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CaribbeanTales prepares for 10th anniversary

Published:Monday | March 9, 2015 | 9:30 AM

For its 10th anniversary celebrations, the CaribbeanTales International Film Festival (CTFF) returns to downtown Toronto, Canada, on September 9, 2015, targeting film fans and aficionados as well as cultural connoisseurs.

The 2015 theme, Caribbean Spirit, explores the extraordinary dynamism and diversity of Caribbean heritages in their myriad forms. The programme will also include a retrospective of the best Caribbean-themed films of past years.

This year's festival is headed by a steering group which includes Trinidad and Tobago film-maker Mandisa Pantin (programming coordinator) and Toronto-based digital storyteller Emmanuelle Pantin (community partnerships and screenings coordinator).

CaribbeanTales International Film Festival 2015 brings together noted arts and media practitioners. These include industry programmer Chloe Sosa Simms; producer Lea Marin; film-maker 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.

CaribbeanTales Incubator

The CaribbeanTales Incubator, which supports filmmakers in developing strong original indigenous content for the international market, now in its sixth year, will once again run concurrently with the festival. It will be 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 Toronto International Film Festival, CTFF focuses the strength of Caribbean film stories in the international marketplace.