Dates set for the ninth staging of the CaribbeanTales Films Festival
Shereita Grizzle, Gleaner Writer
CaribbeanTales International Film Festival (CTFF) is celebrating its ninth anniversary and will this year return to Toronto, Canada, for the annual celebrations. Under the theme, 'Our Lens, Our Perspective', the festival officially begins on September 3 and runs until September 13.
Though the festival hasn't officially commenced, special community screenings have already started in Canada's capital. Last Saturday, patrons got the chance to see two of the films selected from different countries across the region at a special screening free of cost. Carnivalesque and Calypso Dreams (both entries from Trinidad and Tobago), were the first two films to be highlighted during the community screenings. The next community screening is scheduled for August 30 when Canada's The Orisha Suite, Kali Worship in Trinidad and Tobago, and Haiti's Voodoo Dance will take the spotlight.
Jamaica's film, Kingston Paradise, will also be featured at this year's festival. Listed as one of the festival's centrepiece films, the production will have its screening on September 12, a day before the festival's official end. Directed by Mary Wells and starring Christopher 'Johnny' Daley, Kingston Paradise has been doing well since its release last year, copping numerous awards including the 2014 Pan-African Film Festival Best Narrative award.
In a statement published on the festival's official website, founder and filmmaker Frances-Anne Solomon expressed her delight at the festival's continued growth. "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," she said.
CaribbeanTales is the trademark of a group of media companies based in Canada and Barbados, and founded by Frances-Anne Solomon. The festival showcases Caribbean films from 15 selected countries across the region; this includes 10 feature-length and 20 short films. All of the 2014 entries will be competing for the coveted CTFF Audience Prize, which will be announced on closing night, September 13.