productions.”

Women of colour are woefully underrepresented and underpaid in the global industry, including in South Africa and in Canada, where statistics do not even exist. The CineFAM Accelerator is specifically geared to building capacity and creative leadership among women creatives and producers.

In 2017, CineFAM  and the Durban FilmMart joined forces for the first time to host the inaugural CineFAM – South Africa  Accelerator. The winning producer — Mary Ann Mandishona — attended the renowned CaribbeanTales Incubator programme in Canada, where she won 3rd Prize for Best Pitch. Also in 2017, CineFAM-SA in association with South African Women in Film & Television (SWIFT) jointly held a Short Film Challenge. The winning short — The Walk — was screened at the 1st CineFAM Film Festival in Canada in September 2017.

In 2018, the second iteration of this hugely successful programme focused on introducing South African producers to Canadian broadcasters in order to explore projects for co-production. From this intake, the original television series project, Queen of the Rain has received funding under the Canada-South Africa Co-Development Incentive, a collaboration between the Canada Media Fund (CMF ) and the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), with Canadian broadcaster AfroGlobal Television attached.

Toni Monty, Head of the Durban FilmMart said, “We have had an extremely productive partnership with CaribbeanTales through the CineFAM Programme, and are delighted to renew our relationship with Ms Solomon and to welcome Ms Ngcobo on board who brings to the table her experience and proven talent as a successful producer in South Africa. The programme comprises carefully structured workshops to actively reimagine and strategize how to facilitate, encourage and promote co-productions between South Africa and Canada and to ensure that they are women-led.”

The overall goal of the 2019 programme will be to identify and develop suitable scripts, within the terms of the South Africa-Canada co-production treaty. Selected  projects will participate in a two-day intensive workshop during DFM where they will be supported by senior executives and mentors. In September, the best projects will attend and pitch their projects at the 2019 CineFAM/ CaribbeanTales Incubator (CTI), held annually in Toronto, Canada, in partnership with the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). It is intended that from these, a number will be go forward for development and production in 2020 / 2021.

CaribbeanTales and DFM renew partnership

CaribbeanTales Media Group (CTMG) and the Durban FilmMart (DFM) recently announced the renewal of their partnership to support the development of original, serialised television content and films created by women from Africa and the African Diaspora.

CineFAM is the CaribbeanTales programme that supports bold, original films and television series by women of colour worldwide. In the Haitian-Creole language, Cinefam means “films by women.” This Accelerator Incubator Programme builds capacity and creative leadership among women of colour who are traditionally under-represented in leadership roles in the film and television industry globally.

“We have invited a select group of experienced South African women producers to bring their original television series projects that are currently in development to the second edition of CineFAM – Africa to be held during DFM2018,” says CaribbeanTales CEO Frances-Anne Solomon. “We know they will enjoy CaribbeanTales’ unique two-day intensive Accelerator Programme that ensures an excellent overview and close guidance on the nuts and bolts of production within the context of Canada and South Africa. They will learn how best to meet the co-production demands of these two countries with their stories, finance and marketing strategies along with enhancing pitch skills.”

“We are absolutely thrilled to embark on the second edition of our partnership with CaribbeanTales. The 2018 Accelerator Incubator Programme will not only provide an exciting platform to support the development of women-led audiovisual content in Africa, it will create a space to interrogate the application of the SA/Canada co-production Treaty with serialised content. Through this partnership, we hope to build a bridge between the two organisations that will raise the voices of African women filmmakers,” said Toni Monty, head of the Durban Film Office and DFM the co-production and finance market, which is a joint programme of the Durban Film Office (DFO) and the Durban International Film Festival (DIFF), South Africa.

“We are incredibly excited to continue to build on this extraordinary initiative with the Durban Film Mart that opens the gateway of co-productions between our organisations and our two countries” says CaribbeanTales CEO Frances-Anne Solomon. “Our goal is to see the programme grow from training to production within the next couple of years and to show the world what women from Africa and the African Diaspora can do within the Canada/South Africa co-production treaty.”

CineFAM – Africa, led by CaribbeanTales vice president Nicole Brooks, is a two-day programme that will take place during the Durban FilmMart from 20 to 22 July 2018.

This two-day Accelerator will culminate in a private mini-pitch to deliver and work with local and international (specifically Canadian) broadcasters and funders for consideration and feedback. The winner will qualify to participate in the renowned CaribbeanTales Incubator (CTI), in Toronto, Canada. CTI is a year-round development and production hub for Caribbean and Caribbean diaspora producers that aims to create strong, compelling and sustainable content for the global market. Thus, CTI will increase the pool of world-class indigenous film and television content and build the region’s audiovisual capacity.

Stand a chance to win funding for your series pilot with CaribbeanTales Market Incubator

An opportunity to gain training, international market-place experience, and to compete for funding for your pilot episode, and potential distribution and funding your entire series has been extended to 29 May 2016.

The CaribbeanTales Incubator (CTI), a year-round development and production hub for Caribbean and Caribbean diaspora producers, has partnered up with FLOW, a Caribbean TV and communications provider, to create strong compelling and sustainable content for the global market. Applicants who are accepted to the CTI have the opportunity to develop their series and pitch for the opportunity to win funding for their pilot through the sponsor FLOW.

The ultimate goal of the CTI is to increase the pool of world-class, indigenous film and television content, so as to build the region’s audio visual capacity.
To submit your original TV or web-series concept to the CTI’s flagship programme, the Market Incubator Programme (MIP), a marketing and packaging forum for long-running series projects, that includes five weeks of online training, and one week of intensive workshops in Toronto, as well as the chance to pitch to FLOW, and international delegates at the CaribbeanTales International Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival.

The MIP offers selected Caribbean and diaspora producers an opportunity to hone their creative and business skills in the context of an international marketplace environment.
The programme culminates in the Big Pitch that takes place at the TIFF Bell Lightbox during the Toronto International Film Festival, bringing together international industry delegates to vote on the best projects.

Winners of the Big Pitch graduate to the nine-month CTI Production Support Programme (PSP) that takes projects from pitch to production, and for the first time, selected PSP projects will receive Pilot funding from Flow.


The CTI-MIP is open to filmmakers, producers, writers, animators, and media practitioners from the Caribbean and its diaspora (including the US, UK, Canada, Africa, India, South and Central America).

The programme is specifically targeted towards the creation of original, long-running series content, with a focus on market sustainability. Up to 15 projects will be selected on a competitive basis based on a) the quality of the proposal and b) participants’ previous work, and/or contributions to the regional film industry.

Producers interested in applying must meet the following criteria:
• The concept must have potential to be developed into a long-running series;
• The project can be either fiction, documentary or animation, and must fit into the format of either episodic film, television, or web series;
• The project must be owned or co-owned by a Caribbean national, a person of Caribbean heritage, or a person from diverse communities across the Caribbean diaspora including Africa, India, Asia and the global indigenous population;
• The team must include at least one producer with a track record and significant production experience in film and television;
• The project must have a clear audience in the Caribbean and/or its diaspora (including the USA, UK, Canada, Africa, India, South and Central America).

Apply online at the CaribbeanTales website.

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