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CARIBBEANTALES ANNOUNCES: The 9th CaribbeanTales International Film Festival (CTFF 2014)


CaribbeanTales celebrates Our Lens, Our Perspective

The 9th annual CaribbeanTales International Film Festival (CTFF), returns to Toronto beginning September 3 – 13 with special community screenings on July 26 and August 30th.

The festival showcases Caribbean films from 15 selected countries around the Region with public, community and online screenings. This includes 10-feature length and 20 short films in competition for the CTFF Audience Prize, which will be announced on Closing Night – September 13. The program will include an intensive four-day Market Incubator program as well as various networking sessions.

“As we continually grow in capacity and impact, the Canadian arm of CaribbeanTales is proud to present our flagship event for the ninth consecutive year.” says founder and filmmaker Frances-Anne Solomon.  Presently, she is directing her attention towards working internationally with CTFF and its companies to produce, distribute, market and exhibit Caribbean-themed films and events for audiences everywhere.

This year’s event welcomes Malinda Francis as the new CTFF Director. One of her main goals is to build community partnerships to bring access of Caribbean film throughout Toronto. The festival launches this summer with two special community screenings on July 26 and August 30.

“This summer we have formed a new relationship with Scotiabank Toronto Junior Carnival with carnival-themed films, and we continue to work with West Side Arts Hub in the North End of the city,” said Francis. “We continue to build relationships across the city and throughout the year, to expose and create space and audience exposure to Caribbean Film.”



The free community screenings confirmed to date are: (These are not ticketed events):


CTFF Partnership with Scotiabank Toronto Junior Carnival
Family Afternoon Community Screening
1 p.m. – 4 p.m., Malvern Public Library – 30 Sewells Road

Short Film

Atiba Williams
Christopher Laird | Trinidad & Tobago | 1997 | 15 min | English | PG

Nine-year-old Atiba Williams is the youngest person to arrange for a steel band during the Panorama competition. This film looks at a day in his life, from home, to school, to rehearsal to performance. Screeners are available. Atiba Williams is distributed by CaribbeanTales Worldwide Distribution.

Feature Film

Calypso Dreams
Geoffrey Dunn and Michael Horne | Trinidad & Tobago | 2004 | 85 min | English |PG

Calypso Dreams is an intimate portrait of some of the true Calypsonians in Trinidad & Tobago, in performance and in conversation. Shot over three years in Port of Spain, Trinidad, the documentary includes such legendary Calypsonians as Lord Pretender, Lord Kitchener, the Mighty Bomber, Relator, Lord Superior, Brigo, Mystic Prowler, Calypso Rose, the Mighty Sparrow, Terror, Valentino, Lord Blakie, David Rudder, Regeneration Now, the Mighty Duke, Conqueror and many others.

“Caribbean Spirituality”
CTFF Partnership with West-Side Arts Hub Outdoor Screening at the Farm – The Jane and Finch Community 7:30 p.m. – 10 p.m., Black Creek Farm, 4929 Jane Street

Short Film


The Orisha Suite
Nicole Brooks | Canada | 2010 | 34 min | English | PG

Docu-dance film documenting the tradition, song and dance of Trinidadian slaves honouring the Orishas. The Orate Suite is a celebration of the spirit of enslaved Africans, who were able to preserve some of their culture and ritual practices in the new lands where they were taken to by force. Journeying through spirit to a period of ancestor reverence and ritual, a little boy experiences history on the shores of the ocean, through song, dance and rhythm. The film pays homage to the Orishas, and celebrates one of the rich cultural legacies of the Caribbean.


Kali Worship in Trinidad & Tobago
Christopher Laird | Trinidad & Tobago | 1991 | 27 min | English |PG

Trinidad & Tobago is one of the few places in the new world where worship of the Hindu goddess Kali is accessible. Involving the legendary “Fire-pass” (walking over a pit of glowing coals) ceremony, healing and possession rituals, the presenter and the camera become players and participants.

Feature Film


Voodoo Dance

Elsie Haas | Haiti | 1989 | 52 min | Haitian Creole and French with English subtitles | PG

Voodoo’s significant role in Haitian culture. This film documents the significant role of voodoo in Haitian culture from the perspectives of Voodoo priests, government officials, historians and politicians. Attacked by Western clerics and declared a “superstition” by law in 1935, voodoo has always been a source of empowerment for the average Haitian. Despite its exploitation, romanticization and vilification, scholars in this documentary also note the ways in which it remains an authentic and stabilizing cultural base of everyday Haitian society.

Screeners are available.

Our Community Screenings are presented by and can be purchased from CaribbeanTales Worldwide Distribution, a full-service film distribution company in the English-speaking Caribbean.


CaribbeanTales Market Incubator


From September 2 – 7, the festival hosts the Market Incubator, which gives selected filmmakers an opportunity to hone their creative and business skills, through workshops and one on one mentoring by world-class specialists. It will culminate in a pitching session in front of international funders and buyers at the TIFF Bell Lightbox. The fest also organizes a number of intimate events at the University of Toronto with many opportunities to network informally with international industry players.


 Opening Night Gala



The fest kicks off with a delicious Caribbean reception on Wednesday September 3, in association with the Consulate General of the Republic of Trinidad & Tobago in Toronto at the Royal Cinema, 608 College Street. The evening will include the World Premiere of The Glamour Boyz Again! Sparrow and Superior on the Hilton Rooftop. (Geoffrey Dunn, Trinidad and Tobago, 2014, English, PG). The feature-length documentary reveals a remarkable acoustic performance by two of Calypso’s most venerated figures, the Mighty Sparrow and Lord Superior. The film includes reminiscences by both Sparrow and Superior, whose friendship dates back more than 55 years, to the mid-1950s. Sparrow’s execution at the Hilton is arguably his best-rendered acoustic performance ever recorded.




Festival screenings run from September 8, 10, 12 & 13 at The Royal Cinema, 608 College Street. The films will screen Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m., and Saturday at 3:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m., and 9:30 p.m.

To date we have confirmed the following films:

WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 10  - 6:30 p.m. 


Poetry is an Island – Derek Walcott
Ida Does |  St. Lucia | 2013 | 105 min |English | PG

Poetry is an island is a feature documentary film about Nobel laureate, poet, playwright, and visual artist, Derek Walcott. The film depicts an intimate portrait of the poet, as we visit his art studio, his childhood home, and his current residence in St. Lucia. We share Caribbean moments with Walcott as we visit some of his favorite places, his studio, and St. Lucia home. We discover the anger and frustration that the poet holds against the downtime of the arts as he talks to us about the meaning of poetry to him personally, and about the significance of art for humanity. Family members reveal some of the poet’s life challenges, and people who have worked with him speak frankly about their experiences with Walcott. Poetry is an island is an intimate portrait of the man, the poet, and son of the Caribbean: Derek Walcott.


FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 12 – 9:30 p.m.


Kingston Paradise
Mary Wells | Jamaica | 2013 | 90 min | English | 14A––

Finding himself stuck in the violent ghettos of Kingston, Jamaica, a sympathetic street hustler (Christopher “Johnny” Daley) devises a daring but not-so-clever plan to steal a fancy sports car, right under the owner’s nose, after which things rapidly go downhill… until he finds himself at rock bottom and begins to realize that he has to change in order to fulfill his dreams.

Awards: Best Diaspora Feature, African Movie Academia Awards (AMAA) 2014, Festival Programmers Award- Narrative Feature: Pan-African Film Festival 2014, Audience Award and Special Mention Best Mention CaribbeanTales Toronto Film Showcase



Forever Ever: The Killing of A Revolution
Bruce Paddington |  Grenada | 2013 | 150 min | English, 14A

The 1983 US-led invasion of Grenada, which followed the execution of Prime Minister Maurice Bishop, echoed around the world and ended a unique experiment in Caribbean politics.

What were the circumstances that led to this extraordinary chain of events? This comprehensive, gripping and revealing documentary tells the story of the Grenada revolution as never before. The film features extensive, previously unseen file footage, as well as old and new interviews with many of the key players of the time.





Media Launch

Media Invite


CaribbeanTales International Film Festival (CTFF) 2014

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This year’s festival begins with community screenings in August throughout the GTA.  CTFF & Incubator 2014 runs September 2nd-13th at  & for our Incubator Program at UofT  (September 2nd-7th) Participants Pitch their projects at TIFF Lightbox and all our festival screenings will be at The Royal Cinema.


- All lengths and genres accepted. CT seeks works made by filmmakers from Caribbean backgrounds and/or that celebrate and explore Caribbean culture, life, society and themes, as well as themes of interest and relevance to people from the Caribbean Diaspora.

- Submissions should be sent   Programming Director, CaribbeanTales International Film Festival, caribbeantales@gmail.com.

- Submissions should include link to an online preview of the film, for example through password protected vimeo or youtube link.

- Application should include: director’s name, film title, length, country, contact info, genre and year of completion, as well as 150-word synopsis.

- Please also include 3 x print says publicity shots, and your trailer if available.

- Incomplete submissions will not be accepted.

- Films in foreign languages must be subtitled in English.

- Participants must pay print shipping costs to Toronto.

- The festival will pay the cost of shipping exhibition prints back to the participant.

- Please do not send preview or screening copies by courier, as these may incur customs and duties charges. CT will not cover these charges, and will refuse the package.

- Please note that submission of your film means that if selected, you agree for your film to be shown at the festival.

- All preview tapes will be added to CT’s archives for consideration to our year-round international programming, unless filmmaker indicates in writing that they do not wish it so.

Extended Deadline for Submissions: June 15th.



The renowned CaribbeanTales Incubator Program, now in its 5th year, aims to bring together filmmakers from the Caribbean and its Diaspora, within the context of an international Marketplace setting.

Launched in 2010, the month-long training program culminates during the Toronto International Film Festival and takes the form of intensive preparatory exercises and  participatory workshops and sessions that explore craft and market practice from a Caribbean Diaspora perspective. It is led by leading Caribbean and Canadian film practioners.

The Incubator aims to:

  • Empower filmmakers and media artists to develop their unique voices within a global Caribbean Diaspora context, through collaboration with kindred artists and producers from around the world.
  • Foster the development of long-term partnerships between Diaspora and international practitioners.
  • Develop skills in the all-important packaging and marketing of films through market training and participation in a Pitch Breakfast.

In this way the Incubator contributes to the development of a vibrant world-class Caribbean film industry, by assisting filmmakers to create dynamic, distinctive and viable films that will stand tall in the international marketplace.

The Program  includes:

  • Intensive  sessions to prepare participants for attendance at the TIFF
  • A Welcome Dinner and Show & Tell: Participants meet, greet, and share their work with other participants.
  • A Gala Launch Event, to facilitate networking with producers and filmmakers from Canada and around the world
  • Intensive workshops that emphasize the unique voice and development of a global Caribbean film aesthetic.
  • A market training module including a Pitch Breakfast aimed at Delegates from the International Industry.
  • Access to the Toronto International Film Festival, and guidance to navigate this great event.


Open to  filmmakers, producers, writers, animators, and media practitioners across all disciplines, from the Caribbean and its Diaspora including Africa, India and and South and Central America.

Up to 15 participants will be selected on a competitive basis based on the quality of their independent media/art work, and/or contributions to the Regional film industry.

Selection will be by our Steering Group of established producers and media arts practitioners who will also act as mentors throughout the process.

Deadline for Submissions: June 15th.


Please email the following to CaribbeanTales@gmail.com under the heading INCUBATOR SUBMISSION:

  • your  resume,
  • the synopsis and business plan for the project that you would like to work on at the Incubator. (Please note that if you do not wish to submit a letter detailing why you would like to participate in this program  please send your artwork and/or a link to your online showreel)


Up to 6 Scholarships made posible through the CaribbeanTales Scholarship Fund, will be available for successful applicants on a competitive basis.

Otherwise, participants are responsible for their own travel costs to Toronto, and expenses there, and are encouraged to seek support from their countries of origin.

  • Registration Fee – $500US.
  • Toronto International Film Festival Sales and Industry Pass: CaribbeanTales Special Rate: $300.

The CaribbeanTales International Film Festival and Incubator Incubator Program begins with Community Screenings in August in various communities across the city and Launches September 3rd-13th at the Royal Cinema.