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THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER - Toronto: Caribbean Filmmakers Launch SVOD Service - Etan Vlessing

The Toronto-based CaribbeanTales Group on Thursday launched CaribbeanTales-TV, a subscription video streaming service, while attending the Toronto International Film Festival…

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THE JAMAICA GLEANER - Jamaicans On Show at Toronto Film Festival

Kingston Paradise, which will be screened on Friday, follows Rocksy (Christopher ‘Johnny’ Daley), a young hustler/taxi driver desperate to escape a life of poverty and violence in Kingston, Jamaica

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METRO NEWS - Toronto’s CaribbeanTales Film Festival continues telling authentic tales of Caribbean culture - Ian Gormely

Sun, sand and the sea are the things most associated with the Caribbean. But if Frances-Anne Solomon has her way, they’ll soon take a back seat to “the lives of Caribbean people.”

Solomon is founder of the CaribbeanTales Film Festival…

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VELVET ROPE - A Trio of Great Film Festivals Coming to Toronto Area this Fall

This fall, Toronto will host more than just T.I.F.F. Check out the descriptions (provided by press releases) of three worldly and informative film festivals the city will be offering…

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CANADA ARTS CONNECT - Urban/Intersection: CaribbeanTales Film Showcase – Ryan B Patrick

While the Toronto International Film Festival represents the big dog this time of year, the annual Caribbean Tales Film Showcase taking place around the same time frame is the scrappy upstart that could. Since creating the CaribbeanTales Foundation way back in 2001, festival founder and artistic director Frances-Anne Solomon has been hard at work promoting, marketing and showcasing the best of film from filmmakers of Caribbean heritage…

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HUFFINGTON POST - Toronto’s Other Film Festival - Bee Quammie

The world knows Hollywood, Bollywood, and Nollywood — but is Toronto playing a role in developing the globe’s newest film market?

As Toronto and the film industry gear up for another go-round at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) next month, another cinematic showcase is prepping for its opening in the city…

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MONTREAL COMMUNITY CONTACT - 10 Caribbean Films That Will Stimulate You - Diane De La Haye

Are you passionate about Music? Does your heart go out to victims of Bullying? What about an emotional Adoption story or a Teacher’s mission for educational change? Maybe a hilarious BFF comedy is more your cup of tea. Well, the 10 films announced for this year’s Caribbean Tales Toronto Film Festival have all that and much more…

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Breakthrough performances of Antiguan actors lauded at CaribbeanTales Film Festival

The performances of newcomers Aisha Ralph and Brent Simon of Antigua were praised during the Barbados preview of The SKIN, this past weekend.

Ralph and Simon play a young couple who discover an ancient artifact, which changes their lives and unleashes a soucayant in The SKIN, a film written and directed by Howard Allen.

Aisha Ralph plays the wife of fellow Antiguan actor Brent Simon in the new feature from Howard and Mitzi Allen of HAMAfilms Antigua, The Skin
This is the fourth feature project by Howard and his wife, Mitzi Allen of HAMAfilms Antigua. The couple made the bold step to preview the film at the Barbados film festival rather than wait for the scheduled June premiere at home.

I really liked the feedback from the industry folks. It was honest and constructive. A pre-screening outside of Antigua was the best thing we ever did,” said Mitzi who is the Executive Producer for the film.

The SKIN was the closing feature at the CaribbeanTales Film Festival & Symposium which brought together audiences, industry veterans and newcomers in an informal and highly creative environment to meet, greet, and exchange ideas. The movie received high acclaim from the international filmmakers present.

During the panel review following the screening, Kethiwe Ngcobo, CEO and Producer at Infuzion Media South Africa said “You guys have nailed it! The SKIN is a film that has found its audience. Your first feature film The Sweetest Mango was a hit this just might be an even bigger hit.”

Neema Barnette, an Emmy award winning producer/director and professor at the renowned UCLA School of Film and Television said “They’ve got everything; a love story, action thriller and special effects. What they have is something that will make people flock to the cinema.”
Writer and Director of The SKIN, Howard Allen, Emmy Award Winning Director Neema Barnette and Executive Producer of The SKIN Mitzi Allen pose for the cameras following Barnette’s Directing Master Class at CaribbeanTales Film Festival in Barbados on Sunday

The movie also stars Jamaican film icon Carl Bradshaw, who plays Vision, Jeff Stewart of The Bill and Peter Williams of Stargate SG1 and A Winter Tale.

The story really worked and it resonated with the audience. They loved Bradshaw as we all do but couldn’t believe that Aisha and Brent weren’t professional actors,” Mitzi added.

Barnette, who directed 80s comedy series The Cosby Show, called Aisha a “strong actress” and expressed surprise that the young actors were newcomers to the industry.

Aisha, a former Miss Universe contender had a small role in No Seed, another HAMAfilms Antigua project. However, this is former model and musician Brent Simon’s first time on the big screen.

Brent said via Facebook that he was thankful to have been given the opportunity to be a part of The SKIN and also appreciated the guidance given by Peter Williams, who plays a police officer in the 90-minute feature.

There is one other preview scheduled for the movie before it goes into cinemas across the region this summer. Howard and Mitzi Allen will be screening The SKIN at the Reggae Film Festival in Jamaica in May.

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Breakthrough performances of Antiguan actors lauded at CaribbeanTales Film Festival

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Aisha Ralph plays the wife of fellow Antiguan actor Brent Simon in the new feature from Howard and Mitzi Allen of HAMAfilms Antigua, The Skin

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (March 21, 2011) – The performances of newcomers Aisha Ralph and Brent Simon of Antigua were praised during the Barbados preview of The SKIN, this past weekend.
Ralph and Simon play a young couple who discover an ancient artifact, which changes their lives and unleashes a soucayant in The SKIN, a film written and directed by Howard Allen.
This is the fourth feature project by Howard and his wife, Mitzi Allen of HAMAfilms Antigua. The couple made the bold step to preview the film at the Barbados film festival rather than wait for the scheduled June premiere at home.
“I really liked the feedback from the industry folks. It was honest and constructive. A pre-screening outside of Antigua was the best thing we ever did,” said Mitzi who is the Executive Producer for the film.
The SKIN was the closing feature at the CaribbeanTales Film Festival & Symposium which brought together audiences, industry veterans and newcomers in an informal and highly creative environment to meet, greet, and exchange ideas. The movie received high acclaim from the international filmmakers present.
During the panel review following the screening, Kethiwe Ngcobo, CEO and Producer at Infuzion Media South Africa said “You guys have nailed it! The SKIN is a film that has found its audience. Your first feature film The Sweetest Mango was a hit ths just might be an even bigger hit.”
Neema Barnette, an Emmy award winning producer/director and professor at the renowned UCLA School of Film and Television said “They’ve got everything; a love story, action thriller and special effects. What they have is something that will make people flock to the cinema.”
The movie also stars Jamaican film icon Carl Bradshaw, who plays Vision, Jeff Stewart of The Bill and Peter Williams of Stargate SG1 and A Winter Tale.
“The story really worked and it resonated with the audience. They loved Bradshaw as we all do but couldn’t believe that Aisha and Brent weren’t professional actors,” Mitzi added.
Barnette, who directed 80s comedy series The Cosby Show, called Aisha a “strong actress” and expressed surprise that the young actors were newcomers to the industry.
Aisha, a former Miss Universe contender had a small role in No Seed, another HAMAfilms Antigua project. However, this is former model and musician Brent Simon’s first time on the big screen.
Brent said via Facebook that he was thankful to have been given the opportunity to be a part of The SKIN and also appreciated the guidance given by Peter Williams, who plays a police officer in the 90-minute feature.
There is one other preview scheduled for the movie before it goes into cinemas across the region this summer. Howard and Mitzi Allen will be screening The SKIN at the Reggae Film Festival in Jamaica in May.
Learn more about The SKIN at http://theskinahamafilm.wordpress.com or fan them on Facebook at HAMAfilms Antigua.


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FILM FESTIVAL OPENS

Saturday, 19 March 2011 00:06

Barbadians and Caribbean people are being encouraged to appreciate the work being done by local and regional film makers.

This is the view of film and television producer Mitzi Allen, from Antigua and Barbuda.

She’s here for the Caribbean Tales film festival which begins Saturday.

The festival is giving local and regional producers the opportunity to showcase their films, some for the first time.

But Ms. Allen says they need the support of their own, if they are to get the respect they deserve on the international scene.


A scene from the film A Handful of Dirt.

By Yvette Best | Thu, March 17, 2011 – 4:49 PM

It was Bajan night at the CaribbeanTales launch at the Frank Collymore Hall last night.

The sold out crowd was treated to feature film A Handful of Dirt, by Russell Watson, which was preceded by D Justin King’s Causality and Dominion by Sean Michael Field.

All the directors involved in the showcase were congratulated by members of the audience, and other directors involved in the film festival, during a question and answer segment after the showings.

During brief remarks ahead of the screenings, chief executive officer of CaribbeanTales Frances-Anne Solomon noted that despite the hard economic times, the film industry was “exploding” in the Caribbean.

On the downside, Solomon said there was no existing infrastructure to support the creators and make the industry work.

Nightly screenings of the works of the various Caribbean directors in the Diaspora will be held at George Washington House through Sunday.


Students exposed to Film Festival

Neema Barnette interacting with some of the students who attended the Caribbean Tales

Film Festival 2011. (Guest Photo) By John Sealy | Mon, March 14, 2011 – 3:47 PM

School children from across the island got a taste of what is expected at  the upcoming Caribbean Tales Film Festival 2011 when they met for a showing of the American film “All You Got” at St. George Resource Centre, St. George this morning.

United States Chargé d’Affaires Dr Brent Hardt, expressed delight at having the students and teachers who represented schools including Alexandra, Ellerslie, Foundation, Garrison, Grantley Adams, Lester Vaughan, and St. Winifred’s.

Multi-award winning film and television director Neema Barnette was on hand to be part of the opening agenda for the festival which runs until March 20.

Barnette is one of the featured artists for Caribbean Tales Film Festival 2011.







U.S. Embassy Hosts Film Screening and Discussion with Emmy-winning Director Neema Barnette

Hundreds of Barbadian secondary school students will get the opportunity to meet noted U.S. film and television director Neema Barnette when the U.S. Embassy hosts a free screening of one of her films on Monday 14 March, 2011.

The screening of Ms. Barnette’s All You’ve Got will be held at the Valley Resource Centre, the Valley St. George, starting at 9:30 a.m. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires Dr. Brent Hardt will deliver opening remarks.

Neema-Barnette

The screening is part of the Embassy’s partnership with the Caribbean Tales Film Festival 2011.

Ms. Barnette became the first African-American woman in the history of television to direct a sitcom when she directed “What’s Happening Now” in 1986. She later went on to direct many episodes of legendary television show “The Cosby Show,” for which she won an Emmy Award. A graduate of New York University, she has directed over 200 hours of television programming including “A Different World,” ‘Seventh Heaven” and “Gilmore Girls.” She has also directed several other short films, documentaries and made-for-television movies, winning an Emmy for after-school special “To Be a Man” and a NAACP Image Award for dramatic special “One More Hurdle.”







Talks of Going Global at Symposium for CaribbeanTales Film Festival 2011

The film industry of the Caribbean has major export potential and with strong ties and partnerships, the stories of the Caribbean can be exported to the world while making a viable living for regional film makers.

This is the focus of GOING GLOBAL – the CaribbeanTales 2011 all-day Symposium event scheduled to take place on March 17th at the Island Inn. Featured speakers include Mia Mottley, MP, QC and former leader of the Opposition in Barbados, and Derwin Howell, CEO of the Barbados National Bank, as well as international visitors like Sonia Heinen, Director of the World Cinema Fund and Co-Production Market of the Berlinale Film Festival, Michelle Materre, US Marketing and Distribution Consultant, and Mark Walton EVP of the Africa Channel in the US.

The symposium will delve into the ways and means by which the Caribbean Audio/ Visual industry can structure itself to forge viable relationships with financial entities and international organizations.

The conference will touch topics such as Forging Co-production Agreements with the USA, Europe and Africa; the ways in which regional governments can offer their support to boost the industry; and the important role commercial financial institutions can play in the funding and development of the Audio/Visual industry of Caribbean.

According to festival Director Frances- Anne Solomon, the time for change is now, “Caribbean film is in evolution and governments needs to embrace this,”she said. “We have so much potential in the Caribbean and it is important for all our partners, government, private sector, broadcast and international, to come together and find ways to monetize the industry at a global level, This Symposium provides a forum for that essential discussion.”

The CaribbeanTales Film Festival 2011@ Island Inn Barbados kicks off on the 14th of March and promises to be packed with creativity, excitement and education. Film makers from the region and the rest of the world will be in Barbados to take part in incubators, workshops, screenings and other events slated for the weeklong festival which comes to a close on the 20th of March.

CaribbeanTales 2011 @ Island Inn, Barbados is sponsored by Island Inn, The Starcom Network, Ultimax TV, Lisa Wickham’s Ezone, the Commonwealth Foundation, SFa Communications, Hall-e-wood Productions , Truly Caribbean, Morenamedia , HAMA Productions, Barbados Government Information Service, Caribbean Tourism Organisation, Caribbean Media Corporation, Creative Junction, The Embassy of the United States, Animae Caribe, Merville Lynch Productions, Steinhill Studios , Blue Light Media, Barbados National Bank, Barbados Tourism Authority and Autonomous Entertainment.

CaribbeanTales Worldwide Distributionthe region’s first full-service film distribution company, is founded by award-winning filmmaker Frances-Anne Solomon, and principals are creative industries expert Dr Keith Nurse (Chair), economist and businessman Dr Terrence Farrell, media personality and producer Lisa Wickham, and filmmaker and writer Mary Wells. CTWD is a member of the Barbados Business Enterprise Corporation that provides Seed and Venture Capital Services.

ABOUT Caribbean Tales Worldwide Distribution Inc (CTWD)

Established in May 2010, CTWD is a full service marketing and distribution company that acquires exclusive, long term rights to Caribbean-themed content for television, educational, home entertainment and Internet distribution. The company also holds marketing events through CaribbeanTales Festivals and Events, and provides co-production services to producers.

CTWD is founded by award-winning filmmaker Frances-Anne Solomon. Other principals include creative industries specialist Dr Keith Nurse, economist and businessman Dr Terrence Farrell, media personality and producer Lisa Wickham, and Jamaican filmmaker Mary Wells. CTWD is a member of the Barbados Entrepreneurs Venture Capital Fund that provides Seed and Venture Capital Services.
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March 02, 2011

The CaribbeanTales 2011 Film Festival will celebrate its Gala Opening on March 16th at Frank Collymore Hall, with the highly anticipated Barbados Premiere of local Film maker Russell Watson’s critically acclaimed debut feature. A Hand Full Of Dirt

A Hand Full of Dirt – Ben played by Luther Bourne surveys his overgrown plantation

The Gala is the main highlight of a week of cultural explosion, that will take place between 14-20th March as filmmakers and film enthusiasts from around the region and the world come together to celebrate Caribbean film at CT2011.

Producer of the film, Lisa Harewood expressed her pride that the production will be featured at the Opening Night Gala. “We feel incredibly honoured to have been given the opportunity to open CaribbeanTales Film Festival 2011. The festival is becoming a very important link between filmmakers from the Caribbean and the wider Diaspora, so we’re looking forward to meeting and talking to our colleagues. More than anything though, we’re excited to screen the film for the cast, crew, friends, family and supporters who are based in Barbados.”

A Hand Full of Dirt – The Redman Family, Ben (Luther Bourne), Elmira (Cynthia Wilson), Archie (Alwin Bully) and Lynette (Marcia Burrowes)

The movie has already attracted some major attention, copping a nomination for Best First Feature Narrative Director, at the hugely respected >Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles. This recognition being well deserved as Russell Watson and his team battled for several years against the tremendous obstacles that are commonly faced by Caribbean Film makers in order to complete the film. With a minimalist budget, and a lot of determination the movie is an example that against all odds, with creativity and a will, there is a way.

Shot in various locations in Barbados and Chicago, the film tells the topical family story of 3 generations, and one plantation. The men of the Redman family – father, grandfather and son – try desperately to break with the past to pursue their dreams on their own terms. Soon though, it is made painfully clear that their lives are inextricably linked and that the past exerts an inescapable grip on the future. A Hand Full of Dirt features such local and regional luminaries as Dominica’s Alwin Bully and Barbados own Cynthia Alleyne, as well as several talented newcomers.

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A portrait of Director; Russell Watson

Caribbean Tales 2011 @ Island Inn, Barbados runs from March 14- 20, 2011. Not just a film festival the event will include screenings, talk back sessions, workshops, incubators, networking events, and a pitch marketplace, as well as a special Directing Masterclass by celebrated Hollywood TV Director Neema Barnette, known for her work on the Cosby Show. Audiences will also get to Preview the new film The Skin, the fourth feature film by Antigua’s prolific husband and wife filmmaking team, Howard and Mitzi Allen.

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A Hand Full of Anticipation for CaribbeanTales Film Festival Opening Gala

The CaribbeanTales 2011 Film Festival will celebrate its Gala Opening on March 16th at Frank Collymore Hall, with the highly anticipated Barbados Premiere of local Film maker Russell Watson’s critically acclaimed debut feature – A Hand Full Of Dirt

The Gala is the highlight of a week of cultural explosion, that will take place between 14-20th March as filmmakers and film enthusiasts from around the region and the world come together to celebrate Caribbean film at CT2011.

Producer of the film, Lisa Harewood expressed her pride that the production will be featured at the Opening Night Gala. “We feel incredibly honoured to have been given the opportunity to open CaribbeanTales Film Festival 2011. The festival is becoming a very important link between filmmakers from the Caribbean and the wider Diaspora, so we’re looking forward to meeting and talking to our colleagues. More than anything though, we’re excited to screen the film for the cast, crew, friends, family and supporters who are based in Barbados.”

The movie has already attracted some major attention, copping a nomination for Best First Feature Narrative Director, at the highly respected Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles. This recognition being well deserved as Russell Watson and his team battled for several years against the tremendous obstacles that are commonly faced by Caribbean Film makers in order to complete the film. With a minimalist budget, and a lot of determination the movie is an example that against all odds, with creativity and a will, there is a way.

Shot in various locations in Barbados and Chicago, the film tells the topical family story of 3 generations , and  one plantation. The men of the Redman family – father, grandfather and son – try desperately to break with the past to pursue their dreams on their own terms. Soon though, it is made painfully clear that their lives are inextricably linked and that the past exerts an inescapable grip on the future. A Hand Full of Dirt features such local and regional luminaries as Dominica’s Alwin Bully and Barbados’ own Cynthia Wilson, as well as several talented newcomers.

The Opening Gala starts at 6:00 pm at the Frank Collymore Hall in Bridgetown Barbados and pre-registration is advised as there is already enormous demand for for this very popular event.

Caribbean Tales 2011 @ Island Inn, Barbados runs from March 14- 20, 2011. Not just a film festival, the event will include screenings, talk back sessions, workshops, incubators, networking events, and a pitch marketplace, as well as a Directing Master Class by celebrated Hollywood TV Director Neema Barnette, known for her work as a director of The Cosby Show. Audiences will also get to preview the new film “The Skin”, the fourth feature film by Antigua’s prolific husband and wife filmmaking team, Howard and Mitzi Allen.

CaribbeanTales 2011 @ Island Inn, Barbados is sponsored by Island Inn, The Starcom Network, Ultimax TV, Lisa Wickham’s Ezone, the Commonwealth Foundation, SFa Communications, Hall-e-wood Productions , Truly Caribbean, Morenamedia , HAMA Productions, Barbados Government Information Service, Caribbean Tourism Organisation, Caribbean Media Corporation, Creative Junction, The Embassy of the United States, Animae Caribe, Merville Lynch Productions, Steinhill Studios , Blue Light Media, Barbados National Bank, Barbados Tourism Authority and Autonomous Entertainment

ABOUT Caribbean Tales Worldwide Distribution Inc ( CTWD)

Established in May 2010, CTWD is a full service marketing and distribution company that acquires exclusive, long term rights to Caribbean-themed content for television, educational, home entertainment and Internet distribution. The company also holds marketing events through CaribbeanTales Festivals and Events, and provides co-production services to producers.

CTWD is founded by award-winning filmmaker Frances-Anne Solomon. Other principals include creative industries specialist Dr Keith Nurse, economist and businessman Dr Terrence Farrell, media personality and producer Lisa Wickham, and Jamaican filmmaker Mary Wells. CTWD is a member of the Barbados Entrepreneurs Venture Capital Fund that provides Seed and Venture Capital Services.
For further information, please contact:
SFA Communications Inc
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Tel: (246) 424-2228
info@sfacommunications.com



Director of the Cosby Show to Present Workshop at the CaribbeanTales Film Festival

Hollywood film director Neema Barnette, best known for her work as one of the original directors of the Cosby Show will be coming to Barbados to lead a Masterclass in Directing at the CaribbeanTales 2011 Film Festival.

This event, which is facilitated by the United States Embassy, will take place on March 20th at the Island Inn, followed by a screening of her film Zora Is My Name, at George Washington House.

During her visit to Barbados Ms. Barnette, who is also a Professor at the renowned UCLA School of Film and Television and adjunct Professor at NYU, will attend a screening and talk back session of her film Run For The Dream: The Gail Devers Story for secondary school students, on March 14th; and participate as a Tutor at the CaribbeanTales Intensive Content Incubator that runs throughout the week.

Ms Barnette is a multi-award winning film and television director and NAACP award recipient, with a directing portfolio that includes such projects as the Gilmore Girls, The Cosby Show, 7th Heaven and many films.

Director of the festival, Frances Anne Solomon expressed delight at the tremendous opportunity of having such an acclaimed filmmaker on board for this years’ program. “It is an absolute honour to have Neema Barnette join us for the festival, especially since our focus this year is on producing television series. She is an amazing film maker and person, and will lend so much experience and passion to the workshops. This is really a big treat for us.”

Solomon also disclosed the details of other workshops that will take place over the week-long event. These will include Introduction to Film Making, led by Barbados Film and Video Association president Rivelino Simmons, a two-day event targeted at complete novices to the audio visual medium, who are seeking to cross-over; a workshop focussing on Adapting Literature to the Screen, led by experienced South African Producer and former commissioning Editor  Kethiwe Ngcobo; The Anatomy of A Film Score that explores the unique role and use of Music for Film led by multi-award-winning Canadian composer John Welsman, and, “From Script to Screen”, a reading of 3 scripts developed by Penelope Hynam and Beatrice Hallen- Barter from their “Growing Up Caribbean” series of short films on childhood.

Neema Barnette is an extraordinarily accomplished filmmaker, writer and producer, who has made ten movies for television including Zora Is My Name (American Playhouse production starring Ruby Dee) which won a Lilly Award for Exceptional Representation of African American Images in Film; Different Worlds: An Interracial Love Story (four Daytime Emmy nominations, Directors Guild of America nomination for Best Directing); Better Off Dead (Lifetime Television production starring Mare Winningham and Tyra Ferrell) which earned a Cable Ace award nomination; Run For The Dream: The Gail Devers Story (Showtime Network production starring Lou Gossett Jr.) which earned Barnette her fifth NAACP Image Award nomination); Scattered Dreams (for CBS Television Network, starring Tyne Daly and Alicia Silverstone); Sin & Redemption (also for CBS; executive produced by Dick Berg). She also directed the Emmy award winning after school special To Be a Man.

Despite her illustrious career in Hollywood and mainstream US television, Ms Barnette still calls herself  “a director from Harlem”, and has also operated her own production company, Harlem Lite Productions since 1987 and is Executive Director of Live Theatre Gang, an urban theatre and performance company.

The Caribbean Tales Film Festival 2011 @ Island Inn, Barbados runs from March 14- 20, 2011. The festival will include an Incubator Program for Caribbean audio-visual content development starting on March 14, a Symposium, Marketplace and Workshops as well as Screenings of films from the Caribbean and its diaspora.
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CaribbeanTales 2011 Film Festival is sponsored by: Island Inn, The Starcom Network, Ultimax TV, Lisa Wickham’s Ezone, the Commonwealth Foundation, SFa Communications, Hall-e-wood Productions,  Morenamedia, HAMA Productions, Barbados Government Information Service, Caribbean Tourism Organisation, The United Nations Development Program, Caribbean Media Corporation, US Embassy, Animae Caribe, Merville Lynch Prods, Creative Junction, Barbados National Bank, Steinhill Studios, Blue Light Media, and Autonomous Entertainment.

CaribbeanTales Worldwide Distribution the region’s first full-service film distribution company, is founded by award-winning filmmaker Frances-Anne Solomon, and principals are creative industries expert Dr Keith Nurse (Chair), economist and businessman Dr Terrence Farrell, media personality and producer Lisa Wickham, and filmmaker and writer Mary Wells. CTWD is a member of the Barbados Business Enterprise Corporation that provides Seed and Venture Capital Services.

For further information, please contact:
SFA Communications Inc
#48 Warrens Court, Warrens Industrial Park
Warrens St. Michael
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Award Winning Animator to Conduct Workshop

For CaribbeanTales Film Festival

(Bridgetown, Barbados) Award-winning animator Camille Abrahams will be conducting one of the workshops for the highly anticipated CaribbeanTales Film Festival which runs from March 14-20, 2011 in Barbados.

Entitled “Creating a Convincing Animation Bible” this 3-day workshop will allow participants to critically analyse, interpret and execute ideas for the creation of their own treatment for an animation short or pilot for a series.

When approached by Ms. Frances-Anne Solomon, Director of Caribbean Tales to participate in the Film Festival, Abrahams expressed her enthusiasm at being given the opportunity. “I was excited to do the workshop at CaribbeanTales Film Festival because we (in the Caribbean) have so many stories to tell. The craft of storytelling is something that if mastered will add a whole new dimension to our Caribbean animations.”

Abrahams stressed the important role that Caribbean storytellers can play in the animation industry. “As the Caribbean is now being seen as an exciting new frontier for animation, I believe we have the versatility, creativity and passion to really make a statement on the world stage.”

Abrahams went on to state that “…animation is a $25 billion industry and within the past couple of years moviegoers in England and America are craving product from the Caribbean. I know there are dozens of young talented animators, and I have come to give back.” she stated.

In 1999, Abrahams, winner of the Royal Television Society Award for her film Master Peace moved her 4-year old company Full Circle Productions to Trinidad. There in addition to training young animators, she does animation for a range of multimedia services including commercials, corporate sites, and website design.

Abrahams looks forward to sharing her knowledge at the CaribbeanTales Film Festival as she seeks to contribute to the development and creation of wonderful, funny, authentic Caribbean animated films.

CEO and founder of CaribbeanTales Worldwide Distribution Frances-Anne Solomon expressed her delight that Abrahams would be conducting the workshop.  “I was pleased this animation workshop could be included because we believe this is one of the aspects of the film industry with most potential for development in the Caribbean.” Solomon stated.

The workshop scheduled from March 14-16, 2011, will include sessions focusing on Creating the Ideal Synopsis, Character Design; a short presentation on the approach to creating characters and Creating your World which deals with environmental and background design sheets. At the end of the workshop, participants would have put together a detailed production bible which can be used to support a pitch for funding.
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ABOUT Caribbean Tales Worldwide Distribution Inc (CTWD)

Established in May 2010, CTWD is a full service marketing and distribution company that acquires exclusive, long term rights to Caribbean-themed content for television, educational, home entertainment and Internet distribution. The company also holds marketing events through CaribbeanTales Festivals and Events, and provides co-production services to producers.

CTWD is founded by award-winning filmmaker Frances-Anne Solomon. Other principals include creative industries specialist Dr Keith Nurse, economist and businessman Dr Terrence Farrell, media personality and producer Lisa Wickham, and Jamaican filmmaker Mary Wells. CTWD is a member of the Barbados Entrepreneurs Venture Capital Fund that provides Seed and Venture Capital Services.
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EXPLODING FILM INDUSTRY

Thursday, 17 February 2011 21:54

An award winning filmmaker believes the film and television industry in Barbados and the region is exploding.

Frances-Annes Solomon founder and CEO of Caribbean Tales Worldwide Distribution says this has been occurring over the last five years.

She was speaking as the second Caribbean Tales film festival kicks off in Barbados next week.

The film festival is being co-hosted with the US Embassy and the public library and Ms. Solomon says there will be sessions for filmmakers and special screenings for secondary schools.

CaribbeanTales Film Festival 2011 and U.S. Embassy, Barbados Host Week of Free Film Screenings for Secondary School Children

Feb 11, 2011

CaribbeanTales Worldwide Distribution (CTWD) will partner with the U.S. Embassy to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean and the National Library Service to host a week of free film screenings for Secondary School students across Barbados.

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Caribbean Tales Worldwide Distribution Inc (CTWD) is founded by award-winning filmmaker Frances-Anne Solomon. Other principals include creative industries specialist Dr Keith Nurse, economist and businessman Dr Terrence Farrell, media personality and producer Lisa Wickham, and Jamaican filmmaker Mary Wells. CTWD is a member of the Barbados Business Enterprise that provides Seed and Venture Capital Services.

The screenings will be the first of a dynamic series of events that will take place during February and March under the banner of “CaribbeanTales 2011”.

CEO and Founder of CTWD, award-winning filmmaker Frances-Anne Solomon, said that CaribbeanTales is committed to the use of audio-visual content to educate and provide a positive image of people of African heritage – and by extension Caribbean people – to young people.

We are delighted to partner with the U.S. Embassy because of the historical commonalities between peoples of the Caribbean and African-Americans in the United States. By showing Caribbean short films alongside African American films, we highlight those synergies, and also demonstrate to young people what we can achieve when we work together.”

Joseph Schaller, Deputy Public Affairs Officer, U.S. Embassy, speaking about the initiative said: “People of African heritage have made profound contributions in every sphere of human endeavor within the U.S. and across the world. Black History Month recognizes and celebrates these achievements, making the films pertinent to all audiences regardless of ethnicity.”

The partnership will bring five exciting films about the African American experience, and five short films by Caribbean filmmakers to the National Library main branch, Independence Square from February 21- 25 with each day beginning at 9:00 a.m. “To Kill A Mockingbird” is the film adaptation of a CXC English Literature text that focuses on Atticus Finch, a lawyer during the Depression-era South, who defends a black man against an undeserved rape charge and his kids against prejudice. Other films to be shown during the week are “Legacy”, “The Blind Side”, “Freedom Writers” and “Antwone Fisher”. Following the screenings, there will be Talk-Back sessions where students will have an opportunity to discuss topics related to the film.

The short films to be shown include audience favourite “Trapped in an Elevator”, by Barbadian Rommel Hall, the entertaining Trinidadian film “Directions”, by Renee Pollonais, “Trou d’Air” by Martinican filmmaker Nina Vilus, and “The Legend of Buchi Fil” a beautiful historical fable set during slavery, by Surinamese German Gruber.

The CaribbeanTales Film Festival 2011 @ Island Inn, Barbados runs from 14- 20 March, 2011 commencing with the Opening Night Film, “A Hand Full of Dirt”, directed by Russell Watson. The festival will also include an IncubatorProgramme for Caribbean audio-visual content development starting on March 14, a Symposium, Marketplace and workshops as well as screenings of films from the Caribbean and diaspora.




CaribbeanTales Film Festival 2011 Host Week of Free Film Screenings for Secondary School Children

CaribbeanTales Worldwide Distribution (CTWD) will partner with the U.S. Embassy to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean and the National Library Service, to host a week of free film screenings for Secondary School students across Barbados.

The screenings will be part of a dynamic series of events for Black History Month in February.

CEO and Founder of CTWD, award-winning filmmaker Frances-Anne Solomon said that CaribbeanTales is committed to the use of audio-visual content to educate and provide a positive image of people of African heritage – and by extension Caribbean people – to young people.

“We are delighted to partner with the US Embassy because of the historical commonalities between peoples of the Caribbean and African-Americans in the United States. By showing Caribbean short films alongside African American films, we highlight those synergies, and also demonstrate to young people what we can achieve when we work together.”

Joseph R. Schaller, Deputy Public Affairs Officer, U.S. Embassy, speaking about the initiative said: “People of African heritage have made profound contributions in every sphere of human endeavor within the US and across the world. Black History Month recognizes and celebrates these achievements, making the films pertinent to all audiences regardless of ethnicity.”

The tripartite partnership will bring five exciting films about the African American experience, and five short films by Caribbean filmmakers to the National Library main branch, Independence Square from February 21- 25 with each day beginning at 9:00a.m. One of the films, “To Kill Mockingbird” is a CXC English Literature text which focuses on Atticus Finch, a lawyer during the Depression-era South, who defends a black man against an undeserved rape charge and his kids against prejudice. Other films to be shown during the week are Legacy, The Blind Side, Freedom Writers and Antwone Fisher. Following the screenings, there will be Talk-Back sessions where students will have an opportunity to discuss topics related to the film.

The short films to be shown include audience favourite “Trapped in an Elevator”, by Barbadian Rommel Hall, the entertaining Trinidadian film “Directions”, by Renee Pollonais, “The Legend Buchi Fil” a beautiful historical fable set during slavery, by Surinamese German Gruber, and the short educational documentary – “The Power of The Vagina” by Jimmel Daniel.

The Caribbean Tales Film Festival 2011 @ Island Inn, Barbados runs from March 14- 20, 2011 commencing with the Opening Night Film, “A Hand Full of Dirt”, directed by Russell Watson. The festival will also include an Incubator Porgramme for Caribbean audio-visual content development starting on March 14,   a symposium, marketplace and workshops as well as screenings of films from the Caribbean and diaspora.

~~~ENDS~~~

ABOUT Caribbean Tales Worldwide Distribution Inc ( CTWD)

Established in May 2010, CTWD is a full service marketing and distribution company that acquires exclusive, long term rights to Caribbean-themed content for television, educational, home entertainment and Internet distribution. The company also holds marketing events through CaribbeanTales Festivals and Events, and provides co-production services to producers.
CTWD is founded by award-winning filmmaker Frances-Anne Solomon. Other principals include creative industries specialist Dr Keith Nurse, economist and businessman Dr Terrence Farrell, media personality and producer Lisa Wickham, and Jamaican filmmaker Mary Wells. CTWD is a member of the Barbados Entrepreneurs Venture Capital Fund that provides Seed and Venture Capital Services.




A Call for Partnerships to Boost Film Industry Expertise – CaribbeanTales 2011

http://caribbeantales-events.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/img1.png Established in May 2010, CTWD is a full service marketing and distribution company that acquires exclusive, long term rights to Caribbean-themed content for television, educational, home entertainment and Internet distribution. The company also provides co-production services to producers, and holds marketing events through CaribbeanTales Festivals and Events, and CTWD is founded by award-winning filmmaker Frances-Anne Solomon, and principals include creative industries specialist Dr Keith Nurse, economist and businessman Dr Terrence Farrell, media personality and producer Lisa Wickham, and Jamaican filmmaker Mary Wells. CTWD is a member of the Barbados Entrepreneurs Venture Capital Fund that provides Seed and Venture Capital Services.

The film industry of the Caribbean has major export potential and with strong ties and partnerships, the stories of the Caribbean can be exported to the world while making a viable living for regional film makers. This is the view of acclaimed economist and businessman Dr Terrence Farrell, a Director of CaribbeanTales Worldwide Distribution Inc, in his remarks at the launch of the CaribbeanTales Film Festival 2011 recently.

Established in May 2010, CTWD is a full service marketing and distribution company that acquires exclusive, long term rights to Caribbean-themed content for television, educational, home entertainment and Internet distribution. The company also provides co-production services to producers, and holds marketing events through CaribbeanTales Festivals and Events, and CTWD is founded by award-winning filmmaker Frances-Anne Solomon, and principals include creative industries specialist Dr Keith Nurse, economist and businessman Dr Terrence Farrell, media personality and producer Lisa Wickham, and Jamaican filmmaker Mary Wells. CTWD is a member of the Barbados Entrepreneurs Venture Capital Fund that provides Seed and Venture Capital Services.

For the second year running, Dr Farrell, a former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Trinidad and Tobago, will lead a Symposium during the festival, on the economic potential and development of the Caribbean audio-visual industry.

Speaking to a packed audience comprised of media and film industry stakeholders, he disclosed that this year’s “Symposium” will focus significantly on the important question of how to finance the film industry.

Caribbean film is in evolution and governments needs to embrace the industry,” he said. He made reference to other models such as post-apartheid South Africa where government invested heavily into their indigenous programming and as a result the industry found large audiences and now is able to turn a large profit based on advertising.

Further focusing on the pivotal role of regional Governments, Dr. Farrell stated, “We are trying to find ways into the minds and hearts of governments to embrace this industry for what it does in terms of projecting the Caribbean and Caribbean content, but most importantly for creating what we see to be a viable industry that has potential to employ a lot of people and generate foreign exchange in the region.”

Chairman of the Barbados Investment and Development Corporation (BIDC) Dr. Don Marshall in his feature address also spoke to the much needed cooperation of government. He noted that in the process of manufacturing development, the state needs to be more innovative and supportive of innovation. He referred to film as an “expression of the New Age manufacturing” that is required.

There is a potential in the area of film and production that provides a foray into the understanding of who we are as a people,” stated Dr. Marshall who is also a Senior Research Fellow of the Arthur Lewis Institute of the UWI.

Marshall pledged the BIDC’s commitment to the development of the film industry and revealed that a strategic plan is to be presented at the end of January diffusing ideas of innovation by looking specifically at film. He also mentioned the BIDC’s future sponsorship of a Writer’s Workshop and the implementation of a Special Technical Assistance Fund.

CaribbeanTales 2011 @ Island Inn, Barbados is sponsored by Island Inn, The Starcom Network, MACO Magasines, Ultimax TV, Lisa Wickham’s Ezone, the Commonwealth Foundation, SFa Communications, Hall-e-wood Productions , Truly Caribbean, Morenamedia , HAMA Productions, Barbados Government Information Service, Caribbean Tourism Organisation, Caribbean Media Corporation, United States Embassy for Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, Animae Caribe, Merville Lynch Prods, Creative Junction, Steinhill Studios , Blue Light Media, and Autonomous Entertainment.

CEO of CTWD, Frances-Anne Solomon in her address at the launch explained that CaribbeanTales is creating a vehicle that everyone can buy into and be a part of. However, she noted that it needs support. “Not just filmmakers, but business people, stake holders, government and audiences….we need to come together and build it together.”

The CaribbeanTales Film Festival 2011, Barbados runs from March 14- 20, 2011. The festival will include an Incubator Programme for Caribbean audio-visual content development starting on March 14, a marketplace and workshops as well as screenings of films from the Caribbean and diaspora. On March 16th the festival’s Opening Night film ‘A Hand Full of Dirt” directed by Barbadian, Russell Watson will have its Barbados premiere at the Frank Collymore Hall.

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Bridgetown, Barbados:-… The film industry of the Caribbean has major export potential and with strong ties and partnerships, the stories of the Caribbean can be exported to the world while making a viable living for regional film makers.  This is the view of CEO of Caribbean Tales Worldwide Distribution (CTWD) in her address at the launch of the Caribbean Tales Film Festival 2011 @ Island Inn, Barbados on January 17. The festival runs from March 14 – 20 2011 and the Opening Night Film, “A Hand Full of Dirt”, directed by Russell Watson has its Barbados premiere on March 16 at the Frank Collymore Hall.

Solomon explained that the CTWD is creating a vehicle that everyone can buy into and be a part of. However, she noted that it needs support. “Not just filmmakers, but business people, stake holders, government and audiences….we need to come together and build it together.”

Chairman of the Barbados Investment and Development Corporation (BIDC) Dr. Don Marshall in his feature address also spoke to the much needed cooperation of government. He noted that in the process of manufacturing development, the state needs to be more innovative and supportive of innovation. He referred to film as an “expression of the New Age manufacturing” that is required.

“There is a potential in the area of film and production that provides a foray into the understanding of who we are as a people,” stated Dr. Marshall who is also a Senior Research Fellow of the Arthur Lewis Institute of the UWI.

Marshall pledged the BIDC’s commitment to the development of the film industry and revealed that a strategic plan is to be presented at the end of January diffusing ideas of innovation by looking specifically at film. He also mentioned the BIDC’s future sponsorship of a Writer’s Workshop and the implementation of a Special Technical Assistance Fund.

Dr Terrence Farrell, a Director of CTWD in his remarks at the launch disclosed that because of the economic potential, this year’s Symposium which is to be held during the festival will focus significantly on the important question of how to finance the film industry.

Dr. Farrell said that Caribbean film is in evolution and government needs to embrace the industry. He made reference to other models such as South Africa where government invested heavily into their local film industry and as a result the film industry flourished and continues to do so.

Further focusing on the pivotal role of regional Governments, Dr. Farrell stated, “We are trying to find ways into the minds and hearts of governments to embrace this industry for what it does in terms of projecting the Caribbean and Caribbean content, but most importantly for creating what we see to be a viable industry that has potential to employ a lot of people and generate foreign exchange in the region.”

The Caribbean Tales Film Festival 2011 @ Island Inn, Barbados runs from March 14- 20, 2011. The festival will include an Incubator Porgramme for Caribbean audio-visual content development starting on March 14,   a symposium, marketplace and workshops as well as screenings of films from the Caribbean and diaspora.

CaribbeanTales 2011 @ Island Inn, Barbados is sponsored by Island Inn, The Starcom Network, Ultimax TV, Lisa Wickham’s Ezone, the Commonwealth Foundation, SFa Communications, Hall-e-wood Productions , Truly Caribbean, Morenamedia , HAMA Productions, Barbados Government Information Service, Caribbean Tourism Organisation, Caribbean Media Corporation, Creative Junction, US EMBASSY, Animae Caribe, Merville Lynch Prods, Steinhill Studios , Blue Light Media, and Autonomous Entertainment

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Another Local Film

A local film will open this year’s Caribbean tales film festival. The Barbadian movie A Hand Full of Dirt will be the opening act of the program, which focuses on the development of content in the local and regional film markets. CEO of CaribbeanTales Worldwide Distribution, Frances Anne-Solomon says the festival will also explore indigenous stories and characters. However, she notes local films are heavily influenced by American and British culture. Director Russell Watson says his film is a social one. He says the making of an indigenous film is at the discretion of the filmmaker.

Young filmmakers must show determination

January 20, 2011: Independent Barbadian filmmaker Russell Watson has advised anyone interested in breaking into the industry to keep going and never give up. Speaking to Starcom Network News as he makes plans to launch his debut feature film ‘A handful of Dirt’ at a film festival in Los Angeles and at Caribbean Tales 2011 which will take place in Barbados in March, Mr. Watson say young filmmakers must show determination and passion.

— Karen Rollins
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Barbados will host the CaribbeanTales 2011 film festival once again!

Russell Watson at the podium, he’s the director of the Barbadian micro-budget movie

CEO of CaribbeanTales Worldwide Distribution and award-winning film maker, Frances-Anne Solomon spoke recently at the Island Inn Hotel in Aquatic Gap – not far from the Barbadian capital of Bridgetown

The original CTFF held in Toronto for the last five years has been described as ‘bringing Caribbean films to the world,’ while our Barbados event brings the film world to the Caribbean with a view to developing the regional audiovisual industry,” Solomon said.

In 2010, the inaugural Barbados edition of the festival attracted 76 film makers, buyers, media professionals and visitors from the Caribbean, North America, the UK and South Africa to these shores and was a major boost for the fledgling Barbadian film industry. Among the many highlights was a workshop by renowned director Julie Dash, who was the first African-American woman to have a film distributed theatrically throughout the United States.

CaribbeanTales Worldwide Distribution Inc., the only company dedicated in the English-speaking Caribbean to the distribution of Caribbean audio-visual content will stage the event which will include a Content Incubator, educational screenings, workshops as well as a symposium and marketplace focused on Caribbean content.

A Hand Full of Dirt has been given the honour of opening the CaribbeanTales Film Festival in Barbados with a screening on March 16. Ms. Solomon tells the audience a bit about director, Russell Watson.

“Russell Watson was born and raised in Barbados. A graduate of the Edna Manley School of Drama, Jamaica, he holds an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His artwork has been exhibited internationally, and he has created several short film and multimedia works. A Hand Full of Dirt is his first feature film.”

SYNOPSIS – “Archie Redman is a middle aged man chasing a fading dream. Obsessed with holding on to his failing hotel, he has sacrificed everything – his marriage lies broken, his son estranged and the bank is poised to foreclose. Ben, his bitter father, ignores his pleas for help, unable to forgive an act of betrayal committed twenty years ago over a parcel of hard-earned land.”

Russell himself is thrilled by the fact of overcoming financial constraints nevertheless to maintain standards expected of more experienced colleagues that he was still able to deliver a quality product.

A Hand Full of Dirt is a micro-budget Bajan film shot on mini-DV and opening March 16, 2011 at the CaribbeanTales Film Festival. The US Embassy is a co-sponsor and their Deputy Public Affairs Officer – Joseph Schaller – explains why the Festival is key to American culture as well as Caribbean interests.

Dr. Schaller sees Caribbean Tales in March as an offshoot of USA’s Black History Month which falls in February and this fulfills the mission’s mandate to assist with the cultural mores of this hemisphere

The envoy also explained that most of USA’s contribution will be via the donation of space for screenings at a key historical landmark for Barbados and Americans.

Many films and seminars are to be held at George Washington House, according to the Embassy’s Deputy Public Affairs Officer

Meanwhile, Dr Don Marshall in his capacity with the BIDC was very satisfied to see a successful marriage of Business components with an entertainment focus – a potential which Barbados has long overlooked according to the UWI Lecturer.

BIDC plans to assist with the Writer’s Workshops and also wishes to renew its Cultural Alliance with Invest Barbados.

The former Chairman of the SSA also shared wit the audience a discussion he had with Elombe Mottley (The founder of Yoruba Yard in Fontabelle and uncle to St Michael North East MP Mia Mottley) and a possible explanation of the term “Bajan” and how it relates to stick-licking Barbados’ indigenous fighting style.

Observing that “stick-licking” is a dying Martial Art, he compared it to the plot of “The Last Samurai” – but the kicker was that “Bad John” was contracted to ‘Bajan‘ since most such characters with this deadly skill came from Barbados; Marshall invited the audience to confirm or refute the contention and take their research and make it into a documentary or a movie.

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Barbados to host Caribbean Tales film fest again

Published: Sat, 2011-01-15 18:04
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Barbados will once again host the CaribbeanTales Film Festival (CTFF), Symposium & Marketplace from March 7 – 20. The festival follows a highly successful event held last year that was a major boost for the local and regional film industry. CEO of CaribbeanTales Worldwide Distribution and award-winning filmmaker, Frances-Anne Solomon, disclosed that the official media launch for the festival will take place at the Island Inn Hotel at 10 am on January 17. “The original CTFF held in Toronto for the last five years has been described as “bringing Caribbean films to the world,” while our Barbados event brings the film world to the Caribbean with a view to developing the regional audio-visual industry,” Solomon said.

In 2010, the inaugural Barbados edition of the festival attracted 76 filmmakers, buyers, media professionals and visitors from the Caribbean, North America, the UK and South Africa to these shores and was a major boost for the fledgling Barbadian film industry. Among the many highlights was a workshop by renowned director, Julie Dash, who was the first African-American woman to have a film distributed theatrically throughout the United States.

Caribbean Tales Worldwide Distribution Inc, the only company dedicated in the English-speaking Caribbean to the distribution of Caribbean audio-visual content, will stage the event which will include a content incubator, educational screenings, workshops as well as a symposium and marketplace focused on Caribbean content. Speakers at the media launch will include Dr Keith Nurse, chairman of CTWD, Frances-Anne Solomon and Lisa Wickham, a director of CTWD.

BARBADOS FILM TO OPEN CARIBBEANTALES 2011 at ISLAND INN

The Barbados premiere of “A Handful of Dirt”, a debut feature film by Barbadian, Russell Watson will kick off the CaribbeanTales Film Festival(CTFF), Symposium & Marketplace on March 14, 2011 at the New Island Inn. This was disclosed at the launch today which was attended by media, sponsors and a cross section of persons in the film and cultural industries as well as the wider business community.

CEO of CaribbeanTales Worldwide Distribution (CTWD) and award-winning film maker, Frances-Anne Solomon in her address at the launch disclosed an exciting follow up to last year’s programme which is designed to further boost the local and regional film industry particularly in the area of content development.

“Our Motto for this year is Vision, Momentum and Action… Our aim is to provide an injection of creativity with good business sense into the exploding Caribbean industry.” Solomon said.

She revealed that The CT2011 which will run to March 20, will feature a 5-day intensive Content Incubator aimed at developing market-driven audio-visual content. The programme will also include screenings, workshops, a symposium and market place.

“Our focus for 2011 is on the exploration of popular indigenous stories and characters that will attract large audiences and funders, and contribute to a sustainable regional industry” Solomon noted.

Dr Terrence Farrell, a Director of the CaribbeanTales Worldwide Distribution revealed that the 2011 event will once again feature a Symposium. Farrell who is the coordinator of the symposium and a former CEO of One Caribbean Media noted that the Symposium aims to bring together key players from around the world to build a viable regional audio visual industry.

“The first symposium laid out the obstacles and presented some models. This year we want to get more precise and we are bringing together regional and international players to help us create an actionable blueprint” he said.

The original CTFF held in Toronto for the last five years has been described as “bringing Caribbean films to the world”, while the Barbados event aims to bring the film world to the Caribbean with a view to developing the regional audio-visual industry.

In 2010, the inaugural Barbados edition of the festival attracted 76 film makers, buyers, media professionals and visitors from the Caribbean, North America, the UK and South Africa to these shores and was a major boost for the fledgling Barbadian film industry.

CaribbeanTales Worldwide Distribution Inc., the only company dedicated in the English-speaking Caribbean to the distribution of Caribbean audio-visual content will stage the event which will include a public film festival, educational screenings, and workshops.

CaribbeanTales 2011 @ Island Inn, Barbados is sponsored by Island Inn, The Starcom Network, Ultimax TV, Lisa Wickham’s Ezone, the Commonwealth Foundation, SFa Communications , Hall-e-wood Productions , Truly Caribbean, Morenamedia , HAMA Productions, Barbados Government Information Service, Caribbean Tourism Organisation, Caribbean Media Corporation, US EMBASSY, Animae Caribe, Merville Lynch Prods, Steinhill Studios , Blue Light Media, Autonomous Entertainment.

Film festival in March


BARBADOS TO HOST CARIBBEANTALES 2011 FILM FESTIVAL, TO BE LAUNCHED JANUARY 17

Barbados will once again host the CaribbeanTales Film Festival (CTFF), Symposium & Marketplace from March 7 – 20 2011. The festival follows a highly successful event held last year that was a major boost for the local and regional film industry.

CEO of CaribbeanTales Worldwide Distribution and award-winning film maker, Frances-Anne Solomon disclosed that the Official Media Launch for the festival will take place at the Island Inn Hotel at 10.00 am on January 17.

“The original CTFF held in Toronto for the last five years has been described as “bringing Caribbean films to the world”, while our Barbados event brings the film world to the Caribbean with a view to developing the regional audio-visual industry.” Solomon said.

In 2010, the inaugural Barbados edition of the festival attracted 76 film makers, buyers, media professionals and visitors from the Caribbean, North America, the UK and South Africa to these shores and was a major boost for the fledgling Barbadian film industry. Among the many highlights was a workshop by renowned director, Julie Dash who was the first African American woman to have a film distributed theatrically throughout the United States.

CaribbeanTales Worldwide Distribution Inc., the only company dedicated in the English-speaking Caribbean to the distribution of Caribbean audio-visual content will stage the event which will include a Content Incubator, educational screenings, workshops as well as a symposium and marketplace focused on Caribbean content.

Speakers at the Media Launch will include Dr Don Marshall, Chairman Barbados Investment and Development Corporation,Dr Keith Nurse, Chairman of CTWD,Frances-Anne Solomon and Lisa Wickham, a director of CTWD.

Barbados to host Caribbean Tales film fest again

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Speaking at the opening of the Caribbean Tales Film Festival Symposium in Barbados on Thursday, he pointed out that in a short space of time the term …Fifth CaribbeanTales Film Fest Opens In Barbados : Barbados Gazette24, 2010: The fifth Best of CaribbeanTales Film Festival opened in Bridgetown … time in Barbados by Trinidadian-Canadian film maker, Frances-Ann Solomon. …Dominica Gazette – Dominica News
… Caribbean film makers gathered at the fifth `Best of CaribbeanTales Film Festival` … produced by Trinidadian-Canadian filmmaker, Frances Ann Solomon, …Caribbean Tales and the Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC) present …Caribbean Tales and the Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC) present a half-day workshop for Independent Producers and Broadcasters on Friday morning, February 26, 2010 at the Savannah Hotel, St Michael, Barbados.
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24, 2010: The fifth Best of CaribbeanTales Film Festival opened in Bridgetown last night with a reception and inaugural screening at the Frank Collymore Hall. The festival is being held for the first time in Barbados by …
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Feb 26, 2010: Caribbean film makers gathered at the fifth `Best of CaribbeanTales Film Festival` in Barbados on Wednesday shared their angst of a lack of distribution avenues even as channel executives urged creators to share their work
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CARIBWORLDNEWS.COMCaribWorldNews, BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Thurs. Feb. 26, 2010: Caribbean film makers gathered at the fifth `Best of CaribbeanTales Film Festival` in Barbados Fifth CaribbeanTales Film Fest Opens In BarbadosCARIBWORLDNEWS.COMCaribWorldNews, BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Feb. 24, 2010: The fifth Best of CaribbeanTales Film Festival opened in Bridgetown last night with a reception and Nation News – Home remarks from associates of the The Best of CaribbeanTales Film Festival ( BCTFFS), Simmons and founder and director of BCTFFS, Frances-Anne Solomon. … HOTT 95.3FM Africa Unite is part of The Best of CaribbeanTales 2010: Film Festival and 2006 by award-winning filmmaker, producer and writer Frances-Anne Solomon… VOB FMThe Best ofCaribbeanTales Film Festival & Symposium “The Best of CaribbeanTales 2010: Film Festival and Symposium” brings together the best films screened Invitation to attend the Best of CaribbeanTales Gala Launch 23/2 The Best of CaribbeanTales Film Festival will feature an impressive selection of in Barbados…CaribbeanTales Film Festival & Symposium welcomes Julie Dash| TrulyCaribbean.Net Tue 2/23/2010: The Best of CaribbeanTales Film Festival & Symposium Barbados Chamber Of Commerce & Industry | Upcoming EventsFebruary 23rd – March 2nd, 2010: CaribbeanTales Film Festival & Symposium – Olympus Theatres, Savannah Hotel LoveThe CaribbeanTales Annual Film Festival is a Toronto-based festival, Workshops and school screenings, and takes place this year in beautiful Barbados… The Best of CaribbeanTales present a Special Master Class with By AirBourne
The Master Class, aimed at emerging and established Caribbean film directors, will take place during the Best of CaribbeanTales Film Festival at the Savannah Hotel in Barbados, and is free to the public.  Jamaica Gleaner News – Barbados to host ‘Best of CaribbeanTales …Dec 16, 2009 … Following its strong presence across the region last year with the feature film, A Winter Tale, …OCM links up with Caribbean filmfest – The NationFounded by Frances-Anne Solomon, the festival has survived, grown and thrived in the highly competitive … Contact: Frances-Anne Solomon/ Monique Young …Best of CaribbeanTales 2010 : Film Festival and Symposium – The Nation
Founded by Frances-Anne Solomon, the festival has survived, grown and thrived in the highly competitive Canadian festival scene, to become a notable event …