PASSION ON FILM: Carmen DeLavallade and Geoffrey Holden in Carmen and Geoffrey (First Run Features), directed by award-wining filmmaker Nick Doob
The creative industries of film and television will receive a boost next February when CaribbeanTales, a Toronto-based multimedia company, brings together formidable local, regional and international partners to showcase, discuss and promote Caribbean film at “The Best of Caribbean Tales Film Festival and Symposium,” which will take place at the Olympus Cinema, Sheraton Center and at UWI Cave Hill from February 23rd to March 2nd 2010. The festival kicked off with a media launch on December 8, 2009 at 1at the Errol Barrow Centre for Creative Imagination, UWI Cave Hill in Barbados.
The event’s director is accomplished Toronto-based Trinidadian filmmaker Frances-Anne Solomon, whose most recent award-winning feature film A Winter Tale has won international acclaim, and who has been a visiting lecturer at UWI.
Come 2010, CaribbeanTales Film Festival will welcome three new associate directors who will work alongside Solomon to program, manage and promote the festival: Jamaican filmmaker Mary Wells, whose first feature film Kingston Paradise, recently wrapped production, and is set to hit movie screens later in the year, joins the festival’s management team as the Co-ordinator of the Barbados event. Trinidad-based producer-director-TV personality Lisa Wickham, CEO of E-Zone Entertainment and director of the Caribbean Film and Media Academy (CFMA), will also assist with the event production.
The CFMA will also host a number of workshops as part of the festival activities. And Mitzi Allen, CEO and Co-owner of HAMA TV in Antigua, also joins the Festival as an Associate Director. HAMA will be covering the Festival, and will be seeking to bring a delegation of OECS producers to Toronto in June.
The CaribbeanTales Film Festival is North America’s unique festival, which showcases the best of Caribbean cinema from around the world. Founded by Frances-Anne Solomon, the festival has survived, grown and thrived in the highly competitive Canadian festival scene to become a notable event in the city’s calendar.