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Bridgetown, Barbados – March 8th 2015.
To kick off this milestone celebration, organisers have announced the 2015 theme: CARIBBEAN SPIRIT explores the extraordinary dynamism and diversity of Caribbean heritages, in all their myriad incarnations. The Program will also include a retrospective of the best Caribbean-themed films of past years.
This year’s festival is headed by an impressive Steering Group of new and veteran CTFF associates including Trinidad and Tobago filmmaker Mandisa Pantin (Programming Co-ordinator), and Toronto-based digital storyteller Emmanuelle Pantin (Community Partnerships and Screenings Coordinator).
It brings together noted arts and media practitioners like (among others) industry programmer, Chloe Sosa Simms; producer, Lea Marin; filmmaker and writer, Elizabeth Topp; fundraising and grants specialist, Lauren Mohammed; cultural communicator, Stephen Weir; marketer, Louise Noel Ambrose; gender equality activist, Stephanie Leitch; and cultural entrepreneur, Frank Francis. The full Who’s Who of CTFF 2015 is on the festival’s newly revamped website.
The renowned CT Incubator (CTI), now in its 6th year, that supports filmmakers to develop strong original indigenous content for the international market, will once again run concurrently with the festival, led by Manager Nicole Brooks and coordinated by Timmia Hearn Feldman.
This year the festival is supported by CaribbeanTales Worldwide Distribution’s “3D Distribution Project”. Financed by the ACP Cultures+ Programme of the European Union, “3D” aims to strengthen and promote regional audiovisual content, and build sustainable distribution networks for Caribbean film and television.
Running alongside the mammoth and prestigious Toronto International Film Festival, CTFF’s longevity and ongoing success is a testament to the strength of Caribbean film stories and their ability to stand tall in the international marketplace.
In 2015, CTFF continues to promote the talents of established and emerging filmmakers of Caribbean heritage who practice their art across the Region and worldwide Diaspora, and to provide a global platform for them to share their distinctive and original stories.
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CaribbeanTales (CT) is a group of media companies that produces, markets, and exhibits Caribbean-themed films and television programs for regional and international distribution, including: CaribbeanTales Worldwide Distribution (CTWD), the first full-service film distribution company in the English-speaking Caribbean. As well as distribution, CTWD provides co-production services to producers of Caribbean-themed content.
CT’s other activities and brands include : CaribbeanTales Inc a registered Charity in Toronto, Canada; the Caribbean-Tales International Film Festival (CTFF) that produces events around the world, the CaribbeanTales Incubator program (CTI), that develops original sustainable content for the international market, CaribbeanTalesFlix, our production arm, and CaribbeanTales-TV, a video on demand platform.
About ACPCULTURES +
The ACPCultures+ Program is implemented by the Secretariat of the ACP (Africa, Caribbean and Pacific) Group of States and funded under the 10th European Development Fund (EDF) by the European Union.
Its objectives are: to reinforce the creation and production of cultural goods and services in the ACP States (Africa, Caribbean and Pacific) through an approach integrated with distribution networks; to support increased access to local, regional, intra-ACP, European and international markets; to build the capacities of culture sector professionals in ACP States, and to improve the regulatory environment of the culture sector.
With the financial contribution of the European Union
and the assistance of the ACP Group of States.