CaribbeanTales

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CaribbeanTales is the trademark of a group of companies, with bases in Canada, Trinidad, and Barbados,that includes CaribbeanTales an educational multimedia production company, the CaribbeanTales Film Festival Group - that produces film screenings, festivals, and industry training events, and CaribbeanTales Worldwide Distribution Inc, a full service marketing and distribution company.

- CaribbeanTales, founded by filmmaker Frances-Anne Solomon, is a multimedia production company that makes educational videos, radio programs, audio books, theatre plays, and websites drawn from stories of the Caribbean Diaspora.

- The first CaribbeanTales Film Festival was produced in Toronto in July 2006, and The CaribbeanTales Film Festival Group now includes an Incubator Program, a Youth Film Festival, annual Festivals and events in Barbados, New York, and Toronto, and a travelling festival and incubator component.

- CaribbeanTales Worldwide Distribution Inc, the English-speaking Caribbean's first film distribution company, was launched internationally during the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival, and, as well as distribution, aims to provide co-production services to producers of Caribbean-themed content.

Projects[edit]

- 2002-6: CaribbeanTales.ca - a multimedia Ezine featuring profiles of Caribbean storytellers, cultural commentary, news and events.

- 2006: Literature Alive, a multimedia project including documentaries, audio books, radio programs and a website, profiling 3 generations of Canadian Caribbean authors.

- 2006 - current: Newz From CaribbeanTales - Blog : updates from CaribbeanTales.

- 2008 - TALK IT OUT, a Canada-wide community distribution project of Frances-Anne Solomon's feature film A Winter Tale targeting urban youth and multicultural communities

- 2008: Heartbeat - 13 documentaries about Caribbean-Canadian musicians.

- May 2010 - Launch of CaribbeanTales Worldwide Distribution Inc in Barbados at the 16th Caribbean Studies Conference.

- September 2010 - International Launch of CaribbeanTales Worldwide Distribution at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto, Canada. Forty (40) top Caribbean filmmakers and industry stakeholders attended the first CaribbeanTales Market Incubator (TM) that took place during this event.

The CaribbeanTales Film Festival Group[edit]

- 2006 - current : Founded in 2006 in Toronto, the first festival took place at the National Film Board of Canada, Toronto. The 2007 festival, screened 30 films from Trinidad and Tobago and its Diaspora, and honored legendary filmmaker British-Trinidadian filmmaker Horace Ove, CBE. It also featured a spotlight on Trinidad's Gayelle - The Channel.

The 2008 festival, titled Focus Jamaica shone a spotlight on films and filmmakers from that island.

In 2009 the festival partnered with the University of Toronto Caribbean Studies Program. The guest of honor was international director Euzhan Palcy.

Also in 2009, the CaribbeanTales Youth Film Festival was formed in February, screening afri-centric films for high school students, and honored African-American filmmaker Julie Dash.

The 2010 CTYFF honored African-Canadian filmmakers including Claire Prieto, Fil Fraser, Jen Holness and Sudz Sutherland, and Hubert Davis.

In 2009 and 2010, the festival partnered with the Harbourfront Festival and Island Soul to present a two day screening series at Harbourfront Studio Theatre.

In 2010, the first Best of CaribbeanTales, took place in Barbados, and included a Symposium on Global Distribution.

In April 2010, international poet Kamau Braithwaite hosted a 5-day mini-series of CaribbeanTales films at New York University, as part of his MARASSA festival.

In September 2010, the first CaribbeanTales Market Incubator took place in Toronto, supported by UNIDO, Invest Barbados, and Caribbean Export Development Agency.

CaribbeanTales 2011 included a Content Incubator Program, and the second CT Symposium, and took place at the Island Inn Barbados.

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