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Winning filmmakers paired with producers

Published:Friday | January 30, 2015 | 1:00 AM
Contributed Frances-Anne Solomon CEO of CaribbeanTales/ CTWD.

CaribbeanTales Worldwide Distribution (CTWD) has launched its first production support programme. The programme, 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 extraordinary moments of everyday Caribbean people to life. 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 novel, Where Eagles Crawl and Men Fly, into a science-fiction drama series, along with CTWD executive producer Floyd Kane, whose numerous credits include Bowling For Columbine, Shake Hands with the Devil and North/South.

The Production Support Programme is a six-month process. Participants will be invited to present their results in Toronto in September. The new call is now open for applicants to the 2015 Incubator Program, to take place from September 2-9. The deadline for applications is April 30th.