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Film Festival Launches 10th Anniversary Celebrations

Published:Saturday | March 14, 2015 | 3:00 AM
Trinidad and Tobago film-maker Mandisa Pantin (who is also the programming coordinator).

The dates are set for the highly anticipated 10th anniversary celebrations of the CaribbeanTales International Film Festival (CTFF).

To the delight of fans, film aficionados and cultural connoisseurs, the famed festival returns to the exciting downtown Toronto core on September 9.

To kick off the milestone celebration, organisers have announced the 2015 theme: Caribbean Spirit, which explores the extraordinary dynamism and diversity of Caribbean heritages, in all their myriad incarnations. The programme 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 film-maker Mandisa Pantin (programming coordinator), and Toronto-based digital storyteller Emmanuelle Pantin (community partnerships and screenings coordinator).

noted arts and media practitioners

It brings together noted arts and media practitioners such as industry programmer, Chloe Sosa Simms; producer Lea Marin; film-maker and writer Elizabeth Topp; fund-raising and grants specialist, Lauren Mohammed; cultural communicator, Stephen Weir; marketer, Louise Noel Ambrose; gender-equality activist, Stephanie Leitch; and cultural entrepreneur, Frank Francis, among others. The full who's who of CTFF 2015 is on the festival's newly revamped website.

The renowned CT Incubator, now in its sixth year, that supports film-makers 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.

Financial support

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 film-makers of Caribbean heritage, who practise their art across the region and worldwide diaspora, and to provide a global platform for them to share their distinctive and original stories.