• CaribbeanTales Worldwide Distribution has received a 3 year funding grant from the ACP/EU, to implement a project called “The 3D Distribution Project” – Digital, Domestic and Diaspora distribution – an innovative project financed by the European Union and the ACP Group of States that aims to acquire, market, and sell Caribbean-themed film and television content throughout the Caribbean and African Diasporas.

    An impressive international team of top film and cultural industry talent has been brought together to implement “The 3D Distribution Project”, bringing together a wide range of creative and business skills, and combined years of experience to ensure the successful implementation of the project.

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Keith NurseSteering Committee: CTWD Steering Committee Chair

Dr. Keith Nurse is the Caribbean’s foremost creative industries’ expert with wide and varied international and regional expertise in his field. He has held senior positions and consultancies with governments, NGOs and international, regional and national agencies. He has taught at the University of the West Indies and the University of Ottawa, Canada. He is a former director at two state-owned enterprises in Trinidad and Tobago: National Petroleum Marketing Company and National Agro-Chemicals Ltd. He is also a director at Media 21 Ltd., Contemporary Caribbean Arts Ltd. (CCA 7) and a former director at the Entertainment Industry Development and Export Company.

Keith is a founding Director and Board Chair of CaribbeanTales Worldwide Distribution. His international network of colleagues as well as his integrated expertise in economics, business development, higher education and cultural diversity serve to enrich the strategic capacity of the 3D Project and to promote its ability to build and realize sustainable growth.


Christopher LairdSteering Committee: Former Board Chair of the Trinidad and Tobago Film Company; Co-founder of Banyan Ltd./Gayelle TV

Christopher Laird is Managing Director, co-owner and co-founder of Banyan Ltd. and he has produced more than three hundred documentaries, dramas and other video productions during his forty-year professional career. His genius has been recognized and rewarded with many national, regional and international awards. He is responsible for establishing the Caribbean Film and Video Archive which is (arguably) the largest collection of Caribbean culture on video. In 2003 he founded, with Errol Fabien, the Region’s first all-Caribbean free-to-air television station, Gayelle. In 2009 he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of the West Indies.

Christopher has worked closely with Caribbean Tales for more than ten years, receiving the CaribbeanTales Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009. His film NO BOIS MAN NO FRAID opened CTFF 2013. Currently, CTWD distributes all Banyan’s catalogued content.


Steering Committee: Film Producer; Director of the Belize International Film Festival

Suzette Zayden is the manager of Fer De Lance Productions with practical experience and academic training in TV production. Her career encompasses directing the “Lauren Da Mawning” show for Great Belize Productions; Coordinator of the Film and Media Arts Unit, National Institute of Culture and History, Belize; Head of Production at Bel-Caribe Communications Ltd.; her work with the Video Unit at the Belize Arts Council; and Festival Director of Belize’s International Film Festival. She has also won an award for local commercials, and produced a documentary in 2002 for the Belize Arts Council called, “Simply Belize: A Cultural Diary,” which features thirteen (13) ethnic groups of Belize.

Suzette serves on the Steering Committee of the 3D Project.


John WelsmanSteering Committee: Award winning Music Composer

John Welsman is a composer of music for film and television whose credits include TV series Road to Avonlea, Franklin and Friends, My Friend Rabbit, and The Twilight Zone. Documentary films include West Wind – The Vision of Tom Thomson, Tales From The Organ Trade, and David Suzuki’s The Sacred Balance. Recent feature films include Nurse.Fighter.Boy, MODRA, and A Winter Tale. Welsman is a five time Gemini Award winner and a Canadian Screen Award winner for ‘Best Original Score’, and a Genie Award winner for ‘Achievement in Music’ for Nurse.Fighter.Boy.

John first became aware of CaribbeanTales after composing the score for Frances-¬Anne Solomon’s feature ‘A Winter Tale’. Since that time, he had given numerous workshops as a part of CTFF, and become more involved as a member of the CaribbeanTales Board of Directors.


DSC_0008Steering Committee: UNIDO Consultant

Camilo Antonio is a Philippine-born / naturalized Austrian with a wealth of cultural knowledge gained through his wide-ranging academic pursuits and uniquely enhanced by his professional experience with the United Nations. He is widely recognized for his distinctive leadership and mentorship expertise in organizational capacity building, human resources management and investment mobilization. He has worked with a variety of international and regional agencies, NGOs, philanthropic organizations, small industries for special population groups and video / filmmakers. He is currently completing a scholarly dissertation on cultural politics and the poetics of diaspora.

Camilo sees himself as a “globalizer in the spirit of the 1968 Revolution”, idealistically driven by local level engagement. He first became involved with CaribbeanTales in 2010 when he assisted in launching CaribbeanTales Worldwide Distribution. Over the past two years he has maintained his support by serving as the Chair of CTFF’s International Jury.


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMary Wells is an award winning independent film Director / Writer and Producer based in Jamaica and in the USA, with over twenty years’ experience in television and film production. In 1999, her short documentary, “Now Jimmy!” was awarded “Outstanding Documentary from the Caribbean” in the Sheryl Lee Ralph Film/Music Festival. It was also accepted at TIFF in 2002. “Kingston Paradise”, her first feature, was recently award “Best Diaspora Feature” in the African Movie Academy Awards 2014. She studied Television Production and the Theatre Arts in Washington DC and continues to work on a broad variety of Film / TV productions.

Mary first met Frances-Anne Solomon about seven years ago and was drawn into her exciting, ground breaking vision for a Caribbean film distribution company. Currently, she is on the CaribbeanTales Board of Directors and maintains a close and supportive relationship with all the initiatives.



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Frances-Anne Solomon is an award-winning filmmaker of Caribbean heritage and a writer, producer and director in film, TV, Radio and New Media. She was born in England to Trinidadian parents and educated in Trinidad, Canada, England and France. She then went on to build a successful career over thirteen years in England with the BBC as a TV Drama Producer and Executive Producer. In 2000, she returned to Toronto where she continued to create direct and produce her own project. In 2001 she successfully launch the first CaribbeanTales project. Today, the latter has grown into a group of companies – the CaribbeanTales Media Group — that produces, markets and sells Caribbean-themed audio-visual content across the globe.


Melissa GomezAssistant Project Manager

Melissa Gomez is originally from Antigua. She is an award-winning documentary filmmaker based in New York City. Her feature-length documentary directorial debut, Silent Music, is a portrait of her deaf family which won Best Documentary awards at both the 2014 Maine Deaf Film Festival and the 2012 CaribbeanTales Film Festival, and the Audience Choice Award at the 2013 Toronto Deaf Film & Arts Festival. Most recently, Melissa has worked alongside Academy Award nominated directors Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady at Loki Films where she Co-Produced MAKERS: Women in Comedy for PBS, and Branded, an episode of ESPN’s Sports Emmy-nominated Nine for IX series.

Melissa first became acquainted with CaribbeanTales when her films screened at the CTFF in 2009 and again in 2012. She is also a two-time participant in the Incubator Program, first in 2012 and most recently in 2014, when she won the BEST PITCH award for her online series of documentary shorts, Defining Moments.


HaneeParkProject Coordinator

Hanee has several years of administrative and coordinating experience in multiple fast-paced working environments – logistics, television production, and film festivals. Over the course of these experiences she has gained strong organizational and management skills to work and the ability to work with efficiency and keen attention to details. Hanee is one of the organizers of the 3rd and 4th Toronto Smartphone Film Festival, where as marketing coordinator, she developed and executed promotional ideas and social media strategies, and facilitated communications between all the volunteers involved. While working as a production assistant at a small fast-paced television station, she performed necessary day-to-day coordinating and administrative jobs necessary to keep the office running and manage diverse shooting schedules. Hanee also brings strong bookkeeping, general management and customer management experience from her years of helping to set up and manage her family’s business at Moon Bento Sushi in Sudbury.



Nicole Brooks
Distribution Manager

Nicole Brooks is a Toronto-based filmmaker, director, performer, singer, playwright, composer, curator, teacher and ‘art-ivist’. She has developed the concept of “harmonized storytelling”; blending media and performing arts, Brooks has spent over 15 years envisioning narratives that illuminate the peoples of the African Diaspora.

Through her company Asah Productions Inc., founded in 2005, Brooks has generated a body of work for stage and screen.



Courtney PanchanManager of Acquisitions & Sales (Educational and Passive)

Courtney Panchan began to work with Frances-Anne Solomon at Leda Serene / CaribbeanTales when she was just out of high school – and while she is currently completing a university degree majoring in Psychology, she remains an integral member of the CaribbeanTales family.

Courtney is the Manager of Operations, Acquisitions and Educational Sales for CTWD’s Catalogue products on the 3D Project.



RodneyVSmithWeb Content Producer

Rodney V. Smith describes himself as a webseries evangelist. He is deeply involved in the webseries movement in Toronto and New York and is one of the founding members of the Independent Webseries Creators of Canada (IWCC). He grew up in Barbados and went to the USA in 1999 where he worked as crew on several independent projects. He aspires to become a director of cinematography, continually refining his cinematic vision and style – sometimes described as “moody cinema-vérité”…”a dark mirror”. He tends to use his experience in graphic design to shape his film-maker vision. He has worked as a screen writer, cinematographer, director, editor, and sometimes in production and set design. For several years, he has been a mentor on the CaribbeanTales Incubator Program.

Rodney is responsible for Website Maintenance on the 3D Project. He also helps with marketing and graphic design.


Nicole Brooks



Nicole Brooks is a Toronto-based filmmaker, director, performer, singer, playwright, composer, curator, teacher and ‘art-ivist’. She has developed the concept of “harmonized storytelling”; blending media and performing arts, Brooks has spent over 15 years envisioning narratives that illuminate the peoples of the African Diaspora.

Through her company Asah Productions Inc., founded in 2005, Brooks has generated a body of work for stage and screen.

See more at Caribbean Tales Incubator website

Timmia Hearn


Timmia Hearn, (Theatre Studies B.A., Yale) is a theatre director, talent manager, film developer and gender rights activist. Timmia lives and works between her home in Trinidad and Tobago, and Canada. She is an acting instructor, casting director, script consultant and talent manager. As well as being the manager of marketing and outreach at CaribbeanTales Media Group, she is an incorporating member and the co-director for gender equality organisation I Am One and the Director of the School for the Arts at the Trinidad Theatre Workshop, the Caribbean’s oldest theatre company.

See more at Caribbean Tales Incubator website