Bridgetown, Barbados – January 31st 2015.
CaribbeanTales Worldwide Distribution (CTWD), the region’s premier distribution platform for Caribbean film and television content is proud to launch its first Production Support Program, which continues to build on CaribbeanTales’ vision of creating strong, original, sustainable Caribbean film and television content for the international market.
The Production Support Program, a project of the CaribbeanTales Incubator (CTI), pairs the winners of this years Big Pitch with experienced Executive Producers to help bring the projects to production as quickly as possible.
This year’s Big Pitch winner was Melissa Gomez, whose project “Defining Moments”, a 13-part online series of documentary shorts brings to life extraordinary moments of everyday Caribbean people. Coming on board as CTWD Executive Producer is Christopher Laird, prolific Producer and Co-founder of the region’s first all-Caribbean television station, Gayelle the Channel.
First runner-up Camille Selvon Abrahams (Trinidad and Tobago) will be producing “Magnificent Maggie,” a children’s animated series about a girl whose magical glasses help her delve into the world of science. CBC content developer and experienced Producer Nick Davis will be joining the project as CTWD Executive Producer.
Jelani Nias (Canada), whose pitch came third, will be developing his critically acclaimed novel “Where Eagles Crawl and Men Fly” into a science fiction drama series, under CTWD Executive Producer Floyd Kane, whose numerous credits include Bowling For Columbine, Shake Hands with the Devil, and North/South.
Launched in 2010, and now in its 6th year, the CaribbeanTales Incubator is a training and production platform that gives selected Caribbean Diaspora filmmakers an opportunity to hone their creative and business skills with the aim of increasing the pool of strong, world-class, indigenous content from the Caribbean. The annual CTI Market program is a competitive process, and includes a month of online market preparation followed by a week of workshops and networking opportunities with world-class film and television specialists in Toronto, Canada. CTI culminates in the Big Pitch, where participants pitch their developed projects to industry professionals, who vote on the projects that have the most creative and commercial potential at the TIFF Bell Lightbox during the Toronto International Film Festival.
The Production Support Program is a 6 month process that aims to bridge the gap between pitching and production. Participants will be invited to present their results in Toronto in September.
As this inaugural CTI Production Support program kicks off, the new Call is now open for applicants to the 2015 Incubator Program, to take place from September 2- 9th, 2015. The deadline for applications to CT2015 is April 30th 2015.
For more information about the Production Support Program and to apply to CTI2015, please visit http://www.caribbeantales-incubator.com.
Contact: Sonique Solutions
|About CARIBBEANTALESCaribbeanTales (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 based in Toronto, Canada; the Caribbean-Tales International Film Festival (CTFF) that produces events around the world, the CaribbeanTales Incubator Program (CTI), that develops 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.